Welcome to the Skull Jungle!
The legendary Guns N’ Roses singer, and recent touring as the frontman for AC/DC, has already revealed his love of HYT, regularly sporting the Skull. Now, Axl and HYT have launched a limited edition exclusively designed by the artist.
Axl Rose, a founding member of Guns N’ Roses and probably one of the most uncompromising and respected rock artists of the last 30 years, really has nothing left to prove. The much-loved singer has made his mark in rock history thanks to his unmistakeable voice.
Non-conformist and provocative, Axl Rose has chosen a HYT to adorn his wrist. For several months, Axl has been seen wearing the Skull model, most notably during the recent explosive AC/DC shows and the blockbuster Guns N’ Roses Not in this Lifetime world tour. The Skull Maori was his preferred version. But was he really going to stop there…?
Sweet Child of Axl
“We went backstage the last time AC/DC played in Bern,” recalls Vincent Perriard, co-founder of HYT. “He already knew the brand and its innovative, rock’n’roll spirit. He wasted no time in conceiving his own model, whose spirit was very well defined when we discussed it with him. We have created it for him. This is his watch, exactly as he designed it. We are particularly proud of it.”
The Skull Axl Rose is a custom model created by Axl Rose. The artist chose a Skull base which, under his direction, was given a Damascus steel style treatment. In addition, he requested that this was given a blue treatment. For a complementary touch, Axl opted same colour for all the indexes applied around the Skull. Finally, he chose to affix two side plates to the piece (at 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock), decorated with the Clous de Paris pattern and also finished in blue PVD. The piece has a resolutely rock’n’roll feel, with a bold strap featuring blue topstitching.
On the back, HYT pays tribute to the rock icon in the form of the legendary Guns N’ Roses logo. Underneath this sits the singer’s signature on the metallised sapphire case-back. The piece, which features a 51 mm DLC titanium case with microblasted finishes, will be available in December 2016 in an extremely limited edition of just 25 pieces.
Skull Axl Rose
Case: DLC titanium with microblasted finishes
· diameter: 51 mm
· height: 17.9 mm
· rubber sheathed screw-down DLC titanium crown
· black DLC titanium dome at 6 o’clock
· side plate (3 o’clock/9 o’clock) with blue PVD Clous de Paris decoration
· domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on the dial side
· screw-down metallised sapphire case-back with Guns’N’Roses logo transfer signed by Axl Rose
· water resistant to 50 metres.
Functions: black retrograde fluidic hours; seconds
· Movement: Mechanical with manual winding, exclusive HYT calibre
· 28,800 Vph, 4 Hz, 35 jewels
· bridges hand-bevelled and adorned with Côtes de Genève, rhodium-plated bellows
· 65-hour power reserve
Dial: unstructured, with rhodium-plated Clous de Paris stud pattern, matt blue PVD indexes, hours indicated by a fluid
· skull made from Damascus steel with blue PVD treatment
· black hour dial with grey indexes
· seconds disc (left eye)
· power reserve indicator (right eye)
Strap: black leather with adjustable cuff, blue topstitching, black DLC ardillon buckle
Ref.: 151-DL-47-NF-BV, limited edition of 25 pieces