Baselworld 2012 will only start displaying stunning new watches in March, but we think we already have a favorite. Incredibly innovative, this outstanding timepiece has seven patents attesting its awesomeness. It is produced by HYT (“Hydro Mechanical Horologists”) and it is the first and only timepiece that the company has officially unveiled so far. Called H1, the watch’s most alluring feature is its revolutionary mechanism that works with liquid.
A transparent tubular ring around the dial is filled with a luminescent green liquid that indicates the hour as it is pushed in the tube by the two pistons at the bottom of the dial. Watching this intricate machinery work is a real treat! The minutes can be read on a smaller dial positioned at 12 o’clock, while the seconds tick as a small paddle wheel turns somewhere between 9 and 10 o’clock on the main dial. On the right there is the power reserve indicator (65 hours).
The spectacular HYT H1 watch will be available in three versions: rose gold, black DLC-coated titanium, and titanium. The dimensions of the case are 48 mm x 18 mm, but its rather minimalist bezel helps reduce the impression of a bulky accessory. Prices start at $45,000 for the titanium model, and they rise considerably for the DLC-coated titanium and rose gold versions.