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August 28, 2018
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August 28, 2018

Skeletonised Beauties

OPENWORK SHOWCASES THE BEAUTY OF A COMPLICATION AND IS NOW A DEFINING FEATURE OF MODERN LUXURY TIMEPIECES

The basis of a skeletonised or openworked watch goes back to the art of watchmaking, specifically the building of the movement. Over the years, even as far back as the mid-1700s, the world of horology has seen some fine examples created. However, skeletonisation truly came into its own following the Quartz Crisis in the 1970s and 1980s.

These masterpieces not only allowed watchmakers to reveal the beauty and inner workings of a watch but also allowed them the opportunity to get creative. Over the years, we have seen stunning openworked timepieces with mechanical movements complemented with engraving and gem-setting being introduced by numerous brands.

These watches allowed the masters of horology to truly raise the bar for their craft, which in turn has transformed skeletonised watches into a truly coveted and luxurious product. Today it has become a common and highly-coveted feature sought out by watch collectors, just like these gorgeous bare beauties here.

OPENWORK SHOWCASES THE BEAUTY OF A COMPLICATION AND IS NOW A DEFINING FEATURE OF MODERN LUXURY TIMEPIECES

The basis of a skeletonised or openworked watch goes back to the art of watchmaking, specifically the building of the movement. Over the years, even as far back as the mid-1700s, the world of horology has seen some fine examples created. However, skeletonisation truly came into its own following the Quartz Crisis in the 1970s and 1980s.

These masterpieces not only allowed watchmakers to reveal the beauty and inner workings of a watch but also allowed them the opportunity to get creative. Over the years, we have seen stunning openworked timepieces with mechanical movements complemented with engraving and gem-setting being introduced by numerous brands.

These watches allowed the masters of horology to truly raise the bar for their craft, which in turn has transformed skeletonised watches into a truly coveted and luxurious product. Today it has become a common and highly-coveted feature sought out by watch collectors, just like these gorgeous bare beauties here.

Heart of the Mechanics

The Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Skelet-One is a new architectural interpretation of the iconic pocket watch created by Pierre Jaquet Droz in 1784. The result of this transparent beauty – a first for the brand – is indeed remarkable with ample space afforded to the time indications. Make no mistake, the hand-assembled calibre 2663 SQ is still at the centrepiece of this 41mm timepiece, but the movement is complemented with an uncluttered dial with roman numerals at 12 o’clock and a large transparent seconds counter with Arabic numerals at 6 o’ clock. Both dials combine to preserve the iconic figure ‘8’, which is a synonymous aesthetic feature of Jaquet Drox timepieces.

A True Masterpiece

With its 43mm steel case and a domed sapphire crystal showing off the caliber ML 134 in its full glory, the Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Squelette Torque truly lives up to its name. The watch exudes the brand’s extensive history in watchmaking and exquisite craftsmanship but it also delivers a healthy dose of modern flair that today’s watch aficionados find appealing. Those fortunate to strap the Masterpiece Squelette Torque on their wrist will no doubt find the bridges, discs, and wheels of the automatic winding mechanism – some of which have been treated with tantalum, gold PVD and satin – a welcome sight when it comes to telling time.

A Clear Classic

The Cartier Santos needs little introduction as it’s a timepiece that’s both rooted in luxury as well as tradition. But the Santos-Dumont Skeleton Watch, on the other hand, elevates that prestige to another level with an 18k white gold case that houses a manufacture mechanical movement set behind a dial with Roman numerals cleverly formed by movement bridges. A pair of blue-steel sword-shaped hands delivers a fitting contrast to this classic timepiece, which is further complemented with an exquisite black alligator-skin strap with a double adjustable 18K white gold folding buckle.

Slim and Stunning

The fact that this is one of the thinnest self-winding skeleton watches ever made, ensures the Piaget Altiplano White Gold Ultra-Thin Skeleton Watch is worthy of a look. Measuring just 5.34mm thin, with a 2.4mm skeleton movement, the watch is the epitome of fine craftsmanship and innovative watchmaking. With its 38mm, 18k white gold case and silvered dial along with black alligator straps, the watch delivers a design that’s both classic and contemporary at the same time. Its slim profile also makes it effortless to wear and pair with any ensemble or function.

Transparent Beauty

The Ulysse Nardin Skeleton Manufacture has been around for a few years but it remains one of the most elegant openworked models ever made. There have been several iterations of the model such as rose gold and platinum, but each are unmistakable in design thanks to the heart of this piece –
the skeleton tourbillon movement. The timepiece also offers a ratchet wheel at 12 o’clock, which is engraved with Ulysse Nardin and an indicator for the impressive 170-hour power reserve. Although finding a piece now may prove difficult, the brand also has variants like the Executive Skeleton Tourbillon that is certainly worthy of consideration.

Heart of the Mechanics

The Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Skelet-One is a new architectural interpretation of the iconic pocket watch created by Pierre Jaquet Droz in 1784. The result of this transparent beauty – a first for the brand – is indeed remarkable with ample space afforded to the time indications. Make no mistake, the hand-assembled calibre 2663 SQ is still at the centrepiece of this 41mm timepiece, but the movement is complemented with an uncluttered dial with roman numerals at 12 o’clock and a large transparent seconds counter with Arabic numerals at 6 o’ clock. Both dials combine to preserve the iconic figure ‘8’, which is a synonymous aesthetic feature of Jaquet Drox timepieces.

A True Masterpiece

With its 43mm steel case and a domed sapphire crystal showing off the caliber ML 134 in its full glory, the Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Squelette Torque truly lives up to its name. The watch exudes the brand’s extensive history in watchmaking and exquisite craftsmanship but it also delivers a healthy dose of modern flair that today’s watch aficionados find appealing. Those fortunate to strap the Masterpiece Squelette Torque on their wrist will no doubt find the bridges, discs, and wheels of the automatic winding mechanism – some of which have been treated with tantalum, gold PVD and satin – a welcome sight when it comes to telling time.

A Clear Classic

The Cartier Santos needs little introduction as it’s a timepiece that’s both rooted in luxury as well as tradition. But the Santos-Dumont Skeleton Watch, on the other hand, elevates that prestige to another level with an 18k white gold case that houses a manufacture mechanical movement set behind a dial with Roman numerals cleverly formed by movement bridges. A pair of blue-steel sword-shaped hands delivers a fitting contrast to this classic timepiece, which is further complemented with an exquisite black alligator-skin strap with a double adjustable 18K white gold folding buckle.

Slim and Stunning

The fact that this is one of the thinnest self-winding skeleton watches ever made, ensures the Piaget Altiplano White Gold Ultra-Thin Skeleton Watch is worthy of a look. Measuring just 5.34mm thin, with a 2.4mm skeleton movement, the watch is the epitome of fine craftsmanship and innovative watchmaking. With its 38mm, 18k white gold case and silvered dial along with black alligator straps, the watch delivers a design that’s both classic and contemporary at the same time. Its slim profile also makes it effortless to wear and pair with any ensemble or function.

Transparent Beauty

The Ulysse Nardin Skeleton Manufacture has been around for a few years but it remains one of the most elegant openworked models ever made. There have been several iterations of the model such as rose gold and platinum, but each are unmistakable in design thanks to the heart of this piece –
the skeleton tourbillon movement. The timepiece also offers a ratchet wheel at 12 o’clock, which is engraved with Ulysse Nardin and an indicator for the impressive 170-hour power reserve. Although finding a piece now may prove difficult, the brand also has variants like the Executive Skeleton Tourbillon that is certainly worthy of consideration.