Recently unveiled at BaselWorld, HYT’s H1 Ghost uses a new fluid-based complication to tell the time. Of course, as watch aficionados will know, this is not the first time that HYT has used a fluid-based method in which two flexible reservoirs are used with a capillary attached at each end.
However, the H1 Ghost is slightly different. The new watch features an opaque black fluid produced by HYT’s sister’s company Preciflex, which is inserted in its ring-shaped capillary. But using an opaque liquid can cause issues with reading time during the night, so to counter this, HYT is now using a brand-new system, Superluminova, which is illuminated from beneath the black fluid to show the time in the dark.
More interestingly, during night time, the H1 Ghost not only displays elapsed time, it also tells the time remaining until 6 o’clock. When it reaches this precise moment, the fluid performs a retrograde movement: it moves backwards.
“This is a display method that has its roots in the modern collective unconscious,” explained Vincent Perriard, CEO of HYT. “For example, when downloading something, we look at the remaining time and not the minutes or hours that have already passed. On the H1 Ghost, the time remaining before 6 o'clock is not insignificant. Whether it is 6 o'clock in the evening or the morning, it is the time remaining until a new day... or the beginning of the night.”
As far as features are concerned, the Swiss timepiece uses all things black, including a black DLC titanium case that is brushed, micro-blasted and satin-finished. At 48.8 mm in diameter, the watch is also completed with a black hour dial, black rubber strap, and a 65-hour power reserve. Sadly, though, the H1 Ghost is limited to 50 pieces.