Skeleton watches, stripped to the bone, have always found a special place in the collections of watch enthusiasts. A dial so nude it visibly reflects what goes into the high-art of watchmaking. The craft of skeleton watches speak of all things bare minimum — a daring effort of a watchmaker to skeletonise a movement while preserving the vigour of the timepiece. From Cartier's Pasha De Cartier Skeleton to Glashütte Senator Manual Winding Skeletonized Edition, these marvellous watches will make your jaws drop.
Cartier's Pasha de Cartier Skeleton
From the 2020 Pasha de Cartier collection —originally launched as a collection in 1985 — is Pasha de Cartier Skeleton. Unveiled at Watches & Wonders 2020, the skeleton piece is a bold and contemporary design. Pasha de Cartier Skeleton has a 41mm case and a skeletonised style of one of its more extensively used calibres 9624 MC. Housed in steel, it is available on stainless steel SmartLink bracelet and grey alligator strap, both with QuickSwitch system. The hour markers and Arabic numerals are part of the structure itself achieved through the process of intricate skeletonisation. Pasha de Cartier Skeleton is a crucial timepiece which takes hints from classic Pasha design of the 1980s.
It will be available to own later this year.
Glashütte's Senator Manual Winding Skeletonized Edition
Winding wheels with double-sunburst decoration, hand-engraved plates, and brilliantly decorated cock of the swan-neck fine adjustment, these are but a few things that make Glashütte Senator Manual Winding Skeletonized Edition stand out with unrivalled virtuosity. The design testifies the penchant of Glashütte's artisans for precision and efficiency, be it the gold engraving of the inscriptions and movement numbers or highly polished case fashioned in dark brown wood. The Senator Manual Winding Skeletonized Edition is fitted with a matt black Louisiana Alligator leather bracelet and fold-over clasp in red gold — a filigreed masterpiece based on in-house dial manufactory's calibre 49-18. Equipped with a 40-hour power reserve, Senator Manual Winding Skeletonized Edition houses a 42mm diameter red gold case which frames the extravagantly skeletonised manual winding movement. The case is an 18K red gold and holds a crown with 'double G' logo.
Bell & Ross's BR 05 Skeleton Blue
The BR 05 Skeleton Blue calls attention to the architectural modern design of Bell & Ross’s latest urban collection. This skeleton piece, with soft angled corners, satin-finished flat surfaces and polished bevels, measures 40mm and is limited to only 500 pieces. The locking mechanism of the BR 05 Skeleton Blue flaunts the Bell & Ross's 'ampersand in a circle' insignia. The skeleton timepiece rides high on beauty; courtesy its blue-tinted, translucent crystal dial with Super-LumiNova-filled hands and indices. The view of the openwork movement — BR-CAL.322 — reflects the exceptional work of craftsmanship, storing a power reserve of 38 hours. The BR 05 Skeleton Blue is available on an integrated, ribbed blue rubber strap apart from satin-finished and polished steel bracelet.
Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Skeleton Ref. 102946
Bvlgari's Octo Finissimo Skeleton is nothing short of innovation and meticulous openwork. The timepiece's clear view of the movement amplifies its inner magnificence. Octo Finissimo draws inspiration from Italian polymath of the Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci. Artisans at Bvlgari have also integrated an octagonal design — inspired by the eight-sided polygon ceiling coffers of the 310 AD Roman Basilica of Maxentius — with extraordinary mechanism. The Octo Finissimo Skeleton watch has a mechanical skeletonised manufacture movement, manual winding, small seconds (2.23mm thick), power reserve indication, BVL 128SK — Finissimo calibre, and 65 hours power reserve. The watch comes with a 40mm extra-thin 18K sandblasted rose gold case, transparent case back, 18K rose gold crown set with ceramic, black integrated alligator strap and 18K rose gold ardillon buckle, and is water-resistant up to 30 metres.
Hublot's MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis 3D Carbon
If all things black boost your game, then the MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis 3D Carbon will help you win that game. Hublot's creed often speaks of creating mighty designs and often treads on uncharted roads. The skeleton timepiece is fitted with Hublot's in-house and first multi-axis tourbillon. Hublot's HUB9009.H1.RA movement revs the watch offering a power reserve of five days. The time is displayed in the top right area of the naked dial where the latter runs away from proverbial conventions — housed in 49mm diameter 3D carbon fibre case. The beast in black is water-resistant up to 30 metres and comes with black structured lined rubber straps, black ceramic and black-plated titanium deployant buckle clasp. MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis 3D Carbon is a limited edition watch which is an integration of functionality, architecture, and design.
Blancpain's Villeret Squelette 8 Jours
The artisans at Blancpain accomplished the demanding task of creating a fine balance between aesthetics and well-founded functionality when they created Villeret Squelette 8 Jours, a skeleton timepiece with entirely hand-decorated movement. This piece is too good to be true, formulating new standards for craftsmen aspiring to create masterpieces that will be etched in the horology books for decades to come. The skeleton movement tells tales of the labour of love, and how delicately it was put together. Villeret Squelette 8 Jours houses the manual Calibre Speciality 1333SQ and is water-resistant up to 30 metres. It comes with a red or white gold and one row of diamonds case with an alligator leather strap. The diameter — 30.60mm — is small despite the timepiece having as many as 157 components.