The HYT story started in the early 2000s with nuclear physicist Lucien Vouillamoz, who had long dreamed of incorporating water into a timepiece. Vouillamoz was inspired by the flowing rivers and lakes of his Swiss homeland, but also by the ancient Egyptian water clocks from 1500 BC, which worked using the constant rate of dripping water to measure time. The idea of incorporating liquid into a wristwatch preoccupied Vouillamoz for a number of years before he decided to take the plunge to realize his dream.
Together with a team of experts in chemistry, physics, aerospace, glass technology, nanotechnology and watchmaking, he developed a glass capillary system filled with colored liquid that indicated the time against hour markers as it advanced, eliminating the need for hands. Although resolutely futuristic in its aesthetic, none of it would have been possible without the mechanical watchmaking savoir faire from the past that pushes the liquid through the glass tubes.
A first glance reveals a timepiece that looks like something from the future, but a closer inspection reveals elements and technology that have evolved over centuries of watchmaking history. It is this combination of past, present and future that captures the eye in HYT’s timepieces.