In 2017, HYT Watches returned to the basics with a major design evolution, entirely focused on the display and the unique fluidic indication of the time, resulting in the H0 watches. This year, 2019, the brand introduces a new movement that allows for more precise indexing of the fluidic hour indication. That new Calibre 501 comes in a new watch, the HYT H5. It showcases a very cool and new design, three-dimensional and architectural with its Super-LumiNova-filled hour markers around the movement. And, of course, it still indicates the time in the most original possible way, with fluids.
Today, MONOCHROME takes a closer look at the new HYT Watches H5 with Gregory Dourde, CEO of HYT Watches, Michel Nieto, Head of Operations and François Nunez, Creative Director.
The HYT H5
If the new H5 marks a stylistic evolution, there is a lot happening on the technical side of things. The key evolutionary step in the HYT H5 is incarnated by a new proprietary movement. Developed and manufactured in collaboration with TEC Group and Eric Coudray, this new Calibre 501 features an intricately shaped cam to synchronize the hour and minute indications with precision. Its 13 positions offer as many steps to cohesively index the two displays. The cam works in conjunction with a long, curved feeler-spindle enabling the orchestration of the mechanism – in particular of the bellows driving the two immiscible fluids.
The second major evolution concerns the design of the watch. Still bold, modern and technical, its architectural design is inspired by the idea of erosion, reflecting the essence of time and its passage. The case of the HYT H5 is designed like a pebble, eroded and smoothed down over time, giving the watch its clean yet sophisticated appearance. Just like H0, its architectural movement is visible under an impressive sapphire dome offering a fascinating perspective from all angles and focusing the attention on the fluidic time indication (backed by a Super-LumiNova rail running under the capillary). Its complex manufacturing involves 3D printing, moulding, injection and precision grinding.
More details in our video on top and at www.hytwatches.com.