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Sunday, November 18, 2012

HYT H1 Black DLC Watch

HYT H1 Black DLC Watch

H1 by HYT is still making plenty of noise. This impudent timepiece makes a new appearance, all in black. The Hydro Mechanical Horologists at HYT – the alchemists of the extreme behind this fluid fantasy – have turned an utopian dream into reality: to incorporate liquid into a mechanical wristwatch. As one of the two reservoirs at 06:00 compresses, the other expands and vice versa, pushing the fluids through the capillary tube. As the hours pass, the fluorescent liquid advances inside the tube. The half-moon meniscus marks the boundary where the two fluids meet to indicate the hour. At 18:00, the liquid returns to its initial position in a retrograde movement. The upper section of the watch is an unstructured geometry of superpositions and reliefs. The small seconds counter which overlaps the minute regulator in the centre bears a striking resemblance to a waterwheel. An intuitive time-telling object and high-flying mechanics that blow existing approaches apart. The inspired design leaves no doubt as to the revolutionary nature and out-of-the-box creativity of the whole.

Movement Hand-wound, exclusive HYT calibre, 28,800 vib/h, 35 jewels, hand-chamfered bridges with "Côtes de Genève" motif, rhodium-plated bellows, 65-hour power reserve
Retrograde fluid hours, minutes, seconds and power-reserve indicator
Black DLC titanium with satin brushed finish, 48.8 mm
Rubber-clad screw-lock crown
Metal dome at 6 o'clock
Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective interior, screw-down sapphire back
Water-resistant to 100 m / 10 ATM
Unstructured, black
Fluid hours, luminescent hourmarkers and hands
Regulator at 12 o'clock
Small seconds wheel at half past 9
Power-reserve indicator at half past 2
Rubber, black DLC titanium buckle

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