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HYT: Another Step Forward into Motorsports with Panis-Barthez Compétition and the H4 Watch

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HYT is proud to sponsor the team Panis-Barthez Compétition created in January 2016 and currently competing in the European Le Mans Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Through this partnership, HYT reaffirms its quest for performance and endurance. Indeed, HYT’s commitment to manufacturing high technology fluidic watches exactly matches Panis-Barthez Compétition’s own philosophy: performance driven by passion.

In order to celebrate this partnership, HYT has created the H4 Panis-Barthez Compétition watch: a high-tech timekeeping instrument which delivers outstanding performance in all environments, both day and night. In this timepiece, a green fluid loaded with fluorescent nanoparticles moves inside a jet black case, framed with a notched bezel in satin-finished titanium.


HYT and Panis-Barthez Compétition have designed the center of the watch to express all the power of the endurance racing world, by picking up the colors of the steering wheels on their cars. The seconds indicator and the power reserve are therefore adorned with blue, red and green. The minute track is topped with a sapphire bridge, over which passes a red hand, guaranteeing the high level of legibility demanded of sports watches. Each bridge on the H4 is cut out to reduce its weight, just like a race car.

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Liquid Time™ by HYT

HYT has turned fantasy into reality, mixing mechanics and liquid within a wristwatch. While addicted to non-conformism, these alchemists have drawn upon the strictest codes of fine watchmaking, and shattered them.

Brushing away all certitudes and all notions of conformism, the core concept is simple: two flexible reservoirs with a capillary attached at each end. In one, a colored liquid; in the other, a transparent one. Keeping them apart is the repulsion force of the molecules in each fluid.

The two reservoirs at 06:00 also referred to as bellows are made of a highly resistant, flexible alloy. Watchmaking is used to activate the system via a piston that drives the bellow on the left (the active bellow). When the active below is compressed, the second expands, and vice versa, resulting in the movement of the liquids in the capillary.

As the hours go by, the colored liquid advances. The meniscus marks the separation point between the two liquids, indicating the hour. At 18:00, the colored liquid moves backwards, returning to its original position in what is known as a ‘retrograde’.