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Blackwater: HYT H2 Alinghi Watch

HYT sets sail once again for its second collaboration with the sailing team to create a limited edition watch that embodies the best of both brands.

Jun 04, 2016 | By Shatricia Nair

Hot on the heels of the HYT H4 Alinghi wristwatch, the H2 Alinghi sees the Swiss watchmaking company and sailing syndicate work together to create yet another horological masterpiece. For those who don’t recognize Alinghi as the champion sailors in this equation, HYT is the Swiss watchmaker. Just saying.

This is a watch of many firsts, like the HYT H2 Tradition. Unlike that watch, the central seconds hand function is no different to the standard H2 model (it jumps slightly at the 30 minute mark, as you can guess from the image above and below). Aesthetics-wise, the H2 Alinghi also retains its distinctive HYT flavor, including the oversized 48.8mm case diameter but goes through many upgrades. The watch now boasts a full untreated titanium case (HYT calls it as-cast titanium), giving it a sporty feel that’s only appropriate for a collaboration with a professional sports team. As the only watchmaking brand that integrates a liquid module into its mechanical movement, the new watch will feature a new black liquid.

Fans of the brand will be familiar with its development process – every colored formulation is painstakingly derived after years of research and the current shade was only revealed to the world earlier this year. The bezel rider tab is now also an elegant rounded shape (HYT says this is to better integrate the Alinghi logo), and succeeds in making the design ‘pop’ when on the wrist (as seen below). Lastly, HYT makes its hour markers stand out more by applying a twin satin/blasted effect on its flange. If you’re familiar with HYT, we think you’ll agree this is the clearest the hour markers have ever been. Mounted on the new ultra-resistant technical strap, the watch embodies both house’s codes of combining modernity with technology.

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Unfortunately, not all HYT fans will get their hands on this horological feat, which is only to be expected. Only 25 of what looks to be HYT’s most legible timepiece will be produced, so you’ll have to hurry to get your hands on (and in) it. The watch will be available from June 2016.

Specs

  • Dimensions: 48.8mm
  • Functions: Retrograde hours, minutes, power reserve indicator, thermal indicator, crown position indicator
  • Power Reserve: 192 hours (eight days)
  • Movement: Manual-winding HYT calibre with liquid module
  • Material: Titanium with polished, micro blasted and satin finishes
  • Water Resistance: 50 meters
  • Strap: dark charcoal grey fabric with a black stitching, titanium deployant buckle.