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HYT H1 Ghost Watch

HYT H1 Ghost Watch Watch Releases

It looks like HYT is dabbling in the dark arts with the all-new HYT H1 Ghost, bringing a wild new fluid-based complication to its collection of equally impressive, über-exotic time machines. Following the Skull Bad Boy watch, the new HYT H1 Ghost has a black DLC titanium case joined by a new black fluid designed to not emit or reflect any light.

HYT H1 Ghost Watch Watch Releases

HYT H1 Ghost Watch Watch Releases

Compared to the brand’s other more visually complex offerings, the stealthy DLC-finished titanium HYT H1 Ghost watch mirrors the original H1 which debuted at Baselworld four years ago with most of the usual components being visually apparent: there’s a central minutes counter, a running seconds disk at 9:30 and a power reserve indicator at 2:30. But its unstructured dial exhibits a very subtle detail that’s easy to miss if you’re not paying attention – and one that lends the watch its supernatural character: it uses a fluid-powered retrograde hour display running a ring around the periphery of the dial – where the bezel would otherwise be. This ring-shaped capillary is filled with an inky black fluid produced exclusively for HYT by its sister company Preciflex, and it is pumped around the dial via a pressurized bellows system. Fun fact about said fluid: it took Preciflex over 12 months to develop the specific chemical formula yielding the unique opacity that ultimately tells the time as the fluid traces its path around the dial.

HYT H1 Ghost Watch Watch Releases

Obviously, ghosts aren’t much for legibility, but HYT has included a neat twist to ensure this apparition isn’t a total Hollow Man. The capillary is illuminated from beneath by Superluminova, which glows back the remaining time up to 6 o’clock – inherently showing the amount of time remaining before either total darkness (6:00pm) or morning (6:00am), at which point the fluid performs its retrograde reset.

HYT H1 Ghost Watch Watch Releases

There’s a pretty cool duality between light and darkness at play here – fully intentional on HYT’s part, and a theme that feels considerably more cohesive than the brand’s other concepts. In fact, it’s this theme that could make the hypothetical argument for what Bruce Wayne would wear after making the transformation into the Dark Knight, and while names like Urwerk and many other such wild horological inventions are often kicked around, it’s probably worth arguing that the HYT H1 is about as close as you could get. Only 50 pieces of the HYT H1 Ghost are planned for manufacture, each with an expected retail price of $62,000.



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  • Howie Boyd

    I wonder why three is a little stub of black fluid just to the right of the 6? Also, didn’t the same black fluid debut in the Bad Boy Skull liked in the post?

    • I believe that black you see by the 6 is the end of a black pipe which leads to the bellows. Note that you see it on both side of the 6 and it larger in diameter than the black liquid itself.

      I think you are dead on right with the same black liquid being used in the HYT Bad Boy Skull (which they also said took 12 months to perfect).


  • DanW94

    Looks like an indistinguishable retread of so many of their other offerings. That being said, I do like their concept and especially liked when they combined it with a more classical styling a-la the H2 Tradition watch.


    Why not use a dark smoked crystal to REALLY make it hard to read?

    • Raymond Wilkie

      Why make it at all !

    • SuperStrapper

      Looks like it does have some smoked crystal nside actually.

  • IanE

    When they have three different coloured fluids for hours, minutes, seconds (plus one for a power reserve, perhaps), my interest will be piqued. Till then it just feels like a rather mixed-up gimmick to me.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Just because something can be done, doesn’t mean it has to be done.

    • Bert Kanne

      This is technical complexity and engineering that has a specific function. A watch is just not the product for it.

  • SuperStrapper

    It’s cool. I would wear it.

  • I wonder if the black liquid is transparent to UV spectrum light (which is ideal for charging Super-LuminNova). If not, the background lume would not have much light on it the closer it gets to 6 o’clock. Then when the ink retreats and starts over, there might not be much brightness in the lume for the evening (or morning if the sun is not yet up at 6 AM).

    • PleaseSpellRoman4AsIV

      Well, it took them 12 months, so that’s the least that I would expect.


    I must not be hip enough but I don’t get it

  • hatster

    The bellows always remind me of a WW2 gas mask pipe on these watches. I would love to try to get used to using it to tell the time. Probably just practice…..

  • Shinytoys

    HYT is crazy cool. +1 for pumping pistons! I like it.

  • Ulysses31

    It doesn’t have that garish, spirit-level look of earlier models, so I prefer it.

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