In 2013, HYT launched its second collection engineered in partnership with Audemars Piguet Renaud Papi. This year at Baselworld 2015 HYT and Vincent Perriard came with the new H2 Full Bronze keeping the same unbelievable DNA based on hydro-mechanical horology and daring to step out of conformity and added unique metallic shades on each of those cases architecture giving bronze tones. Firstly, the position of the bellows, positioned at 6 o'clock in "V" and rising, clearly evokes the most outstanding achievements of automotive and aeronautical engineering. This optimizes the integration of the interface that connects the watch mechanisms with the fluidic system. Fitted with a titanium bronze PVD case measuring 48.8 mm in diameter and 17.9 mm in thickness, this new HYT H2 Full Bronze ref. 248-TB-00-RF-MM is really huge but spectacular. The case is very nicely finished with polished, micro blasted and satin finishes.
Mirroring the pair of bellows, the balance spring presides at 12 o'clock on its black bridge, the dome marking the rhythm of life in this unique world. At 3 o'clock there is a "H-N-R" crown position indicator, which brings to mind the gearstick of a racing car, is counterbalanced by the presence of another hand —which is also original and exclusive to HYT—, a temperature indicator located at 9 o'clock. Once the watch is being worn, this function enables the user to accurately find out when the fluid has reached the optimum temperature range. The crown position indicator shows if the crown is being pulled out to set the time (H), winding-up the power-reserve (R), or on neutral (N) when the crown is in its original position.
In the center, a jumping minute hand with a red tip for optimum contrast, designed in stages to perfectly fit the structure of the fluidic system jumps after 30 minutes to avoid the bellows.
The new HYT H2 Full Bronze is powered by the manual wound exclusive HYT caliber with titanium bronze PVD bridges and titanium bronze PVD colored satin-finished accents. The movement features 28 jewels and provides a power reserve of an astonishing 8 days while beating at a frequency of 21,600 vph. The movement is fully visible via the display case back. To complete its brown theme look, the watch is fitted with a brown Madras goat leather and alligator strap with titanium bronze PVD deployant buckle.
On the wrist, the watch wears extremely big and maybe one to two millimeters larger. Even with our 7.25" —circumference— wrist we find it difficult to wear this watch properly. This new HYT H2 Full Bronze is definitely made for large individuals with wrists measuring at least 7.5''. Now, while we are not trying to dictate that anyone with a smaller wrist shouldn't be wearing this watch, we feel that for proper aesthetics, a bigger wrist is better when it comes to this new watch. Even when the new HYT H2 Full Bronze is 11 mm smaller than a Panerai PAM341 L'Egiziano, it almost wears as big.
The new HYT H2 Full Bronze is available in a limited edition of 15 pieces.
Sticker Price $150,000 USD. For more info on HYT Watches click here.