7. HYT H1 Ghost
Must see: Breaking all the rules of traditional watch engineering by developing a mechanism that uses liquid (yes, liquid) to work, HYT is truly in a world of its own. The H1 Ghost continues to utilize this wild fluid-based complication as the latest in a family of über-exotic time machines. The H1 Ghost, in an edition of 50, features a black DLC titanium case joined by a new black fluid designed to not emit or reflect any light. 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: 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 Preciflex and is pumped around the dial via a pressurized bellows system. The capillary is illuminated from beneath by Superluminova, which glows back the remaining time up to 6 o’clock. Price: $62,000.
Bonus: Get a first-hand demonstration on how these unique mechanisms work on these truly niche timepieces. No other watches currently in existence use liquid to display the time.
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