We’ve been waiting for innovative watchmaker HYT to reveal its next design, and here it is. An impressive evolution of its “fluid time” technology, the H3 uses HYT’s core technology (two bellows injecting a capillary with fluid which moves to display the time) in a linear fashion. This is unlike the H1 and H2 (hands-on here) which had circular capillaries running around the periphery of the dial. The case is an imposing 62mm x 41mm, with a rectangular shape that reminded of Urwerk’s CC1 and MB&F’s HM5.
Let’s kick it off with this nicely choreographed video:
The H3’s bespoke, manual-wind movement, created in collaboration with Audemars Piguet Renaud & Papi, is custom fit to the case. The six, four-sided cubes represent the 24 hours; the cubes rotate 90º every six hours, with the current hour indicated by the position of the linear fluid time display (note the two bellows at either side of the case). The minutes are also displayed linearly. Both indications operate in retrograde fashion as well.
In other words, as seen here, it is about 4:50 a.m:
You can see the large balance wheel in the lower left, with those beautiful bridges. A pusher on the side of the case manually turns the row of hour marker cubes for time setting. There is a power reserve indicator on the caseback — 170 hours via two barrels, impressive given everything going on in this movement.
The H3, cased in titanium, will be limited to just 25 pieces. At 292,000CHF, this is a true mega-millionaires toy!