HYT H1 Alinghi Watch Hands-On At The Extreme Sailing Series

HYT H1 Alinghi Watch Hands-On At The Extreme Sailing Series

For me, cruising themed watches will in general be striking in shading, or potentially have different unsavory tones baffled everywhere on the watch face and bezel, much the same as their boat partners. On occasion, I feel like watching a regatta (a progression of boat races, basically paddled or cruised) is just about as befuddling as attempting to peruse the time on one of these boat dashing themed watches. HYT as of late delivered the third iteration of their Limited Edition Alinghi watch in organization with Team Alinghi and however it holds its H1 DNA, it’s an extraordinary improvement over past renditions of their Alinghi watches. HYT authoritatively delivered the HYT Alinghi H1 watch (restricted to 20 pieces) at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show this year, however I got a few hands on time with it during ACT 7 of the Extreme Sailing Series in San Diego, CA.

All pictures by John Kim

The Extreme Sailing Series is a more modest inshore arena adaptation of the America’s Cup where they utilize a more modest vessel, the GC32 double frame sailboats. The courses are more limited, the boats are more modest, the activity is snappier, and it’s all event directly before you while you’re drinking your mimosa or a fine glass of scotch. The thought behind the Extreme Sailing Series is to bring boat hustling into a more onlooker neighborly stage, permitting you to watch the race sitting on the shore (ideally in the VIP tent), on board a gathering scow, in a group rib boat (which follows behind the boat during the race) or really on the GC32 itself. Frankly, it’s sort of a refined variant of beast truck hustling; you don’t know precisely what’s going on, yet it’s very cool looking! Cruising, cruising, sailing!


In past articles, we’ve noticed that one of the incredible attributes of HYT watches is the top quality look they have while encountering them face to face. This is as yet the situation while inspecting the H1. Peering into the HYT type development and noticing its 48.8mm titanium and fashioned carbon outside, you notice all the little subtleties and the miniature difference isolating one section from another. The materials of this watch are an ideal compliment to one another and equal the marriage of titanium, carbon, and innovative materials that are utilized to fabricate these catamarans.

The Alinghi H4 had intense features alongside its mechanical “Drove light show,” and the H2 had a multifaceted Matrix-esque scaffold labyrinth, yet both brandished extremely huge Alinghi logos. The third form in H1 appearance is very alluring and a fair compromise between past adaptations, adjusting the red features and Alinghi logo into a classy watch. The unpretentious Alinghi logo at 6 o’clock is a pleasant update to the in-your-face red logo that was on the H2. The rear of the watch is fixed from the components by an engraved Alinghi screw-down caseback, which I really liked over the full sapphire back of the H4.

Spending time on the GC32 during their pre-race practice runs additionally permitted me to value the subtleties of the watch. The equal bodies of the sailboat are made out of carbon fiber and move the fashioned carbon fiber drags on the watch. The dial work is mind boggling yet not very occupied with, permitting you to plainly see the individual key components of the watch face. The minutes ring is “suspended” and connected to the hour dial by a dark engineered string, suggestive of the trap of manufactured rope connecting all aspects of the boat as one element. Seconds are clicked off by hands that have been revamped to resemble a gennaker furler, and the force hold measure has been made to resemble a winch. Uplifting news is you don’t need to support the watch as regularly as the winch that was being used during the occasion, which required a modify after each race.


Earlier in this article, I took a poke at the intelligibility of cruising themed watches, yet truly, the HYT Alinghi H1 isn’t shocking and it’s certainly simpler to peruse than most nautical-themed (not to mention regatta) watch faces. Commonly they can seem as though the top down Google Maps perspective on an IKEA furniture junkyard. Concerning HYT, they have returned to dark liquid in the cylinders to assign the hours, yet this time they’ve filled the hour section ring with Super-LumiNova, which makes a converse time telling impact in obscurity as it shines through the away from of the fluid. The issue with the dark liquid is that on a generally monochromatic dial face, the “hour pointer” mixes in with the foundation in plain sunshine. Now and again, I had a feeling that I was wearing a minutes controller with no indication of the hours to be found.

In my assessment, the HYT Alinghi H1 is an incredible expansion to their present assortment of watches. Concerning their association with a cruising group in Team Alinghi, hello, at any rate both are engaged with fluids in their separate callings? Outwardly, each exclusively nitty gritty component of the watch comes to a firm bundle, yet I wish it had more down to earth usefulness than simply telling the time in a hydro-mechanical way, in spite of the fact that it’s an amazingly cunning instrument. As HYT develops and makes new pieces, I’m trusting that they add complications to their watches sooner rather than later to truly carry an incentive to the watch market. Pleasant looking watches are a certain something, however decent looking watches with utilitarian complications pictured through non-customary components are energizing to see! Besides, a little interruption in the immense ocean of “conventional” observes never upset anyone…right? Restricted to 20 pieces, the HYT Alinghi is valued at $65,000. hytwatches.com