HYT - HYT H1 AZO PROJECT
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HYT - HYT H1 AZO PROJECT

HYT H1 AZO PROJECT

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HYT H1 AZO PROJECT

  • In the wake of the H1 success, HYT introduced this year, new case materials to enlarge its collection. The extreme alchemists developed the resin case with a tinted fluorescent yellow, the brand’s DNA colour 
  • This polyepoxyde resin is translucent and has amazing properties: seven times lighter than stainless steel, four times lighter than titanium but three times as resistant to abrasion. This model is also available in black transparent – H1 Graphite Project 
  • Neon colours are back brighter than ever. As trendsetters, the Hydro Mechanical Horologists push the limits beyond with the launch of their colour-of-light watch this fall.
  • 25-piece limited edition.
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Technical specifications

  • Ref : 148-PA-21-GF-RU
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  • Case: Azo polyepoxyde*
    - diameter: 48.8 mm
    - thickness: 17.9 mm
    - Titanium DLC rubber-clad screw-lock crown - Titanium DLC crown guard
  • - screw-locked added lugs
    - metal dome at 06:00 in Titanium DLC
    - cambered sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating on the inside - screw-down sapphire back
    - water-resistant to 30 meters
  • Functions: retrograde fluid hours; minutes, seconds
  • Movement: mechanical hand-wound, exclusive HYT calibre
    -28,800 vph, 4 Hz, 35 jewels
    - bridges hand-chamfered and adorned with côtes de Genève, rhodiumed bellows
    - 65-hour power reserve
  • Dial: unstructured, fluid hours
    - black dial, grey indexes & numerals, grey minute hand - luminescent minute hand and hour-markers
    - regulator at 12:00
    - small seconds wheel at 09:30
    - power-reserve indicator at 02:30
  • Strap: rubber, Titanium black DLC pin buckle
  • * Azo polyepoxyde: Firmness :
  • - Polyepoxyde : 700 vickers - Steel 20 AP: 860 vickers
    - Titanium : 250 vickers
  • Density :
  • - Polyepoxyde : 1.1g/cm3 - Steel 20 AP : 7.8 g/cm3 - Titanium : 4.51g/cm3
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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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