The Hydro Mechanical Horologists at HYT have realised an impossible dream: combining mechanics and fluids in a wristwatch.

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  • About HYT

    The 2002 Swiss national exhibition was held around the lakes of Neuchâtel, Bienne and Morat. It was amid this profusion of large lakes that the idea of a water watch was born. The idea of returning to liquid indications in a sealed wrist watch – some three thousand years after the Pharaohs' first water clocks – was captivating from a technical point of view alone.

    Mindful of the challenges involved in bringing this idea to fruition, a shareholder model was set up to provide the resources to put it into practice. The project would bring together two different worlds: on the one hand, that of chemicals and medical technology – which alone had the capabilities for dealing with the fluid aspect – combined for the first time with the world of traditional watchmaking.

    The team was expanded in 2010.

    Bringing together designers, chemists, mechanics and microtechnicians, the H1 concept finally came into being.
    Based on a process that uses fluids to indicate the time, the HYT team of engineers brought together two elements that had hitherto been completely opposed: liquids and watches. Whereas formerly it had been synonymous with corrosion – and the source of major problems with watertightness – here liquid is controlled and channelled inside a capillary tube that runs around the case of the H1.

    HYT has worked hard to ensure that this fluid remains visible and chemically stable: making sure, for instance, that it does not expand or contract according to the ambient temperature, rendering the time indication inaccurate.

    The H1 is a unique timepiece in a unique collection that relies on the fundamental principles of watchmaking – but even as it obeys the precepts of physics and watchmaking, it also features a unique complication that opens up the way for many further developments.

  • HYT's philosophy

    The Hydro Mechanical Horologists at HYT have realised an impossible dream: combining mechanics and fluids in a wristwatch. By carrying off the insane challenge of displaying the time with water, they done much more than add another outlandish item to the watchmaking universe; they have confounded every imaginable stereotype by bringing together two worlds that were formerly diametrically opposed to each other. Never since the clepsydras of the Pharaohs had anyone succeeded in breaking free from the laws of gravity and transposing this source of energy into a portable watch. HYT has achieved this feat.

    HYT's leitmotif is fluid mechanics – the ultimate hybridisation. Its formula is avant-garde watchmaking developments, comprising engineering pushed to its limits, high-tech materials, and a stirring design. This inspired, rebellious style imposes its own codes, underscoring the distinctive temperament and creativity of the whole.

  • HYT's 3 key dates

    2002: the initial idea of creating HYT and a fluid-display watch is first discussed
    2010: HYT founded
    2012: launch of the H1, winner of the GPHG Grand Prix for Innovation the same year

  • HYT's collections

    H1: the H1, the brand's exclusive timepiece, comes in the following versions: titanium, black titanium DLC, pink-gold DLC titanium and pink gold.

  • Contact HYT

    HYT SA
    Route de Falaise 74
    CH-2000 Neuchâtel
    T. +41 32 323 27 70

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The watch list

Featured HYT Watches

  • HYT - Skull Maori



    Skull Maori

  • HYT H1 Alumen Blue 148-AB-31-GF-RU - watch face view



    Alumen Blue

  • HYT - H3



  • HYT - H4 Alinghi


    H4 Alinghi

  • HYT - H2 Aviator


    H2 Aviator

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New exhibitors and public access

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MAY 23, 2016
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MAY 13, 2016
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H2 Alinghi

— After the H4 Alinghi, HYT unveils the H2 Alinghi, featuring a brand new as-cast titanium case.
MAY 01, 2016
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Strategic Evolutions for HYT & Preciflex

— Vincent Perriard becomes member of HYT and Preciflex’s Board; Gregory Dourde becomes CEO of HYT.
APRIL 26, 2016
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HYT - H1 Full Gold & H1 Ghost

HYT plays with light and shade

— HYT is moving from the shadows into the light. After its first appearance at the SIHH the watchmaker returns to Basel with two H1s sporting contrasting finishes, united by a new opaque fluid.
APRIL 04, 2016
HYT & Preciflex

Teaching the skull to tell the time

— HYT’s unique way of displaying the time on its watches is already complicated enough. But what happens when the round capillary takes on an even more complicated shape?
MARCH 24, 2016
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Bathed in black

— Some say black is not a colour, but in HYT watches its implementation requires as much meticulous research as for any other colour.
MARCH 19, 2016
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A weekend with the H2 Tradition on the wrist

— Getting up close and personal with the fluidic technology
MARCH 01, 2016

High-octane watch and car news

— To coincide with the start of the Geneva Motor Show this week, we turn our attention to the partnerships between watch brands and car manufacturers.
FEBRUARY 29, 2016
HYT Major investment

Series C Financing

— HYT and Preciflex announce completion of CHF 23 million financing for new proprietary technological launch.
FEBRUARY 25, 2016
HYT H4 Metropolis deconstructed movement
Mechanical light


— A look at new approaches that shed light on traditional mechanical watches
FEBRUARY 25, 2016
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    H1 Iceberg2

    — For this year's SIHH, HYT unveiled a new version of its H1 Iceberg, first launched in 2014.
    JANUARY 20, 2016
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    H2 Tradition

    — HYT casts a contemplative eye over three centuries of watchmaking and launches the H2 Tradition watch, combining classicism and futurism
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