HYT H2 Aviator: aviation on a different level
Traditional watches will always possess 90% of the market, but the 10% room for brands to be experimental, that’s a melting pot of crazy timepieces with a feeling they’ve been drenched in a back to the future sauce. HYT creates timepieces that can be found between those 10%. Using fluid as a fundamental part for indicating time, these creations are definitely worth the attention.
HYT introduced the H2 Aviator as their first watch fully inspired on the original aviation watches. It’s designed to be the perfect aviation watch in a typical HYT way of thinking. Of course there’s the fluid hour indication – a thing that drives a lot of people crazy not knowing how to read the time. The watch is designed in such a way it can withstand years of horological changes, something that should be the sole purpose of any HYT watch, according to CEO Vincent Perriard.
At a glance, you wouldn’t say there are huge changes compared to the ‘normal’ H2, but nothing could be further from the truth. Yes indeed, the size of the case is exactly the same as the original H2, but that’s about the only thing visible to the eye that’s really the same. At the design department of HYT, they understand the importance of visibility when it comes to a good pilot watch. Flying a plane is a bit more difficult than tying your shoelaces, so everything has to be in plain sight. To start this mission, they gave the minute hand and the numerical quarter hour indexes a makeover. Whereas the original minute hand had a straight design, the minute hand of the H2 Aviator is redesigned and has a true pilot’s watch look: a strong arrow with its pointer dipped in red to make it extra visible. While painting the minute hand red, they also did the numerical quarter hour indexes, making the watch a lot easier to understand for the ‘I don’t get that HYT system’ people.
Another detail that got a new outfit is the crown position indicator. In the original H2, the crown position was indicated by a pointer, this one is replaced with an indicator window, again for the sake of visibility. If we may be honest with you, the H2 should have these cool details right from the start. It’s a really tough watch, with a ‘you don’t mess with me’ look. Anyhow, you know what I mean. The visibility magic box isn’t empty yet, to ensure this watch can be read with your eyes closed, they placed everything on a DLC covered movement with a satin black finish and polished angles. Don’t you dare telling the guys at HYT you can’t read this watch.
To keep the watch in line with the cockpit of a fighter plane, this watch is very functional and extremely visible. HYT gave priority to a case entirely coated in DLC including the hour indexes treated with grey anthracite super-LumiNova. As a true signature, this HYT watch has its hours indicated by yellow liquid. The watch is finished off with a touch of HYT innovation; a strap covered in Kevlar. You know, that’s the material used in items that have a high durability, such as racing suites and bulletproof vests. Of course the watch will have the same HYT calibre as the other H2’s. A technical masterpiece with 28 jewels and a mere 192 hours of power reserve. The watch is available as of this month, if you’re interested we wish you all of luck; only 40 pieces will be available.