HYT is famous for making highly technical as well as unusually designed timepieces. And, they just added a new model to their collection, the H4 Gotham. For their latest skeletonized creation, HYT combined features from two previous models – the H1 Dracula DLC and the Skull. There are quite a few “firsts” involved with the H4 Gotham, this is the first HYT watch with a case made entirely from super rigid 3DTP carbon. Two other firsts include – a time display off-center on its bezel and a high-tech strap made combining rubber and Nomex technical fiber.
Highly technical, H4 Gotham described as “sporty gothic” by HYT features a movement with upper part entirely openworked. With its dial eliminated, the entire gear train and some parts of the barrel are very visible for the wearer to see. The two barrels locate on the lower part of the movement are now almost fully visible thanks to the redesigned housing with a new cut in the 4–8 o’clock segment. Another major redesign – moving the time display with engraved time indexes to the bezel freed up space to use for openworked movement, and offer a clear view of workings the movement.
This by no means a small watch, it has a huge 51 mm case to accommodate all the components and allow maximum openness. Its new sapphire crystal case-back comes with a chromium-plated metallised finish, this plays two important roles. First is when in contact with the skin it produces a smoky glass effect. The second, inside on the movement side its chromium-plated finish gives a mirrored effect. Light along with shadows thanks to mirrored effect combines to play a game of good and evil in Gotham. That sounds a lot like Batman.
Once again HYT’s signature liquid filled capillary, red in this case, marks the progress of the hours. Minutes are indicated by the sub-dial located at 12 o’clock with large black markers and a hand. Red can also be seen on seconds subdial at 9 o’clock, on the power reserve indicator is at 3 o’clock and the straps top stitching. Powered by a mechanical hand-wound movement, it comes with 65 hours of power reserve and beats at 4 Hz. The movement also features Côtes de Genève decorated hand-beveled bridges.
A limited edition of jut 50 pieces, the H4 Gotham comes with a hefty $79,000 price tag. For more information check online at hytwtaches.com.