HYT Reveals its dark side with the Limited Edition Skull Bad Boy Watch
HYT’s Hydromechanical Horologists continue to turn fantasy into reality, mixing mechanics and liquid within a wristwatch. While addicted to non-conformism, these alchemists have drawn upon the strictest codes of fine watchmaking. Their latest offering the Skull Bad Boy watch speaks volumes in terms of appearance, yet masks a stunning complexity. There’s more to the skull than meets the eye! It’s easy to assume that the starting point for the Skull Bad Boy was the skull itself, unveiled by HYT in 2015 but that’s not the case.
The creative impetus actually came from the new liquid which surrounds it. This opaque black aesthetic variation which appears so simple to look at, took more than 12 months painstaking research to develop. Like the four other colours developed by HYT, the black version has its own chemical properties. These affect attributes such as viscosity, expansion coefficient and UV resistance.
Its creation meant going back to scratch. In which the goal was to create a fluid able to adapt to the constraints of an HYT movement, which does not adhere to the wall of the capillary, can hold a meniscus and does not interact on a molecular level with the elements it comes into contact with. The result was achieved in autumn 2015 before undergoing several weeks of testing to confirm its chemical stability.
All the functionalities of the original Skull have been preserved. The power reserve indicator sits in the right eye socket, which gets darker as the piece reaches the end of its 65-hour power reserve. The left eye socket houses the seconds disc, permanently, imperceptibly, turning.
The Skull Bad Boy is available as a limited edition of 50 pieces.
Skull Bad Boy
Case: black DLC titanium with microblasted finish
– Diameter: 51 mm
– Height: 17.9 mm
– rubber coated screw-down crown
– black DLC titanium dome at 6 o’clock
– convex sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on the dial side
– Screw-down sapphire case-back
– water resistant to 50 metres.
Functions: black retrograde fluidic hours; seconds
Movement: Mechanical with manual winding, exclusive HYT calibre
– 28,800 Vph, 4 Hz, 35 jewels
– bridges hand-bevelled and adorned with Côtes de Genève, rhodium-plated bellows
– 65-hour power reserve.
Dial: unstructured, rhodium-plated with Clous de Paris stud pattern, hours indicated by a
– skull made from Damascus steel
– black hour dial, grey numerals and offset black indices
– seconds disc (left eye)
– power reserve indicator (right eye)
Strap: buffed slate grey alligator, velcro clasp with keeper.
Ref. : 151-DL-43-NF-AS, limited edition of 50 pieces.