Within the watch industry, HYT have become renowned for inventing the seemingly impossible. However, with their H4 Neo 2 Blue model they raise the bar of what can be created within the confines of a watch case even further than ever before.
From every aspect the HYT Neo Blue is a high tech conversation stopper. Defined by its vivid colour tones, the watch carries its avant-garde persona within a sculpted 51mm black DLC titanium case.
From this stealthy housing, a domed sapphire curves seductively, clasped by a robust protrusion at the 6 o’clock location. Around the perimeter of the dial, the hour numerals are stand-out white against their neon blue flange. Just within it, the tiny medical-grade glass capillary filled with two immiscible liquids, one transparent the other bright blue, encircles the dial.
On its own, this striking fluidic hour indication, for which HYT are famous, would be enough, but this Neo 2 Blue model has a few tricks yet to discover.
On the case side are two crowns. The titanium black DLC example at 2 o’clock enables standard time-setting and winding. But, the second crown, at the 4 o’clock location, which is characterised by its blue rubber cladding, has an entirely different agenda – it creates energy.
When the wearer winds the second crown, it winds a second mainspring. The power is then stored in a miniature generator, incorporated within the mechanical calibre. When the crown is pushed, this power is distributed to two LED lights located beneath the domed sapphire and the Neo 2 Blue takes on an entirely different personality.
In an instant, the whole dial becomes illuminated, thanks to the fluorescent nanoparticles used in its construction and the white Super-LumiNova material on the indications. This astounding technology, which utilises the smallest dynamo ever invented, enhances every nuance of the interface of the Neo 2 Blue watch, transforming it into a visual spectacle of unparalleled supremacy.
Elsewhere on the dial, the high-tech aesthetic is complemented by transparent elements for the regulateur hours, seconds and power reserve indications. Blue and red accents conform further to the overall contemporary spirit of this unique watch façade.
The exclusive HYT manual winding mechanical movement which gives power to the Neo 2 Blue beats at 28,000 vph. Despite the inclusion of a second winding spring, its gives a generous power reserve of 65 hours. Turn the piece over and a sapphire case back offers a glimpse at its highly unusual architecture.
The HYT Neo 2 Blue model comes presented on a reinforced strap made from technical material, which secures to the wrist comfortably using a black DLC titanium folding buckle. The model is a small series release of just 50 pieces.