Apart from producing mind-bending complications, watchmakers like to demonstrate their technical and aesthetic prowess by creating timepieces with skeletonised movements and open-worked dials.
Click on the gallery below to check out some of the most magnificent examples of luxury skeleton watches you can get your hands on today:
This steely, cool Defy Classic watch is fitted with Zenith’s new Elite skeletonised movement, which is housed in a very wearable 41mm case crafted from brushed titanium.
The Royal Oak Concept Tourbillon Chronograph Openworked is the first Royal Oak Concept self-winding model since the collection was introduced in 2002. It has a peripheral oscillating weight in platinum, which is housed in a sandblasted titanium case.
Bell & Ross
This blue version of the BR-X1 Skeleton Tourbillon Sapphire is one of only six available in the world. The limited edition piece features a case cut out of five blocks of sapphire that houses a skeletonised flying tourbillon movement.
This intricate piece, the Amadeo Fleurier 45, is crafted from red gold and is completely skeletonised, except for the black guilloche dial. The lower half features a flying tourbillon.
The skeletonised Classique Complications 3795 watch comes with a rose-gold case and dial, and a finely fluted case band. Each piece is individually numbered. There is also a platinum version.
For the first time, the inner workings of the Lucea model are revealed in the Lucea Skeleton, which is kept delicate and feminine with a 33mm case in pink gold and steel, and a crown set with a pink cabochon stone.
The new Santos de Cartier Skeleton Watch large model comes in a pink-gold version with interchangeable straps and is equipped with a manual 9619 MC movement.
The Vanguard Tourbillon Minute Repeater features an extraordinary openworked minute repeater. Crafted in rose gold, the timepiece features a skeletonised movement that has been hand chamfered and lacquered.
The brand presented the first skeletonised version of its Neo Tourbillon with Three Bridges watch this year. This lightweight iteration comes with a titanium case that houses its iconic bridges, which have been blackened, skeletonised, bevelled and sandblasted.
Photo: Courtesy of Graff
The MasterGraff Structural Skeleton Automatic features a skeletonised dial with sapphire glss bridges, openworked hands and an offset rotor so the movement is visible from all angles. The piece is made with rose gold and titanium DLC.
The unconventioal IO Skeleton Central Tourbillon presents the hours and minutes on the periphery of a flying tourbillon, which is unusually positioned at the centre of the watch. It also features a jumping hours function.
Hailed as one of Panerai’s most innovative watches, the Lo Scienziato—Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Titanio has a 3D-printed titanium case, a skeletonised movement and a tourbillon regulator. And because of the use of lightweight material and skeletonisation, the timepiece is unbelievably light even at 47mm.