A Closer Look at the New HYT Skull 48.8

We all desire to have something that is of value and stand out in its appearance and performance. That could be because we are unique ourselves in our abilities. Moreover, even when we are not the very best, we still have a desire to better ourselves to perfection. Having something to show others that special part of us that demands recognitions is what watch brands target. The HYT brand is known for its bold watches designs that defy market conventions. The design includes watches that cases measuring as much as 51mm, and some have skull-head dial designs. However, this time round, HYT has a distinctively different design.

The HYT has introduced the HYT Skull 48.8 as a compact model but still its bold design is still there for all to see. The previous skull model had a similar design as the H4 watch that has a simpler design. It had a cleaner design, a diameter exceeding that of the H1, which measured about 51mm, no crown protection, and lugs built into the case. It was therefore a large watch by all standards, although it still felt greater to wear as opposed to what you would have expected at first sight. Still, it wasn’t a watch that you could wear and keep it hidden under your cuff.

The 2018 Skull design is encased in the watch measuring 48.8mm in diameter, which is comparatively smaller than the model that was launched in 2015. The 2015 model as well other models that followed were 2.2 mm larger. However, the case’s overall size is still thick, measuring about 17.9mm. The huge size is required to accolade the two bellows and the complex and fluid mechanism. The HYT Skull 48.8 comes in two designs. The first design is the full 18k pink gold design. The second design has a combination of 18k pink gold and titanium that’s coated with DLC. The gold-titanium design has a gold bezel and lugs, the dome and crown guard at 6 o’clock.

Moreover, they redesigned the skull dial to give it a finished cross-cross pattern, a patinated gold color that will age along with the watch, and several scars. The dial will be either pink gold or have an anthracite grey finish that has been micro-blasted and galvanized. The time indication has a capillary framing the skull to indicate hours. To read the hours, you have to utilize the sectors marked in the dial and the bezel’s hour markers.

The HYT Skull 48.8 still has a capillary with two liquids that have different viscosities. The transparent liquid is pushed by the black liquid to display the hours, while two bellows drive the mechanism itself. Once the liquid reaches its maximum point, it quickly returns to the zero point within seconds. The HYT skull doesn’t have minutes indication made separately, but uses only the fluidic system. The left eye of the skull is used to indicate the seconds while the right eye shows how much power is left. Lastly, the Chronode movement can be see through the caseback, and has a nicely decorated finish.

The gold HYT Skull 48.8 is worn using an alligator strap, while the black DLC-coated HYT uses a patinated leather strap, and a matching cuff and core rubber. The titanium-gold version will be priced at $83,006.09, while the pink gold will be priced at $93,513.19.


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