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
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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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).
Few more pics and a short video, on the click
HYT the “hydro-mechanical timekeeper” are revealing several new variations of their H1 and H2 models at Baselworld 2014. With two core designs settled upon, HYT is broadening the H1 and H2 collections with a variety of new fluid colors (red, blue) and case metals (titanium/Ti, aluminum alloy, Ti-bronze, DLC-ti, etc.) – there are some really cool new combinations coming!!! Above is a photo of the H1 that I took at Baselworld 2013. You can see all the 2014 combos in the video below, and as pics of several of them as well. Check ‘em out below