Unless you live in ancient Egypt, China or Greece, you may never have seen the otherworldly HYT H1. Welcome to the past, welcome to the past. HYT’s hydraulic machinery H1 combines Swiss mechanical haute horology with the first fluid-based time interface since the ancient leaking “water clock”.
The bimetallic bellows constitutes the technical and aesthetic core of the revolutionary HYT 101 movement. Each bellows acts as a reservoir for high-viscosity fluids: one kind of fluorescent green, one kind of transparency. The calibrated circumferential tube connecting the reservoir serves as a time trace, while the visible meniscus between the two fluids serves as a flow time scale or “hour hand.”
In addition, HYT H1 is a traditional Swiss regulator and retrograde device. A traditional 60-minute hand is located at 12 o’clock, which can track the movement of the meniscus. The dynamic and static turbine display at 9 o’clock provides a constant indication of the number of seconds, and at 2:30, it displays a 65-hour power reserve with a conventional sweep indicator.
When the fluorescent oil fills the display for the entire 12 hours and reaches six o’clock, the retrograde function of HYT H1 will “jump up”. At this point, the green fluid quickly receded to 360 degrees of the origin on the other side of its six-point index. The entire calibrated hourly track will be cleared, and the green liquid will begin to track the progress of the next 12 hours of the day.
The 49mm HYT H1 titanium watch may be inspired by the classical era, but its size and wrist breath are obviously 21st century. The layered aesthetics ensures that every structural element in the case structure is fully expressed; this is a watch that celebrates the appearance and characteristics of the original machinery. HYT added a rubber strap with suitable end pieces to ensure seamless integration with the side of the case. Its reading is a constant flow of modern materials.
HYT’s ultra-comfortable rubber strap team uses short lugs, a flat back cover and the inherent lightness of titanium alloys to produce excellent ergonomics. H1’s 49mm case seems practical; HYT fits well for wrists as small as 5.5 inches in circumference.
In addition, HYT H1 replica is a real-world watch designed to give you a feeling of confidence and comfort. It has established its ergonomic excellence, but the practicality of the H1 stems from its screw-in crown, 100-meter (330-foot) water resistance and shockproof movement. Although the HYT H1 is similar to a concept watch or a Baselworld prototype, it is designed to withstand the harsh tests of real life on the wrist: in every way, it is a serious sports watch.
The manually wound HYT 101 movement combines the revolutionary meaning of time and the best traditions of Swiss mechanical watchmaking. Designed in collaboration with boutique sports expert Chronode and Cal’s Jean-Francois Mojhon. 101 has the expected stripes of Geneva timepieces, set off by mirror-quality glazed materials and compact chassis. Similarly, the moving brushed gears and 28,800 VpH escapement components show strict attention to finishing details.
But the hydraulic system is its highlight, and luxury HYT keeps it visible in the center of the hollow dial and movement. This mechanism takes a full ten years from concept to market, and it is one of the few real breakthroughs in the last two decades of the development of high-end watches.
Others rearranged the same regulator hands (Patek, JLC, Chronoswiss, etc.), retrograde (Gerald Genta, Daniel Roth, Vacheron), wandering time (Urwerk, AP) and jumping time (Vianney Halter, AP, Lange, De Bethune) ), only HYT can truly break the shackles of the past, and H1 is a blue sky dream realized in metal, fluid and crystal.