HYT -  H0 : Orange
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

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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