We have always said that we would never create a classic piece. Evidently, though, that is what we’ve done, says HYT CEO Vincent Perriard of the new H2 Tradition.
As its name suggests, the H2 Tradition expresses the juncture of watchmaking heritage and modernity in its design and function. Its classic, or traditional, side is revealed by the delicate lacquered dials and blued hands—a first for HYT, as well as its diamond guilloché main plate and shaped crown.
Its nod to the future is manifested via its hydro-mechanical aesthetic: the capillary with blue fluid moving forward to mark the hours. The watch is driven by two bellows positioned either side of 6 o’clock, a system developed in 2013 and featured on the very first H2.
Fluid innovation is, and will remain, in our DNA, Perriard explains, but this doesn’t prevent us from playing around with the codes of traditional watchmaking. Fun, experimentation, the joy of surprise: after all, that’s what we do best!
The dial exposes some important modifications: the balance has been re-centered to provide room for the minutes, requiring a reconfiguration of the manually wound movement. And the polished, micro-blasted and satin-finished white gold and titanium 48.8mm case has been re-designed with the crown protector removed.
While the initial idea – to create a classic HYT – was simple enough, in practice, ways of preserving the identity of the piece, whilst imbuing it with codes which are not naturally its own, constantly had to be found. It’s a fantastic challenge, suggested by our collector customers, and one that we have met with aplomb, concludes Perriard.
The H2 Tradition, which comes on a blue alligator leather strap, is a limited edition of just 50 pieces.