2013 Basel-hyt Presents Hybrid Liquid Mechanical Watch H1

The most ancient leaky pot or water bell as we know it can be traced back to ancient Egypt. For 3,400 years, humans have dreamed of creating a mechanical watch that resists gravity and displays time in liquid. Now, HYT has made this dream watch, creating the H1 watch.

The combination of fine watchmaking and liquid machinery. This concept was once considered a surreal concept of perfect watchmaking. However, HYT broke the traditional boundaries and broke through all obstacles. With the simple watch construction concept, two flexible reservoirs were applied to the two ends of the pipe guide to create the H1 watch. One reservoir contains fluorescent liquids, while the other reservoir contains transparent viscous liquids. The repulsive force of the molecules in the two liquids makes the two liquids repel each other without mixing.
The two reservoirs are set at 6 o’clock. When one of them is compressed, the other will expand, and vice versa, forming a liquid to run inside the conduit. As time passes, the volume of the fluorescent liquid displayed in the tube guide increases, and the meeting point of the two liquids is exactly showing the hour position; when the time reaches 6:00, the fluorescent liquid will return to the original Location, within the reservoir. The two reservoirs, such as bellows-shaped boxes, are made of high-endurance, flexible electroplated alloy, and their movements are driven by pistons. It is this structure that enables liquids to be used in mechanical watches.
Mechanical movement drives liquid system
Led by Bruno Moutarlier, together with Jean-François Mojon and the watchmaking team Chronode SA create mechanical movements for the watch. The movement is placed on the upper part of the watch, and a cam is set to push the reservoir piston, so that the two reservoirs operate. The challenge in making this system was to find a closed and waterproof interface in the small space of the watch that could be installed and connected to the mechanical movement and the liquid system. The two should be installed separately and at the same time, and at the same time, they should be synchronized. Therefore, the dial is divided into two parts and fitted from the side of the watch. The entire structure of the watch definitely requires extraordinary skills to make it.

Titanium case painted and satin-finished and polished 5N red gold bezel, lugs

From concept to practice: merging two opposite worlds together
This unique concept of watchmaking seems simple, but it is difficult to practice the concept and make a real watch. Jean-François Mojon and the watchmaking team Chronode are responsible for developing the movement part, while HYT founders Patrick Berdoz, Lucien Vouillamoz and Emmanuel Savioz founded the patent registration company Preciflex for the components of the liquid operation part. Supporting Preciflex’s research on the liquid part is Helbling Technik from the medical community, which uses the concept of liquid flow in the field of medicine to apply certain treatments. This is a major challenge to merge two opposite worlds and create a new era-with this innovative pump system, this unique technology will not only be known throughout the watch industry, its influence will also expand To high-tech medical technology.
Bordering new watchmaking and nanotechnology
The first step: creating a watch with a liquid structure that exceeds the existing watchmaking laws. This brand new watch has the appearance and functions consistent with traditional watches, such as color tone, structure, shock resistance and resistance to temperature changes, durability and accuracy, and water resistance. To meet the above requirements, new technologies and designs need to be created. In the development of this watch, so far, seven technical patents and one design patent have been obtained. The exploration and empirical research on these unknown fields has promoted the border between watchmaking technology and nanotechnology.
Energy management
Hydraulic pressure is used. When the fluorescent liquid is diverted from the position of 06:00 with the circular tube to the position of 18:00, the reservoir containing the fluorescent liquid is compressed, and the other reservoir expands to accommodate the compressed transparent liquid. The fluid flow of the system needs more pressure energy to solve the resistance between the reservoir and the liquid in and out.

Titanium case painted and satin-finished and polished 5N red gold bezel, lugs

To solve this problem, Preciflex invented the revolutionary pressure expansion reservoir. For example, the pressure expansion reservoir of the bellows box is made of high-quality and exquisite alloy, which has high softness and can withstand high resistance. This invention was inspired by the detectors used by NASA and applied its design to watch manufacturing. The pressure expansion reservoir specially created for this watch has a shape designed to reduce the need for pressure energy during compression, shock absorption and complete waterproof.
Liquid abstraction
Throughout the development process, in addition to the application of engineering theory and data, the amount of liquid is an important part of the development process. The total volume of liquid in this closed system must be accurately measured, and each microliter of liquid must be calculated in order for the system to have an acceptable level of water resistance in nanotechnology. In view of the special connection between the crown and the liquid, a special watch adjustment system has been created to prevent the liquid from flowing too fast in the tube and destroying the uneven surface in the tube.
Stimulate emotion
The 5 mm thick sapphire arched crystal glass on the surface is set under the 6 o’clock scale at 6 o’clock, so that the watch’s amazing structure can be seen from any angle of the watch. The direction of the fluorescent liquid is controlled by the reservoir and the piston, and it flows out from 6 o’clock to show the time. The display above the watch shows a geometric design composed of layers and reliefs.The center dial is a minute dial and a small second dial that mimics a water wheel; a 65-hour power reserve display at 02.30 o’clock indicates that three time dials can be pushed The remaining energy; and the liquid showing the hour flows according to its circular tube. The watch is 48.8 mm in diameter and 17.9 mm thick. It is lightweight and easy to wear. The concave scale indication of the ring enhances the visual effect of the hour digital display, and the crown at 02:30 is protected by a solid guard.

Titanium case painted in bronze and satin-finished

Reference specifications:
Movement: hand-wound movement, HYT unique core structure, frequency: 4 Hz, 28,800 times per hour
 35 jewels, hand-chamfered bridges and Geneva waves
 Rhodium bellows box, 65-hour power reserve Function: Retrograde liquid hour, minute, second display
Case: diameter 48.8 mm, thickness 17.9 mm
 Polished and forged
 Screw-down crown with rubber cover
 Lugs with metal caps at 6 o’clock
 Arched sapphire crystal withstands strong light
 Screw-down sapphire crystal case back
Surface: liquid hour display, luminous hands and hour scale
 Standard minute hand at 12 o’clock
 Small seconds indicator wheel at 9:30
 Power reserve display at 2:30 pm