HYT H1 Watch
Ok, now this is new. So new, HYT has filed seven patents for this watch alone. The HYT H1 is a revolutionary new watch from the Hydro Mechanical Horologist at HYT led by former Concord CEO Vincent Perriard. The H1 uses a “fluorescein” liquid-filled tube to indicate the hours. It reminds me a bit of an old bubble level filled with neon green goop. Two bellows, controlled and regulated by the mechanical movement, push and pull the fluid around the watch. The minutes are displayed in a separate register at the 12 o’clock position with a reserve de march to the right and “water wheel” seconds indicator to the left.
The case is modern and large at 48.8 millimeters wide and just under 18 millimeters thick. The HYT comes in four metal options, Rose Gold, Titanium, Black DLC Coated Titanium and Rose Gold & Titanium Two-Tone. With a price range from $45,000 to an estimated $60,000 the HYT is perhaps a bit less expensive than other watches of this ilk. Yeah, $45K is a lot for a normal watch, but this is no normal watch.
The 35 jewel hand-wound mechanical movement has a 65 hour power reseve with 28,800 vph. The bridges are hand-chamfered and emblazoned with Côtes de Genève. The two very cool bellows are rhodium plated to give the watch great depth and dimension.
This watch is amazing and sits right at the top of my must-have list, right next to the MB&F Thunderbolt and the Harry Winston Opus 11. Ok, make that Opus 1-12.