HYT -  H0 : Orange
Luc Virginius / Chronopassion
HYT -  H0 : Orange

H0 : Orange

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H0 : #codesource

H0: #codesource

Going back to basics means going straight to the very essence. By taking as its focus the visual and emotional possibilities of time flowing as a fluid, HYT allowed watchmaking to enter the new millennium, whilst continuing to root its creative process in the very origins of time measurement. This manifesto has been further extended with the new H0 from HYT which, with the purity of its lines, encapsulates the very idea of a source code… 

All life on earth is dependent on fluids. This truth inspired in HYT the desire to focus our attention on the continuous movement of a coloured and a transparent fluid within a capillary. This display system, as unique as it is complex to realise, gives the impression that it is levitating. It offers new and intuitive perspectives on how to read and interact with both time and space. 

With a large part of the movement hidden underneath a curved dial — suggesting the concentric waves formed by drops of water repeatedly falling into the basin of a water clock — HYT is re-engaging with magic and mystery, and with the source of life. 

The first watch brand in history to offer collections which utilise major innovations in microfluidic technology, for its new H0 collection, HYT has decided to rework its design. Pared down to the essential, only a section is revealed to provide a better understanding of the extraordinary sophistication of the systems within. Less is more… A fraction of the bellows is revealed through drop-shape openings in the surface of the dial. The minimalist design of the titanium piece focusses the attention on the artistic, spectacular dimensions of the fluid display. 

By basing the volume of the H0 on the circle, the droplet, and waves, HYT reinforces its belief in the fundamental principle that space and time are one. These primal curves are themselves inspired by a pebble, worn smooth by water from a mountain stream. 

Augmented by a futuristic design, the minutes can be read via a hand positioned at 12 o'clock and the seconds via a small counter at 9 o'clock. The practical cutaway at 2 o'clock enables the power reserve level to be viewed. 

This finely balanced assembly is magnified by a sapphire crystal which offers a completely new perspective, that of a side-on display. The H0 is available with a supple rubber strap, with its fixings integrated into the case middle so the flow of its lines continues uninterrupted, ensuring it is supremely comfortable to wear.

Technical specifications

Datasheet 

H0 Orange 

Functions: Black retrograde fluidic hours, minutes, seconds, power reserve 

Case: Titanium with brushed, micro-blasted and satin-finished finishes 

- Diameter: 48.8 mm 

- Height: 17.9 mm 

- Screw-down titanium and black DLC titanium crown 

- Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on the dial side 

- Screw-down sapphire case-back 

- Water-resistant to 30 metres 

 

Movement: Mechanical with manual winding, exclusive HYT calibre 

- 28,800 Vph, 4 Hz, 35 jewels 

- Bridges hand-bevelled and adorned with Côtes de Genève 

- 65-hour power reserve 

 

HYT's exclusive patented micro-fluidic module: 

- Two multi-layer metal bellows 

- Capillary tube in medical grade glass, with interior nano-coating 

- Two immiscible liquids; one transparent and the other coloured with a highly resistant dye 

- Thermal compensator with dedicated bellow containing a special liquid 

- Ceramic fluid restrictors 

 

Dial: Unstructured, fluid hour display 

Hour dial 

- Satin-finished silver hour dial, engraved numerals and indexes with orange Super-LumiNova® 

- Hour chapter filled with white Super-LumiNova® 

- Micro-blasted and satin-finished black opaline central dial, engraved indexes, hour numerals and indexes with orange Super-LumiNova® 

Minute dial 

- Micro-blasted and satin-finished silver opaline minute dial, black numerals, indexes with orange Super-LumiNova® 

Seconds dial 

- Micro-blasted and satin-finished gun opaline seconds dial, orange numerals and indexes 

• Micro-blasted and satin-finished gun opaline power-reserve indicator 

• Orange minute and second hands with white Super-LumiNova® 

• Regulator at 12 o'clock 

• Power reserve indicator at 2.30 (disc black / orange) 

 

Strap: Rubber, titanium deployant buckle 

Ref.: 048-TT-92-NF-RU 

 

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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