Insider: Presenting the New HYT H2 Alinghi. Hands-on with the First HYT in Full Untreated Titanium.

For the second year of their partnership with the Alinghi sailing team, HYT and Alinghi hoist their sails even higher with the new H2 Alinghi which follows in the wake of the H4 Alinghi we reviewed here. For this particular watch and for the very first time in the history of HYT, the case on this new HYT H2 Alinghi is built of full untreated titanium. This is also the very first H2 to feature the new black liquid, unveiled earlier this year. The H2's caliber has been suitably adapted: for the first time, it's been crafted in two-tone black and grey; above it glides a brand new central minutes hand, drawing inspiration from marine-style hands.

The new H2 Alinghi in untreated titanium keeps the same DNA of all other H2s with the position of the bellows at 6 o'clock in "V". Fitted with an untreated titanium case measuring 48.8 mm in diameter and 17.9 mm in thickness, this new HYT H2 Alinghi is huge but really nice. The new interplay on the case between grey and black, gives the watch an appearance that’s both technical and elegant, further highlighted by the bezel rider tab, which in another first, sports a rounded shape to accommodate the Alinghi logo.

Lastly, the hour flange has also been redesigned with a twin satin/glass blasted effect, making the hour markers stand out both more clearly and more gently. The aluminum hour dial sports black numerals and black fluid to maintain the grey/black color scheme intact. The minute dial is made out of sapphire with black track and black numerals.

Perfectly matching the case construction with its titanium protected black rubber clad crown,  the new HYT H2 Alinghi is fitted with a dark charcoal grey fabric strap with black stitching and equipped with a titanium deployant buckle. For added comfort and durability, the strap is lined with a black rubberized coating.

The new HYT H2 Alinghi is powered by the manual wound exclusive HYT calibre 201 with titanium bridges. The movement features 28 jewels and provides an outstanding power reserve of 192 hours —8 days— while beating at a frequency of 21,600 vph. The movement is fully visible via the display case back.

On the wrist, the watch wears extremely big and maybe one to two millimeters larger than its actual case size. Even with our 7.25" —circumference— wrist we find it difficult to wear this watch properly, regardless, its wrist presence is unparalleled and from a design and color scheme, one of our favorite HYT watches without a doubt.

The new HYT H2 Alinghi is available in a limited edition of 25 pieces.

Sticker Price $150,000 USD. For more info on HYT Watches click here.

Posted on May 2, 2016 and filed under HYT.