HYT was the first to develop a fluidic watch, the first to create an animated Skull, and the first watch with a mechanical light source. Now, the Skull Light is the first HYT wristwatch to combine all three of these innovations. It’s available exclusively from HYT’s Kuala Lumpur boutique in an extremely limited edition of just 3 pieces.
With the Skull Light, HYT was created in honor of the brand’s first boutique, which recently opened in Kuala Lumpur. The watch includes the historic caliber from HYT’s founding piece. Entirely developed in-house and driven by two bellows which circulate liquids within its glass capillary to display the time.
For the animated Skull collection, HYT has developed a new capillary. It outlines the shape of the skull, which takes center stage. 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 indicator. Continuously rotating, these two discs bring the watch to life. The skull itself, made from black DLC titanium, sits on a dial featuring a Clous de Paris stud finish. Each of its contours is highlighted by 5N gold hand-beveling. The bezel and indices also boast this same exclusive finish.
HYT’s new boutique in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
HYT has also created the first electro-mechanical source ever designed for an haute horlogerie piece. Underneath the rider at 6 o’clock are two LEDs. Activated manually, they illuminate the inside of the watch. The green liquid, containing a special fluorescent dye, is enervated by this light source and glows vividly. At the same time, the wash of light flows into every nook and cranny of the skull, literally bringing the skeleton architecture to life.
The purely mechanical source of energy is nestled in the middle of the case between 4 and 5 o’clock. It is invisible, and activated by the push-piece located opposite. The mechanism is inspired by a dynamo: the conversion of mechanical power into electricity. The micro-generator is charged by rotating the push-button at 4:30. Pressing this same push-button will activate the two LEDs which light up and bathe the Skull Light in a gentle blue glow for up to fifteen seconds, after which the mechanism needs to be rewound.
No batteries or electronics are required for this function: the process is completely mechanical. Three factors made it particularly complex to develop: the extreme miniaturisation, the curved shape, and the fact, once again, that no development of this type had ever been achieved before. Success has made the Skull Light a hub of the most exclusive innovations ever designed by HYT.