The new HYT Conical Tourbillon Infinity Sapphires is as hypnotic and technical as the earlier edition of the HYT’s mechanical fluidic watches fitted with a conical tourbillon. Created by master watchmaker Eric Coudray, it takes inspiration from an inclined balance tourbillon developed by Walter Prendel in 1928. The new HYT Conical Tourbillon Infinity Sapphires watch is visually captivating and technically fascinating; we gladly make the introduction.
Maintaining the distinct case construction that characterises its predecessor, the new HYT Conical Tourbillon Infinity Sapphires boasts a commanding domed sapphire crystal and intricately hollowed lugs. Its generous dimensions measure 48mm in diameter, 52.30mm in length, and 25.15mm in thickness. Constructed with precision, the complex multi-layered case combines gold and black-coated titanium, ensuring a water resistance of up to 30 meters.
Embracing HYT’s hallmark retrograde hour indication with a coloured liquid, the mechanism relies on two immiscible fluids enclosed within a glass capillary and propelled by bellows. While one bellow propels the black fluid along the tube, the other propels the transparent fluid, culminating in a visual convergence that indicates the current time. The 3D beige luminous black-coated applied hour numerals are arranged on a gold grid-like structure, harmonising with a matte black arrow-shaped minute pointer adorned with white luminescence.
Eric Coudray’s suspended tourbillon movement showcases the spring balance inclined at 30 degrees to the horizontal, the escape wheel at 15 degrees, and the pallet at 23 degrees. The conical tourbillon completes a full clockwise rotation in 30 seconds, accompanied by three faceted sapphires with diameters of 2.5 mm each. These captivating gems, coloured fuchsia, blue-grey, and yellow, rotate at varying speeds, amplifying the allure of this visual spectacle. Their rotations, each with a unique rhythm, are tracked by counterweights, distinguished by colour, and meticulously finished with miniature paint.
Six more petite sapphires, each measuring 1.5 mm in diameter, are set within the tourbillon’s brackets. The timepiece features impeccable finishes, adhering to the highest haute horlogerie standards. From the titanium tourbillon cage to the meticulously chamfered, straight-grained, polished, and satin-finished bridges, every detail speaks of exceptional craftsmanship. According to the brand, the rotating spheres’ animated motion emphasises the conical tourbillon’s technical precision and flawless operation. The HYT Conical Tourbillon Infinity Sapphires is equipped with the manual-winding Calibre 701-TC, comprising 533 components. This movement beats at 21,600 vibrations per hour, providing a power reserve of at least 32 hours.
The watch is supplied with a black rubber strap with brown leather embossed strap decor, secured with a black-coated titanium pin buckle. The Conical Tourbillon Infinity Sapphires is a very exclusive limited edition; only eight will be produced by the company. The price is set at an eyewatering CHF 390,000, taxes excluded.
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