HYT - H0 Gold
HYT - H0 Gold

H0 Gold

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Sophisticated. Self-assured. Sleek.

Gold is the perfect commodity to share the intrinsic HYT fascination with time’s fluidity. Born of a harmonious union of tradition and modernity, the H0 Gold celebrates this precious metal’s immaculate journey from the jewels of antiquity, to unsurpassed energy conduction in the digital age. Archaeology meets the laboratory in a watch design that states self-confidence, offering wearers a clear perspective on exactly where they are, right now.
 
The inspiration of meticulous excavation finds expression in a focus on the bare essentials of the passage of time. Their instigator comprises two multi-layer bellows, visible through the dial. These trigger the forward movement of time through the patented HYT micro-fluidic module. Aesthetics applaud the science-based measurement of liquid. A curved dial surface appears to host a drop of water; a subtle wave pattern completes the scene. Like unrestrained water, time never stands still. 
HYT is graphic in its core belief that context and content define time. It supports this viewpoint in the H0 Gold with an instantly visible black fluid indicating recently elapsed time and a clear one suggesting what is to come. Considered dial detail, such as a power reserve display with a water-themed pattern, provide exacting punctuation in this 360° statement on the intricate relationship between time and space. An ultra-matt black strap in alligator leather complements the 18k Champagne-colored gold case. With 2N purity and a confidently current mix of circular brushing and fine sandblasting, this confirms the timepiece’s relevance and presence, rooted in what matters. A golden opportunity to go with the flow.
 

Technical specifications

H0 Gold
Functions: 
- Black fluidic hours
- Minutes, seconds, power reserve
Case: 
- Yellow gold (2N) with microblasted, polished and satin finishes
- Diameter: 48.8 mm
- Height: 18.7 mm
- Yellow gold (2N) crown
- Box-domed sapphire crystal, anti-reflective coating
- Screwed case-back, sapphire crystal
- Water-resistant to 30 meters
HYT's exclusive patented micro-fluidic module:
- Borosilicate glass capillary tube, nano-coating interior
- Multi-layer metal bellows
- Two immiscible liquids; one transparent, the other one colored with a highly resistant dye
- Thermal compensator with dedicated bellow and specific liquid
- High-tech ceramic fluidic restrictors
Movement: 
- Mechanical with manual winding, exclusive caliber
- 28,800 Vph, 4 Hz, 35 jewels
- Sand blasted movement finish
- 65-hour power reserve
Interface: 
- Transmission between movement and fluidic module by conversion of rotation into linear movement using a cam-follower system
- Isostatic connection of the fluidic system guaranteed by a trident
Dial: 
- Gold opaline dial, engraved markers and numerals, white Super-LumiNova®
- Brushed and microblasted counters, engraved markers and numerals, white Super-LumiNova®
- Black minute and second hands, white Super-LumiNova®
Strap: Black matt alligator, yellow gold (2N) and titanium folding buckle
Ref.: 048-GD-94-NF-CR
 

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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