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New HYT H4 Watches

HYT H4: Luxury Watches with a Hydro-Mechanical Technology

The Swiss watchmaking company HYT is best known for its incredibly unique timekeeping method. Unlike any other watches, HYT watches use fluids and bellows to tell the time. It’s definitely among the boldest and most groundbreaking methods of timekeeping in the watchmaking industry. 

Released in 2015, the HYT H4 is among the brand’s rarest collections. Like most watches in their catalog, this extravagant watch collection stays true to the futuristic design and unconventional aesthetics that the brand exhibits. It’s a bold watch to be sure, but it’s a watch like no other.

Prices at a Glance: Most Popular HYT H4 Watches

Model

Price (Approx.)

Size

Features

HYT H4 Neo

$95,000 USD

51mm

  • Titanium case
  • Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
  • Fluid hour indicator 
  • Rubber and Nomex strap
  • Skeletonized display
  • Battery-less backlight
  • 50m water resistance
  • 65-hour power reserve
  • Power reserve indicator
  • Manual-winding movement

HYT H4 Metropolis

$94,000 USD

51mm

  • Titanium case
  • Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
  • Green-colored fluid hour indicator
  • Rubber and Nomex strap
  • Skeletonized display
  • Battery-less backlight
  • 50m water resistance
  • 65-hour power reserve
  • Power reserve indicator
  • Manual-winding movement

HYT H4 Gotham

$79,000 USD

51mm

  • Titanium case
  • Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
  • Red-colored fluid hour indicator
  • Rubber and Nomex strap
  • Skeletonized display
  • Battery-less backlight
  • 50m water resistance
  • 65-hour power reserve
  • Power reserve indicator
  • Manual-winding movement

HYT H4 Alinghi

$99,000 USD

51mm

  • Titanium case
  • Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
  • Red-colored fluid hour indicator
  • Alinghi emblem on seconds dial
  • Rubber and Nomex strap
  • Skeletonized display
  • Battery-less backlight
  • 50m water resistance
  • 65-hour power reserve
  • Power reserve indicator
  • Manual-winding movement

HYT H4 Panis-Barthez Competition

$95,000 USD

51mm

  • Titanium case
  • Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
  • Green-colored fluid hour indicator
  • Rubber and Nomex strap
  • Skeletonized display
  • Battery-less backlight
  • 50m water resistance
  • 65-hour power reserve
  • Power reserve indicator
  • Manual-winding movement

HYT H4 RC44

$66,100 USD

51mm

  • Titanium case
  • Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
  • Blue-colored fluid hour indicator
  • Rubber and Nomex strap
  • Skeletonized display
  • Battery-less backlight
  • 50m water resistance
  • 65-hour power reserve
  • Power reserve indicator
  • Manual-winding movement


 

How much is an HYT H4 watch?

HYT watches are ahead of their time — these watches boast the use of liquids in timekeeping, a feature that’s exclusive to this brand. Overall, the HYT H4 collection is an improved version of the brand’s H1 collection. It’s a rather rare collection that has several limited edition models. At 51mm wide, the H4 collection has slightly bigger cases along with new and improved features. The collection also comes in a variety of colors, but all of the models stay true to the original design ideology of HYT.

The HYT H4 Gotham timepiece is among the first H4 pieces that the brand released. This 3DTP carbon-based watch uses a red-colored liquid to power its liquid-and-bellow mechanism. Its skeletonized dial features a central minutes dial, a seconds dial on the left, and a power reserve indicator on the right. The watch’s case back has a tinted sapphire crystal that showcases the movement of the watch and enhances the watch’s dark yet elegant gothic theme. It’s an incredibly bold and beautiful watch that’s sure to catch the attention of anyone who views it.

The interior of the HYT H4 Gotham contains the in-house caliber 401 mechanical movement. This movement operates at 4 Hz (28,800 BPH) and provides the watch with a power reserve of up to 65 hours. Overall, the HYT H4 Gotham creates massive visual appeal and is a solid timepiece that has an incredibly unique look. This is why HYT H4 watches, or HYT watches in general, are highly valued by seasoned collectors and enthusiasts of luxury watches. Limited to only 50 pieces, the HYT H4 Gotham Ref. 151-CB-03-RF-RN changes hands for around $79,000 USD.

The HYT H4 Alinghi Special Edition is another model that avid luxury watch collectors seek. It’s a bold timepiece that boasts the Alinghi racing team’s logo on its seconds dial. This model might have a skeletonized caliber that’s almost identical to the HYT H1 collection, but this watch has a second crown that regulates its unique complication — a source of illumination. The HYT H4 Alinghi Special Edition’s second crown powers a small generator between the 4 and 5 o’clock marks. This allows two LEDs to illuminate the watch without the use of batteries. It’s certainly a fascinating complication.

When the user depresses the second crown, the LEDs light up the watch’s face for a maximum of five seconds. The light gives a noticeable glow to the watch’s red liquid and allows the user to view the remarkable mechanism in each watch. Although incorporating electricity into this mechanical wonder is a rather unorthodox practice in luxury watchmaking, breaking away from the usual is exactly what makes HYT stand out. HYT only produced 25 pieces of the H4 Alinghi Special Edition, so it’s a rare and one-of-a-kind watch that collectors would invest in. HYT released this special edition watch at a price of $99,000 USD.

The HYT H4 Metropolis is another remarkable limited edition model, and HYT limited its production to just 100 pieces. Like the HYT H4 Alinghi Special Edition watches, this rare watch has a backlight that illuminates the watch face, all the while not requiring any batteries. The HYT H4 Metropolis watch has a DLC-coated titanium case that has steel, black, and green tones that resemble the original H1 watches. It also comes with a black Nomex and rubber strap that lets the large watch sit comfortably on your wrist. The watch changes hands for around $94,000 USD.

Like the H4 Alinghi Special Edition and the Metropolis, the HYT H4 Neo also houses two LEDs behind the 6 o’clock mark to illuminate the watch. This avante-garde and futuristic watch has a green fluid hour indicator with ice blue backlighting. The fluid itself is not glow-in-the-dark, but it is highly luminescent and gives off a mesmerizing glow in combination with the backlight. Its hour numerals also give off a futuristic appearance, resembling aesthetics from the 1999 film The Matrix. The H4 Neo has a water resistance of up to 50m and a power reserve of approximately 65 hours. You can avail of this watch for around $95,000 USD.

After the H4 Neo, the HYT H4 Neo 2 takes on a more unconventional and somewhat whimsical appearance. It comes in various color choices. The HYT H4 Neo 2 Blue, for example, has a simple and contemporary look that appeals to modernists. It has a blue hour indicator fluid, a blue bezel, and two crowns on the right side of the watch. The watch also has a more minimalistic look to its seconds dial and power reserve indicator on each side of the central minutes dial. Like the HYT H4 Neo, the HYT H4 Neo 2 has a water resistance of 50m and a power reserve of 65 hours. It also comes with a reinforced strap that sits comfortably on the wrist. The H4 Neo 2 has a price tag of around $77,000 USD.

HYT H4 Watches — Why are they so expensive?

Watches and liquids often don’t mix well, but HYT watches seem to defy this fact. Although water clocks are nothing new in the watchmaking world, there haven’t been any wristwatches that have this unique feature. With the help of three partners, which includes nuclear engineer Lucien Vouillamoz, Swiss entrepreneur Patrick Berdoz helped develop the world’s first hydro-mechanical wristwatches under the company HYT.

HYT created a catalog of groundbreaking timepieces that utilize liquids and bellows powered by mechanical movements to tell the time. The first HYT watches made their debut in 2012, with the H4 watches becoming available in the market in 2015. HYT only produces a few hundred pieces per year, making their watches quite rare. Their futuristic timepieces also are highly coveted by collectors, particularly in Asian markets. For these reasons, aside from the company’s reputation as a luxury brand, HYT watches such as the HYT H4 have always had quite a hefty price tag.

HYT H4's History and Design Details

Since the company’s inception, Swiss luxury watchmaker HYT has been groundbreaking in the realm of Swiss luxury watches. This is because their watches are the first of their kind — the timepieces utilize a hydro-mechanical method of timekeeping. Essentially, this means that the watches make use of liquids and mechanical parts to tell the time. This feature has never been available in wristwatches until HYT developed this highly advanced technology. The feature has been a constant and prominent aspect in all of HYT’s watch collections, such as the HYT H4 collection.

HYT first released the H4 collection in 2015, and these 51mm watches combine unique and unconventional designs with a fascinating movement. This groundbreaking timepiece is somewhat of an improvement on the brand’s original H1 collection, and the models feature new and improved features compared to the HYT H1 watches. The collection features more technical and sportier features compared to its predecessors.

The H4 watches are much more than a larger version of the HYT H1 collection, as these pieces feature a wide variety of colors, battery-less light displays, reinforced straps, and brand-new designs that weren’t present in the H1 collection. HYT H4 watches are certainly technological wonders, and it’s no surprise that they’re popular among collectors. The HYT H4 watch collection is a symbol of technological breakthroughs and a testament to HYT’s extravagant creativity, and many still seek to invest in one of these rare watches. 

5 Reasons to Buy an HYT H4 Watch 

1. HYT H4 watches are quite rare and valuable in the market.

2. These watches only exist in a few limited-edition collections.

3. No other brand can boast the highly exclusive hydro-mechanical technology that HYT watches exhibit.

4. HYT H4 watches come in a wide variety of colors and styles.

5. The visual appeal of liquids and light in one luxury wristwatch is unmatched.

Final Thoughts: Buying an HYT H4 Watch

HYT H4 watches are a horological wonder that resulted from HYT’s innovative approach to luxury watchmaking. Each rare model is incredible in its own way, and many luxury watch collectors and enthusiasts still seek to buy an HYT H4 watch. Although the price tag is rather hefty, it remains a watch worth investing in because of its groundbreaking design and technology.

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