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HYT Skull Vida Watch

HYT Skull Vida Watch Watch Releases

Swiss watch brand HYT like to call themselves the “Hydro Mechanical Horologists” for good reason, as they were the first and still are the only watchmaker to use liquids to tell time. And the HYT Skull watch collection is the brand at its most abstract. Not only do the large HYT Skull collection watches display the hours via liquid tubes, but their dials are giant, in-your-face skulls. In the case of the new HYT Skull Vida watch, you can add a dial carved from woolly mammoth tusk ivory to the talking points and controversy.

As you would expect, trying to incorporate a movement that manipulates liquid to display the time in a case that measures something like 50mm across is no mean feat. As a result, HYT watches are often highly technical and complex. However, that doesn’t mean that the brand cannot be philosophical. In coming up with the first watch in their Skull collection, HYT wanted to remind wearers that time is fleeting and ephemeral. And subsequent releases have built upon that idea. However, their latest in the series, the HYT Skull Vida, is easily the most thought-provoking yet.

HYT Skull Vida Watch Watch Releases

Like the rest of the watches in the Skull collection, the new HYT Skull Vida is a large watch measuring 51mm wide and nearly 18mm thick. It has a black DLC titanium case with brushed and micro-blasted finishing. It also has a large screw-down, rubber-coated crown and screw-down sapphire case back. Despite the screw-down components, water resistance is rated to just 50 meters. The hours are marked out on the bezel, and at 6 o’clock is a large black DLC titanium protuberance (not really sure what to call it) that has become a signature of many HYT collections.

HYT Skull Vida Watch Watch Releases

While the case is pretty familiar among watches in this collection, it is the dial that stands out. There’s a prominent skull, of course, but this time, the skull is handcrafted out of ivory obtained from a Siberian woolly mammoth, which gives the dial its creamy hue. But more importantly, the decision to use ivory from the extinct woolly mammoth is especially poignant – if not controversial – and can be interpreted as a reminder to wearers that our time on Earth is limited and that we must make the most out of it. As if the skull itself were not enough. Further driving this message home is the expression of the skull, which is different from other watches in the Skull collection. If you look carefully, its eye sockets are round and this gives it a more sorrowful look.

According to HYT, the ivory had to undergo a stabilization process that was several months long before it could be worked on by master artisans. Considering the rarity of mammoth ivory and the lengthy preparation required, the engravers had to be especially careful when crafting the skulls used in these watches.

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HYT Skull Vida Watch Watch Releases

Time is told on the HYT Skull Vida in the same manner as the other HYT Skull watches. A thin capillary tube made out of medical grade glass is folded to form the outline of the skull. It is then filled with two immiscible liquids, one in black and the other transparent. Time is read by looking at where the level of the black liquid is in relation to the bezel. There are no separate minute or seconds indicators, so in a way, the HYT Skull Vida watch is read like a single-handed watch that displays only the hours. To complete the look, the Skull Vida comes with an embroidered beige fabric strap and a black DLC titanium buckle.

HYT Skull Vida Watch Watch Releases

The liquids in the capillary tube are manipulated entirely by HYT’s own hand-wound mechanical movement. It beats at 4Hz and offers a power reserve of 65 hours. The movement is visible through the sapphire case back and it has bridges beveled by hand and decorated with Côtes de Genève patterns.

HYT Skull Vida Watch Watch Releases

Thanks to its exotic mammoth ivory dial, the new HYT Skull Vida watch is easily one of the more interesting watches in the HYT Skull line-up. It is also one of the most controversial ones too, as the trade of ivory is a highly contentious subject, even more so from a rare and extinct animal. Nevertheless, HYT must be commended for its design, daring, and bravado. Because of the rarity of mammoth ivory, the Skull Vida will be HYT’s most exclusive watch yet, with just 5 pieces being made. The HYT Skull Vida is priced at $95,000hytwatches.com 

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  • DanW94

    Matching necklace made from the fangs of a Saber-Toothed Tiger also available. Big discount if bought as a set!!

  • ??????

    Can anyone explain such popularity of skull motif among watchmakers?

    • ZL

      Funny, I was just asking the same thing. It baffles me.

      • ??????

        And why the number 6? There will be 5 of such watches.

        • SuperStrapper

          For 6 o’clock?

          • ??????

            Shocking. And I was seeking some mystic connection with number six

    • Raymond Wilkie

      Beats me

    • Berndt Norten

      For the life of me, I can’t understand why.

  • ??????

    It feels like vandalism to take an extinct animals part and to form into a human skull. Just to make some fun, 5 watches for wealthy barbarians.

    • Word Merchant

      I agree. Have an upvote.

    • DanW94

      With all due respect, the animal’s been extinct for like 15,000 years. Does it really matter if we use it’s skeletal remains to make a watch. Actively killing an endangered species to make boner medicine, now that’s another story.

      • Sheez Gagoo

        Is this the Ghostbutersbuilding in your profilepic? Where Dana and Zuul used to live?

        • DanW94

          No, it’s the City Hall building from where I grew up.

          • Sheez Gagoo
          • Raymond Wilkie

            Germany ?

          • Sheez Gagoo

            No, Bern, Switzerland. Don`t remember the quiz?

          • Raymond Wilkie

            The Grand Council Hall of the Bernese Town Hall ! I don’t know what came over me their.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            I call it the cosmetic part of Bern, because the soap guy, the shaving stuff guy and my turkish barber are located there.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            We have Turkish barbers here, they all smell of burnt hair.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            Prevents spliss.

          • DanW94

            A beautiful building. It has a distinct historical European flavor to it. Here’s a better shot of mine. It’s huge, 30 something stories. Done in the art deco style, built in 1931.

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e3f6523ca89183b1350a0999426c700236b40c77ccdd4ffa79e6839dcd819501.jpg

          • Sheez Gagoo

            Beautifull. Is it in the lake area in the north of the U.S. or maybe in the south of Canada?

          • Saul Sloota

            Buffalo, right?

          • DanW94

            You got it. We’re that other city in New York State that no one knows about…..lol

          • Saul Sloota

            I actually lived there for a year when I was very young. It was the first place we lived after moving from Belgium. Don’t remember it, though.

          • DanW94

            Small world, I actually ate a lot of Belgian waffles when I was a kid! Seriously though, do you know what part of town you lived in?

          • Saul Sloota

            Tonawanda came to mind, but I don’t know if that’s right. I’d have to ask my mom.

          • DanW94

            A town north of the city. Know it pretty well. Who knows we might have crossed paths as kids.

          • Saul Sloota

            Maybe it was Cheektowaga. I’ll find out and let you know. About what age are you?

          • DanW94

            Around fifty and over the hill already….

          • Saul Sloota

            I’m 33 years old, so maybe you or your sister was my babysitter, way back when. 🙂

          • DanW94

            I’ve waited along time to tell you this – Saul, I am your Father!

          • Saul Sloota

            That’s not true…that’s impossible! Nooooooooooooooo!!!

          • Saul Sloota

            Obi Berndt Nortoni told me you killed my father.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            Buffalo?

          • DanW94

            That’s it. On the shores of lovely Lake Erie….lol

          • Berndt Norten

            I went back to my city. And it was gone.

          • DanW94

            Marconi plays the mambo, listen to the radio, Don’t you remember?
            We built this city….

          • Berndt Norten

            We built this city
            On skulls and bones

      • ??????

        So why not take some human corpses? Human dead bodies are far less rare than mammoth or dynosaur.

        Seriously. The museums in the city where I live have no single mammoth bone kids can see, not talking about full skeletons. Maybe let such bones (mammoth, dynosaur, mastodont, sabre-toothed tiger, etc.) in their form? Or are there so much remnants so we can play with them, make watches, pens, knives, belt holders, kitchenware, etc.

        Such brands as RJ or HYT try the most primitive way to attract attention: we take rare stuff and the watch immediately becomes valuable. Much harder to play with normal materials so good that the watch will stand out without spoiling someones rare bones.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I realise that my time on this mortal coil is limited and one has to Carpe diem ( Latin ), but i wouldn’t be seen dead in this nightmare of a watch. Extinct animal bone ! . Un……………..believable. If i saw someone with this on ( which is very remote ) i would have to slap them.

    • Sheez Gagoo

      Not a problem for me. They didn’t kill or let kill a mammut. It was already dead. The bones and teeth had no purpose anymore. A knifemaker I know (Klötzli) made knifes of dinosaur bones. I’m quite sure he didn’t kill the whateverosaurus.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        You totally missed the point .
        Enjoy your weekend

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Oh yes. I really had to think about my limited time on earth, when I first saw this watch. What else? I also always think about the eternity of the universe, when I sit in my chalet in the alps of the canton of Vaud and I replace a filthy strap. Who doesn’t? Memento mori and universum ad infinitum (suaheli).

  • Sheez Gagoo

    I really like this watch, I even like the fact that it’s made of mammut. The only things I dislike is the screw in the forehead and the size. Best skullwatch since Fiona Krügers interpretation of skullwatches. I’m normally not a fan of skullwatches.

  • SuperStrapper

    The finishing and details actually look really excellent, but I just don’t see how I would ever want to own it. I love this brand and they have several models that are high on the ‘want’ list, none of them are in the skull series.

    But they wouldn’t keep making skull iterations if they didn’t sell.

  • IanE

    I’m not usually a fan of HYT – and this is no exception: Truly ghastly.

  • BNABOD

    Don t know what to think of this. It is remarkably well done minus the bulls eye, the HYT liquid display is very clever but a flippin skull ? Could have at least honored the dead furry beast and replace the skull w a mammuth face. Something creative maybe?

  • Yan Fin

    And the week of ugly watches goes on….this one actually makes me sick

  • Saul Sloota

    “The movement is visible through the sapphire case back and it has bridges beveled by hand and decorated with Côtes de Genève patterns.”

    Trust us, it’s ka-razy back there!

  • Chris MoJo

    I like the aesthetic, it’s a ridiculous piece but at the same time a work of art!

  • Yojimbo

    yet another fugly watch for a fugly price

  • Berndt Norten

    Well a skull painting just sold for $110,000,000.00 so what do I know?

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Note to editor :
    Enough already.
    Their hasn’t been a watch worth any holologilistic ( i just invented that, it’s not a fake word ) value at all. The last being 7/24’s Greuel Forsey ( IMO). Even the PP was verging on boring. Don’t get me wrong, i applause innovation in in new materiel ( I’ve been persuaded me to dig up ganpappy and see if i can’t make a nice swing seat for the porch )
    I want to see new Technics, new arrangements, new ( and affordable ) watches that folks would actually wear. This post for example 5 made and sold before production and you know every normal rational human being is going to hate it unless your names Jack Sparrow.

    PS,………….Keep up the good work.

    • arieladams

      We would also like to see more actual innovation from watch brands. Trust us, it isn’t as though with are neglecting those stories. Because of the poor state of the business market in the watch industry few brands are investing in really new stuff. The problem isn’t consumer demand, but rather their pricing and distribution strategies. Sooner or later more innovation will return. But don’t confuse the issue for us ignoring it.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Thank you for you’r response. And yes. i can see what you mean and realise you only have a certain amount you can work with but i have seen some pieces never even mentioned here and some that should never have seen the light of day.but hey, you can please everyone all the time.
        Difficult decisions
        I dont honk
        I don’t Archie
        Moving on,………………..

    • Sheez Gagoo

      Here you are. A collection of affordable high quality timepieces.
      Well build and made for eternity.And automatic.
      http://www.seiko.de/home/kollektionen/weitere-modelle/seiko-5-herren?l&pos=0

    • SuperStrapper

      In your opinion only. Should this blog be catering to Ray alone?

      • Simonh

        Of course it is his opinion, that’s the point of making the comment, to convey his opinion, then other people may convey theirs in return.

        • SuperStrapper

          Why do you assume him so inadequate?

          • Simonh

            I don’t, you have said that, I accept Ray’s right to an opinion.

          • G Street

            Familiarity.
            Thank you.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Mr Srrapper, When giving my opinion on this blog, that is exactly what am doing,…………….giving an opinion as i see it. . Am not goin to write IMO or some other stupid abbreviation to justify my being here. After all this time Mr Strapper i would have assumed you knew that.

    • Durandt Storm

      Learn to spel

      • DanW94

        LOL…If that wasn’t intentional then the irony is palpable.

  • Mark1884

    Interesting technology……. too much money for a gimmick watch.

  • Buy and Sold

    I am too nervous about the durability of the HYT movement to buy one: will they really last?

  • IG

    Are there enough geriatric rockstars and rich bikers to buy all these skulls?

  • Kuroji

    “Medical grade” glass? Oh ffs.

  • ConElPueblo

    Mammoth bones really aren’t that uncommon. You see it used in knife making and similar crafts all the time. I wouldn’t fuss over the use…

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