‘Just adding a vaguely skull-shaped design to the old core, let’s say this is a new work-this is not our style.’ Vincent Perriard, CEO of HYT In the words — the Skull watch is an extraordinary new work unprecedented in the brand’s history, breaking all the rules. You don’t need to be an expert to feel its extraordinary design power. Even at first glance, it is amazing and memorable for a long time-just because it not only embodies, but it is completely out of all the characteristics of the HYT brand. It is a unique watch that can inspire people’s interest. The fluid mechanics, which has long become the iconic style of the HYT brand, achieves a bold breakthrough design. Skull’s extraordinary uniqueness speaks for itself, however, its development process is not obvious.
Skull is the first watch ever: it’s not you looking at time, but time looking at you
A smart watchmaking process
The use of liquid-filled conduits as hour markers is a concept mastered by HYT and its partners. However, any major change in form factor requires a lot of behind-the-scenes work. As far as Skull is concerned, it is extremely challenging to shape a skull with a tube less than one millimeter in diameter. The problem is concentrated on the four corners of the pipe guide, with the two corners at the bottom approaching 90 °. How these radian extensions cause the watch to bend moderately is a task that requires special attention. ‘The vertical structure developed for the H1 watch became our starting point. However, we then had to re-examine how to generate enough power to allow liquid to flow through these large bends, while ensuring that the liquid indicates the correct Time, and at a constant speed for more than twelve hours. ‘
Skull Green Eye is available in two limited editions. Fifty pieces made of DLC titanium with green liquid, irregular structure, liquid hour display
Recapture the essence of time
In order to stay true to the design and retain the most straightforward skull shape, HYT decided to discard the minute display. This bold decision has a double meaning. First, it shifts the main attention to the tube guide. The tube is filled with moving liquid to become the only time indicator on the senses. Second, the skull covering almost the entire dial is formed into focus. Attention is focused on the structural design of the watch. Similarly, in contrast to other models, HYT chooses to hide the movement from the dial almost completely.
Skull Green Eye watch with manual winding movement, HYT unique movement structure
In order to inject vitality into Skull, the brand has also introduced many new research and development achievements. First, two vertical, retractable reservoirs continue to operate-it is their imperceptible telescoping that allows liquid to flow within the conduit. In addition, Skull’s eyes have their own vitality. The right eye indicates the power reserve of the watch. By using a series of translucent panels with slightly different shades, the color of the right eye gradually fades as the watch’s 65-hour power reserve tends to deplete, while a continuously rotating hide is hidden in the left eye. Small seconds. The vitality and life of the watch must be seen through Skull’s eyes-exactly the spirit and vitality of the watch. Under the design of the two-layer case, a subtle honeycomb pattern provides the background for the eyes, making the ‘eyes’ deeper. The non-stop movement brings life to the skull and fills the soul. Skull is the first watch ever: it’s not you looking at time, but time looking at you.
Heritage and innovation of watch appearance
‘We’ve always wanted to know how far we can go in terms of design and structural engineering. Our goal is to create a Skull that is completely free of everything you often do, while still embodying the HYT gene-a bold, professional, conceptual and Original design, ‘explains Vincent Perriard. However, change cannot just stop at the movement. We made a new 51 mm case for Skull, with new lugs and curved chamfers. The push-button crown for adjusting the time lies between 2 o’clock and 3 o’clock. The case is also equipped with horizontal inserts, providing more possibilities for the development of multiple combinations of watches in the future.
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