Independent watch brand HYT are already renowned for taking inspiration from the realms of science, medicine and the aerospace industry in order to create a portfolio brimming with originality. However, with their H4 Neo 2 Red model, they introduce an unprecedented mechanically-driven device which achieves the seemingly impossible.
From every aspect the HYT Neo 2 Red 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 vibrant red flange. Just within it, the tiny medical-grade glass capillary filled with two immiscible liquids, one transparent the other red, encircles the dial.
On its own, this compelling fluidic hour indication would be enough to entice, but this Neo 2 Red 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 red 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 Red takes on an entirely different personality.
In an instant, the whole dial becomes illuminated, thanks to fluorescent nanoparticles used in its construction and 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 Red 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. Red accents on the power reserve, small seconds and on the minutes markers 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 Red 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 Red 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.