We reviewed the first two versions of fake HYT Skull. One is more threatening than the other. Now, in order to be released at Baselworld 2016, HYT has released its creativity and created the third one. HYT Skeleton Bad Boy.
We have introduced the first generation HYT Skull here. And our detailed review here. And the Maori version that we like. Then this.
HYT Skeleton Bad Boy. Bad to the bone
Of course, this watch looks just like its name. difficult. dark. mystery. bad. Broken to the bone. The skull image itself has largely hinted at its bad boy image, but the opaque black appearance, including the deep black liquid display, took 12 months to develop. Like the other four colors developed by HYT, black has its own chemical properties. Properties such as viscosity, expansion coefficient, and UV resistance are unique to it. It is necessary to consider its use when used in precision instruments to indicate the passage of time.
The black liquid presents another difficulty. Other colors reflect all or part of the light it receives. Black reflects nothing. The inevitable result is that legibility in the dark deteriorates. In fact, reading is impossible.
In addition to the new black liquid, the appearance of the dial is also very interesting. Use Damascus steel. This steel is usually used for knives and swords. This steel is characterized by unique stripes and mottled patterns, reminiscent of running water. This steel is known for its toughness, resistance to breakage, and the ability to grind into sharp, elastic edges.
“This was a well-thought-out decision,” explains Vincent Perriard, CEO of HYT. “There are other solutions to make this work visible at night. But if we want to play with the inherent darkness of skull Bad Boy, we must go all the way. Night is part of the shadow and dark world. It fits perfectly with the spirit of Skeleton. “.
Although the skull is not made of Damascus steel, the actual production technology of Damascus steel has been lost, although modern replicas are available. For Skull, HYT went to a foundry in the Neuchâtel area to manufacture the raw materials: multiple layers of steel and carbon, which were folded repeatedly. A total of 256 times. And this material is cast in batches, 5 per skull. Bands and spots can be seen on the skull. Since every watch is different, every watch is unique in some way. We think its appearance is certainly appropriate.
Damascus steel skulls are placed on a plate with two half-moons decorated with Paris nails. The index uses Gothic font. The design is cohesive and highly suggests the image of a bad boy.
The 51 mm diameter case is made of micro-sandblasted DLC titanium and comes with a new polished alligator leather strap with a touch of slate gray. A Velcro closure system is provided, so “it can be adjusted to fit the leather motorcycle jacket,” Vincent said.
The movement is based on HYT H1, the same as other Skulls’ movements. The finishing is done very well, and all traditional watchmaking points have been solved very well. This side of Skull Bad Boy is very traditional, in line with advanced watchmaking craftsmanship.
compare? Well, not at all. No other watch can come close. HYT Skull Bad Boy is not for everyone. Of course not suitable for collectors of classic watches. Not timid. It’s too big (51mm in diameter, but it’s perfect for the wrist of an editor). It’s too dark. Can’t read in the dark. Oops, the legibility of time is not good even in light. But potential buyers won’t care. What matters is the appearance of the bad boy. Bold, dark, and contemplative visual effects. The image is powerful. And it will attract collectors with a mentality. We can see it being worn by a strong (but gentleman) biscuit, wearing a leather jacket, leather pants, and a big and bad Harley Davidson. Maybe wearing sunglasses, even at night, he can’t see his eyes. If he wears a helmet, it will be one of the German-style helmets of World War II, but without the Nazi logo. Because although he is a bad guy in his bones, he is not a Nazi…After all, he is a gentleman.
skull bad boy specifications
Case: Micro-blasted black DLC titanium
– Diameter: 51 mm
– Height: 17.9 mm
– Rubber-coated screw-in crown
– Black DLC titanium dome at 6 o’clock
– Convex sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating on the dial side
-Screw-down sapphire bottom cover
-Water-resistant to 50 meters.
Function: black retrograde fluid hour; second
Movement: manual winding mechanical movement, unique HYT movement
– 28,800 Vph, 4 Hz, 35 jewels
– The plywood is cut diagonally by hand and decorated with Côtes de Genève, rhodium-plated bellows
– 65 hours power reserve
Dial: unstructured, rhodium-plated, decorated with Paris nail studs,
Black liquid indicates hours
– Skull made of Damascus steel
– Black hour dial, gray numerals and black offset hour markers
– Seconds plate (left eye)
– Power reserve indicator (right eye))
Strap: polished slate grey alligator leather, Velcro strap goalkeeper