Neuchatel, the historic capital of the land of watchmaking, has a tradition of precision and innovation. The surrounding area has accrued a great deal of experience, which has contributed to Neuchatel reputation for quality, in terms of advanced technology & authentic craftsmanship making the world of manufacturing procedures a unique & passionate playing field for HAUTLENCE.
Neuchatel is the true cradle of modern watchmaking. This is where we were meant to be in 2004.
In its constant search for identity and performance, the new brand decided to unite its destiny with the capital by taking on an anagram of Neuchatel for its name - HAUTLENCE.
HAUTLENCE came into being by the initiative of Renaud de Retz and Guillaume Tetu along with Jean Plazenet, Jean- Christophe Chopin and Alain de Forges.
Whether from the world of watchmaking or other precision industries, these enthusiasts joined forces, shared their rich respective entrepreneurial and industrial experiences, and come together to develop products that conform to a shared philosophy of watchmaking.
Everyone benefits from the diversity and richness of this human environment that surrounds them; through the "College". Whether it is during the conception, development or production stage, we work in symbiosis with craftsmen who share our commitment to sheer excellence and our desire to turn a dream into reality by creating a truly new object. The trust and friendship we maintain with them goes far beyond the usual relationships between client and subcontractor.
This concept of the "College" is not limited to those who work on our watches. It also extends to the world of our select distribution wanting to share our watchmaking values with us; these are sales - through the best watch representatives worldwide, journalists or clients with whom we have a direct relationship.
These artisanal watches require the help of over 50 participants to whom the brand owes its concept of "College".