Monday, January 11, 2016

HYT H2 Tradition

HYT, the Swiss luxury watch brand renowned for its hydro mechanical wristwatches, now presents H2 Tradition, the first HYT watch with classic guilloché finishes. Successfully merging the contemporary classic and futuristic retro designs, it is the first HYT with delicate lacquered dials and blued hands.

However, underneath this mantle of light, the H2 Tradition has both feet firmly in the 21st century. It retains its hydro-mechanical aesthetic, thanks to the capillary with the blue fluid moving forwards as the hours pass. It is driven by two bellows positioned either side of 6 o'clock, developed in 2013 on the very first H2. The traditional side is expressed by the diamond guilloché main plate, the ogival shaped crown and its blued hands: HYT wanted it to be classical and easy to read, with the most subtle of aesthetics.
For this new model, HYT has modified the design of the H2's calibre to give it a more classic appearance, in line with the aesthetic canons of haute horlogerie. The balance, for example, has been recentred to provide room on the dial for the minutes. This simple shift meant a large part of the movement's design had to be overhauled, a feat once again achieved by HYT’s long-standing partners, APRP. The case has also been redesigned, with the crown protector removed, in yet another nod towards the codes of watchmaking tradition.

The finish of the H2 Tradition also required a number of adjustments. To allow for a diamond guilloché finish in rhodium-plated nickel silver on both sides, the main plate, for example, had to be made slightly thicker, which in turn meant new tolerances had to be calculated for the movement. All the bridges have been modified, reconstructed, polished, and hand-bevelled.

Technical details
Model: H2 Tradition
50-piece limited edition; Ref.: 248-TW-10-BF-AB

Polished, microblasted and satin-finished white gold and titanium
Diameter: 48.8 mm
Height: 17.9 mm
Screw-down titanium dynamometric crown
Titanium case middle with light anthracite grey PVD coating
Rider at 6 o'clock, Roman numeral, titanium filled with blue varnish
Domed sapphire crystal (box) with anti-reflection coating
Screw-down sapphire case-back
Water-resistant to 50 metres

Retrograde fluidic hours; minutes, seconds
Crown position indicator (H-N-R)

Mechanical with manual winding, exclusive HYT calibre
21,600 Vph, 3 Hz, 28 jewels
Microblasted and stainless steel polished bridges with polished and locked internal angles
Diamond guilloché main plate in rhodium-plated nickel silver, rhodium-plated bellows
192-hour (8-day) power reserve

Lacquered varnished hour dial with 4N treatment, black Roman numerals
Lacquered varnished minute dial (12 o'clock) and seconds dial (2:30) with 4N treatment; blued minute hand
Black indices (minutes, seconds) and Arabic numerals

Patent blue alligator and titanium deployant buckle

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