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HYT Watches - H3

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After surprising the world of mechanical horology with the H1 and H2 models, the HYT Watches team - aka the Hydro Mechanical Horologists - is ready to amaze again with the H3 and its linear fluid indication of time. We are presenting here some preliminary information of this hot Baselworld 2015 preview.

The 62 mm x 41 mm rectangular case, made of charcoal grey PVD-coated titanium and platinum with a micro-blasted satin finish, houses a highly complex movement characterised by a linear portrayal of time, which resulted in a design with the bellows at opposite ends.

The first, on the top left, drives the progression of the fluid and therefore the time display. Its counterpart, on the right, compensates for this progression in the capillary.

Less than one millimetre in diameter, this glass tube, operating in a vacuum, contains two fluids just like it happens in the H1 and H2 models: the first, (water-based) yellow fluid serves to tell the time; the second (viscous-based) translucent fluid works in opposition with a meniscus to separate them.

The hour of the day is indicated by a rotating dial with 4 faces arranged along the time display tube. Each of these faces is graduated with 6 hours, thereby enabling the 24 hours of the day (from 00 to 23) to be displayed. Just below, from left to right, the balance wheel, the retrograde minute indicator and the crown position indicator (H for time setting, R for winding).

Probably the most complex timepiece in the brand's collections, the HYT H3 offers a 170-hour or 7-day power reserve thanks to its two barrels visible through the sapphire crystal case back. The power reserve indicator is also positioned on the back. The hand wound movements beats at 21,600 vibrations per hour.

The H3 will be produced in a limited edition of 25 timepieces with availability starting in September 2015. Price: Swiss Francs 280,000.

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