Hortence, Constence

The very first clocks of the Utinam collection!

At a towering 2.2 meters, the elegance and proud stance of this fine lady reminds us that she is the first of all the Utinam Besançon clocks. This slender model in brushed stainless steel is now available in an acrylic glass version achieved through an artisanal process much like the moulding of a sculpture. Presence and purity, or how to assert the subtlety of time itself in day-to-day life!

Playful, pretty and provocative, the “Constence” models are the bad girls of Utinam Besançon. Captured within their acrylic glass sheets, poppies and wild flowers of a miniature prairie – otherwise ephemeral – are sown in urban interiors seeking character through the “Végétale” collection; unless you prefer the lacy allure of the “Coquette” collection. Unique, offbeat, keeping time is quite simply an expression of refinement!

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Clocks with unusual, slender, stretched designs. The brushed steel body is folded and curved like an upright needle. The mirror-polished steel hour markers of the round dial spread like the petals of a flower.

The elegant, airy figure appears flexible and even flowing, a technical achievement considering the nature of this material.
 A wind-up key behind the movement evokes the beloved mechanical toys of our childhood.

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Also available in a
wall-mounted version!

A clockwork object of art open to daydreams and the elsewhere: the wall-mounted version’s hands stroke the concept of mechanical landscape art. Time flows with the rotation of wheels and pinions, which are all swept along by a steel weight with a weightless appearance. This gentle pendulum with an open heart caresses the seconds into hours.
The hours of your day, from day to night and from movement to rest.

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Technical innovations

The self-balancing
pendulum movement

In 2005, Philippe Lebru invented the self-balancing pendulum movement. The invention was awarded the Grand Prix at the international Lépine competition in Paris and the Gold medal of clockmaking at the International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva. At Utinam, the seconds are marked out with an extreme precision. The mechanisms are no longer the prisoners of wooden cases. The gear trains are deliberatively exhibited as an integral part of the clock’s appearance.

A patented concept

The movement is suspended on an axis so that gravity keeps it in perfect vertical alignment. The concept is patented: it guarantees that the mechanism functions perfectly. No more tedious adjustment to balance the movement’s position in relation to the ground. The energy stored in the mechanism is slowly released by the majestic, hypnotising back-and-forth swing of the pendulum.
For eight days, each “tick” is followed by a “tock”.

A heart beats within the house.

Free wheel driven barrel

In this new collection, the mechanical movement has been further developed, and it now features a barrel with a grooved free wheel which enables the clock to be more easily wound.

Metal cable

The habitual red fibre cable has been replaced by a thin metal cable which is much more solid so it does not have to be replaced.

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Technical description

Body in brushed stainless steel
or acrylic glass
10 mm thick.
Mechanical movement
with anchor escapement.

Patented exclusivity.

Height: 2.20 m

Height: 7,3 ft
Width: 1,6 ft
Depth: 1,6 ft
Weight: 25 kg

Hortence wall-mounted model
Height: 3,9 ft
Power reserve: 8 days