Pre-Baselworld 2014: Christophe Claret, De Bethune and HYT

De Bethune DB28 Digitale

Poker, DB28 Digitale and H2 are three exceptional timepieces. None of them has anything to do with “normal” and/or classical watchmaking; they are part of the avant-garde spearhead of the industry.

 

Christophe Claret – Poker

Christophe Claret has once again called aficionados’ bluff and put a full pack of 52 cards inside the 45 mm case, so that three players can immerse themselves in real-life games of Texas Hold’em, the most popular variant of poker. As well as the bank, Christophe Claret´s Poker packs in 32,768 combinations: that’s 98,304 combinations for three players. A patented cathedral gong sounds each time the pushers for flop and turn/river are actuated. The casino atmosphere on the wrist continues on the flipside, with a three-dimensional roulette wheel on the oscillating weight. Each version, white gold and grade 5 titanium with black PVD treatment, 5N pink gold and grade 5 titanium with black, is proposed as a 20-piece limited series.

Christophe Claret Poker
Christophe Claret Poker
Christophe Claret Poker
Christophe Claret Poker
Christophe Claret Poker
Christophe Claret Poker

 

 

De Bethune DB28 Digitale

Late eighteenth-century fine watchmaking served as an inspiration for De Bethune. The Manufacture delivers its contemporary vision of this period’s aesthetic in the new DB28 Digitale, whose hand-guilloché dial is the backdrop for three types of display: spherical for moon phases, digital for jumping hours, and analogue for minutes on a rotating disc. The patented spherical moon in the centre of the dial achieves a visual balance. Its two polished hemispheres, one in palladium, the other in flame-blued steel, show the moon’s phases with a precision of one lunar day every 1,112 years. The case, which is crafted from mirror-polished titanium, benefits from a patented system of spring-mounted floating lugs for a millimeter accurate adjustment to the wrist and its movements.

De Bethune DB28 Digitale
De Bethune DB28 Digitale
De Bethune DB28 Digitale
De Bethune DB28 Digitale

 

HYT H2

The new HYT H2 Titanium & White Gold Blue continues its quest for hybridisation, this time with a blue liquid that interacts with the mechanical movement through an interface of two bellows in a V-form. The central minute hand has a layered construction to run alongside the fluid system and sweep the bellows by making a jump after 30 minutes. The crown-position indicator (“H-N-R”) at 3 o’clock is balanced by another hand corresponding to a temperature indicator. This HYT innovation tells the wearer when the liquid is at the optimal temperature to adjust the watch. The movement was developed together with Audemars Piguet Renaud Papi (APRP), the think tank of Audemars Piguet. It will be a limited series of 20.

HYT H2
HYT H2

 

To better understand the timepiece I recommend you to watch the short video:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=rcqAwNNJR4Y

 

 

 

 

10 Comments

  • I did a bit of investigating on the internet and have a little bit of a better idea now of how the watch works . The liquid is showing the hour but where is the minute hand on this particular model though ?

    • Peter, you are correct, the liquid is used to display the hours. As for the minutes, I think as the idiom goes, you may be missing the forest for the trees (which is really easy to do on this watch). There is a centrally mounted minute hand and a minute scale on a clear (sapphire?) ring just on the inside of the liquid display (tube) for the hours. If you enlarge the photo you can see the minute markings on the ring in white. Hope that helps.

  • I watched the video and it sure does look interesting but I still haven’t a clue as to what is going on in the watch , lol . I still need someone who could explain it to me . The Poker watch also caught my attention but I am not a Poker player, so that would rule out watch number one for me.I’ll stick with watch number 2, the digital watch or number 3, if I can figure out what is going on in the watch after it is explained to me.

  • Nothing to do with de ART OF WATCHMAKING. It seems made by mean of robots.
    I could understand the technical effort, but not the result.
    Thanks
    Hugo

  • The HYT is a bit disappointing. When I saw them mentioned I had hoped for something more than a rehash of their previous efforts. It is just too similar to get me excited.

  • Maybe I am old fashioned or something (only in my mid-30s though), but these watches do absolutely nothing for me. Technically they are very interesting, and I can certainly appreciate the extensive work and engineering that goes into making some of these types of watches. But the real question is, and the validation of the product (to me) is, would I ever seriously consider purchasing such a watch? And the answer is simple: absolutely not. I am not a fan of gimmicks, fads, and the like. I much prefer something that is more lasting, or classic if you will. Just an opinion.

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