Making the inner working of mechanical watches- balance wheel, bridges, gear and even tourbillion part of the design is what makes a skeleton watches unique and special. Some skeletons also do away with the bridge and plate enunciating the bare appearance which gives a very aesthetic appeal to the watch. The design and elements of skeleton watches have come a long way. Contemporary designs are more edgy and minimalists. Although there are quite a few Swiss and other manufactures in the likes of Cartier, Piaget and Ulysse Nardin watches that pioneer in skeleton watch making, Zimson presents the list of best skeleton watches ever that most luxury watch collectors will vouch for .
Senator Manual Winding Skeletonized Edition from Glashütte
Glashutte, German luxury watch makers introduced the Senator Manual Winding Skeletonized Edition at Baselworld 2014. The watch is made from 2mm red gold case with a galvanized silver dial and black roman numerals. The bear design gives an insight into the front and rear movements. The pattern looks dynamic and exquisite along with signature functions –manual winding, inabloc shock system and 40 hours power reserve.
Patek Philippe’s Vintage Pocket Watch
Sold at a staggering price rangeof $11 million, this vintage masterpiece was created by Henry Graves in 1932. This skeleton watch is made out of 24k yellow gold and 36 mm glass encases that bears the timepieces impressive 24 complications. The watch is engraved with precious stones, and was regarded as the most complicated design of its time.
UlysseNardin Watch-Skeleton Tourbillon
UlusseNardin’s Skeleton Tourbillon was unveiled at Baselworld 2013. A limited edition watch, this unique masterpiece has a 44mm 18K white gold case, grey dial with skeleton tourbillion. It has a manual winding movement with a 170 UN caliber and approximately has a 100 hour power reserve and 30 m water resistant. The alligator strap gives a very luxurious appeal to the watch. Although the design of the watch is very eclectic and modern, it has a vintage appeal that truly stands out.
Cartier Crash Skeleton Watch
Cartier’s Crash Skeleton watch is every collector’s pride. Uniquely shaped, this limited edition timepiece designed for men is a contemporary masterpiece, although it was inspired by “Swinging London” in the 1960s. The open mechanical working of the 9618 MC movement in platinum stands out and is simply exquisite.
The Piaget Altiplano 38mm Skeleton 1200S
Designed for the Only Watch 2013, the Piaget Altiplano Skeleton 1200S is “the world’s thinnest (5.34mm) automatic open-worked watch in a way that is both delicate and masculine”. At the center, the watch has a stunning caliber 1200s. It is a “unique piece”, which is incidentally engraved at the back of the along along with “Only Watch 2013”.
Bovet Fleurier Amadeo Skeleton Watch
Ornate, beautiful and luxurious is synonymous with Bovet FleurierAmadeo Skeleton watch collection. With features like double face and signature Bovet convertible case, the watch is an honest tribute to “art and the craft of watch making”. The intricate design speaks volume about craftsmanship involved in creating this masterpiece. The three glass faces allow more light to permeate through the tourbillion carriage, which provides a glance into the inner working of the watch.
Roger DubuisSkeleton Flying Tourbillion
Brining the decorative elements of jewelry with a skeleton flying movement and a dial, the Excalibur 42 Brocéliande skeleton is a limited edition watch with only 28 pieces in stock. The major highlight of the watch is it’s “fully paved with brilliant –cut diamonds and semi-precious gemstones. The watch has a power reserve of 60 ours and a 42 mm case with pink gold gem sets. The red leather bad gives the timepiece an edgy appearance which bold and uniquely exquisite.