Continuing to push new boundaries in watchmaking, HYT just released the HASTROID Blue Star time-teller. For this piece, the watchmaker decided to take on the challenge of crafting a case out of magnesium. Scarcely used in horology construction, magnesium is notoriously known as a rather difficult material to machine, despite being a very sturdy yet much lighter metal than the more commonly used titanium.
The unconventional case is doused in a subtly metallic, electric blue gradient that exudes a modern and futuristic appeal. Boasting a rather large 48mm case size, and 13.3mm thickness, the watch houses a new dial design that emphasizes legibility. This includes a newly-incorporated large central hand that’s coated in a tonal electric blue hue, while the rest of the dial aligns with HYT’s usual Space Age aesthetic influences.
Running inside the timepiece is the 501-CM manual-winding caliber, which HYT Hastroid Blue Star can be can be observed through the openworked dial. It beats at the rate of 28,800 hourly vibrations, alongside a 70-hour of power reserve and 30 meters of water resistance. Accompanying the watch are two straps, comprising a black rubber option with tonal microfiber embossing, and a white rubber one with blue leather embossing and white topstitching.
Hyper-technical, sleek, electrifying – with the new HYT Hastroid Blue Star , HYT yet again pushes the boundaries of materials used in horology. Nonconformists at heart, the pioneers of fluidic time chose magnesium for the case and a subtle metallic blue gradient for the case middle to give this new evolution a head start on modernity. Incredible lightness meets exceptional innovation.
The Hastroid’s case, with a diameter of 48 mm, a lug-to-lug distance of 52.3 mm, and a thickness of 13.3 mm, has so far been crafted from advanced noble materials: titanium; titanium and carbon; and an original alloy of stabilized bronze and carbon that bridges memories of the ages and aspirations for the future.
As an incubator of the unprecedented in watchmaking, HYT thrives on challenges, on pushing the boundaries in the use of modern and unexpected materials. Hence this new limited edition of 20 pieces: HASTROID Blue Star. Watch cases are traditionally made from metals such as stainless steel, gold, titanium or aluminum. The use of magnesium is rare, and its unique properties make it interesting, too. Factoid: magnesium is 2.6 times lighter than titanium, yet extremely strong; at the same time it is extremely difficult to machine for watchmaking applications. A challenge HYT simply had to take on.
With its hues of electric blue, HYT Hastroid Blue Star ’s design defines its own codes, underlining the modern, just-at-the-cusp-of-tomorrow character of the whole. The magnesium case has a special finish with a multi-layer surface treatment, giving it a charged, energized vibe. The exterior shows a metallic blue gradient, darkening on the lugs and becoming lighter as it approaches the center of the case middle.
The dial, extensively redesigned to improve legibility, features a large central hand with an electric blue coating and sharpened contours for an instantaneous fix on the minutes. The two sub-counters, arranged like instruments in a cockpit, provide essential complementary information: small seconds at left; power reserve to the right.
The same attention to aesthetics and legibility was applied to the fluid used for the retrograde time indication. The particular luminescence of the blue liquid achieved here ensures that the hours pop and are equally easy to read, by day and by night. For contrast and clarity, a capillary dial topped with white Super-LumiNova
is positioned under the fluidic light. The hour markers around the chapter ring are made from blocks of Super-LumiNova
. Water-resistant to 30 meters, the HYT Hastroid Blue Star also features a central titanium container to protect the movement. Just a few of the technical features that hint at a depth of engineering that only enhances the appeal of this pioneering timepiece.
The openworked dial back and mainplate subtly reveal the components of the hand-wound mechanical movement. Designed by Eric Coudray for the HASTROID collection, the caliber’s distinctive aesthetic is further augmented thanks to modern finishes with elegant satin brushing and bead-blasting, that give a subtle edge to these treatments.