Last week, we gave you the Christophe Claret X-TREM-1 uber timepiece. Coupling magnetic fields with the mechanism of a watch is simply a mind-blowing feat any horologist can do. But we’re done yet with this one of a kind pieces. We show you now, the HYT H1, the first mechanical watch to be fully integrate with fluid mechanics. Yes you heard me right, in other words I give you liquid timekeeping created by the hydro mechanical horologists of HYT.
First question that pops to mind is that how does this thing work? If magnetism on a timepiece is almost considered insanity can this not be the same? Well let’s just say that the designers from HYT found a middle ground for it and managed to cook up something out of this world. The watch uses liquid filled chambers to display the hours in luminescent green fluid in a circular tube around the bezel. The liquid is regulated by two bellows operated by mechanical movement to either push or pull the liquid shown in the bottom half of the dial. The minutes on the other hand or shown in a dedicated center dial with the company’s logo imprinted on it. The seconds however is something worth appreciating even further. To keep to the consistency of a hydro mechanical watch, HYT uses a simple turbine style subsidiary seconds hand just left of the minute dial. Notice the consistency and the attention to detail for this piece, the work is simply stunning. On the right side is your traditional power reserve indicator, in all essence this is still a mechanical timepiece.
The two bellows or pistons moves the liquid through expansion and compression. The liquid used inside is called “fluorescein” and the entire piece is designed to withstand shock to ensure the whole system doesn’t crumble upon impact. The H1 alone is currently holding 7 pending patents, truly a piece worthy of the next innovation from horology. The piece will come in titanium, DLC black coated titanium, and 18k red gold. The case size is a massive 48.8mm and a thickness of 17.9mm with a power reserve of up to 65 hours, which also visible from the back. Now we know how this thing works, and we can marvel at it all day long, but the proverbial question remains. How much is it? Is it astronomically high? Apparently, it’s not like the other independents out there who price their piece with the equivalent of a Ferrari or a Rolls Royce. The HY1 H1 is price at $45,000. Around the same price a mid-end Audemars Piguet or a Patek Philippe would cost. Which I would say it’s not so bad considering the prices of all the other crazy timepiece out there from the future. This one here is a winner, if you can afford it.
Hit the video after the break to get a better glimpse on how this piece operates.