Tuesday, August 5, 2014

HYT H1 “Velvet Gun” (Liquid Time Display)

HYT H1 Velvet Gun

Not a new model, but rather a new purple-hazed titanium case for HYT’s H1.   The minute dial is also given a new look.  Inspiration?  “Lake’s reflections as the [Swiss watchmaking] summer starts, listening to Jimi Hendrix’s Purple Haze, we dared to step out of conformity and added unique metallic shades on our H1 case architecture giving elegant purple tones.”   It is a little hard to discern the color from the press kit photos, but in the right light the Velvet Gun should show its true colors.  Anyway, I like it.   Available later this month, the HYT H1 Velvet Gun is offered in a limited edition of 50 pieces, 56,000 CHF per ($62k at current f/x).

HYT H1 Velvet Gun

48.8mm x 17.9mm titanium velvet gun PVD with brushed, shot-peened and satin-finished surfaces, black rubber-clad screw down crown,

As a reminder of the basic H1 functionality:  retrograde fluid hours; minutes on the dial (12:00), small seconds (9:00), power reserve indicator (2:30):

HYT H1 Velvet Gun upper dial closeup

hand-wound mechanical HYT caliber — bridges hand-chamfered and adorned with côtes de Genève, rhodiumed bellows (65 hour power reserve)

HYT H1 Velvet Gun bellows closeup
Fitted on a black rubber alligator strap with  titanium velvet gun PVD pin buckle.
For a primer on how the “fluid time” keeping works, please see my in-depth report with pics and video: A Look at HYT Watches and “Fluid Time” Technology

More discovery at http://www.hytwatches.com/


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