HYT - H0 Blue Night
Luc Virginius / Chronopassion
HYT - H0 Blue Night

H0 Blue Night

HYT
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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

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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