Vincent Per­ri­ard

Hong Kong Tatler - - Watches -

WATCH­MAK­ING MIND BACK­GROUND VINCENT PER­RI­ARD STARTED HIS WATCH CA­REER AT AUDE­MARS PIGUET, WHERE HE WAS IN CHARGE OF WORLD­WIDE MAR­KET­ING. HE WORKED BRIEFLY FOR THE SWATCH GROUP IN NEW YORK AND THEN BE­CAME PRES­I­DENT OF CON­CORD. IT WAS THE END OF 2010 WHEN HE MET LU­CIEN VOUIL­LAMOZ, ONE OF THE PART­NERS OF HYT, AND WAS SHOWN AN IN­VEN­TION OF LIQ­UID MOV­ING IN A CAP­IL­LARY (OR GLASS TUBE) AND THAT CAN BE USED TO DIS­PLAY TIME. PER­RI­ARD THEN PART­NERED WITH VOUIL­LAMOZ TO CRE­ATE HYT.

DE­SIGN SIG­NA­TURES HYT STANDS FOR HYDROMECHANICAL TECH­NOL­OGY, WHICH COM­BINES TRA­DI­TIONAL WATCH­MAK­ING WITH IN­NO­VA­TIVE MA­TE­RI­ALS AND THE BRAND’S PATENTED MOV­ING, LIQ­UID RET­RO­GRADE DIS­PLAY. THE COMPANY’S FIRST WATCH, THE H1, FEA­TURES A HAND­WOUND MOVE­MENT WITH 65-HOUR POWER RE­SERVE AND A STRAIGHT PIS­TON CON­FIG­U­RA­TION ON THE DIAL. THE H2 IS A LEANER VER­SION OF THE H1, WITH A 192-HOUR POWER RE­SERVE AND A V-SHAPED PIS­TON CON­FIG­U­RA­TION.

BRAND PHI­LOS­O­PHY THE BRAND KEEPS PRO­DUC­TION NUM­BERS LOW, CRE­AT­ING ONLY ABOUT 600 WATCHES PER YEAR. EACH MODEL COMES IN LIMITED NUM­BERS BE­TWEEN 20 AND 50 PIECES. HYT PLAYS WITH MA­TE­RI­ALS IN­CLUD­ING GRAPHITE, TI­TA­NIUM, PLAT­INUM, BRONZE AND TECH-AL­LOYS LIKE ALUMEN, AS WELL AS VAR­I­OUS COLOURS OF FLU­O­RES­CENT LIQ­UID. SWISS WATCH ASSEM­BLY AND MOVE­MENT MAKER CHRON­ODE DE­SIGNS AND MAN­U­FAC­TURES THE MOVE­MENTS, WHILE HYT’S SIS­TER COMPANY PRECIFLEX, LED BY VOUIL­LAMOZ, SUP­PLIES THE BRAND’S LIQ­UID COM­PO­NENTS.

A FRONT AND BACK VIEW OF THE H2 IN TI­TA­NIUM WITH BLACK DLC

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