Fancy a watch made from mammoth ivory?

Fancy a watch made from mammoth ivory?


Text: Angelyn Kwek

HYT charts a watchmaking first with the Skull Vida, crafted from authentic mammoth ivory

The HYT Skull Vida is as exclusive as it gets: Only five pieces in the entire world, fashioned from — of all the possible materials you can imagine — bones from the extinct mammoth dating back 15,000 to 30,000 years, unearthed from the Siberian plains. Plus you're literally staring death in the face, whose likeness is captured within a sizeable 51-mm titanium frame.

Inspired by Dia de los Muertos, otherwise known as the Day of the Death, this unique aspect of Mexican culture truly comes alive under the hands of HYT's specially trained artisans. Prior to delicately sculpting and embedding the ivory into the dial of the Skull Vida, the mammoth bone first had to undergo a stabilisation phase over several months. Even then, the material was carved such that it highlights the grain of the ivory as much as possible, making every piece of this skull-shaped quintet unique in design variation and texture. Completed with HYT's exclusive patented micro-fluidic module, the stylised skull is fully bordered by the conduit that carries two immiscible liquids (one transparent and the other coloured with a highly resistant dye) to indicate the hours. Seconds are displayed in left eye socket, and the power reserve in the right. Another HYT first also comes in the form of its fabric straps, detailed with fine embroidery featuring a swirling floral print. Talk about redefining the terms 'living fossil' and 'mould-breaking'.

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