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The HYT Skull 48.8 comes in red, green, and blue colours

The HYT Skull 48.8 comes in red, green, and blue colours

Liquid motion

Text: Angelyn Kwek


The progenitor of hydro-mechanical watches drops a new trio of Skull watches rocking primary colours

Trick question: What do you call a watch that doesn't look like a watch? If your answer is HYT, you've just won yourself the new Skull 48.8. Figuratively via a video you can replay on loop, that is. As you press that play button below, admire the flashes of fluorescent lighting up your screen because a close-up of the dial sees the signature HYT liquid time-telling mechanism dyed in equally eye-popping colours.

Oh yes, the creative minds behind avant-garde haute horlogerie have introduced more colour options — you know, if the skull-shaped motif isn't drama enough for you. Inspired by beautifully haunting paintings that have that 'to be appreciated in the moment' aesthetic, the limited edition Skull 48.8 collection is meant to be worn as a constant reminder to seize every second. To that end, the independent maison has brought this concept to life by imbuing its patented fluidic module with the primary colours of red, blue, and green to symbolise life, while simultaneously linking the passing hours with the watch's carpe diem premise.

Outlining the skull, the flow of the neon-esque liquid represents reflection, while the rest of the as-of-yet-to-be-filled capillary speculates on the future. Further highlighting this play of hydro-mechanics motion, the dial and bezel provide a monochromatic backdrop in galvanised titanium to create a deliberate tension that fascinates the eye. Even the fabric straps are colour-coded in gray to intensify the contrast. Equal parts art, watch, and philosophical musing, check out the HYT Skull 48.8 below:

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