HYT : The liquid yin and the mechanical yang

H1 in gold and DLC-treated titanium

Case : pink gold and black DLC-treated titanium with brushed, bead-blasted and satin-brushed finish, cambered sapphire crystal with metallic dome at 6 o’clock and glareproofing on the inside, screw-in sapphire caseback.Diameter : 48.8 mm Movement : mechanical hand-wound (exclusive HYT calibre, 65h power reserve), bridges adorned with hand-chamfered Côtes de Genève, rhodiumed bellowsFunctions : retrograde fluid hours, minutes at 12 o’clock), small seconds at 09:30, 65h power-reserve display at 02:30).Dial : unstructured, fluid hours, luminescent hands and hour-markers Strap : hand-sewn leather-lined canvas, pin buckle

There are some bets that appear a sure win, even in a period of economic uncertainty. With an impressive list of assets include a two-fold technical and design innovation protected by six patents ; a charismatic management team composed of dynamic professionals known for their competencies and their networks in the fields of marketing, distribution and production, backed by committed investors and founded on a well-structured long-term vision, what more could one need to succeed ? Launched last year, including in the glossy pages of GMT, the HYT brand (that has indeed rapidly acquired brand status !) is not just making waves, but has set its course firmly towards the Eldorado of New Haute Horlogerie. In the wake of Baselworld, where results exceeded all expectations, those who have dared to unite liquid and a watch movement beneath one dial are now undertaking the tricky exercise of handling the success and delivering the products to the retailers who immediately believed in the fluid mechanics concept. Powered by a purpose-built Manufacture-made movement, two hydraulic pistons activate a closed system containing two separate, immiscible liquids of different colours in each of the two reservoirs. When the first is compressed, its fluid advances in the capillary and indicates the time (10 o’clock on the photo, with minutes shown in the 12 o’clock counter), while the other liquid expands in the second reservoir. The separation between the two fluids is ensured by the positive and negative polarity of the molecules of each of the liquids, which exercise a mutually repulsive force at their boundary, like two magnets. Achieving this daring wager meant dreaming up, believing in, and converting others to this idea.

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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