Watches: HYT H1 Air Collection (+live pics)
By Thierry Ané on June 19, 2015
Since they have introduced their very first H1 timepieces with the distinctive retrograde circular liquid hour indication, HYT has managed to keep our interest up thanks to exciting limited variations introduced throughout the year.
Sometimes introducing new materials like with the H1 AZO Project or the H1 Alumen, other times perfecting their liquid technology for new colours like with the H1 Dracula or H1 Iceberg, or even by inserting unexpected substances in the polyepoxyde case of their models like with the H1 Sand Barth or the H1 Cigar, the niche luxury brand has always remained in the spotlights.
For the first time ever, though, they are unveiling an entire new collection of limited editions in one shot: the H1 Air trilogy! With a clever play on light and shadows as common denominator, the newcomers explore unchartered territories such as the maritime world or the camouflage technique while remaining faithful to the aesthetic codes that have made the success of the brand.
Named the H1 Air Black Pixel, the first opus of this collection brings the furtive look that has become so popular in the watch industry to an entirely new level. The 48.80 mm case of this H1 model is crafted in lightweight titanium with a black Diamond-Like Carbon coating for the always appreciated all-black effect. The stealthy theme of the watch is then enhanced by the use of a smoked sapphire with an extremely urban pixelated camouflage pattern in great-looking shades of black and grey.
Despite this tinted crystal, the owner retains an uncluttered view of the major components of the exclusive calibre thanks to three un-tinted areas for the bellows, the power reserve and small seconds. A reported grid crafted in titanium completes the design of this multi-dimensional dial and helps outline its multi-layer construction. The watch is mounted on black alligator secured by a black DLC titanium folding buckle.
The second reference of the “H1 Air” collection is HYT’s take on a classic watch! First of all, the case combines the nice blue-grey colour of titanium with luxurious 5N gold. It is mounted on brown alligator with a titanium deployant buckle to enhance the classical style and uses a striking blue-coloured liquid for the retrograde hours.
With a beautiful 5N skeleton grid featuring hollowed-out Roman numerals, the openwork dial of the H1 Air Classic stands out by its beauty. It also plays the light and shadows card with a combination of smoked and un-tinted sapphire sections and boasts a stunning brown opaline sub-dial for the minutes. With its Art Deco inspiration, this H1 Air Classic is the perfect choice for the watch collector with classic tastes who still wants to experience HYT’s avant-garde technology.
Last but not least, the H1 Air RC44 completes this exciting collection. The watch uses the same blue aluminium case as the H1 Alumen and pairs it with a black yacht sail canvas strap secured by a folding clasp in black DLC titanium. The fluorescent green liquid offers a nice contrast with the colour of the case and places this version in a much more daring category.
Here again transparent and opaque sapphire crystals are used to offer a not-so-obvious openwork face enhanced by the use of carbon fibre for the minutes chapter. Keen observers will have immediately noticed the yellow logo at 4 o’clock: it is the logo of the “RC44 Regatta”, a nautical race created by Russell Coutts for which HYT will be the Official Timekeeper this year. Just to let the watch collectors know, this is the very first timepiece created by the brand as part of a partnership…
The H1 Air Black Pixel and the H1 Air Classic are both limited to just 25 pieces each and only 22 units of the H1 Air RC44 will be produced. All three models are truly beautiful with a lot of attention to details indicating that the brand has matured nicely. We just have to congratulate the team for these stunning introductions and we look forward to discovering the next creations…
For more information please visit the HYT web site.