We have covered HYT since they burst into the scene a few years ago with the ground breaking H1 – liquid in a watch to tell time, and movement by Mojon. Then the H2 with the magnificent Renaud et Papi movement came on board, raising the average price HYT watches by almost double. By the time the H3 came, innovation and prices were at “bleeding” edge levels. Their H4 somewhat moderated the complications chase, and this Baselworld 2017, they introduce their back to basics with a new entry level collection: the HYT H0.
Distilling to the very essence of the concept of using liquid to indicate the time, the H0 pares it down to the minimum. But the watch remains complex. The mechanism to accurately indicate the hour by a coloured liquid in a capillary tube is as high tech as it can be, HYT perhaps being the only company with the ability to do so. The movement is pure mechanical, from the press release photographs
(only dial side pics were released), look like the same as the Mojon developed H1. HYT did not release photographs of the back for a view of the movement. We will discover this during our hands-on session in Baselworld next week. Retail price is CHF 57,000 for the H0 Black and CHF 55,000 for the H0 Orange and Silver. Other than the Colorblock (limited edition of 10 pieces in each colour, retailed for CHF 39,000 or S$55,000) released last year, now sold out, this will be the least expensive HYT in the market.
Three versions will be available, a black DLC titanium case called the H0 Black, a H0 Orange featuring orange accents on the dial, and a H0 Silver. All in titanium case, and with different colour fluids to show the retrograde hours. Each version is limited to 15 pieces.
The case remains rather massive, at 48.8mm in diameter, and the dial is curved, suggesting concentric waves formed by water droplets repeatedly falling into the basin of a water clock, invoking the origins of the water based clocks used by the Chinese centuries ago.
The dial side shows the capillary tube, seeming to float over the peripheral of the dial, each version carrying a different colour fluid. A sub-dial at 12 is used to show the minutes in traditional fashion, and the seconds is displayed in another subdial at about 9. A partial cutaway aperture is used to show the power reserve. And the bellows of the liquid system is visible at 6 through two apertures on the dial.
The H0 is available with a supple rubber strap which is integrated to the case middle, so that visually the lines are uninterrupted.
HYT H0 Specifications
HYT H0 Black/Orange/Silver
Functions: Green/Black/Blue retrograde fluid hours, mins, seconds, power reserve
Case: Black DLC titanium/Titanium/Titanium with brushed, micro-blasted and satin finished parts
Water resistant: 30m
Movement: Mechanical manual winding, 28,800 bph, 35 jewels, 65 hour power reserve.
Strap: Rubber with titanium deployant buckle.