With an already imposing name, the H2 Aviator is the first time HYT creates a timepiece destined for aviation lovers which each step of its concept designed to satisfy aeronautical codes. The H2 Aviator isn’t simply an evolution, it is a true transformation of HYT’s iconic H2 launched in 2013, a piece easily distinguishable by its ‘V’ shaped positioned bellows.
‘The H2 Aviator is a well thought out design conceived to go the distance over years, to evolve, follow and even anticipate horological trends and to think that our creations are all of this quality, gives me enormous satisfaction.’ says HYT CEO Vincent Perriard. ‘The H2 transcends different orbs and is now propelled 10,000 feet upward as if it had always been meant for this.’
The H2’s new aviatic garb underlines the piece’s legibility, a defining element for all flight instruments. The path and the colour of the minute hand has been redrawn with its quarter hour indexes enlarged and in red.
The central hand underwent the same treatment! Magnified and tipped by a red arrow, a first for HYT. The crown position indicator (H-N-R) located at 3pm is visible via a window that displays the selected function.
To ensure all components shine with maximum visibility they are placed on a DLC treated movement with a satin finish and polished angles. The contrast with the neighbouring chrome is optimal, the reading of the time simple and intuitive.
Like all fighter planes the cockpit is functional and extremely visible in this sleek casing. HYT gave priority to a case entirely coated in DLC including the hour indexes that are treated with grey anthracite Super-LumiNova. Consistent with aeronautical codes, the hour is read by a yellow liquid.
As with all technical pieces, the H2 has its share of innovations. One of HYT’s leitmotifs is to bring these innovations directly to the wearer: palpably, concretely and immediately. HYT’s latest innovation is a new strap covered in in Kevlar (an aramid synthetic fibre with high tensile strength and temperate resistance, a fibre that can be used in extreme conditions such as clothing for racing car pilots, racing sails, and also in the aeronautical and aerospace industry).
Case: Titanium black DLC with polished, micro blasted and satin finishes
– Diameter: 48.8 mm
– Height: 17.9 mm
– Screw-down dynamometric crown sheathed in rubber
– Protected crown in titanium black DLC
– Titanium black DLC dome at 6 o’clock
– Domed sapphire crystal (box) with anti-reflection coating
– Screwed sapphire back
– Water-resistant to 50 meters
Functions: Retrograde yellow fluidic hours; Minutes with a « déphaseur angulaire » (jumping hand) at 30 minutes; Crown position indicator (H-N-R); Thermal indicator
Movement: Mechanical with manual winding, exclusive HYT caliber
– 21,600 vph, 3 Hz, 28 jewels
– Titanium black DLC bridges and titanium black DLC colored satin-finished accents
– 192-hour (8-day) power reserve.
Dial: unstructured, fluid hours
– Black alumiunium hour dial; charcoal grey numerals
– Saphir minute dial, black rhodium minute hand with a red arrow, white indexes and every 15 minutes red numerals 15, 30, 45, 60)
– Luminescent minute hand and hour-markers.
Strap: grey/black Kevlar strap with a red stiching, titanium black DLC deployant buckle.
Ref.: 248-DL-01-GF-KG, Limited edition of 40 pieces
HYT in a few words
HYT’s Hydromechanical Horologists have turned fantasy into reality, mixing mechanics and liquid within a wristwatch. While addicted to non-conformism, these alchemists have drawn upon the strictest codes of fine watchmaking, and shattered them.
Two flexible reservoirs with a capillary attached at each end. In one, a coloured liquid; in the other, a transparent one. Keeping them apart is the repulsion force of the molecules in each fluid.
The hours are indicated by the coloured liquid released from a flexible reservoir compressed by a piston. These reservoirs, or bellows, are located at six o’clock and are made from a supple alloy. The first coloured liquid travels through the capillary pushing the transparent one back into its own reservoir and then returning to its original position at six o’clock in what is referred to as a retrograde manner.
The two reservoirs at 06:00. While the first compresses, the second expands, and the other way round, resulting in the movement of the liquid in the capillary. As the hours go by, the coloured liquid advances. The meniscus, in the shape of a half moon, marks the separation point with the other fluid in the tube, indicating the time. At 18:00, the coloured liquid comes back to its original position, going backwards.
The secret that gets the reservoirs going? Two bellows made of a highly resistant, flexible alloy, each driven by a piston. And this is where watchmaking comes in to activate the system.
HYT is continuing its all-encompassing quest for hybridisation by introducing its H2 in 2014, and the very new H3. This timepiece was born of a vision shared by the teams of HYT and Audemars Piguet Renaud & Papi overseen by Giulio Papi.
The founders & the CEO
Patrick Berdoz, Lucien Vouillamoz, Emmanuel Savioz,
Vincent Perriard (CEO)
HYT in a few figures
Objectives realized in 2014
– Production: Sale of 450 pieces
– More than 50 points of sale
– September opening of HYT Asia, HYT’s first subsidiary to directly serve S.E Asia
2015 Pipeline Objectives
– More than 70 points of sale
– 13 novelties will be launched in 2015