Even though the summer has not officially arrived, the warm spring weather in Dallas makes you feel the heat just as if the summer had already begun. Therefore, a summer soirée at the end of spring is not necessarily the wrong name for a great evening with friends, watches, good food, Aperol Spritz and Negronis. This time, HYT the hydromechanical horologists, partnered with us to bring their collection down to Dallas. In our opinion one of the most avant-garde watch companies and the only independent watchmaker that has gone where others have not, HYT was launched in 2012 by Lucien Vouillamoz, Patrick Berdoz, Emmanuel Savioz and Vincent Perriard. Their product offering, the most unique horological complication ever developed and the idea of introducing fluids into the heart of a mechanical watch seemed like the craziest thing to do. Regardless, HYT is the only brand to indicate the passing of time with liquid.
On a perfect evening with perfect weather, we gathered yesterday with our friends from HYT and VIP collectors for a cocktail and dinner poolside at The Lumen Hotel here in Dallas. As the fancy cars started to arrive and our friends made it in, endless rounds of refreshing Aperol Spritz cocktails and our usual Negronis were there to welcome them.
With a collection composed of seven different watches that include the H0, H1, H2, H3, H4, the Skull and the just released H1.0, Charles Marin —Managing Director HYT Americas— and Giancarlo Mantuano —Vicepresident of Sales HYT— presented the full collection to make its official debut for the very first time in Dallas.
With a very nice assortment of watches brought in by HYT for the occasion, the selection included a little bit of everything including all four colors of the new H1.0 presented at the SIHH 2019, a black Skull, several H1s —we sported our very own H1 Dracula limited to 50 pieces—, the H0 Diamonds Black, the H0, and an H2 amongst others. With a table full of watches that added up to a few million USD —including three Richard Mille watches that were on the wrists of some of our guests—, this intimate summer soirée turned into another unforgettable evening in our #watchlife.
As far as our dinner, we enjoyed a decadent five-course meal that kicked-off right at sunset after a very interesting presentation given by Giancarlo Mantuano —Vicepresident of Sales HYT— on the history, manufacturing processes and technology behind HYT. With a charcuterie and cheese board as a starter, followed by a shaved Brussel sprouts salad and a choice between steak or the catch of the day —in this case King Salmon—, our palates were decadently overwhelmed by the food as much as our tact and sight were satiated by the watches.
And just as this evening began with the roaring engines of the supercars —driven by our guests— arriving at The Lumen, five hours later it was finally time to say goodbye to everyone with the same roaring engines —especially the one from the Ferrari 488 Spyder driven by one of our close friends— that were now saying goodbye to an epic night.
As usual, a delightful evening and yet another night to remember in our #watchlife. We hope that our images made you feel like you were there with us.
Thank you HYT for entrusting and partnering with Watch Collecting Lifestyle on this private dinner. For more info on HYT click here.