HYT H1 Alinghi
HYT celebrate a third year of partnership with the Alinghi ocean racing team, in typical convention-defying style with the new H1 Alinghi limited edition.
With the unique hydro-mechanical horology of HYT and its signature fluid filled capillary and bellow powered propulsion, the H1 Alinghi gears up for some hardcore competition sailing action, and equipped with yachting inspired detailing it's a daring and imposing piece with a sporty personality.
Influenced by the construction processes and lightweight materials of Alinghi's boatyards, the folk at HYT have created this 20-piece limited edition, which is encased in a titanium body, with carbon fibre lugs and crown guard, and inscribed with the team motif.
Even though we're used to what HYT do, it's still a fascinating thing to see, and for this partnership piece, the H1 base has been adapted to incorporate a number of design features, which have come directly from the world of the Extreme Sailing Series where Alinghi are fighting hard to claim a fourth championship in 2017.
On the pared back face the in house, hand winding movement, and those incredible metal bellows which propel the black fluid through the glass capillary around the rim of the dial to display the hours, are fully exposed. Overhead a zig-zag section of rigging fastens down the black minutes ring just above centre, the small hand flashed with red varnish. Either side of the minutes, the power reserve is styled like a deck winch to the right, while opposite, the small seconds take the form of a furler, which rotates constantly as if drawing in on a mainsail sheet.
Underneath, a pair of sapphire panels are separated by a titanium bridge with the Alinghi name, and the superb finishing of the movement is further exposed.
The HYT H1 Alinghi is presented on a tough and good looking reinforced fabric strap which is attached to the stubby lugs, meaning that the near-50mm case is snug on the wrist.
- REFERENCE: 148-TC-09-NF-RC
- CASE: Carbon/Titanium
- SIZE: ø 48.8 mm
- THICKNESS: 17.9 mm
- MOVEMENT: Hand-winding mechanical. Power reserve: 65 h, 28'800 vph
- FUNCTIONS: Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Power reserve
- BRACELET/STRAP: Fabric
- BUCKLE: Titanium folding clasp
- WATERPROOF RATING: 30 m
- PRICE EXCL.VAT: 65'000 CHF