Essentials: Skeleton Watches

Bearing intricate open-worked dials, these edgy timepieces second the famous adage: less is more



Hublot classic fusion tourbillon skull

Reserved only for contemporary watch enthusiasts, this dramatic timepiece epitomizes Hublot’s nonconformist attitude and genius craftsmanship. The unique case made out of ceramic-coated aluminum in MAO (Microarc Oxidation) treament exemplifies the Swiss brand’s penchant for material experiments. The result is nothing short of extraordinary, giving the case a touch of sleek vintage. Matching that wonderfully crafted case is the cheeky tourbillon piece with a skull-shaped minute tourbillon cover that rotates fully in one minute. The avant-garde watch bears Roman numerals, which are apparently a first for any Hublot products. This skeleton masterpiece, unfortunately, is limited to 50 pieces only.

Case Size: 45mm
Case Material: Ceramic-Coated Aluminum
Strap: Calfskin
Movement: Hub6014, Mechanical
Power Reserve: 120 Hours
Water Resistance: 30m
Limited: 50 Units



Montblanc timewalker Chronograph 100

German brand with swiss-made watches montblanc is showing its teeth at this year’s sihh. Technological innovation is much imbued in the lineup of watch novelties, not excluding this stunning skeleton piece. Visually, the chronograph oozes strength and masculinity, owing to the clever mix of materials for the case, bezel and dial fragments. In terms of functions, this montblanc beauty strikes a high note with a fast sweeping central red hand that measures 100th of a second—one lap equals one second. The elapsed chronograph seconds and minutes are displayed on a counter at 6 o’clock; and the practical push-button to start the chronograph is located above 12 o’clock.

Case Size: 38.4mm
Case Material: Mix Of Titanium, Stainless Steel And Carbon Fiber
Strap: Alligator Leather
Movement: Mb M66-25, Mechanical
Power Reserve: 100 Hours For The Going
Train: 45 Minutes For The Chronograph
Water Resistance: 30m



Vacheron constantin métiers d’art Mécaniques ajourées

Since the olden days, watches are designed to serve not only timetelling purposes. Aesthetics has been part of the device conception from day one, and many take pride in sporting a sumptuously decorated timepiece, be it a pocket watch or a wristwatch. Vacheron Constantin draws inspiration and aesthetics of the past to produce exquisite skeleton watches this year, such as the Métiers d’Art Mécaniques Ajourées. The 19th century trains and railroads are said to be the chief inspiration that urged the in-house artisans to painstakingly labor themselves for hundreds of hours to achieve such a state of skeletonized dial perfection. A cherry on top is the Grand Feu enameling, which creates three different versions of the watch with a black, blue or grey ring under the nicely cut numerals.

Case Size: 40mm
Case Material: White Gold
Enameling: Black, Blue Or Grey
Strap: Alligator Leather
Movement: 4400sq, Mechanical
Power Reserve: 65 Hours
Water Resistance: 50m



Richard Mille rm 35-01 rafael nadal

It’s notably hard to outdo Richard mille’s previous beloved creation, the Rm 027, for world-winning tennis champion Rafael nadal. But as with any sports game, records are made to be broken. The newest contender to that is this year’s Rm 35-01 Rafael nadal. Looking a tad military than the previous monochromatic black case, the fine timepiece seems to be missing one iconic touch: a tourbillon. What it lacks in a high-complication feature, the Rm 35-01 makes up for in bodywork and lightweight quality. The rugged case is made of ntpt carbon, an exclusive material boasting a distinctive exterior motif. Yet, the watch’s ultimate drawing card is its jaw-dropping weight of only four grams.

Case Size: 49.94 X 42mm
Case Material: Ntpt Carbon
Strap: Rubber Or Fabric
Movement: Rmul3, Mechanical
Power Reserve: 55 Hours
Water Resistance: 50m
Weight: 4gr