HYT Watches Presents the H1 Alinghi at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show 2017
HYT and Alinghi fly together across the water since 2015. HYT – the only wristwatch brand to ever produce timepieces that tell time by using liquids – has an undeniable association with fluids and so, chose full immersion of its « fluid DNA » to become the partner of Alinghi.
In order to celebrate the 3 years of partnership, HYT launched the H1 Alinghi watch and unveiled it during the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.
A special feature of this model is that it results from a long process to assimilate Alinghi’s signature design. “We visited the shipyards where the team prepares its multihull craft”, explained Gregory Dourde – HYT CEO. “We observed how the yachts were built, their unfinished and assembled components, their functions, their positioning…. Many of these elements found their way into the piece”.
Without a doubt, the most striking of these is the rigging which criss-crosses the lower half of its dial. Custom-designed, it passes through four eyelets on the flange, before being secured to three central eyelets; with precision, nothing left to chance, a preoccupation shared by yacht and watchmaking.
Understated and efficient
The dial, just like an Alinghi catamaran in full flight, uses an array of technology to enable the time to be read via the liquid in the capillary, to create its signature fluid time. An understated and pure deep black colour was chosen. To make it easier to read in the dark, HYT has set it on a channel filled with Super-LumiNova. At night, the translucent part of the capillary reflects the light, enabling the time display, which remains opaque, to be read.
In terms of materials, both HYT and Alinghi favour lightness and rigidity. The piece has offset lugs and a crown guard made from folded and forged carbon. These elements are designed and manufactured outside of the watch, then assembled onto its titanium middle.
“This H1 Alinghi is an edgy, uncompromising and technically advanced piece. It is designed in the same way Alinghi designs its racing yachts, for full control of power and performance“, concluded Gregory Dourde.