Many watch brands have at least one skeleton watch in their collection, but only a few have actually introduced skull watches — timepieces with skulls on their dials, some with a horological headbone actually incorporated into the movement itself. Here’s a heads-up on four recently released skull watches.
1. Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 052 Skull
The skull is also integrated into the movement: the upper and lower “jaws” hold the ruby of the tourbillon cage, and the back of the skull is also the movement’s center bridge. The four bridges that connect the movement to the case also a form a skull-and-crossbones pattern. All details about the watch here.
2. HYT Skull Pocket
The skull was one of the emblems they wore on their uniforms as a symbol of courage in the face of death.
4. Speake-Marin Crazy Skulls
The dial of the Crazy Skulls from Peter Speake-Marin‘s eponymous watch brand features not one but two skulls. While the space between them forms a heart in the watch shown above, one can activate the watch’s minute repeater with a slider on the left side of the case, which activates the repeater and also makes the skulls reveal the usually hidden tourbillon at 6 o’clock, as shown below.
The first time Speake-Marin placed a skull on a watch dial was 10 years ago, on the Cabinet des Mystères model. More details about the Crazy Skulls watch – which was released at SIHH 2017 – can be found in this article.
This article was originally published in 2014 and has been updated.