Watches: HYT H2 Aviator
By Thierry Ané on September 4, 2015
With already four different collections of “Hydro Mechanical” timepieces (H1 to H4) and the artistic Skull series, HYT has definitely not wasted any time to establish itself as a major player of the “alternative Haute Horlogerie” segment since its inception in 2012! What is even more remarkable is the diversity and originality of customisations that the “H1” and “H2” lines already offer to the watch enthusiasts with a penchant for highly technical and utterly unique timekeepers.
However, despite exploring a wide range of traditional watch genres, from luxurious and classic with pink gold and Roman numerals, to always-appreciated all black versions, to resolutely trendy all-white alternatives ad exploring entirely innovative paths with polyepoxyde versions mixed with cigar leaves or St Barth sand, the brand never ventured into one of the most popular watch types: the pilot’s watch…
Until now that is: this month, CEO Vincent Perriard and his team are proud to unveil the H2 Aviator! This newcomer to the H2 collection is clearly based on the H2 black DLC titanium model presented in 2013. It shares the same 48.8 mm case in black DLC titanium and obviously the exclusive manually wound calibre featuring the now iconic retrograde green fluidic hours as well as retrograde minutes, a sectorial power reserve and a function indicator (Neutral, Time Setting, or Winding Mode).
The piece, however, has been completely redesigned to convey this aviation vibe. First of all, it is mounted on a gorgeous black and grey Kevlar strap secured by a black DLC folding buckle with four rows of red stitches creating a superb contrast. This red colour has also been used to make the openwork dial indications more legible as they should be on a pilot’s watch. The large red “15”, “30”, “45” and “60” stand out on the white minute track and the red arrow-shaped minute hand with white luminescent material clearly reminds of the style of most flying instruments. Even the function indicator at 3 o’clock puts on a more legible look.
No doubt this H2 Aviator will please all the aficionados of the brand and probably convert other watch collectors to this highly creative brand. Don’t take too long to make up your mind before ordering this watch, though, as it is limited to 40 pieces and will probably sell out quickly.
For more information please visit the HYT web site.
For a technical description of the timepiece and additional pictures:
Additional timepieces mentioned in this article:
HYT H1 Air Classic Titanium and Pink Gold
HYT H1 Black Sapphire Dome Black DLC Titanium
HYT H1 Cigar Bronze PVD Titanium and Leaves of Cigar Rodolfo Vitola Polyepoxyde
HYT H1 Iceberg Titanium
HYT H1 Sand Barth Titanium and Sand of St Barth Polyepoxyde
HYT H2 Hydro Mechanics Black DLC Titanium
HYT Skull Red Eye Diamonds Black DLC Titanium and Pink Gold