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December 19, 2012updated Aug 21, 2013

SLYDE BY HD3

By Chris Boyle

 

HD3: THE FUTURE OF WATCHMAKING

Slyde by HD3

In 2008, Jorg Hysek and Fabrice Gonet, founders of the HD3 Swiss watch brand, dreamed about creating a timepiece that overturned all the rules of watchmaking.

The watch had to be a fusion between the latest technologies and the art of watchmaking, in order to open a new creative dimension in horology—a challenge never before achieved in the luxury watch industry. After three years of unique technological challenges, the SLYDE came spectacularly to life.

The SLYDE is a revolutionary watchmaking concept, combining a high-technology product and an Internet platform, enabling the watch to be personalized, while offering the opportunity to download new virtual movements. For the first time, a watch has adopted the basic principles of intuitive technology with unequalled simplicity and convenience and transported them into the world of 21st-century high-end watchmaking. The revolutionary display, equipped with a touch screen, enables the user to generate an infinite variety of timepieces on his wrist. This range of multiple watches-in-one has been made possible by creating top-quality virtual modules. Furthermore, the three-dimensional animation of the movements is governed by a micro-controller that screens between 30 and 60 images a second, for a stunningly realistic real-time display.

The SLYDE watch is made according to the traditional standards of top-grade Swiss watchmaking and is labeled “Swiss Made.”

INSIDE HD3 WITH SENIOR DESIGNER & FOUNDER JORG HYSEK

“‘As a designer, the only thing that counts is freedom.’ After designing for many different prestigious brands in the Swiss watch industry, it was out of pure pleasure that I initiated HD3 with Fabrice Gonet. It is a new brand with which to enjoy the unhindered expression of our limitless creativity. Since its foundation, the HD3 brand continues to stand out from the world of traditional watchmaking by creating audacious timepieces that blend mechanical complexity and modern aesthetics. After a string of hugely successful, complicated timepieces, HD3 is continuing its innovative approach to design and giving a new direction to 21st-century watch creations, wonders with a futuristic look. Today, with the SLYDE watch by HD3, the subtle blend of fine watchmaking and high technology reveals the company’s ultimate quest for Future Time in Motion.”

SLYDE –TITANIUM

Slyde Titanium

The 38mm by 35mm titanium case is shot peened to create a matte effect, with polished finishing on the frame, lateral sockets and a blue LED power-reserve indicator.

This timepiece features a domed sapphire touch screen, utilizing a virtual engine and displaying blue numerals on the time, moon phase, calendar, date, time zone, chronograph and timer engines. The watch comes with a black rubber strap and a USB cable charger ($7,295).

SLYDE – BLACK TITANIUM

Slyde Black Titanium

The 38mm by 35mm titanium shot peened case is coated with a black PVD treatment with polished accents on the frame, the lug tips and the sockets and a blue LED power-reserve indicator.

This timepiece features a domed sapphire touch screen, utilizing a virtual engine and displaying blue numerals on the time, moon phase, calendar, date, time zone, chronograph and timer engines. The watch comes with a black rubber strap and a USB cable charger ($7,695).

SLYDE – STEEL

Slyde Steel

The 38mm by 35mm brushed stainless steel case has polished finishing on the lugs, the case motifs and the lateral sockets and includes a blue LED power-reserve indicator.

This timepiece features a domed sapphire touch screen, utilizing a virtual engine and displaying blue numerals on the time, moon phase, calendar, date, time zone, chronograph and timer engines. The watch comes with a black rubber strap and a USB cable charger ($6,895).

SLYDE – ROSE GOLD & BLACK

Slyde - Rose Gold & Black

This SLYDE variation comes in stainless steel and 18K rose gold.

The case and the lug tips are in black PVD-coated shot peened steel, while the lugs and sockets are in 18K rose gold. The rose gold-toned finish of the virtual engine is in harmony with its exterior and displays the time, moon phase, calendar, date, time zone, chronograph and timer engines. This timepiece comes with an alligator-patterned black leather strap and a USB cable charger ($15,895).

SLYDE – BLACK & DIAMONDS

Slyde - Black & Diamonds

This model features a stainless steel with black PVD-coated case and lug tips, and polished finishing on the lugs, the case motifs and the lateral sockets.

The lugs are pavéd with white diamonds (approximately one carat). This timepiece comes with a blue numerals virtual engine displaying the time, moon phase, calendar, date, time zone, chronograph, timer engines and an alligator-patterned black leather strap ($19,595).

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