As MR PORTER ramps up its watch offering, the online retailer for men’s luxury fashion has been releasing several limited-edition watches. The latest exclusive release is a limited-edition watch with HYT, the independent watchmaker specialized in fluidic indication of the time. Let’s take a closer look at this bold full-black model.
Since 2012, HYT stands apart in the watchmaking world with its singular concept of using fluid to display the time. Presented in 2019, the H1.0 is an evolution of the H1 based on the aesthetics of the H0, and which marked a return to the origins of HYT, focusing the attention on the fluidic hour indication. The highly-graphic H1.0 uses a rounded domed sapphire crystal to showcase a fluidic time indication and the striking 3D architecture of the movement. The smooth curves and soft lines of the watch are rounded like a pebble and offer a highly tactile experience.
MR PORTER and HYT have selected the H1.0 for this collaboration piece. This specific model is presented in a sleek black-on-black dial, case and strap combo with black fluid for the hours and striking red accents. The 48.8mm case is fashioned out of stainless steel, coated with black PVD and is water-resistant to 50m. Turning the watch over, the exhibition caseback offers an unimpeded view of the dark-coated movement decorated with bevelled and Geneva stripes bridges.
The watch is powered by the hand-wound calibre 401 based on the inaugural movement developed with the Le Locle-based movement manufacturer Chronode. The 35-jewel mechanism runs at 4Hz with 65 hours of power reserve. Besides the fluidic hours indicated by the meniscus that separates the black and transparent fluids, it displays the minutes in the central sub-dials flanked on each side by a small seconds and a power reserve indication. Two oblong openings in the anthracite dial reveal the pair of multi-level bellows driving the fluids in the borosilicate capillary. In the ribbed sides of the case, cut-outs mark the hours in white/red.
The HYT H1.0 X MR PORTER is worn on a black rubber strap with a colour-matched DLC-titanium folding buckle. Price is set at EUR 58,000 (taxes included). A limited-edition of 5 pieces, it is available exclusively with MR PORTER here. And for more information about HYT, please visit www.hytwatches.com.