The H1 by HYT was one of the highlights of Baselworld 2012, and it has been followed by the H2 and by colour variants of H1. The latest is the HYT1 Dracula, in which the fluid used to indicate the hours is tinted red. H1 is an interesting combination of a mechanical movement and a hydro-mechanical system, with two flexible reservoirs, one filled with red fluid, one with transparent. The two liquids are chosen so that they don’t mix. From 6.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., the liquid is gradually forced around the capillary tube by the reservoirs, and then moves back to its original position to recommence the cycle.
The movement itself is an in-house, hand-wound HYT calibre operating at 4 Hertz (28,000 vibrations per hour), with bridges decorated with Côtes de Genève and hand-bevelled. The bellows are rhodium-finished. The watch has a 65-hour power reserve.
On the dial, hours are shown using the red fluid, with minutes shown on the top-central subdial, small seconds at 9.30, and power reserve at 2.30. The case is in DLC-coated titanium, and the strap is in alligator, with the veining filled with red to continue the Dracula theme.
This limited edition of 50 pieces can be purchased at the Harrods Fine Watch room and at other stockists. Price $64,000. Click here for distribution details.