HYT - H0 Blue Night
HYT - H0 Blue Night

H0 Blue Night

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H0 Blue Night

The HYT adventure is intimately intertwined with Chronopassion’s and more precisely with its founder, Laurent Picciotto, who was one of the first to participate in the grand adventure of liquid time.
 
The strong bonds of friendship that unite HYT and Chronopassion have produced the H0 Blue Night, a watch that will be exclusively available from the famous Parisien retailer.
 
An association between these two companies is completely natural. Chronopassion, tireless seeking out the latest trends, never stops modernising its strategy in the face of an ever-changing watch industry. HYT on the other hand, possesses a unique expertise in the production of timepieces using fluid technology and the limitless field of expression that comes along with it.
 
The H0 collection, unveiled during Baselworld 2017, is enjoying a highly successful start. The piece focuses one’s attention on the fluids using a sapphire glass dome which magnifies them and makes the fluids visible from all angles. Highlight by a pure design, the hours can be read thanks to a continuously moving blue column of liquid, that represents time flowing by. A Super-LumiNova® coating on the underside of the glass tube that houses the liquid, allows time to be read at night. The minutes are displayed by a hand placed at 12h and the seconds on a small indicator placed at 9h. The cut-out placed at 2h allows the power reserve level to be read.
 

Technical specifications

Datasheet
H0 Blue Night
Functions: Blue retrograde fluidic hours, minutes, seconds, power reserve
Case: Black DLC stainless steel with brushed, micro-blasted and satin-finished finishes
- Diameter: 48.8 mm
- Height: 18.7 mm
- Screw-down black DLC stainless steel crown
- Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on the dial side
- Screw-down case-back, sapphire glass
- Water-resistant to 30 metres
Movement: Mechanical with manual winding, exclusive HYT “cal. 101” 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
- Micro-blasted and satin-finished black opaline hour dial, engraved numerals with white Super-LumiNova®, hour indexes with blue 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 white Super-LumiNova®
Minute dial
- Micro-blasted and satin-finished black opaline minute dial, white numerals, numerals and indexes with white Super-LumiNova®
Seconds dial
- Micro-blasted and satin-finished black opaline seconds dial, white numerals and indexes
Micro-blasted and satin-finished black opaline power reserve indicator
Blue minute and second hands with white Super-LumiNova®
Regulator at 12 o'clock
Power reserve indicator at 2.30 (disc black / blue)
Strap: Rubber, black DLC titanium deployant buckle
Ref.: 048-DL-90-BF-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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