HYT H1 Alinghi

written by YWH team 22 November 2017
HYT H1 Alinghi 148-TC-09-NF-RC
Quick specs HYT H1 Alinghi
Price: $ 65,000 | approx. € 56.100 | approx. £ 49,600
Size: 48.8 mm
Reference: 148-TC-09-NF-RC
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At HYT they are not watchmakers but hydro-mechanical horlogiers. A bit much perhaps, but why not? Their high-tech models deserve something different than just watchmakers. Their newest creation is the HYT H1 Alinghi, made to honor the partnership with the Alinghi yacht racing team. The third collaboration after the H4 in 2015 and H2 in 2016.

Grégory Dourde, HYT ceo: “It is the most technically advanced of the models resulting from our partnership with Alinghi.” There are some pretty cool sailing references to be found on the watch, but first let’s talk about fluids.

Because this is a feature that is a must for a HYT Watch. Metal bellows build up pressure, driven by the movement and as a result it pushes fluid through the tube up until a certain hour that is seen on the outer ring of the dial. A specialty of HYT. With the H1 Alinghi, we also find a small seconds indication at the 12 o’clock position.

The HYT H1 Alinghi is limited to 20 pieces

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The liquid is pure deep black. To make it easier to read in the dark, HYT has set it on a channel filled with super-luminova. At night, the translucent part of the capillary reflects the light, enabling the time display, which remains opaque, to be read.

In terms of materials, both HYT and Alinghi favor lightness and rigidity. The piece has offset lugs and a crown guard made from folded and forged carbon. These elements are designed and manufactured outside of the watch, then assembled onto its titanium middle.

Further sailing influences can be found on the dial. All of which has been designed specifically for the HYT H1 Alinghi. The small seconds sub-dial is in the shape of a mainsail furler. The power-reserve at 3 o’clock is shaped like a winch and the jumper at 6 o’clock bears the Alinghi logo.

The HYT H1 Alinghi comes on a rugged and reinforced fabric strap and is limited to 20 pieces.

technical data HYT H1 Alinghi
148-TC-09-NF-RC (limited to 20 pieces)
HYT caliber for H1 | Hand-wound | Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz) | Jewels: 35 | Côtes de Genève | Retrograde hours, minutes, small seconds, power-reserve indicator | Power-reserve: 65 hours
Case & dial:
48.8 mm | Titanium and forged carbon | Thickness: 17.9 mm | Cambered sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating on the inside | Screw-down and engraved Alinghi sapphire case back | Unstructured, fluid hour display on a black hour dial with white indexes and numerals | Hour chapter filled with super-luminova | Black minute dial, diamond-tipped periphery and indexes, white numerals | Red varnish rhodium-plated minute hand | Regulator at 12 o’clock | Water-resistance: 3 ATM / 3 bar / 30 meters / 100 feet
Dark charcoal grey reinforced fabric strap, composed of fire-resistant and anti-allergen fibers | Titanium folding buckle
Price HYT H1 Alinghi:
$ 65,000 | approx. € 56.100 | approx. £ 49,600

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