Q&A with HYT CEO VINCENT PERRIARD

Jun 19, 2013

Q: Our family has had the pleasure of working with several founders of HYT over the years during which time many great conversations regarding the future of haute horology were had. With the creation of HYT, we have all been blown away as the future has truly arrived. That being said, what was the inspiration behind the H1 and HYDRO MECHANICAL HOROLOGISTS?

A: We always wanted to combine things that are not supposed to live together. Liquid has always been the enemy of the mechanical device in a watch, so combining them is a huge challenge, a complete disruption in the watch industry. HYT generates huge amount of attention on our H1 product, which is exactly what we wanted !
At HYT we have a very simple vision : LIQUID + MECHANICS. Everybody understands it.

Q: During the R&D and manufacturing of the H1 collection, what were the greatest challenges and obstacles that you faced?

A: So many ! The fluidic system in our HYT watches is really very complex. Extreme alchemists, HYT’s Hydro-Mechanical Horologists, we have turned utopia into reality – mixing mechanics and liquid within a wristwatch. While truly addicted to non-conformism, we have drawn upon the strictest codes in Fine Watchmaking – and felt entirely free to shatter them!By achieving the incredible challenge of indicating the time with water, we have not so much propelled a new UFO into the watchmaking stratosphere, as we have in fact pulverized all certainties by uniting two worlds that are supposedly diametrically opposed. Never since the water clocks of the pharaohs, have the laws of gravity been overcome to transpose this energy in a portable watch. HYT has done it. The leitmotif Fluid mechanics, or the ultimate in hybrid technology. The formula? Avantgarde watchmaking developments, engineering pushed to its heights, high-tech materials, and a design that generates genuine emotions.

The H1 and H2. Pieces of Fine Watchmaking that single-handedly epitomize the brand’s identity: an obsession with innovation, uncompromising execution and an intransigent approach to quality. The products are quite clearly the consistent core concern for HYT. A “time object” that provides intuitive readings, well off the beaten track. High-flying mechanics that bear testimony to a completely new approach. Bold architecture, leaving nothing to chance. Each element is wisely thought-through, and patiently built. Inspired and rebellious, the design imposes its codes, emphasising the exceptional temperament and creativity of the overall result. An authentic innovation incubator, HYT’s hydro-mechanical engineering lab of genius continues its quest for the absolute in the realm of hybrid development. The H1 takes it resolutely into the legend of Fine Watchmaking 2.0.

Q: Where do you foresee HYT’s position in the luxury Swiss watch market in five years?

A:Willing to remain unconventional, surprising, innovative. A reference within the independent Watchmakers with a substantial business platform, willing to grow.

Q:So if you happened to be wearing an HYT H1 Azo on your wrist in Miami Beach, which is one of my favorite personal pieces from the collection, what would be your luxury sport car of choice to accompany the watch?

A:Porsch 918 Spyder. Look at the tyros… the green breaks :))))

Q: One last question… if you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would you dine with and where?

A: Winston Churchill. A visionary man, the man who changed everything on June 6, 1944… In my home ! :)))

Established in 1912, the King family has owned and operated King Jewelers for five generations while building an outstanding reputation steeped in quality, value, and first-class service. Today, King Jewelers has brick-and-mortar stores located in Aventura, FL and Nashville, TN, both of which have won numerous regional and national awards of distinction. Offering a magnificent selection of fine jewelry collections including the hottest Italian designs, estate jewelry, colored gemstones and fancy-colored diamonds, as well as luxury European timepieces, King Jewelers prides itself in being one step ahead of the trend. In addition, King Jewelers offers on-site jewelry and watch repairs, custom design services, appraisals, estate buying, and corporate gift programs. For more information, visit www.kings1912.com.

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