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Four skeleton face watches we simply love

Taste of Life

Watch the symphony of moving parts through these exquisite skeleton faces.

 

Girard-Perregaux  
Vintage 1945 XXL
For the first time ever, the mechanical heart of the Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 watch is revealed under a transparent sapphire dial, marrying uncompromising contemporary mechanical structure with its chic Art Deco look. Moon-phase indicator at 6 o’clock with small second hand operates on the same axis; 46-hour power reserve, 30-meter water resistance. Self-winding mechanical movement. 32 jewels.
girard-perregaux.com, at Palladio, (604) 685-3885

 

The wristwatch today is more than just a useful way to keep your day on schedule, it’s an engineering wonder with hundreds of gears, levers and wheels dancing in perfect harmony. Watching the show through a transparent sapphire case back is nice, but the most inquisitive minds, and savvy watchmakers, want to see more. That’s why watch dials have turned into windows, too.

In 1760, watchmaker André-Charles Caron designed the world’s first skeleton watch, where the front dial was totally transparent, revealing its complex inner workings. With the veil of such mechanical majesty removed, watch lovers flocked to Caron’s shop on the Rue Saint-Denis in Paris in search of this new wearable art. While some brands tease and only show a part of the movement or some auxiliary mechanical device, such as a tourbillon, the true masterpieces display the complete complex inner workings through a fully skeleton dial. 

Crafting a skeleton watch is as difficult as it is striking. With the steadiness of a surgeon, watchmakers drill minute holes in the parts, carve the edges to 45-degree angles with a chisel, carve intricate patterns, and inlay dazzling gems. Each cut must be perfectly precise, or it fails. 
At the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2015, new, flawless designs in skeleton watches enchanted connoisseurs. See why below.

Cartier
Crash Skeleton Watch
Created in 1967 in the heart of swinging London, the Crash watch captures the incredible energy of the city at that time. Movement consists of 138 parts, including 20 jewels. Balance: 28,800 vibrations/hour, power reserve approx. 3 days. Water-resistant to 3 bar. Gray alligator skin strap, double adjustable folding 18K white gold buckle. Limited edition of 67.
cartier.com, at Boutique Cartier Vancouver, (604) 683-6878

Parmigiani
Tonda 1950 Squelette
Parmigiani Tonda’s 1950 skeleton watch launched this year, boasting a hand-bevelled main plate and hand-drawn strokes decoration. 2.6 mm thick, 18K white gold, red alligator bracelet and strap. Power reserve: 42 hours. Water resistance: 30 m. 144 components, 84 diamonds.
parmigiani.com, at Palladio, (604) 685-3885

Vacheron Constantin    
Métiers d’Art Mécaniques Gravées CALIBER 2260/1
Caliber 2260/1, one of Vacheron Constantin’s Métiers d’Art collection, is adorned with hand-carved acanthus leaves, an inexhaustible source of inspiration since antiquity. Every hand-engraved movement needs more than one week of work. Approx. 336-hour (14-day) power reserve, shown in the display window at 12 o’clock; a tourbillon plus a small second dial at 6 o’clock. 231 parts.
vacheron-constantin.com, at Palladio, (604) 685-3885

Glashütte Original
Senator Manual Winding Skeletonized Edition
This filigreed work of art showcases exquisite mechanical ingenuity through sapphire crystal on the face and back. The galvanized, skeletonized dial is decoratively enhanced with finely drawn Roman numerals and blued hour and minute hands. 18K red gold case, 40-hour power reserve, waterproof up to 5 bar. Louisiana Alligator leather strap. 
glashuette-original.com, at Lugaro Jewellers, (604) 925-2043