The best luxury skeleton watches
A new entry from ‘The best’ series. This time I will be taking a closer look at the interesting and worth seeing luxury watches with the skeletonised design.
|TAG Heuer – Carrera Calibre Heuer 01|
A watch that amazed me some time ago. This TAG Heuer Carrera walks far away from a typical design for the Carrera watches. Really fresh and modern design of the chronograph with the skeletonised dial revealing an openworked date. The movement enclosed in this sturdy case with a rather stealth apperance is the ‘Heuer 01’, which was based on the Calibre 1887. We still can notice the classic Carrera signs, but this timepiece is more complex and its case consists of more parts assembled together. It is no longer constructed with the single piece traditionally used by TAG Heuer, but with the 12 different components. It gives the broad range of possibilities concerned with customization including the colours, materials, finishes and treatments.
|Girard-Perregaux – Vintage 1945 Large date and Moon phases|
The second watch is more classic and elegant, but this actually what I really like. This Girard-Perregaux is a vintage timepiece for sure offering features that will delight real watch collectors and connoiseurs. Large date and Moon phases presented on the case, which is designed in Art Deco style. The watch strikes from the very beginning with its perfect balance, harmony and proportions. Legibility is pretty good, despite its skeletonised appearance thanks to the oversized vintage hour markers and hands. The interesting fact is that the dimensions of the movement match almost perfectly to the case, where is situated.
|Cartier – Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon Skeleton|
A watch that brought the skeletonization to the next level. This Cartier timepiece shows off the whole movement and exposes this highly complex Astrotourbillon. The whole manual-winding movement is attached by Cartier’s iconic XII and VI numerals, holding this movement securely. The significant difference between the tourbillon and the astrotourbillon is that tourbillon spins around the own axis, where the astrotourbillon spins around the whole movement. The case with 47mm of diameter is made of beautifully polished 18K white gold. At the front and the caseback we can find a sapphire glass. The water resistance in this watch is 30 meters.
|Christophe Claret – Allegro|
This watch is the Christophe Claret Allegro. The horological, but also the musical work of art. I mean musical, because its movement features the Repeater Chimes – hours, quarters and minutes. Besides that, we get the two subdials – small seconds and 12-hour indicators. A big date display is at 12 o’clock. The thing I like about this timepiece is the its design. The 18K red gold matched with the titanium with anthracite PVD. Something fantastic ! The whole design is complemented by smoked sapphire crystal with the exposed Repeater mechanism. Black alligator leather strap is the integral part of the Allegro watch.
|Audemars Piguet – Royal Oak Concept Laptimer “Michael Schumacher”|
A real beast among the luxury watches. It was created in the collaboration with the well-known racing legend – Michael Schumacher. The plan of such timepiece was commisioned in 2010 by Michael Schumacher – the Audemars Piguet’s ambassador. The whole watch is brought to life by the mechanical Calibre 2923 with the manual winding. This watch draws its modern and striking design from the powerful and fast formula 1 car. Bold, dark appearance is held by the forged carbon case with the satin finish on the upper part and glossy-finish on the side part of the titanium bezel. An openworked dial shows the partly exposed mechanical movment.The pushpieces and screw-locked crown are constructed with the black ceramic and contrasting 18K pink gold. The front of the watch is covered with the glareproofed sapphire crystal. The see-through sapphire crystal case back complements the whole Royal Oak Concept Laptimer watch appearance.
|Roger Dubuis – Excalibur Spider Tourbillon Volant Squelette|
The last one watch for today is the creation from Roger Dubuis. Roger Dubuis is exposing the movement with skeletonized theme and encompassing time scale. We can see the similarity between a dial of the Excalibur Spider Tourbillon and a spider’s web. So that’s why this watch has a “spider” in its name. Sharp, dynamic lines, powerful design are the things making this watch unmistakable showcase of the brand. Excalibur Spider is keeping an original twist in the watch design as the expression of the modern art. Such design brings crucial effects like : better visibility, legibility and transparency. Let’s go to heart of this watch, which brings to life all of the complications. Calibre RD5055SQ it’s a hand-wound mechanical movement adjusted in six positions. This skeleton movement plays a first fiddle in the design. Great, decorative Tourbillon cage in the Celtic cross shape.