Dear fellow modern gentlemen!
Today we are going to talk about another watch brand, that has been growing close to my heart.
HYT also know as the hydro mechanical horologists of the watch world. I can already tell you that the watches HYT produces are unique in every way possible.
We were visiting HYT on a sunny day Friday in July, we were lucky enough to get a privat presentation from none other than CEO Mr. Gregory Dourde himself. He was explaining to us how his watches work in a 1.5 hour long presentation, so please excuse me for not even getting close with my explanation on how these watches work. After the presentation we were allowed to visit the manufacture of HYT at a beautiful building right at the border to the lake of Neuchatel!
The watches of HYT blur the borders of mechanical watchmaking and mix with liquids, hydromechanics and of course science in general. So lets take a look shall we?
Here you can see one of the HYT watches, the H1 Titanium in black DLC. Now let me try to explain why this watch is so special.
First of all you will notice the green liquid, this is the way the H1 tells you the hours. The small face, at the position 12 shows you the minutes, just like a regular watch does.
Now the first secret of the HYT watches is, that there are two liquids! One being green and the other being with no color. These two liquids do not mix, which was of course a challenge for the men and women at HYT. They put in a lot of research to overcome this obstacle. The liquids of this watch are one of the most expensive components of the watch! However it is not the most expensive, the coating inside of the tube in which the two liquids are located, is the most expensive part of the watch.
I was as surprised as you are probably right now. The nano coating inside of the tube is very complex and took a lot of research to create. The liquids themselves are very different from each other and very complex, the nano coating had the job to repel both of the liquids from the tube, so when the liquids move to show the hour, it doesn’t get stuck anywhere along the tube. As you can tell by now, there is a lot of science behind these watches! Just imagine creating two totally different liquids which repel each other but create ONE nano coating which repels BOTH of them! Amazing work by HYT
Another challenge for the scientists of HYT, was the ability of quickly changing the time with the crown, just as customers are used to, when they operate an ordinary watch. However as we learned HYT is no ordinary watch brand.
The secret lies in the two bellows, made of highly resistant, flexible electro-deposited alloy, which are located at six o’clock. The bellows are responsible for the retraction and insertion of the liquids into the tube. The two bellows each have a piston, which is responsible for taking care of any temperature changes, which is also a huge challenge which the scientists of HYT had to face!
The piston regulates the liquids, when the temperature rises, the piston retracts some of the liquid, because the liquid would expand (therefore make the hour hand position inaccurate) and of course the piston does the opposite when the temperature falls.
The mechanical movement is one part of the watch and the liquid hour hand is the other. Them working together is the incredible product of HYT.
Now we got the technical part behind us we can focus on some pictures we took while being at HYT.
Let me know what you think of the pictures!