For this two new watches, HYT has brought together elite sportsmen for the first time, united by their shared passion for sport, performance, and their deep personal integrity: Antoine Griezmann and Panis-Barthes Compétition.
Antoine Griezmann, the rising French international striker, is considered to be one of the best centre-forwards in world football. Racing team Panis-Barthez Compétition is represented by Olivier Panis and Fabien Barthez, two legendary sportsmen who have both risen to the top of their fields in careers which span more than two decades. To date, Olivier Panis is still the last French driver to win a Formula One Grand Prix on the legendary Monaco race track back in 1996. Fabien Barthez is the most successful international goalkeeper in the history of French football. He was crowned best goalkeeper of the tournament in the 1998 World Cup, and then went on to launch his career in motorsport.
These three exceptional men share the same passion for sport, with great humility, integrity, and professionalism: key values in elite sportsmen. Through their passion and performance, these two generations of sporting legends have naturally come to embody the values of HYT.
The H1 Antoine Griezmann reflects all the qualities of its namesake: sporty, elegant, and technically outstanding. The timepiece is kitted out in white and blue, the athlete’s two favourite colors. The fluid time display is a nod to his “energy gauge”. This limited series of 20 pieces features a central sapphire dial, flanked by a seconds counter and a power reserve with segmented display.
The two-tone blue PVD and DLC titanium gives the timepiece a purity, which is extended by a white Cordura strap with blue topstitching. The watch features Antoine Griezmann’s logo on its sapphire case-back.
The H4 Panis-Barthez Compétition is a high-tech timekeeping instrument which delivers outstanding performance in all environments, both day and night. In this timepiece, a green fluid loaded with fluorescent nanoparticles moves inside a jet black case, framed with a notched bezel in satin-finished titanium.
HYT and Panis-Barthez Compétition have designed the centre of the watch to express all the power of the endurance racing world, by picking up the colors of the steering wheels on their cars. The seconds indicator and the power reserve are therefore adorned with blue, red and green. The minute track is topped with a sapphire bridge, over which passes a red hand, guaranteeing the high level of legibility demanded of sports watches.
Finally, in a nod to the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans race which runs right through the night, the H4 Panis-Barthez Compétition is fitted with the HYT light module. When the push-button crown at 4.30 marked with the word “Flash” is pressed, the timepiece lights up mechanically, making the fluorescent green fluid which indicates the time glow spectacularly, like a gauge.
These watches are also limited to 20 pieces.
Like in all watches from HYT, mechanics and liquids are mixed within each of these models. Here, fine watchmaking meets fluid technology. The core concept of the H1 is simple: two flexible reservoirs with a capillary attached at each end. In one, a colored liquid; in the other, a transparent one. keeping them apart is the repulsion force of the molecules in each fluid.