HYT - HYT H1 Color Block blue
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HYT - HYT H1 Color Block blue

HYT H1 Color Block blue

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HYT H1 ColorBlock blue

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. 

Something 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

- blue hour dial, white indexes and numerals

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

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

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

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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