In 2017, HYT unveiled its first pocket watch ever. This newcomer is housed in a new titanium case and features the HYT’s signature liquid display system. The new HYT’s timepiece is issued in the ultra-limited series of only eight specimens.
HYT Skull Pocket Watch has some common characteristics with other brand’s models. The watch is powered by the HYT-developed mechanical caliber that operates at the traditional 28,800 alternation per hour (4Hz) and offers power reserve up to 65 hours. The retrograde caliber uses a bellows-style mechanism to push a green fluid through a capillary around the skull, thus showing the time by the corresponding luminous numbers set in the outer bezel. This fluid only indicates hours and at the beginning of every hour, it returns to the 6 o’clock position which is the starting point.
The Skull Pocket also boasts a quite interesting feature – the system used to illuminate the liquid. This system works without a battery or any kind of electronics (we saw that earlier in case of HYT H4 Watch). Instead, it is tooled with a bellow that is activated through the adjustment button set at the 5 o’clock position.
The lighting system starts to work by pushing the button, thus offering energy through two LED lamps that emit blue-and-white tones for 5 seconds. This patented assembly consists of at least 82 parts. It was a quite achievement to develop this system due to its extreme miniaturization, as well as its curved shape.
Just like all pocket watches, the new Skull timepiece comes with the lid on the front of the case which opens with a tab at the 6 o’clock position. The interior is covered with leather, thus providing an open structure for personalization.
HYT Skull Pocket Watch (ref. 159-TD-49-GF-CH) is housed in an elegant, titanium case measuring 59mm in diameter. The case is attached to a chain also crafted from titanium. The retail price is $115,000.