HYT - HYT H1 Color Block yellow
HYT - HYT H1 Color Block yellow

HYT H1 Color Block yellow

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HYT H1 ColorBlock yellow

HYT celebrates its 3rd anniversary. Having made its mark on 21st century watchmaking, the brand has now laid a colourful milestone: the Colorblock collection.

 

"Fun, colour, pleasure." Three words; one theme? Such was the vision of Vincent Perriard, who co-founded HYT three years ago. "To celebrate this anniversary, we wanted to please our fans and play around a bit with what we have created, starting with our first baby - the H1. It's an opportunity to offer enthusiasts an exclusive version of this iconic model, incorporating unique conditions. Yellow, blue and red are the three colours featured in the Colorblock collection. The colours are in tune with the spirit of HYT: imposing, fresh, explosive and uncompromising. The colours feature on the dial, the flange and the strap.

 

 

THREE BOLD CHARACTERS

 

The yellow version is the most distinctive, as this is HYT's trademark colour. Dynamic, flamboyant and radiant, it offers an arresting contrast with the anthracite case in Gun Metal PVD.

 

The blue version is the most subtle, featuring a glacial aura of a surprising depth.

 

The red version is the most radical and striking. It is the only version to incorporate just three shades: red, black (liquid) and grey (movement), with each of the other versions bearing traces of red on the power reserve and the second wheel.

 

Each piece features a strap in a brand new, ultra-resistant fabric specially designed for these models. 

 

SOMETHIG OLD, AND SOMETHING BORROWED

 

The H1 Colorblock remain faithful to their ancestors (the first H1 was launched in 2012). A heartfelt tribute to the model that paved the way for radically innovative watchmaking. The most knowledgeable enthusiasts will notice a few details borrowed from HYT's contemporary models, such as the black liquid created for the H1 Full Gold, or the minute hand developed for the H1 Ghost. The capillary on the H1 Colorblock is partially coated in SuperLumiNova (SLN), which glows green in low light to illuminate it from below, allowing the time to be read "by deduction": the opaque black liquid blocks light, while the clear liquid allows it

through.

 

The H1 Colorblock will be available from early December 2016, in three limited editions of 10 pieces. "With this collection, we wanted to open up the unique world of HYT to a new generation whose primary value is creation, not imitation or bland reinterpretation of the past. HYT offers owners a breathtaking range of emotions via a new reading of time, as it both passes and - crucially - opens up before us.

 

This is all made possible thanks to a number of patented inventions based on cutting-edge aerospace and medical technology," concludes Gregory Dourde, CEO of HYT.

 

Technical specifications

Case: titanium gun metal PVD with brushed, shot-peened and satin-finished surfaces

- diameter: 48.8 mm

- thickness: 17.9 mm

- black rubber-clad screw-lock crown

- titanium gun metal PVD crown guard screw-locked added lugs

- titanium gun metal PVD dome at 06:00

- cambered sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating on the inside

- screw-down sapphire back

- water-resistant to 100 meters

Functions: retrograde black fluidic 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, fluidic hours

- yellow hour dial, white indexes and numerals

- yellow minute dial, white indexes and numerals, black minute hand

- hours’ path filled with white Super-LumiNova®

- luminescent hand and hour-markers

- regulator at 12:00

- small seconds wheel at 09:30

- power-reserve indicator at 02:30

Strap: yellow reinforced fabric, water resistant and anti-allergen fibres; sustainably

produced; black topstitching; titanium gun metal PVD pin buckle,

 

Ref: 148-TT-80-NF-FY; Limited edition of 10 pieces

Who's who

FLUID TIME

 

HYT was born of a question. Time flows and only gains meaning through content. So why limit its measurement to indicating the now in splendid isolation, with needle-sharp hands or fleeting digital displays?  Determined that its rebellion should make statements and waves, a multi-disciplinary think-tank set out to create timepieces that visibly connect the past, present and future. The HYT answer is a watch that overcomes the force of gravity to indicate the passage of time with liquids. Highly advanced technology took its cue from philosophy to mirror time’s intrinsic fluidity. 

 

The rest is history. To be precise, it’s history that began 3,400 years ago with the Clepsydras, or water clocks, of the Pharaohs. These so-called “water thieves” transported H2O from one container to another to measure elapsed or “stolen” time. This meaningful visualization of the transition of time seemingly disappeared until 2012, when HYT broke new scientific ground, inventing a wristwatch integrating a patented fluidic module. A colored liquid documents the recent past; a transparent fluid indicates the foreseeable future. Their meeting point is a meniscus, aka the now.

 

Today HYT is an ecosystem that unites science, hi-technology, philosophy, art and design. Based in Neuchâtel, at the heart of the traditional Swiss watchmaking region, a dedicated team of 43 individuals makes liquid time real time. Their radical wristwatches harmoniously incorporate a mechanical watch movement as the trigger to the fluid propulsion. They make total sense of time – time and time again. 

 

 

MAKING SENSE OF TIME

 

For HYT, technology is the stuff that dreams are made of. Dreaming of visibly linking the past, present and future and of defying gravity set the bar high. Today’s reality is a watch that breaks new scientific ground, measuring time’s passage with a patented fluidic module that took 15 years of inspiration to develop. HYT timepieces are portable hubs of technical firsts and fascinations, dedicated to making sense of time in the twenty-first century. Radical is the new relevant.

 

Liquid timekeeping is the HYT answer to capturing time’s flow and context as opposed to an isolated current moment. Two bellows, with walls four times finer than a human hair, form the engine of the fluid module. As each one compresses or expands, it releases or receives one of two immiscible liquids, one colored and one transparent. These correspond to elapsed or imminent time respectively. Advanced chemistry was the mentor for the in-house development of a liquid dye with the required visibility, esthetics, durability and UV resistance. The meeting of the liquids, i.e. the now, is termed a "marriage". This can only take place between two fluids that complement each other while maintaining their intrinsic individuality. Assuring the long-term reliability of this innovative timekeeping method is proprietary testing equipment with the ability to accelerate time, reducing a year to a month. Twice a day the fluid module issues an open invitation for reflection as the colored liquid that has plotted the course of the last 12 hours flows back to its original position. Back to the future in horological form.

 

Liquid time obtains its rhythm from a specially created haute horlogerie mechanical movement that interfaces with the two bellows. Front of stage, the visible proof of accuracy is the domain of a curved 0.8 mm thin glass capillary. The capillaries’ coating, eliminating any obstacle to flow, ranks as one of the watch’s most expensive elements. Full transparency is a further must in the quest to visualize time. Technicians spend a full year perfecting the technique of filling the capillary. Even the smallest of air bubbles could threaten accuracy, especially at altitude. The technology portfolio in every HYT watch shows that the whole is much more than the sum of its parts - and that time standing still is never an option.

 

 

GRÉGORY DOURDE - HYT CEO

 

Grégory Dourde, an engineering graduate from the Ecole National des Ponts & Chaussées (Paris), obtained an MBA from the Collège des Ingénieurs in 1997. He has worked for major brands, including Cartier, in Retail / Marketing strategy and in the reorganisation of jewellery activity, followed by the Swatch Group and Calvin Klein Watches, and also the Management board of manufacturing companies under Nicolas Hayek Senior. He then founded his own consulting company, working on performance enhancement and development projects for companies operating in the medical, watchmaking and high-tech sectors, among others. His interest in and passion for fields as diverse as the physical sciences, biology, philosophy, plastic arts and music, reveal a desire to nurture and enrich ideas through an interdisciplinary approach, using this cross-pollination as the basis for research into innovative and original solutions.

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