A skeletonized watch is, in my opinion, a must-have for any watch collector. As such timepieces are all about the mechanical parts and how they work together, they represent the essence of our hobby. They might also be the most appropriate watch to wear on Halloween. Which skeletons do you want to have in your closet? Here are four suggestions from us at WatchTime:
Parmigiani Tonda PF Skeleton
One of the most elegant skeleton watches currently available is, without a doubt, the Tonda PF Skeleton from Parmigiani. The brand put a lot of effort into cutting and carving the bridges of the manufacture movement with micro-rotor in such a way that it not only looks organic but also suits the rest of the design. Because of the dark tones used on the bridges, the entire creation becomes rather understated. This is quite a rarity for a skeleton watch, as by nature, they are quite outgoing as they show it all.
Bell & Ross BR 05 Skeleton
Bell & Ross also takes a unique approach to skeletonized watches by having a transparent green colored panel serving as the dial of this BR 05 Skeleton. This creates a unique effect, as it also tints the movement underneath green. Faithfull to its DNA, Bell & Ross chose an industrial style of skeletonizing the bridges, combining straight lines with soft corners. This suits the design of the case and bracelet and brings them together in unity.
Piaget Polo Skeleton High Jewelry
The best way to scare your banker this Halloween is to announce that you are thinking of purchasing a Piaget Polo Skeleton High Jewelry. This Piaget doesn’t hide its precious nature as the case alone is set with 148 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.69 ct) and 60 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 2.70 cts). Even more impressive is the movement. Caliber 1200D measures only 3mm in height, yet its bridges made from 14k white gold are not only skeletonized but also set with brilliant-cut diamonds. This is so difficult to do that it will give even the most experienced gem setter the creeps.
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin Skeleton
The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin Skeleton gives you a unique insight into all the levers and parts needed to make this complex calendar work. As interesting as this might be, it is good to realize that many parts only move once a day. However, what you lose in a continuous dynamic, you gain in exclusivity. It also gives you the opportunity to examine the details and finishing of each component, and Vacheron Constantin most certainly made sure that this is worth your time. The brand also knows how to balance aesthetic beauty with practicality, as the legibility of each function got particular attention. That is not a trick, but it is a treat.