Monday, February 29, 2016

HYT Skull Bad Boy Limited Edition

Skull Bad Boy is a new comer to HYT’s universe of hydro mechanical timepieces. This model incorporates a new black liquid which took almost 12 months for developing. 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. Whilst the other colours created by HYT are able to reflect all or some of the light they receive, black absorbs everything.

To go with this new black liquid, HYT wanted to create a skull with the distinctive appearance of Damascus steel, used for knives and Samurai swords. The dial comprises two half-moons decorated with the Clous de Paris stud pattern. Its indexes are created in a Gothic font, complementing the Skull Bad Boy’s hard rock look. Its matte black 51 mm case, made from fully microblasted DLC titanium, is attached to a brand new buffed alligator strap with hints of slate grey.
The Skull is coated with a new composite material, created to resemble Damascus steel. A foundry in the Neuchâtel region created the raw material: multiple layers of steel and carbon are folded in on themselves a total of 256 times! This material is cast in batches of five skulls, no two of which will ever be identical.

The result is an ever-changing interplay of its two component materials. The steel is an eye-catching grey, whilst the black colour of the carbon is revealed by a chemical abrasion process. In its unfinished state, the Skull has countless tiny crevasses, evidence of the intense exertions it has undergone in the foundry. HYT levels the surface then covers it with a translucent layer of varnish.

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.

Technical details
Skull Bad Boy
Ref. 151-DL-43-NF-AS, limited edition of 50 pieces

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

Black retrograde fluidic hours; seconds

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

Unstructured, rhodium-plated with Clous de Paris stud pattern, hours indicated by a black fluid
Skull made from Damascus steel
Black hour dial, grey numerals and offset black indices
Seconds disc (left eye)
Power reserve indicator (right eye)

Buffed slate grey alligator, velcro clasp with keeper

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