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HYT HYT H0 – Back to square zero

The hydromechanical horologists get back to basics with a purer and more understated design.

After H1, H2, H3 and H4 comes… H0, of course. With this new collection, the specialists in displaying the time using bellows to push two immiscible fluids through a tiny capillary around the dial (11 patents and counting!) have decided to complete the circle that they started with the H1 collection. The bold, sometimes aggressive lines of previous models (consider the 62mm wide H3 model), have been toned down and take on more fluid lines that match perfectly with the chosen means of hour display.

HYT H0 – Back to square zero

Gone is the oversized “6” in the 6 o’clock position in all previous H-prefixed models, making the case appear smaller, even though it is precisely the same diameter at 48.8mm. Gone, too, are the lugs (the first of two major differences in the design of the new collection) with the strap integrated directly into the case middle. The bellows that push the two fluids (one coloured and one colourless) back and forth through the capillary are now only partially visible and, for the first time on a HYT there is an almost complete dial with more familiar horological treatments such as satin finishing and traditional hour, minute and seconds graduations. By far the biggest change, however, is the removal of the bezel, to be replaced by an all-enveloping sapphire crystal. As a result, the time can also be read from the side of the watch – a fact that HYT has taken advantage of to add a second hour scale around the side to count the hours from 6pm to 6am in the 24-hour format.

HYT H0 – Back to square zero
HYT debuts this new collection with three references, each a limited edition of just 15 pieces. The first, H0 Black, recalls the first H1 models in the same configuration with a black DLC titanium case, green fluid for the hours and green SuperLuminova hands for the minutes and seconds – all set against a black background. The other two models both have a brushed titanium case. One uses black fluid for the hours and bright orange luminescent hands and hour markers set against a black background; the other has a uniform brushed silver background with contrasting luminescent blue hands and markers and a matching blue fluid for the hours. All three come with an integrated rubber strap and titanium folding clasp

HYT H0 – Back to square zero

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