SKULL 51 mm
Recapturing the essence of time
The Skull, HYT’s new extraordinary and unprecedented creation, breaks all the rules. You don’t need to be an expert to appreciate the power of its design. Even at first glance the Skull makes a striking impression, simply because it epitomises and at the same time breaks away from everything that HYT represents. It is provocative, unique and has a bold design supported by the fluid mechanics that have become the brand’s signature style. The Skull speaks for itself. Its development, however, was anything but obvious.
The use of a capillary, which carries a fluid to act as the hour marker, is a concept that is already mastered by HYT and its partners. However, any significant changes in form require extensive background work. For the Skull, the skull shape of the tube, which measures less than one millimetre in diameter, was a significant challenge in itself. The issue centred on the capillary’s four angles, two of which are almost 90° at the base. These curves meant that bending the glass was a particularly delicate task.
When asked what the driving force behind the creation of the Skull Maori was, HYT Art Director Xavier Casals discussed the desire to further emphasise the skull shape of the piece by using a rare and traditional hand engraving, a beautiful Metier d’Art. Casals added that the use of the Maori tribal tattoo, often associated with a skull, was another integral part to the concept.
Black DLC titanium and 5N gold with brushed, micro-blasted and satin finishes
- Diameter: 51 mm
- Height: 17.9 mm
- Rubber coated screw-down crown
- Black DLC titanium dome at 6 o’clock
- Cambered sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on the dial side
- Screwed sapphire back
- Water resistant to 50 metres
Retrograde red fluid hours; seconds
Mechanical with manual winding, exclusive HYT calibre
- 28,800 vib/h, 4 Hz, 35 jewels
- Bridges hand-chamfered and adorned with Côtes de Genève, rhodium plated bellows
- 65-hour power reserve
Unstructured, fluid hours
- Black hour dial, grey anthracite index and 5N numerals – rare handmade engraved pink gold (5N) skull shape
- Seconds dial (left eye)
- Power reserve indicator (right eye)
Brown leather with laser engraved black pattern, black DLC titanium pin buckle
513-CB-43-RF-MV, Limited edition of 15 pieces