Wednesday, 8 October 2014

A Young, Up & Coming Brand to Keep An Eye On... HYT Watches, Hydro Mechanical Horologists Launches in Singapore!


one of the bigger news in the watch world recently is Dominique Renaud the 'R' in APRP has joined HYT Watches. APRP is Audemars Piguet Renaud & Papi and it started out as Renaud & Papi who later sold some of it's shares to AP and Renaud sold off his share of the business to take a bit of a break. Deployant did a great post on the watches and catchup with Vincent & Dominic so i have no intention of covering the same ground. check it out here LINK a lot of good info on their site too of course LINK

On to some thoughts from the launch of HYT House opening up in Singapore then... a lovely lady welcomed me in
the scene inside
some of the H1s on display... from their literature: "Each HYT watch is equipped with a fluid module. 
The fluid module is the device, which enables to display time via the meniscus. The meniscus
marks the boundary between the two non-miscible fluids in the tube. 
The watch movement drives the module via the bellows fixed on the main plate"
It's been setup to be at 10:10(or just past it) for the next 2 watches 
the pink gold one looks nice... H1 PINK GOLD FACE LIFT pink gold (5N) with
 brushed, shot-peened and satin-finished surfaces, pink gold (5N) crown
H1... the fluid shows the hours and the hand on the sub-dial points 
out the mins
H1 Titanium with brushed, shot-peened and satin-finished surfaces
Vincent was kind enough to pull the H2 off his wrist for me to have a feel of it. 
a large watch but light
and most kind to illuminate both me and the watch ;)
the H2 is a very interesting watch... impressive 8 days power reserve and 
retrograde hours... 
but ah what's that i smell... CIGARS! Cohibas no less :)
one for the raphmeister.. Thank You
wristshot with the deployant boys
and one just of the ultra cool cabestan...
friendly eye candy sought to distract... 
but the attractions of the night were the watches of course ;) this is an interesting version in white with blue fluid... the H1 ICEBERG 
Titanium with brushed, shot-peened and satin-finished surfaces
and that's it... some champagne, a fine cigar, nice watches and good company... 
my thanks to Vincent and Omamgbe for the invite down. oh and thanks for the nice door gift too... will be put to good use :)

Press release info follows: HYT OPENS ITS DOORS IN ASIA 

Independent Swiss luxury watch brand HYT establishes Singapore hub after arrival to the scene with revolutionary fluidic technology and stratospheric growth. 

Launched in 2012 The Hydro Mechanical Horologists revolutionised the horlogical market with the use of game changing fluid technology that unites mechanics and liquid within a wristwatch. 

The use of hydro mechanics was a first ever in the watch industry and HYT was the winner of the 2012 Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prize, Best innovative Watch Concept (Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve). 

2 years on and more than 50 points of sale wordwide, HYT has decided to open HYT Asia, a non-retail subsidiary of HYT in Singapore to cater to the pressing demand coming from collectors in S. E Asia. 

The team of Hydro Mechanical Horlogists recently partnered up with Time International for an exclusive distribution of its pieces in Indonesia and will confirm other alliances in the region in the next weeks. 

HYT CEO Vincent Perriard said ‘South East Asia is one of the strongest and most sophisticated markets in the world for niche luxury brands such as ours and is where we need to be. I always knew our watches would create a lot of interest but none of us thought it would be this big.’ Perriard added, ‘HYT’s liquid technology is 100% unique in the watchmaking industry and we’re working hard to keep it that way. Our team thrives on innovation and we have some amazing developments in store for you!’ 

About HYT

HYT’s Hydromechanical Horologists have turned fantasy into reality, mixing mechanics and liquid within a wristwatch. While addicted to nonconformism, these alchemists have drawn upon the strictest codes of fine watchmaking, and shattered them. 

The Principle 

Two flexible reservoirs with a capillary attached at each end. In one, an aqueous liquid containing fluorescein; in the other, a viscous transparent liquid. Keeping them apart is the repulsion force of the molecules in each fluid. 

The hours are indicated by the green fluorescent aqueous 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 electrodeposited alloy. The first coloured liquid travels through the capillary pushing the transparent viscous 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 fluorescent liquid advances. The meniscus, in the shape of a half moon, marks the breaking point with the other fluid in the tube, indicating the time. At 18:00, the fluorescent liquid comes back to its original position, going backwards. The secret that gets the reservoirs going? Two bellows made of a highly resistant, flexible electro-deposited alloy, each driven by a piston. And this is where watchmaking comes in to activate the system. 

In 2014, HYT is continuing its all-encompassing quest for hybridisation by introducing its new collection: the H2. This timepiece was born of a vision shared by the teams of HYT and Audemars Piguet Renaud & Papi overseen by Giulio Papi.


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