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HYT - HYT , H2 Titane pvd

HYT , H2 Titane pvd

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HYT , H2 Titane dlc

The new tour de force from the Hydro Mechanical Horologists.

 

Earning its place in the sphere of high-end watchmaking by turning utopia into reality, hyt is continuing its allencompassing quest for hybridisation with the h2. The perfect alliance between high end watchmaking and fluid mechanics, the h2 was born of a vision shared by the hydro mechanical horologists and the aprp team (Audemars Piguet Renaud et Papi) overseen by giulio papi.

 

Bolstered by the enthusiastic reception to its launch in 2012, HYT is continuing its immersion in the world of Haute Horlogerie and pushing the limits of hydro mechanics yet further with the H2. The first sketches for this exclusive model date back to the summer of 2012. The guiding principle behind this new concept?
To further integrate fluidics into mechanical watchmaking.

 

HYBRIDISATION PUSHED TO ITS PEAK

Firstly, by the position of the bellows, positioned at 6 o'clock in "V" and rising, which clearly evokes the most outstanding achievements of automotive and aeronautical engineering. This optimises the integration of the interface that connects the watch mechanisms with the fluidic system. Mirroring the pair of bellows, the balance spring presides at midday on its black bridge, the dome marking the rhythm of life in this unique world. At 3 o'clock is a "H-N-R" crown position indicator, which brings to mind the gearstick of a racing car, is counterbalanced by the presence of another hand, which is also original and exclusive to HYT, a temperature indicator. Once the watch is being worn, this function enables the user to accurately find out when the fluid has reached the optimum temperature range. In the centre, a minute hand, designed in stages to perfectly fit the structure of the fluidic system jumps after 30 minutes to avoid the bellows.

 

 

 

Technical specifications

Case
  • Black DLC titanium with polished, microblasted and satin finishes
  • Diameter: 48.8 mm
  • Height: 17.9 mm
  • Screw-down dynamometric crown sheathed in rubber
  • Protected crown
  • Screwed lugs
  • Titanium dome at 6 o'clock
  • Domed sapphire crystal (box) with anti-reflection coating
  • Screwed sapphire back
  • Water-resistant to 50 metres
Movement
  • Mechanical with manual winding, exclusive HYT calibre
  • 21,600 vib/h, 3 Hz, 28 jewels
  • Titanium bridges with decorated microblasted Black PVD and titanium
  • coloured satin-finished accents
  • 192-hour (8-day) power reserve
Dial
  • Sapphire minute dial
Strap
  • Black rubber
  • Black DLC titanium pin buckle
Functions
  • Retrograde fluidic hours
  • Minutes with jumping hand at 30 minutes
  • Crown position indicator (H-N-R)
  • Temperature indicator

 

 

Who's who

They are both as unpredictable and unruly as one another, and never happier than when the entire industry voices its doubts about their choices. In the end, what brings together Vincent Perriard and Laurent Picciotto is perhaps their insatiable curiosity, driving them where no-one else has even dreamed of going. Not merely out of a desire to be provocative, but simply from a constant yearning to liven up the art of watchmaking.
Even if it is always preferable to appraise a brand over time rather than judge it on the basis of a one-off, the power of its ambition can nonetheless be gauged by its first timepiece. At HYT, Vincent Perriard formed the opinion that traditional watch mechanisms might be all well and good, but that fluid mechanics were even better. This led to the idea of displaying the time using a liquid. 
“Right from the start, when Vincent came to see me with this somewhat crazy idea, I found the approach to be very ingenious,” recalls Laurent Picciotto. “However, I immediately warned him against a merely stylistic exercise without any real future; he needed to display the genuine art of watchmaking – the only thing that could win him the esteem of his peers.”
For its co-founder, the practical outworking of this advice for the up-and-coming brand was to develop a purebred watch mechanism – a genuine in-house movement that added the full weight of credibility to the fluid time display. 
“I must admit that I still had some reservations until I finally saw the movement that was to support the concept,” says Laurent Picciotto. And that’s when all doubt was dispelled – completely new mechanics, a view from the back displaying two incredible pistons, and a front face revealing traditional watch workings.
Did that provide enough reassurance for knowledgeable watch lovers? Definitely. But the retailer looks a little further. “I also took the teams and their backgrounds into consideration. What I saw at HYT was people from the medical sector, researchers, committed guys who were keen to succeed,” continues Laurent Picciotto. “I’m confident about the way they see things. They have the right resources – and the right methods.” 
As 2012 draws to a close, the first HYTs have of course found a home at Chronopassion – probably for a very short space of time, given that demand is already far outstripping supply. However, this is a brand that we’ll be seeing plenty more of. “HYT will find its cruising speed and make its mark in the long term. It’s also a brand that’s likely to become a source of inspiration for many other independent watchmakers,” concludes Laurent Picciotto. 
 
Journalist : Olivier Müller
 
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