Timekeepers Club / March 29, 2022

HYT Supernova Blue Moon Runner

Observation of the moon, the Earth's natural satellite, is one of the pillars of the development of science. The celestial body is a source of incomparable fascination for people, who have tried to understand its movements and effects since the dawn of time.

One of the first known representations of the moon is Orthostat 47, a sculpture on a rock discovered in Knowth, Ireland, which scientists date back to the third century BC. Found by archaeologists on a clay tablet in the ancient city of Ugarit, in the Near East, the oldest written record of an eclipse viewing dates back to 1223 BC. Babylonian astronomers developed understanding of moon cycles in the eighth century BC. From these initial milestones, understanding has only grown, and from the very beginning, watchmaking has contributed to the advancement of this knowledge.

Ultimate symbol of space travel, the journey to the moon has been a permanent wish list fixture since the first man set foot on it in July 1969. Even today, a certain number of realistic plans have been developed to open the doorway to space to a larger number of Earthlings.

In 2022, HYT offers new perspectives on the moon

2022 marks a new stage in the understanding of lunar cycles with the launch of an original new indicator: the HYT Moon Runner watch designed by Davide Cerrato, CEO and creative director of the independent contemporary watchmaking company.

A new pivotal part of the HYT range, the Moon Runner is the bearer of a philosophy that combines the ambition of scientific understanding, the perfect accuracy of the lunar phases, and the dream of a new understanding of how lunar cycles are perceived. The representation of the moon is completely unprecedented, not only in its form, with the presence of the large celestial body, but also due to its central position at the heart of the technical measurement system presented by the timepiece.

"The form and unique shape are as important as the function", says Davide Cerrato, HYT CEO and creative director. Around it are two titanium indicator disks that show the days and months, in addition to accurate time settings with a hand running on a customised graduation with a 5- minute timer, and retrograde hours shown by the fluidic system.

The HYT Moon Runner assumes its dual nature perfectly, as a fine watchmaking timepiece with clearly legible precision functions; it is also designed as a celestial vehicle capable of taking its wearer on an emotional journey to the moon.

Designed and produced by master Swiss watchmakers, this new iconic spacecraft from the HYT fleet joins the Hastroid. With its manual winding mechanical movement and cutting-edge equipment, it combines the classic sophistication of watchmaking knowledge and advances in science with its mecafluidic technique.

HYT, recognised as an independent contemporary watchmaker Sometimes described as the UFO watchmaker, HYT watches, with their style and enhancements, have brought a breath of fresh air to luxury watchmaking. Advances that are now clearly identified by the sharpest connoisseurs and collectors of extraordinary timepieces. The patented mecafluidic technology belongs to the Neuchâtel company, established in 2012. That year, the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève [Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix] innovation prize rewarded the brand's inventiveness.

The centrepiece of the mechanism lies in the fluid system, with two central "bellow" reservoirs, whose design unique to HYT creations reinforces the character and feeling of power, and the capillary surrounding the dial. For the Supernova Blue Moon Runner, the liquid used for the retrograde time indicator function is coloured a special "Supernova Blue".

Blue moon: the rarest

Blue is clearly not the most frequent colour in lunar observation. It is in fact the rarest colour. While "blue moons" certainly exist, astronomers use this term to refer to an "additional" full moon when this rare astronomical phenomenon occurs, giving 13 full moons in a year instead of 12. Only 27 copies of the new HYT Moon Runner, with its unique and exclusive "Supernova Blue" colour, will be produced. A rare timepiece, intrinsically named for its uniqueness.

HYT Supernova Blue Moon Runner: the new lunar craft

At the heart of the 48 mm diameter casing, 52.3 mm in length and 13.3 mm thick, made from grey and blue titanium, topped with an anti-reflective coating sapphire crystal glass dome, the black brass dial is painted blue, with a 3D applied index and white luminescent numerals, clearly laying bare its intention and giving a large central place to the representation of the lunar body.

Contributing to the perfect legibility of this measurement instrument, the minute hand is covered with white Super-LumiNova®, as is the disk indicating the months and the disk indicating the days of the month, both with a mat black treatment and inscriptions enhanced with white Super-LumiNova®.

The titanium winding crown continues the overall style code of the piece with a black design. Shades are also present in the bi-material strap, made of black rubber and alcantara blue, decorated with embossed and enhanced blue stitching and finished with a black titanium clasp with glossy and sandblasted finishing.

The multi-layer middle case presents subtle openwork, and the sandwiched construction method of the watch overall, waterproof up to 50 metres, with a central protective titanium case for movement, allows optimal handling of the missions assigned to this new spacecraft.

This calibre was designed by Eric Coudray, a well-known master in the field. Under the guidance of Pur TEC, and with the assistance of Paul Clementi, second Prix Gaïa winner, the movement has developed a finer aesthetic and finish, with elegant satin finish or laser-treated or bead-blasted parts. The Moon Runner is driven by a manual winding mechanical movement, 601-MO calibre (41 rubies) at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hertz) and with 72 hours' power reserve.

Technical specifications

HYT Supernova Blue Moon Runner

Reference: H02758-A

Limited edition of 27 pieces


  • Material: Technological sandblasted grey & blue coated titanium case
  • Dimensions: Width 48.00 mm; Length 52.30 mm
  • Thickness: 21.80 mm
  • Sandblasted crown in black & technological grey coated titanium
  • Domed sapphire crystal (box) with anti-reflective coating
  • Black side grids with blue background
  • Caseback engraving: HS-05
  • Water-resistant to 50 meters

Dial and hands

  • Dial: Black & blue anodized aluminium 3D black coated appliques, white luminous numbers (Lumicast)
  • Black grid with blue background
  • Blue liquid inside borosilicate capillary tube
  • Hands: Black mat minutes hands, white SLN
  • Black mat day of month disk, white SLN
  • Black mat months disk, white SLN 
  • All SLN in Lumicast


  • 601-MO Calibre
  • Mechanical hand-wound movement
  • Frequency: 28'800 (4 Hz)
  • Number of jewels: 43 
  • Power reserve of 72 hours
  • Finishing: Finely sandblasted and satin
  • Coating & color: Black coating


  • Hours, minutes, date, month
  • 3D Moon phase

Strap and buckle

  • Black rubber strap
  • Blue Microfibre embossed strap decor
  • Blue stitching
  • Black coated titanium buckle

MSRP: CHF 100'000 

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