Renowned for their innovative designs and futuristic styling, independent watchmakers, HYT have brought an entirely new complication to the industry. Their fluidic hour indication provides a fascinating view on the transition of the hours, enabled by two immiscible liquids contained within a tiny, curved glass capillary.
As the hours flow gently in a seemingly effortless manner, time itself appears to be unstructured. And, after twelve hours have passed, the wearer is offered a precious moment of contemplation, as the liquid goes into retrograde motion. Is this a chance to reflect and rewind the past, or an opportunity to erase it in order to face the future without fear? This is a question only the owner of a HYT watch can answer. With a sleek aesthetic throughout, the HYT H2.0 All Blue is an outstanding wristwatch.
It carries a generous 51mm stainless steel case, which has been given a stealthy black DLC coating. Form this generous housing, a huge box-domed sapphire crystal rises up to envelope almost the entire watch. On its steep sides, Arabic numerals, enhanced with white lacquer, serve to indicate the hours. Beneath this vitreous dome, a superb technical interface is fully exposed.
Encircling the dial, a glass capillary animates the perimeter. Within it are two liquids, one transparent the other vivid blue. These fluids are destined never to merge, thanks to their fiercely opposing properties, but they work in unison in order to indicate the hours.
The two multi-layer bellows which breathe life into the fluidic hour indication are laid out in a “V” configuration on the lower dial. Together they control the precise release of the liquid by alternatively pushing or releasing the fluids. Upon completion of a full 12 hour cycle, the liquids restore to the original position in a retrograde action.
In the centre of the dial, a phase shift, or jumping minute hand, provides added drama as it instantly jumps after 30 minutes have passed, while a red “HNR” indicator hand indicates the adjustment modes of the movement for hours, neutral and rewind.
Despite its futuristic characteristics, visible traditional watchmaking components including the balance, which rises up upon its black DLC titanium bridges, affirm the Haute Horlogerie credentials of this astounding piece.
Turn the piece over and a new panorama is revealed. Here the sandblasted titanium bridges and satin-finished components of the manual winding mechanical movement can be appreciated and the rear-side of the rhodium-plated bellows can be viewed. Beating at 21,600 vph, the calibre has an astounding 192-hour power reserve. The HYT H2.0 All Blue watch wears comfortably on an integrated black rubber strap with black DLC titanium folding buckle. The exclusivity of this model is assured thanks to its limited release of just 10 pieces.