Developed by Swiss designer Jorg Hysek, the HD3 Slyde Watch fuses the latest design trends and cutting-edge electronic technology. Price?! 5230 Euros for a watch that runs on batteries and an electronic technology?
A single case for a luxury watch with an infinity of components, movements and complications. Sounds unthinkable? Think again. This amazing concept of Time, born in the fertile mind of celebrated Swiss designer Jorg Hysek, has become reality: SLYDE. The perfect fusion between the latest design trends and cutting-edge electronic technology – revolutionizing our vision of Time at the dawn of the Third Millennium.
'A designer is only satisfied if he is ahead of his time.' That's the credo of Jorg Hysek, arguably one of the most famous designers in the watchmaking world. After a string of hugely successful complicated timepieces – notably Black Pearl, designed by his close associate Fabrice Gonet, and now a collector's item – the founder of the independent HD3 brand continues to stand out from the world of traditional watchmaking.
Sylde, its latest creation, has already caused quite a stir among high-end watch enthusiasts. The introduction of the concept in Geneva, initially intended for the press only, sparked a massive buzz that went viral on all specialised watch sites and blogs. Furthermore, following successful launches in Basel and Las Vegas, the brand is participating for the first time to the prestigious Salon Internacional Alta Relojeria in Mexico to present the coveted timepiece.
Classic, sporting chic, underground, featuring a tourbillon or a customised movement: SLYDE unites all styles and types of watchmaking complications within a single, ultra-refined case, emblematic of HD3's avant-garde approach. SLYDE is a luxurious, sophisticated object – complete with avant-garde technology taken from the worlds of home automation and multimedia – that makes it startlingly easy to surf through the world of prestige watchmaking. It is a revolution in universal Time, whose only limits are… the boundaries of the imagination.
AN INNOVATIVE CONCEPT
SLYDE takes the underlying principle of the smartphone – the possibility to change applications by merely sliding a finger over a tactile screen – and adapts it to the world of 21st century watchmaking. Jorg Hysek was inspired by the automobile world ('which influences our entire aesthetic approach') in crafting the watch's streamlined appearance. He came up with a de luxe timepiece perfect for modern, aesthetic, instantaneous time-reading.
The refined, no-frills square case has a tactile screen that moves vertically and horizontally. This revolutionary display means that, by simply sliding across the watch screen, the user can generate an unlimited variety of timepieces on the wrist – corresponding to any event, desire, or particular moment. Creating a range of 'different' watches within a single timepiece is made possible thanks to a range of top-quality virtual modules.
SLYDE covers all forms of Time:
- The Past, by inserting modules like the automatic count-down from private events, and the chance to personalize the watch by inserting photographs
- The Present, with the immediate creation of watch interfaces providing aesthetic, made-to-measure time-reading
- The Future, with an automatic countdown to future events as per the user's requirements
SLYDE is a veritable Swiss-made luxury watch, placing all the technological savoir-faire developed for its conception at the service of universal Time. There are no telephone applications, games, or other accessories among the customized modules. All that matters is apprehending Time, whether latent or real.
Each year, in cooperation with leading watchmakers, HD3 will develop new virtual mechanical movements that will be downloadable in limited series. This project represents a fine opportunity for them to forget about physical contingencies and to give free rein to their most ambitious ideas!
SLYDE watches are available with cases in black or grey titanium or in pink gold. Straps are in printed alligator leather or rubber. Every component of a SLYDE watch, complete with sapphire glass and water-resistant to a depth of 30m, derives from luxury watchmaking.