While skeletons in your closet might surface and come after you, we go after a different kind of squelettes… Those complex yet “straightforward’ timepieces exposing their intricate, inner workings and revealing the mechanics behind their function are back in style this year! Here’s our round-up of top skeleton and tourbillon skeleton watches for 2019 so far.
Bell & Ross launched its first completely transparent watch, the BR-X1 Chronograph Tourbillon Sapphire, back in 2016. At Baselworld this year, the brand presented a skeletonized version of the transparent BR-X1 in six new unique pieces, with some bringing a touch of color to the transparency. The movement, paired with a flying tourbillon that appears to float weightlessly, appears even further through an entirely skeletonized tourbillon.
Hublot has expanded its Classic Fusion Orlinski with many new models, among which is this year’s Classic Fusion Tourbillon Orlinski, in collaboration with French artist Richard Orlinski. The new Classic Fusion Tourbillon harbors a skeleton calibre that breaks with tradition in stylized skeletonizing. With its wide mechanism apertures highlighting its gears and tourbillon cage, the watch is even more see-through win its sapphire version.
Parmigiani Fleurier is paying tribute to its iconic ultra-thin Tonda 1950 through a fully skeletonized dial showcasing the minute details of its mechanism. The Tonda 1950 Skeleton successfully lays bare its ultra-slim, fragile new PF707 calibre that requires master craftsmanship to stand its ground. Gears including components which are usually never seen are now exposed, along with the skeletonized main plate and bridges; barrel; winding spring; oscillating micro-weight -apparent from the back and on the surface of the movement-; and the lug pattern evoking a rotating movement.
The Ulysse Nardin Skeleton X boasts a manufacture movement that lays bare its audacious technology through an impressive showcase of fine watchmaking’s most challenging technique. The timepiece’s inner beauty is completely revealed in an openworked wonder that takes skeletonization to the “X-level” The geometrical design adds to the beautiful effect of the case, made of Carbonium®, a high-performance composite material usually only used by aeronautical engineers. Our favorite version? The Exclusive Carbonium® gold matte-finish case model.
Zenith reinterpreted the fusee & chain constant force mechanism in a modern style with the El Primero DEFY Fusee Tourbillon, a whirlwind of skeleton! The new manual-winding, open three-dimensional El Primero 4805 SK calibre has bridges whose design is amplified by their bicolor finish, where the top satin-finished surface is given a black treatment, while its polished sides are a lighter grey rhodium tone. The layout of those bridges offers a balanced layout of the various functions and complications. The DEFY Fusee Tourbillon is available in two distinct editions in carbon and platinum.
The new skeleton watches won’t let you hide anything!