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HYT was already bubbling under the surface in 2002.

A nonconformist thriving on challenge, Lucien Vouillamoz dreamed of transforming utopia into reality by reinventing the clepsydra in a perfectly watertight wristwatch. Wishful thinking? More a pioneering vision that would not take shape until ten years later with the first ever mechanical watch with a fluidic display. The idea may have seemed simple, Lucien Vouillamoz knew he could never rise to the challenge alone, and so in 2010 he brought Patrick Berdoz, Emmanuel Savioz and Vincent Perriard in on a project that would break all the rules and introduce fluids into the heart of a mechanical watch. Jean-François Mojon and his team at Chronode were tasked with developing the movement of the H1. Supervised by Lucien Vouillamoz, Preciflex took charge of the fluid technology. Vincent Perriard handled design.

In January 2012, HYT was officially established in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. In March that year, the H1 was revealed at Baselworld. The concept? Two flexible reservoirs are attached to each end of a capillary. One contains a coloured liquid, the other a transparent fluid. The repulsive force of the molecules in each fluid keeps them separate. The industry was quick to recognise the technical tour de force this represented, and in November the H1 Titanium Black DLC took the Innovation Prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. Building on such auspicious beginnings, HYT launched the H2 in 2013, in collaboration with Audemars Piguet Renaud & Papi. There was to be no stopping the brand now. In October 2014 it opened its first Asian subsidiary, in Singapore. In 2015 it delivered new proof of its creative genius with three new collections: H3, Skull and H4. These avant-garde watches can be seen for example in HYT's first own-name store, which opened in February 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 



Key dates

First investigations into a watch with a fluidic time display.

2010

Patrick Berdoz, Lucien Vouillamoz, Emmanuel Savioz and Vincent Perriard work together on the first watch with a fluidic time display.

2012

Patrick Berdoz, Lucien Vouillamoz, Emmanuel Savioz and Vincent Perriard set up HYT in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. The H1, the first watch to combine horological mechanics with fluid mechanics, is unveiled at Baselworld. The H1 Titanium Black DLC wins the Innovation Prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève.

Launch of the H2, a collaboration with Audemars Piguet Renaud & Papi.

HYT sets up a subsidiary in Singapore.

HYT introduces three new collections: H3, Skull and H4. Among the 13 new models launched that year, the H4 Metropolis incorporates a micro-generator that converts mechanical energy into light so that the time display can be read in the dark.

HYT's first participation in the Carré des Horlogers, part of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie. In February, the brand opens its first own-name store in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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