Lots by HYT at Sotheby's
2173LotHYT | SKULL BAD BOY, REFERENCE 151-DL-43-NF-AS, A LIMITED EDITION DLC-COATED TITANIUM WRISTWATCH WITH RETROGRADE FLUID HOURS AND POWER RESERVE INDICATION, CIRCA 2016 | "Skull Bad Boy 型號151-DL-43-NF-AS 限量版DLC塗層鈦金屬腕錶，備逆跳液體小時及動力儲備顯示，錶殼編號511106，約2016年製"HYThyt | skull bad boy, reference 151-dl-43-nf-as, a limited edition dlc-coated titanium wristwatch with retrograde fluid hours and power reserve indication, circa 2016 | "skull bad boy 型號151-dl-43-nf-as 限量版dlc塗層鈦金屬腕錶，備逆跳液體小時及動力儲備顯示，錶殼編號511106，約2016年製"Estimate 200,000 – 320,000 HKDEstimate 200,000 – 320,000 HKDImportant Watches9 October 2020 | 4:00 PM HKT | Hong Kong
2281LotHYTHYTa limited edition dlc-coated titanium wristwatch with retrograde fluid hours and power reserve ref h1-td skull green eye circa 20156 April 2016 | Sale Price 525,000 HKDEstimate 300,000 – 400,000 HKD6 April 2016 | Sale Price 525,000 HKDImportant Watches6 April 2016 | 10:30 AM HKT | Hong Kong
2554LotHYT | A LIMITED EDITION DLC-COATED TITANIUM WRISTWATCH WITH RETROGRADE FLUID HOURS, POWER RESERVE AND THERMAL INDICATIONNO 1/5 H2 CIRCA 2013HYTa limited edition dlc-coated titanium wristwatch with retrograde fluid hours, power reserve and thermal indicationno 1/5 h2 circa 20132 April 2018 | Sale Price 450,000 HKDEstimate 400,000 – 600,000 HKD2 April 2018 | Sale Price 450,000 HKDImportant Watches2 April 2018 | 1:00 PM HKT | Hong Kong
2334LotHYTHYTa limited edition dlc-coated titanium wristwatch with retrograde fluid hours and power reserve ref h1-td no 30/50 skull green eye circa 20152 October 2017 | Sale Price 325,000 HKDEstimate 260,000 – 400,000 HKD2 October 2017 | Sale Price 325,000 HKDImportant Watches2 October 2017 | 1:00 PM HKT | Hong Kong
185LotHYTHYTa limited edition titanium wristwatch with retrograde fluid hours and power reserveref h1-tt no 017 h1 titanium circa 201211 June 2015 | Sale Price 27,500 USDEstimate 15,000 – 25,000 USD11 June 2015 | Sale Price 27,500 USDImportant Watches11 June 2015 | 10:00 AM EDT | New York
HYT creates watches that challenge timekeeping conventions, indicating the time using a system of fluids, rather than traditional hands. Pushing the boundaries of technology and design, HYT’s hydromechanical timepieces are daringly original. While HYT’s collection is groundbreaking in the world of horology, the concept behind HYT’s signature technology is millennia old. Ancient Egyptians developed clepsydras, or water clocks, in the 16th century BC, which were further evolved by Greeks and Romans. These historic clocks utilized the regulated flow of water from one vessel to another in order to measure time.
HYT spent years translating this ancient practice into a modern wristwatch. The first example, the H1, debuted in 2012 and introduced HYT’s proprietary hydromechanics: two liquids, one colored and one transparent, flow from bellows at 6 o’clock; the colored liquid represents the past and the clear represents the future. A traditional watch movement controls the flow so that the point where the two liquids meet indicates the hour. As time passes by, the liquids seamlessly move through a capillary framing the dial.
While being undoubtedly accurate time instruments, the design of HYT’s watches promote a more philosophical view of time: highlighting the intersection of the future and past rather than just the hour and minute. Some models, like the Skull, don’t even measure minutes — an artful reminder to engage in the moment. Others, like the H0 or the pilot’s watch-inspired H2, have superior legibility. The masterful mechanics of HYT’s watches are fully displayed in intricately skeletonized styles, such as the H20 with a sapphire crystal cloche that affords views from every angle.