Hydromechanical Horologists, known as the brand HYT, have released their second watch model, the HYT H2, only a year after the launch of their hit H1. The H2 sets new standards in mechanics and visuals thanks to a new feature, an increased power reserve and more complex timepiece architecture.
The H2, part of a limited edition of 50 pieces, is relatively large in size. It is cool for both collectors and modern gadget lovers and looks just as expensive as it is expected to be. While the H1 had a starting price of $55,000, the H2 is anticipated to cost twice that amount.
The H2 comes in a black DLC titanium case with polished, microblasted and satin finishes. The case is 48.8 mm in diameter, 17.9 mm in height, with a screw-down dynamometric protected crown sheathed in rubber with screwed lugs, a titanium dome at 6 o‘clock and domed sapphire crystal (box) with anti-reflection coating. The mega watch has a screwed sapphire back and is water resistant to 50 metres. Its functions include retrograde fluidic hours, minutes with a jumping hand at 30 minutes, a crown position indicator (H-N-R), and a thermal indicator.
The H2 boasts mechanical features with manual winding, exclusive HYT calibre, 21,600 vib/h, 3 Hz, 28 jewels, titanium bridges with decorated micro-blasted Black PVD and titanium coloured satin finished accents. It has a 192 hour (8 day) power reserve (when fully wound) in the form of an exposed spring, and a sapphire minute dial. The spring gets more tightly wound when the power reserve is full, and unwinds as it runs out. Its strap is made of black rubber with a black DLC titanium pin buckle.
HYT worked with APRP‘s Giulio Papi to help design and produce the H2‘s movement. In short, the movement actually has less complications than the first (with the removal of the subsidiary seconds dial). The H2 is just as impressive in stance and visuals as its predecessor, maintaining the green liquid hour indicator tube that uses bellows to push liquid over an hour scale. These are now in a V-orientation as part of the symmetrical movement which also makes up the dial.
The dial-mounted balance wheel is near the 12 o‘clock position and to the right is a crown function selector. The selector tells you if the watch is in neutral, time setting or winding mode. Both hours and minutes are shown on retrograde scales, yet reading the time is still legible and convenient.