At the press conference, it was crowded on replica HYT. Many people go to listen to Vincent Perriard discuss the internal working principle of H1, which is a new watch launched by his new brand HYT. After several months, HYT made its debut recently. It is a high-end geek watch designed to combine traditional mechanical watches with liquid watches. H1 is the first version of the brand, and more liquid-themed watches will be launched in the future. After the meeting, I caught up with Perriard and got a special hands-on look and demonstration from the man of the new watch himself.
If you know Perriard’s past work, you will be familiar with his passion and design decisions. Futurism and “doing things differently” are the factors that motivate him. When explaining watches, he speaks French very quickly, and when showing off his toys, English has the same insight and enthusiasm. H1 is an extremely cool and unnecessary watch – a precise formula to reach this level can contribute to the success of the industry. When I first presented replica HYT H1 to the world, I introduced it here.
Hands-on H1 almost met my expectations-very good. Bold futuristic design, big on the wrist, but still very wearable. The case is 48.8 mm wide and 17.8 mm thick. With lobed ears, it means it fits most wrists well. You can’t help but notice the two bellows in the movement and the glowing green liquid ring, which indicate the hours. The conceptual execution seems to be flawless, especially when you adjust the number of hours back and forth and the green consistency quickly moves on the scale. It basically uses pressure, but as far as I know, I have never done anything with a crown so far, maybe not on such a small scale.
The part we want to check is a titanium alloy coated with black DLC. There are uncoated titanium versions, as well as full 18k rose gold and 18k rose gold and black versions mixed together. These four models will launch the brand and apparently sell its first few batches to retailers who will sell HYT watches worldwide.
As I mentioned, Perriard likes to make high-end toys. H1 feels exactly the same. It’s like something a smart kid would dream of. This is also something that an adult child will wear happily. It takes a lot of technical experts to fully understand the functions of the movement, but the concepts in actual operation can be enjoyed by almost everyone. I think Perriard understands this concept best-if you want to have a successful new watch brand to sell high-priced goods, then it must be admirable by ordinary people.
On the dial, you can see the retrograde liquid indicator for the hours and the dial for the minutes-both are easy to read. There is an auxiliary seconds hand and a useful power reserve indicator for manual winding. Perriard turned to the back of the watch and explained how he wanted the movement to be finished and decorated in a relatively classic way-core watch lovers who didn’t want to potentially alienate consumers. The heavy accordion bellows on the dial is something you have never seen on the dial before. Such signature elements will surely become the logo of the brand.
For most people, the price is still completely impossible, but it does provide a better opportunity for the rich and super-rich to own and enjoy highly exotic watches. I and others are enjoying the fashion, demeanor and technological innovation that H1 provides. Perriard promises to be more and more complex in the future, so I expect the H1 to be the entry-level model in the next few years. Usually, brands like this start with ultra-high flagship models, but the right technology may be the most important thing to start with HYT. I really like what they are doing, and CEO Perriard’s passion for the product undoubtedly made this deal more successful. Find HYT H1 watches in selected retailers now.