For the second year of their partnership, HYT and Alinghi hoist their sails even higher with the H2 Alinghi which follows in the wake of the H4 Alinghi. ‘It’s a very successful twosome – just like the Alinghi team, twice winner of the America’s Cup’, says Vincent Perriard, Member of the board & co-founder of HYT.
For the first time in its history, HYT has built an H2 with a full untreated titanium case. This is also the very first H2 to feature the new black liquid, unveiled at the beginning of the year. The H2’s caliber has been suitably adapted: for the first time, it’s been crafted in two-tone black and grey; above it glides a brand new central minutes hand, drawing inspiration from marine-style hands.
The new interplay between grey and black gives the watch an appearance that’s both technical and elegant, further highlighted by the bezel rider tab, which in another first, sports a rounded shape to accommodate the Alinghi logo. Lastly, the hour flange has also been redesigned with a twin satin/glass blasted effect, making the hour markers stand out both more clearly and more gently. The piece is mounted on a new ultra-resistant technical strap in matching shades.
Maintaining its original diameter of 48.8 mm, the timepiece will be produced in a limited edition of just 25, available from June 2016.
Case: Titanium with polished, micro blasted and satin finishes
– Diameter: 48.8 mm
– Height: 17.9 mm
– Screw-down dynamometric crown sheathed in black rubber
– Titanium protected crown
– Titanium case middle
– Titanium dome at 6 o’clock; Alinghi’s logo engraved in red varnish, “Alinghi” engraved in black varnish
– Domed sapphire crystal (box) with anti-reflection coating on the inside
– Screwed sapphire back
– Water-resistant to 50 metres.
Functions: Retrograde black 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 calibre
– 21,600 vph, 3 Hz, 28 jewels
– Black titanium DLC bridges and rhodium-plated bottom plate
– 192-hour (8-day) power reserve.
Dial: unstructured, fluidic hours
– Aluminium hour dial; black numerals
– Sapphire minute dial, black galvanic minute hand.
Strap: dark charcoal grey fabric with a black stitching, titanium deployant buckle.
Ref.: 248-TT-02-NF-BN, Limited edition of 25 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
Grégory Dourde (CEO)
HYT in a few figures
Objectives realized in 2015:
• Production: sale of 450 pieces
• 66 points of sale
• 13 novelties launched
2016 Pipeline Objectives:
• More than 80 points of sale
• 7 novelties will be launched in 2016
• Opening of the first HYT Boutique in Kuala Lumpur