SKELETON WATCHES ARE A FAVOURITE AMONG WATCH ENTHUSIASTS. REMOVING ALL-BUT-ESSENTIAL METAL TAKES GREAT SKILL. OUR TOP 7 BRANDS TAKE IT FURTHER, HOWEVER, BY CREATING WORKS OF ART By Rian Locke
Armin Strom – Skeleton Pure Fire
The “Cadillac” of skeleton watches is Armin Strom, and the Skeleton Pure Fire has delighted its fans. With exceptional craftsmanship, this watch is fully skeletonized and beautifully decorated, easily seen through the sapphire crystal and case back with anti-reflective coating. With an in-house manual wind movement, eight-day power reserve and 146 individual components, it makes a strong statement on the wrist with the breathtaking 18-karat rose gold case measuring 43.4mm. The wearer of this watch will be one of a few lucky individuals with outstanding taste — there were only 100 pieces manufactured. The watch is seen here on a rich brown genuine alligator horn-back strap.
Price: $46,400 USD
Roger Dubuis – Excalibur Automatic Skeleton
The release of Roger Dubuis’ first skeleton watch with automatic movement, the Excalibur Automatic Skeleton has the signature star clearly visible every time you check the time. Not as visible is the Hallmark of Geneva stamp, which is the most demanding signature, standing for excellence in watchmaking. The black DLC titanium, with a matte black finished case, bezel and crown, sits comfortably on the wrist at 42 mm. The face of the watch reveals the micro-rotor and the superb finishing. The case-back reflects the excellence of the front, and is in sapphire crystal for the owner’s delight.
Price: $67,900 CDN
Patek Philippe 5180
Patek Philippe does not compromise on anything they create and their skeleton watch is no exception. The exclusive 5180/1G-010 is a standout in skeletonized watch making. With breath-taking craftsmanship, the movement is beautifully decorated. The in-house caliber is an automatic movement, with a nicely garnished micro-rotor. At 39 mm, in white gold with a small-link gold bracelet, this timepiece makes any size wrist look great. Each year, only a few of these skeleton movements will be crafted.
Price: $106,100 CDN
Jaeger-LeCoultre – Master Grande Traditional a Quantieme Perpetuel 8 jours SQ
Jaeger-LeCoultre makes our list with a watch that is not only skeletonized but a perpetual calendar with moon phase. The Master Grande Tradition à Quantième Perpétuel 8 jours SQ is a serious watch for serious collectors. The watch is powered by a beautifully decorated and engraved skeletonized manually wound movement which is visible through the sapphire crystal case-back. Its white 18-karat case is the perfect size at 42 mm. Only 200 of these masterpieces will be produced.
Price: $131,000 CDN
Audemars Piguet – Royal Oak Openworked Extra-Thin
A natural on any list of top watches is the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, and the Openworked Extra-Thin makes this short list of outstanding timepieces. The skeleton face and caliber can both be viewed through sapphire crystal — a stunning movement and one of the best automatic watches ever made. It’s the perfect size at 39 mm in the easily recognizable octagonal shape case. The slated grey dial complements the overall look of this watch, along with the most attractive metal (in this case 18-karat pink gold) bracelet in the watch industry.
Price: $105,000 CDN
Linde Werdelin – SpidoLite Gold
Linde Werdelin specializes in skeleton watches with their SpidoLite line, and the new release of the SpidoLite Gold takes the brand to new levels. Innovation is at the heart of every creation of this brand. They are not just made for looking cool – which they have mastered. They are also made for function. The inspiration of the SpidoLite family comes from an expedition to Mount Everest — engineered to save weight without compromising strength. It’s a bold watch that measures 44 mm (width) x 46 mm (length) with a movement that is skeletonized and customized by Linde Werdelin. The skeletonized case is 18-karat rose gold with satin and microbille finishing, and is water resistant to 100 metres. Limited to 77 pieces worldwide.
Price: $30,600 USD
Piaget – Altiplano Skeleton
The Piaget Altiplano Skeleton watch has the distinction of being the world’s thinnest watch at 5.34 mm, housing the thinnest skeleton self-winding movement. This achievement is reason enough to make this list but it is also exceptionally decorated and stunning to behold. This dress watch is to be worn for special occasions, resting discreetly on the wrist at 38 mm. The watch comes in 18-karat white gold with a black platinum oscillating micro-rotor, which is visible from both sides of the watch. Limited production at 150 pieces.
Price: $67,000 CDN