For the upcoming Baselworld 2014 event, the designers of Hydro Mechanical Horologist (HYT) have prepared three new versions of HYT H2 model which will come in cases made of new materials and in new colors. The watch in question that premiered at the last year’s edition of the fair is actually the second, up-scale and improved version of H1 timekeeper which was also unveiled at the Baselworld event, but one year earlier. As most watch enthusiasts already know, H1 made quite a bang when it appeared in 2012, since it was the first ever watch to combine mechanical with fluid indications. New HYT H2 versions will be issued in limited editions and will be released sequentially. The first of them is with a housing made of white gold and platinum and it will be made with blue accents. This version will be available for sale the next fall at the price of $160,000. For the second platinum and titanium version with red accents, watch enthusiasts will have to wait another season and pay $30,000 more. The release date and the price of the third version (which resembles the original model the most) with the housing made of black DLC titanium and red gold is yet to be disclosed.
The aficionados of HYT designs will be quite pleased to know that the high-end brand is releasing more copies of its H2 model. Initially, the watch was made in black DLC coated housing and issued in a limited edition of 50 copies. Later this year (and possibly at the beginning of the next one for the third version), there will be brand new versions of the model in a different clothing which will likewise be made in limited series, as it is expected for such a complicated and exclusive timekeeper.
HYT H2 Titanium & White Gold Blue
The first of the trio of newcomers with the reference 248-TW-00-BF-RA is, just like the rest of the novelties, named after the materials that are used and after the color of the fluid that is used to designate minutes. The watch has a silver-colored face that matches the color of the housing. Apart from the blue fluid used for its innovative hour display and few other details on the dial (including some of the screws, portions of pointers and numerals), it also utilizes the same color for the stitching on its black alligator strap. This version is the only one with such accents for the strap. The rest two versions are likewise with the same type of attachment (and with a titanium deployment buckle), but with black stitching. As it was announced by HYT, Titanium & White Gold Blue version will be released sometime in fall of 2014. There will be 20 pieces of this kind and they will be sold at the price of $160,000.
HYT H2 Titanium & Platinum Red
Moving on, we reach the second novel variation of the timekeeper which combines a red hour display with a case made of combination of titanium and platinum. The watch which is sometimes also referred to as H2 Titanium & Platinum SQ has the serial number 248-TP-00-RF-AB. It will a bit more exclusive with just 14 copies being made. Moreover, it will have a bit steeper price of $190,000.
HYT H2 Black DLC & Pink Gold Green
The last among the versions that will be presented in Basel is the one that resembles the original version the most. Just like it, the new one has a green fluid display. The black DLC treated titanium case of the original version is replaced with the housing that combines that exact material with red gold portions. Just like the other versions, the least changed version sports a brushed finishing for the round case. As for the number of pieces and the price of the watch with the reference number 248-DG-00-GF-AB, they are yet to be revealed.
If you want to read a detailed version of the watch’s traits and especially the functioning of its hand-wound mechanical movement with 192 hour power reserve, we recommend that you read our post from the time the model was initially released. Among the basic characteristics of the model, we should also note that it is quite big with the width of 48.8 mm and the height of 17.9 mm. Its crystal and transparent case-back are from sapphire, while the water resistance measures to 50 meters. It features a skeletonized dial with a fluid display for hours and the central hand for minutes. The lovely dial with a visible large balance held in place with nicely sloped bridges likewise possesses a crown-setting mode indication and a temperature display.
As the manufacturer reveled, the approaching Baselworld 2014 show will also display new versions of the H1 model which we will cover in one of our future articles.