Architectural Brilliance with the HYT H2O
From the quintessential 21st century watchmaker comes the latest piece of epicness in a long line of epicness, the H2O. This is not a new watch by any means, but HYT have decide to recreate this micro masterpiece and fill its tubes full of red and blue liquid. And to be quite honest with you, it was done with dramatic effect!
The H2O is housed in 51mm wide and 19.95mm thick stainless-steel, black DLC coated case that’s been treated to various polished and satin finishes. This is a massive watch, from both a structural and a technical point of view. The inverted dial allows the wearer to watch the insane fluid mechanics that HYT have long since been known for.
As insane as the dial looks, wait until you hear what the H2O’s movement involves. Within HYT’s exclusive and patented micro-fluidic module you have a boroscilicate glass capillary tube featuring a nano-coated interior. You get multi-layered metal bellows, two immiscible liquids, one transparent and the other coloured with dye. You get a thermal compensator and you get ceramic fluid restrictors. To blow your mind even more, the movement (if you can even call this spaceship-like mechanism that) has an interface system that regulates the transmission between the movement and the fluid module by conversion of rotation into linear movement using a cam-follower system. Oh, and you get isotatic connection of the fluidic system by a trident. You have a mate boasting about his perpetual calendar or his tourbillon? Wear the H2O, screenshot this paragraph and read it back to him.
The H2O is, of course, a watch that is not going to suit everyone. It’s a huge watch, and it’s not the most practical. Pricing is ambiguous, but if you’re looking to buy one of the 10 limited-edition pieces with either red or blue fluidic hours, you’re going to be looking at parting with about $130,000 of your hard-earned dollars. Worth it? Hard to say, ut if you’re looking for a way to shut your watch-collecting-know-it-all-aficionado-cross-connoisseur mates up, then the H2O might just be the watch for you.