Past, present and future. Design, Fine Watchmaking, Precision, Technology and Innovation! HYT is all of this and more, as evidenced by the philosophical concept on which the brand bet everything.
There are watches that despite clearly asking a technical approach in response to the innovative technological wealth that close, eventually lead us to a more philosophical analysis of the purpose for which they are intended. One that – and nobody is surprised by this anymore – does not focus on the trivialized function of indicating the right time, be it day or night.
The genesis of HYT originates from an apparently simple question, but one that ended up defining the entire genesis of this manufacture of Haute Horlogerie: if time flows, and only gains meaning through the content of the lives we live, then why limit its metrics to now , to the present moment, isolated and constantly highlighted by the attention given to it by sharp hands or fleeting digital indications?
The creative model developed by HYT proves that it is much more than a monolithic brand, hostage to a single concept. Rather, it is an approach with several layers of complexity that are difficult to perceive at once. And although most people insist on associating HYT with an eminently technological concept, the brand prefers to continue to place a very special emphasis on the way it expresses time, which has nothing to do with the form adopted by the rest of the industry more than 500 years.
To mark this difference, HYT goes much further back, until the time the concept of time was invented, more than 4 millennia ago. The first water clock, also known as Clepsidra, was a container filled with liquid that leaked into another, empty, and whose passage maintained a controlled flow, intended to indicate the flow of time. HYT adopts precisely the same principle, with the exception that the system is now a little more complex and is worn on the wrist.
For centuries one of the great battles of mechanical watchmaking was to maintain any kind of liquid away from the watch mechanism. The emergence of HYT challenged this idea to the point where a group of over 45 people currently, including those working at the sister company Preciflex, a place where there are many more scientists than watchmakers, who dedicate themselves exclusively to the task of inventing a new concept of time indication by means of fluids and that does not deny an eminently mechanical basis as we perceive it in the world of haute horlogerie.
And this is the reason why HYT considers itself since its foundation as a watchmaker in its own right, and where only a small difference, makes all the difference: an indication of fluid time that belongs neither to the past nor the future, but that is firmly rooted in the present.
A mechanism and a philosophy
The option for an innovative fluid mechanism, whose principle is transversal to all HYT models, required 15 years of research and development to reach its present point of near perfection. It was left to the group of scientists in charge of developing it, to challenge the laws of physics by analyzing various problems related to the influence of temperature on the behavior of fluids and the true sacrilege that is the presence of liquid in a mechanical movement.
The mechanical concept of HYT, despite its apparent simplicity (the movements are developed in close partnership with Audemars Piguet – Renaud & Papi), can be summed up by the idea of a caliber based on traditional watchmaking mechanics which, in turn, controls the movement of two bellows that compress and expand in the opposite way. These contain two distinct liquids: one colored, which represents the past, and another, transparent, symbol of the time to come. The meeting point of these two elements therefore separates the past and the future, and naturally represents the present and the exact time in which our consciousness moves. And this aspect, so simple but at the same time so complex, reveals much of what HYT is today in terms of creative collective in the field of haute horlogerie.
This brand, whose concept and appearance is so unusual, pursues a vision that establishes that the tension between these two liquid elements, which were not made to cohabit together, turns out to be a true ode to harmony. A well-defined point where creativity and innovation find fertile ground for action.
The liquids used in this system are complementary, at the same time that, contradictorily, they are opposed to each other. To ensure that at the same time that they touch, they also repel each other, HYT has developed a process that it calls “Marriage”, where both fluids remain in contact for months before finally being inserted into the tube that will be associated with the bellows.
In order to understand HYT’s creations, as they are presented, it is necessary to recognize that the brand consists of several facets, and that one of the main ones is that it defines that time is not something that can be stopped, since its flow is constant. An idea perfectly well translated by Heráclito when some millennia ago affirmed that “no man steps twice in the same river”.