AWESOME: The New HYT H3, with Retrograde, Linear Fluid Time Display (with Video)

HYT H3 watch titanium - Perpetuelle

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:

HYT H3 watch dial detail - Perpetuelle

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.

HYT H3 watch caseback - Perpetuelle

The H3, cased in titanium, will be limited to just 25 pieces.  At 292,000CHF, this is a true mega-millionaires toy!

HYT Skull Watches (with Video)

HYT Skull Eye Red Watch

The last indication from HYT’s Facebook page was that the “World Premiere” of this new watch was set for January 19th.  But apparently they could not wait any longer to unveil these limited edition pieces.   HYT has reshaped the capillaries of its “liquid timekeeping” technology (as I explained here) into the outline of a skull.  It is a strange thing, but for some reason many watch brands, particularly those on the avant-garde side of the world, just can’t resist a good “skull watch.”  There’s clearly a market for them, and done properly, like these by HYT, the effect can be quite compelling

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HYT Skull Eye Watches - Red and Green Fluid - Perpetuelle

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HYT H1 Dracula DLC Watch

HYT Watches H1 Dracula DLC detail

Inspired by the unforgettable 19th century vampire legend and the mystical bloody eclipse of Transylvania, the H1 Dracula DLC features red fluid in its timekeeping capillaries as well as red-stained creases in its black alligator strap.   The look is, well, killer.  A limited series of 50 pieces, the HYT H1 Dracula is priced at $64,000 per, comparable to other HYT H1 models.  This is special edition is now available, and can be seen on display at Harrod’s in London.  Clearly the folks at HYT are having a lot of fun carving out their niche — about as far from mainstream horology as you can get.   As they should be…life’s too short not to have fun doing what you do.
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HYT H1 “Velvet Gun” (Liquid Time Display)

HYT H1 Velvet Gun

Not a new model, but rather a new purple-hazed titanium case for HYT’s H1.   The minute dial is also given a new look.  Inspiration?  “Lake’s reflections as the [Swiss watchmaking] summer starts, listening to Jimi Hendrix’s Purple Haze, we dared to step out of conformity and added unique metallic shades on our H1 case architecture giving elegant purple tones.”   It is a little hard to discern the color from the press kit photos, but in the right light the Velvet Gun should show its true colors.  Anyway, I like it.   Available later this month, the HYT H1 Velvet Gun is offered in a limited edition of 50 pieces, 56,000 CHF per ($62k at current f/x).
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