HYT : Generation of hydro-mechanical technology


Case: black DLC-finish titanium, screw-down dynamometric crown sheathed in rubber, sapphire back Diameter: 48.8 mm Movement: mechanical hand-wound, exclusive HYT calibre, 8-day power-reserve, 445 parts, decorated black PVD-finish shot-peened titanium, bridges with titanium-coloured satin-brushed accents, rhodium-plated bellows Functions: retrograde fluid hours, minutes with jumping hand (“dephaseur angulaire”) at 30 minutes, crown position indicator (H-N-R) and temperature indicator Dial: sapphire minute dial Water resistance: 50m Strap: rubber with titanium folding clasp Limited series: 50



Case: titanium in black DLC with brushed, shotpeened and satin-finished surfaces, convex sapphire glass with a metallic dome at 6 o’clock and anti-reflective coating on the inside, screwed-in sapphire-crystal caseback  Diameter: 48.8mm Movement: manually wound, exclusive HYT caliber with, 65 hours power reserve, bridges decorated with Geneva stripes and chamfered by hand, rhodium-plated bellows  Indications: retrograde liquid hours, minutes at 12 o’clock, small seconds at 9:30, 65-hour power reserve indicator at 2:30 Dial: unstructured, liquid hours, luminous hands and markers Strap: rubber with titanium pin buckle


H1 Azo Project developed the science of resin: tinted fluorescent yellow, the brand’s favourite color, its polyepoxyde resin is translucent, four times lighter than titanium and three times as resistant to abrasion.

In the wake of the H1 trilogy’s success (see the DLC version above), HYT launches its second collection engineered in partnership with Audemars Piguet Renaud Papi. The H2 is even more technically complex and aesthetically accomplished, while retaining the same unbelievable DNA : hydro-mechanical horology. With this horological oxymoron, the hours of the H2 are indicated by a fluorescent aqueous liquid released from a flexible reservoir compressed by a piston. The first colored liquid travels through the capillary pushing the transparent viscous liquid back into its own reservoir and then returning to its original position at 6:00 in what is referred to as a retrograde manner.


This hybrid interpretation of the concept has been given an architectural stage-setting better serving the purpose of the mechanical nature of the H2. A double barrel visible on the back delivers an 8-day power reserve to this patented fluidic mechanism that is more clearly highlighted in this new configuration, such as with the balance spring displayed at noon on its bridge. Another H2 feature is the 9 o’clock hand serving as a thermometer indicating if the watch is in its optimal temperature segment. Opposite the latter, the crown-position hand (H-N-R) indicates if you are either setting the time (H), winding up the power-reserve (R), or central (N) when the crown is in its original position.


The H2 last complication is the large structured minute hand with a “dephaseur angulaire” meaning that it jumps across the inner end of the bellows.


For further information, experience the HYT website on www.hytwatches.com

Rédacteur en chef des magazines GMT et Skippers dont il est le cofondateur depuis 2000 et 2001, Brice Lechevalier est aussi à la tête de WorldTempus depuis son intégration dans la société GMT Publishing, qu’il dirige en tant que co-actionnaire. Il a par ailleurs créé le Geneva Watch Tour en 2012 et conseille le Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève depuis 2011. Côté nautisme, il édite aussi le magazine de la Société Nautique de Genève depuis 2003, tout en étant membre fondateur des SUI Sailing Awards (les prix officiels de la voile suisse) depuis 2009 et du Concours d’Elégance de bateaux à moteur du Cannes Yachting Festival depuis 2015.

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