The Hydromechanical Horologists are back this year and they have released the SIHH 2018 HYT H20 presenting a innovative 3D perspective on time. HYT came onto the scene in 2012, introducing the world to a profound new concept in timekeeping with their hybrid H1 timepiece. As a testimony to their avant garde feat of watchmaking, the fluidic watch took home the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève for Best Innovative Watch that year as well.
For SIHH 2018, the new HYT H20 presents the uniquely identifiable if mesmerising display of time thanks to its 3D transparency, showcasing the essential HYT union of art and science, once again, using fluid to measure time’s passing. The SIHH 2018 HYT H20 comprises two limited editions of fluidic timekeeping, each comprising 25 numbered pieces.
SIHH 2018 HYT H20 presents radical 3D perspectives on Time
Of the two HYT H20 novelties launched this year, one is clothed in black and harbors a bright green fluid; the other has a silver-colored case and deep blue liquid. Their universal design language is transparency, accenting aesthetics and technical detail simultaneously. The angled positioning of the two bellows that propel time forward in the patented HYT micro-fluidic module is the gateway to an overall appearance with a distinctive 3D character. A jumping minute hand, crown position indicator and thermal indicator are further elements of this live performance in a meticulously constructed theater of time. The H20 traces and embraces the essence of flow.
The visible H20 timing concept is rooted in the continuous movement of a colored and a transparent fluid in a capillary. Like a flourishing river, time never stands still. This technology reflects that core philosophy. A cloche-like sapphire crystal offers an intriguing lateral view of time’s progress. It takes the memory to the pristine equipment of a science laboratory and the imagination to the protective display of a precious item, in this case time. Viewed from the side, the digits, markers and directive arrows appear to be floating. Yet their anchor is pure precision.
HYT H20 Price and Specs
Case 51 mm black DLC coated or stainless steel case with 30 metre water resistance
Movement Manual winding APRP exclusive calibre for HYT with 192 hours power reserve
Strap Black rubber with titanium folding buckle