Who would have thought that a dynamic, fast-forward Swiss watch brand like HYT would go a step back to focus on the conventional? No one, not even them, but HYT did just that with their release of H2 Tradition. Vincent Perriard, CEO of The Hydro Mechanical Horologists, found himself in the middle of the surprise. “We have always said that we would never create a classic piece,” he shares. “Having said that, this is exactly what we’ve done!”
But there is a reason for this “retro contemporary U-turn.” “Fluid innovation is, and will remain in our DNA,” continues Perriard. “”but this doesn’t prevent us from playing around with the codes of traditional watchmaking. Fun, experimentation, the joy of surprise: after all, that’s what we do best!”
The idea was brought up due to a wanting; it is when HYT decided to create a classic, signature piece, simple enough to preserve the identity of their craftsmanship, as well as beautifully timeless to be worn by different generations. It was a call for a challenge; and the watchmaker returns to its subtle roots to create a harmonious balance between a highly hydraulic-run mechanism nestled inside a perennial design.
H2 Tradition is the merging of two ideals; a 21st century watch powered by the same HYT aesthetics in a beautiful, elegant finish. The brand chose the handsome colours of blue and grey, black Roman Numeral indicators, and sophisticated guilloché finishes.
Two bellows are installed on two sides of 6 o’clock, providing balance between the reservoirs producing the liquid time-teller. One big challenge they had to face is recreating the entire dial to provide room for specific areas as well as movement. With the help of its long-standing partners, APRP, the entire case was overhauled into a sublime, minimalist approach, allowing the beauty of hourly movement and mechanism to seamlessly forge. Because of its fine make, the brand limited this edition to only 50 pieces.
Exclusive HYT calibre mechanical manual-winding movement
192-hour Power Reserve
Diamond guilloché main plate in rhodium-plated nickel silver