The brand HYT (Hydromechanical Horologists) have done awe-inspiring watches in their past collections, playing with the idea of using two reservoirs with liquid as their means for time-telling. It’s like having a mini science lab on the wrist, but other than coloured fluids are amazing mechanisms and complications that powers up this amazing display. Their pursuit for horological hybrids continues to move forward, and one example is their newest offering: the HYT H1 Iceberg 02.

Following up the strengths of Iceberg 01, the present edition boasts of a seemingly, regular looking watch; it is round, clasped with a white rubber strap, and appears quite harmless—until you take a good glance at it. Reminiscent of the colours of glaciers, water and sky, everything is played out in frosty silver, blue and white. The watch embraces a literally fluid movement lodged around in a tiny, yet complex hydraulic complication. One will see bluish liquid moving its way through the retrograde indicators as a way of telling the current hour, while a smaller dial in grey enamel displays the minutes. There’s a regulator found beneath the 12 o’clock position, and lastly, a small seconds wheel is placed smartly at 9:30.

How is everything made possible? Inside is a unique complication that involves two parallel reservoirs releasing liquid. The first coloured liquid is made of blue tint, pushing the transparent one back to its own bellows upon the indication of the hour. It is a pushing and pulling, in effect, with the colours separated by an almost-invisible meniscus in shape of a crescent.

Specifications:

  • Exclusive HYT calibre mechanical hand-wound movement
  • 4Hz Frequency
  • 65-hour Power Reserve
  • 48.8 mm diameter
  • 100 metre Water Resistance
  • Cambered sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating
  • Screw-down sapphire crystal case-back
  • Hand-polished bridges in Côtes de Genève pattern
  • White hour dial with blue indexes and numerals
  • Luminescent minute and hour markers
  • White rubber strap with titanium deployant buckle

The H1 Iceberg 02 is more than a watch; it is a spectacle to behold—such a fine mechanism nestled within such a tiny luxury object! For anyone who loves science and sophistication, this is the perfect timepiece. The Iceberg 02 is composed of 50-limited edition pieces, available for purchase starting March 2016.

PASCAL GRENACHER

WATCHESPEDIA