Open worked watches are a relatively new trend amongst men looking for something out of the ordinary on their wrists. Here are some of the best skeleton watches you can buy in India.
ULYSSE NARDIN EXECUTIVE SKELETON TOURBILLON BLUE
At the heart of this watch is the visible flying tourbillon with parts made from silicium, and apower reserve of seven days. It comes in an ultralight 45 mm titanium case with a blue ceramic bezel. The blue carbon effect leather strap is attached to the case by three distinctive claws.
AUDEMARS PIGUET ROYAL OAK TOURBILLON EXTRA-THIN OPENWORKED
Part of two new limited edition versions of the original Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin from 2012, it comes in brushed 18K pink gold with matching bracelet, and stainless steel. Powered by the same Audemars Piguet inhouse caliber 2924 hand-wound skeleton movement, but with two very different finishes. Pink gold model (50 pieces) features a pink gold mainplate and bridges, while the steel version (100 pieces) is rhodium-plated in tones. Power reserve of 70 hours.
BVLGARI OCTO FINISSIMO TOURBILLON SKELETON
The Octo Finissimo set the world record in ultra-thinness with its Tourbillon, Minute Repeater and the Automatic versions. This Skeleton model which comes in a 40 mm platinum case achieves the same distinctiveness in its category of watches. Its Flying Tourbillon, which is just 1.95 mm thick, is completely openworked with a barrel spring that is equipped with a slipping spring, and the tourbillon cage is fitted on a peripherally-driven ultra-thin ball-bearing mechanism that helps achieve 80 per cent energy efficiency. The watch has a 62 hour power reserve.
JAEGER-LECOULTRE HYBRIS ARTISTICA MYSTÉRIEUSE
Part of the brand’s Hybris Artistica line, this limited edition watch (five pieces) stand-out feature is the fact that it indicates time without the traditional hands. The hour is read from the position of the suspended orbital flying tourbillion on the finely worked blue aventurine dial. A discreet arrow indicates the minutes on the flange. Skeletonised mother-of-pearl draws a filigreed pattern of symmetrical arabesques across the dial. Comes in a 42 mm pink gold case. Powered by the automatic movement Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 941. Power reserve of 50 hours.
ZENITH CHRONOMASTER EL PRIMERO FULL OPEN
Its open worked chronograph reveals the legendary El Primer integrated automatic columnwheel chronograph calibre, which is responsible for the watch displaying time with tenth-of-a second precision. The date window of the 42 mm version is at 6 o’clock, while the 30-minute counter is at 3 o’clock, the 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock, and the small seconds counter at 9 o’clock. The case comes in two sizes, 38 mm and 42 mm diameters, in steel or a two-tone version with steel topped by an 18K pink gold bezel. The watch has over 50 hours of power reserve.
HUBLOT BIG BANG BLUE
Limited edition watch (100 pieces) created specially for summer on the beach features under its cerulean skeleton dial, the movement with a self-winding flyback chronograph. It has a power reserve of three days. The 45 mm microblasted case and the bezel is in polished blue ceramic, while the lugs are in white composite resin.
ROTONDE DE CARTIER SKELETON MYSTERIOUS HOUR
With this watch featuring asymmetrical features and skeletonised bridges in the shape of Roman numerals, Cartier has for the first time combined skeleton work and its famous Mysterious movement in the form of calibre 9983 MC. The mystery comes from the fact that the hands are not directly linked to the movement, but are joined to two sapphire discs fitted with teeth around their circumference. These discs, activated by the movement, turn the hands – one disc for the minute hand and the other for the hour. Comes in a 42 mm palladium case. Minimum power reserve of 48 hours.
ROGER DUBUIS EXCALIBUR SPIDER PIRELLI – AUTOMATIC SKELETON
Part of Roger Dubuis’ new collaboration with Italian tyre maker Pirelli, this robust 45 mm skeleton case with its black DLC titanium elements and contrasting blue touches provide a perfect frame for self-winding mechanical Calibre RD820SQ. Power reserve of 60 hours. Limited edition of 88 pieces.
GIRARD-PERREGAUX LAUREATO SKELETON
This watch is a new addition to GP’s enduring Laureato family. It comes in a 42 mm case in stainless steel or 18K pink gold case. Positioned at 12 o’clock amid elegantly filigree worked metal structure, the automatic Calibre GP01800-0006 has undergone extensive skeleton craftsmanship. It has a power reserve of 54 hours. The small seconds hand is at 1.
RADO TRUE PHOSPO
Designed in collaboration with the Swiss design studio Big-Game, this watch features a black brass dial that is perforated, allowing a glimpse of the automatic movement below. The perforations also feature luminescent indexes in geometric shapes. This model comes in a 40 mm matt black high-tech ceramic case with matching bracelet. The watch is limited to 1003 pieces – 1000 for the general public, and one for each of the designers.
HYT H4 NEO
The fluid powered watch features under its dome at 6 o’clock two purple LEDs. Once activated, they flood the entire dial with light. At night, the fluorescent coloured fluid and the transparent composite dial loaded with fluorescent nano particles are strikingly energized by this light source. Features green retrograde fluidic hours, minutes, seconds, power reserve. The 51mm x 17.9 mm case is in charcoal grey titanium and titanium DLC with micro-blasted finishes. Has a 65 hour power reserve.0 o’clock.
CORUM GOLDEN BRIDGE STREAM
The sapphire crystal of the watch reveals meticulous craftsmanship: a perfect miniaturisation of the structure of the Californian suspension bridge. Set in a 42 mm case, and made entirely from gold, the piece is powered by an automatic movement that is wound by two parallel linear weights. Comes in two models – one of which showcases a red lacquered microstructure. Limited edition of 88 pieces in each model.
This watch in 47 mm x 47.6 mm polished and sand blasted steel case and bezel features a translucent nylon outer case – a Seven Friday specialty which it calls an animation ring – made from recyclable plastic which showcases its 4 blue PVD structural screws. Powered by the automatic Miyota 82S5 movement with a 40 hour power reserve. The metallic blue hour hand and metal minute hand is designed as an extension of the movement.
TAG HEUER CARRERA HEUER-01 MANUFACTURE CHRONOGRAPH
This football-inspired piece, created as a special edition to honour the legendary Manchester United football club features a 45 mm case made entirely from black PVD-coated steel. The black ceramic bezel features an engraved tachymeter scale. There is a club logo at 9 o’clock.