HYT - H2 Iceberg White Gold
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HYT - H2 Iceberg White Gold

H2 Iceberg White Gold

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H2 Iceberg White Gold

 
HYT launched its second collection engineered in partnership with Audemars Piguet Renaud Papi. In 2014 they introduced the H2 Iceberg White Gold even more technically complex and aesthetically accomplished, while keeping the same unbelievable DNA : hydro-mechanical horology. This 8-day power reserve timepiece is composed of three new functions: a thermal indicator - at 9:00 - indicating if the watch is in its optimal temperature segment; opposite the latter, a crown-position hand (H-N-R) indicates if you are either setting the time (H), winding-up the power-reserve (R), or neutral (N) when the crown is in its original position and finally at 6:00, a « déphaseur angulaire » also called jumping minute hand. 

Technical specifications

Case: Titanium case and white gold bezel with polished, micro blasted 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 meters
Functions: Retrograde blue fluidic hours; Minutes with a « dephaseur angulaire »
(jumping hand) at 30 minutes; Crown position indicator (H-N-R); Thermal indicator
Movement: Mechanical with manual winding, exclusive HYT caliber
- 21,600 vib/h, 3 Hz, 28 jewels
- Titanium bridges and titanium colored satin-finished accents
- 192-hour (8-day) power reserve
Dial:
- Polyepoxyde hour dial; Blue printed indexes and numerals
- Sapphire minute dial; Blue-stained stainless steel minute hand
- Luminescent minute hand and hour-markers
Strap:
- Black rubber gummy alligator
- Silver titanium folding clasp
Limited edition of 20 pieces
Ref: 248-TW-OO-BF-RA 
 

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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