The competition on the watch manufacturers market is fierce, the innovation and the design representing key factors in the success of a company. And when it comes to innovation, a new brand turned the watch industry upside down: The Hydromechanical Horologists, aka HYT. The HYT watches broke new ground in terms of mechanical and visual interest, combining traditional mechanical watches and liquid in a complicated and advanced fluidic system.

The idea behind these wrist-worn technological marvels was to create a traditional mechanical movement to handle the non-traditional task of pushing liquid through a tube. Using technologies and techniques from the aerospace, chemical and medical industries, HYT company managed to use fluid to tell the hours. What the dial and movement of the HYT watches perfectly emphasize are these two distinct elements – mechanical and fluidic – linked together by two pistons. The two mechanical bellows pump a fluorescent dye around the perimeter of the display to indicate the current time.

The HYT H1 timepiece was the brands first official watch release and one of the most talked-about timepieces when it was launched, impressing through its innovative technology and the bold futuristic design and becoming explosively popular.

Further underscoring the new ground that they broke with their new watch technology, HYT brought a new version of H1 on the market, the HYT H1 Dracula DLC watch, a beautiful timepiece with a killer look inspired by the most famous vampire legend and the mystical bloody eclipse of Transylvania.

To fulfill the spirit of this novel written by Bram Stoker and the gothic atmosphere that it shows, HYT has chosen a full-black DLC coating on the case, enliven by several bloody-red accents with the fluid sharing that same color. The dial uses a monochromatic idea with dark bloody-red tones that can be found on the second-wheel, the power-reserve indicator and the crown. The strap features a very cool black alligator leather with red veins and the movement is coated in black too.

Technically, the HYT H1 Dracula DLC Edition still relies on the complicated and innovative fluidic system. Around the dial sits a capillary filled with two liquids (a red one and a translucent one) that moves thanks to two bellows that compress to make the liquids moves from 6 to 18, and then go back to the initial position (simply speaking, it works as a retrograde hand). As usual, the back of the watch shows the very well finished and beautifully displayed movement.

The H1 Dracula DLC comes in a limited series of 50 pieces priced at $64,000, a price that is probably inaccessible for most of us, but probably fully justified. But even if we can’t afford it, at least we could admire this fascinating example of high-end watchmaking engineering that perfectly illustrates the quote according to which mechanical watches are so brilliantly unnecessary”. And who knows, maybe one day we will win at the lottery and we will wear one at each wrist.

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