Pre-SIHH 2019: HYT’s H20 “Time Is Fluid”By Joy Corthesy
HYT’s futuristic designs have always been based on the concept that time, while it rules us all, is abstract. With the release of the H20 at the 2018 edition of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), HYT turned the abstract into concrete — the H20 collection showed the brand embracing its story and what it does best: liquid time telling. Now, in anticipation for SIHH 2019, HYT is doubling down on the H20, giving us the H20 “Time Is Fluid”.
Available in two versions (18 karat yellow gold and stainless steel), the H20 “Time Is Fluid” encompasses both an update in the H20’s design and a philosophical embrace. The cloche-like sapphire crystal from the H20 (which was just spectacular to see when the brand first unveiled it in 2018) gives a complete look into the movement, unique to HYT. Unlike this year’s H20, where the numerals stood upright and circled the watch so you could see them from the side, HYT opted to replace those with letters, spelling out “TIME IS FLUID”, a philosophy that the brand wholeheartedly believes in.
“With the H20 ‘Time is Fluid’, we wanted to capture some sort of tension between a modern expression and a timeless feel,” explains François Nunez, Vice President & Creative Director for the brand. “At HYT, we sit at the crossroads between art and science. It is important for such a key SIHH novelty to visualize both the craftsmanship and the cutting-edge technology that goes into our watches,” he continued.
The new design also includes diamond-patterned guilloché decoration on the minute and seconds discs and the mainplate — all are angled slightly differently from the other, creating an almost “layering” of different guilloché patterns. The familiar tube filled with dyed liquid, which circles the dial and progresses along the hour markers to indicate the time, returns on this new model. The liquid is red on the yellow gold piece and black on the stainless steel piece.
At 51mm, both pieces remain sizeable on paper, but are surprisingly wearable as the watch fits perfectly on the wrist thanks to a soft smoky-gray transparent rubber strap. Each version is water resistant to 30 meters and comes in a limited edition of 20 pieces.
Officially unveiled at SIHH 2019 for the public to see, the H20 “Time Is Fuild” pieces promise to keep things interesting in the Carré this year by continuing to tell HYT’s story. “‘Time is Fluid’ not only refers to our unique way of indicating the passage of time,” said Nunez. “It tells about our philosophy as well. Time is a constant flow that always moves forward. As a contemporary watch brand, we feel it is our role to reflect on this idea and to reflect on the world we are living in.”
Mechanical manual-winding caliber exclusive to HYT with patented micro-fluidic module; eight-day power reserve
51mm; available in 18 karat yellow gold (2N) or stainless steel; domed sapphire crystal; screw caseback with sapphire crystal; water resistant to 30 meters
Gray rubber with titanium folding buckle