Earning its place in the sphere of high-end watchmaking by turning utopia into reality, HYT is continuing its quest for hybridization with the new H2 models. The perfect alliance between high-end watchmaking and fluid mechanics, the H2 was born as the result of a vision shared by the hydro mechanical horologists and the APRP team —Audemars Piguet Renaud et Papi— overseen by Giulio Papi. Bolstered by the enthusiastic reception to its launch in 2012, HYT is continuing its immersion in the world of Haute Horlogerie and pushing the limits of hydro mechanics yet further with the new Baselworld 2014 H2.
The new HYT H2 Titanium Platinum SQ ref. 248-TP-00-RF-AB is fitted with a titanium case and a platinum bezel with polished, micro blasted and satin finishes measuring 48.8 mm in diameter and 17.9 mm in thickness, a screw-down dynamometric crown sheathed in rubber, a titanium black DLC dome at 6 o'clock, a domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflection coating and a black alligator strap with silver titanium folding clasp.
This time, HYT is pushing hybridization to its peak by firstly repositioning the bellows at 6 o'clock in "V" and rising, which 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. Mirroring the pair of bellows, the balance spring presides at midday 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.
Once the watch is being worn, this function enables the user to accurately find out when the fluid has reached the optimum temperature range. In the center, a minute hand, designed in stages to perfectly fit the structure of the red fluidic system jumps after 30 minutes to avoid the bellows. The polyepoxyde hour dial with white printed indexes and numerals, along with the sapphire minute dial and the red-stained stainless steel minute hand will blow your mind away.
To make this watch even more amazing, the display case back reveals the beautifully finished manual wound calibre HYT 202 with 28 jewels, titanium bridges with decorated micro-blasted black PVD and titanium colored satin-finished accents and which provides an outstanding 8-day power reserve when fully wound. This calibre beats at a frequency of 21,600 vph. For those of you appreciative of 'haute horlogerie' and everything that comes out of APRP, this calibre will for sure tick all the boxes and provide you with a real treat for the eyes.
On the wrist, what can we tell you. This piece of 'haute horlogerie' feels and wears just spectacularly. The watch wears true to its size but not in a bulky way, with regards to the wrist presence, it is out of this world. If you are ready to tell time with a fluid based mechanical watch and wow everyone during that board meeting, this is the watch for you. Now remember, this watch is only available in a limited edition of 15 pieces so once it hits the stores later this year you need to act fast.
Sticker Price $190,000 USD. For more info on HYT click here.