To complement the black-liquid hour indicator that surrounds it, HYT created a skull with the appearance of Damascus steel, a metal often used make knives and Samurai swords due to its distinctive wavy pattern. The remainder of the dial is formed by two half-moon sections that have been decorated with a hobnail pattern, faceted markers and Arabic numerals rendering in Gothic lettering. The 51mm DLC titanium case is fully microblasted for an appropriately sinister matte finish. Hints of slate gray enhance the weathered look of the buffed alligator strap.
“It has a Velcro clasp so that it can be adjusted to fit on a leather biker jacket,” says Vincent Perriard with a smile.
The Skull is coated with a new composite material, made to resemble Damascus steel. A foundry in the Neuchâtel region created the raw material, which consists of multiple layers of steel and carbon folded in on themselves more than 250 times. This material is cast in batches of five skulls, so that all of the skulls have a unique look.
The result is an ever-changing interplay between the two component materials. The steel is an eye-catching grey, while the carbon is black and uncovered by a chemical abrasion process. In its unfinished state, the Skull has countless tiny crevasses, evidence of the intense exertions it has undergone in the foundry. HYT levels the surface then covers it with a translucent layer of varnish.
All the functionalities of the original Skull watch have been preserved. The power reserve indicator sits in the right eye socket and gets darker as the piece reaches the end of its 65-hour power reserve. The left eye socket houses the seconds disc, permanently, imperceptibly, turning.
The Skull Bad Boy is available as a limited edition of 50 pieces. Cellini has one of them now. Visit our store in the Waldorf for some face time with the Bad Boy.