HD3 to launch touch screen luxury watch at Basel

Taking the underlying principle of the smartphone the name 'Sylde' denotes its main feature: a touch screen.

Slyde watch combines traditional watchmaking with futuristic design.

Celebrated Swiss watch designer Jorg Hysek – known for his now collectable Black Pearl watch – has unveiled a new luxury timepiece called Slyde which combines "an infinity of components, movements and complications." 

The new Slyde watch will be officially launched at BaselWorld later this month. It is a bold watch that combines a sporty style with clean lines and traditional tourbillon movements. Taking "the underlying principle of the smartphone" the name ‘Sylde’ denotes its main feature: the watch has a touch screen, allowing the wearer to select applications and change the way in which time is read by merely sliding a finger over the watchface. 

Said to be inspired by automobiles, no doubt Formula One cars, Hysek based the watch’s streamlined appearance of high speed cars and the aesthetics of their design. 

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The watch’s interior electronics and applications have been designed by Swiss engineers. Its downloadable applications cover "all forms of time":The wearer can upload photographs and diary dates to the watch, change the way in which time is read here and now, and have an automatic countdown from or to specific events.

With a dedicated focus on time alone, the watch does not have any telephone applications and games. Instead the wearer can use the watch to timekeep in the present, past and future in what is almost a ‘scrapbook’ style.

The Slyde watch case is available in black or grey titanium or in pink gold "in the tradition of Swiss watchmaking."  The strap is available in leather, printed alligator or five colours of rubber, with all componenets water resistant to 50m. The watch has an RRP of €4,000 (£3,440).

Founder of the independent HD3 watch brand, Hysek works to the belief that "a designer is only satified if he is ahead of his time", a play on both watchmaking and his futuristic style of watches. Described as a perfect fusion of design trends and cutting-edge electronic technology, Hysek’s watches aim to stand out in the world of traditional Swiss watchmaking.

The new Slyde watch is the product of several year’s work. With a difficult 2009 affecting the watch sector Hysek called HD3’s company model into question, worse still at the end of 2009, the supplier of movements to HD3 went bankrupt, inciting Hysek to adopt a totally new approach. He returned to a sketch made back in Christmas 2008, featuring a square case with a screen that modulates according to the time and the user’s needs and wishes.

The result is the Slyde watch, which will be at BaselWorld, Hall 4.1, stand D.01, E.01.

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