The intricate, meticulously-crafted mechanics of fine timepieces are usually forgotten by the traditional watch, despite the beauty and magic of wheels and cogs turning. Skeleton watches elegantly reveal the engineering behind our timekeeping companions, whether baring the mechanics completely or giving a sneak-peek of the movements under the surface. Here are 5 of our favourite skeleton watches from Barnebys to enhance any watch collection:
This captivating watch is an astounding example of horological innovation. The skeletonized dial is surrounded by a polished 42mm stainless steel case. The outer rim of the dial is inscribed with a white minute track against the black inner bezel that is studded with rose gold appliqué hour markers. Striking blue steel alpha style hands stand out against the complex mechanics of this timepiece. Sub-dials for 30 minutes, 12 hours, the date and dual time zones are marked with blue and fuchsia pink hands. A black alligator leather strap with red stitching and a stainless steel clasp gives this watch a classic finish. $3,495
Swiss watchmaker Zenith offers this subtle skeleton watch with a partial exposure of the watch’s movement through its sub-dial. The silver dial is backdrop to bold Roman numerals, index markings and a power reserve indicator. An adjustable black leather crocodile strap with folding steel clasp is attached to a 45mm case of brushed stainless steel and scratch-proof sapphire crystal. $4,200
This simple IWC timepiece is an elegant addition to any watch collection. Famous for its accurate complex mechanics, the Swiss manufacturer displays a 64-part tourbillon through an open sub-dial. A round-shaped 43mm case of impressive 18k rose gold frames the silver-plated dial displaying hours, minutes and seconds, as well as a small seconds sub-dial, protected by sapphire crystal. Italian luxury shoemaker, Santoni, collaborates with IWC on this timepiece, providing the dark brown alligator leather strap. This watch also boasts water resistance up to 30 meters, combining style, sophistication and practicality. $47,200
Looking for that (almost) one-of-a-kind timepiece? This limited edition Audemars Piguet is one of only 150 in the world. The unique feature of a skeletonized, off-center dial reveals chrono-pushers and chronograph functions, encased by a platinum case and scratch-resistant crystal sapphire. Attached to the case is a blue crocodile strap with white stitching and a deployment clasp. A 10-day power reserve and 20-meter water resistance means this Swiss masterpiece wearable and functional. $199,995
A clear demonstration of watch-making virtuosity from renowned Swiss maker Ulysse Nardin, this fine timepiece emulates a masterpiece painting by recreating Genghis Khan – the founder and emperor of the Mongol Empire – embroiled in battle. Not only are these figures visually enchanting against the cool blue dial, but also strike hours, quarters and minutes in four different chimes. Below this monumental scene the impressive tourbillon is revealed, indicating the mechanical and aesthetic excellence of a Ulysse Nardin creation. The case is made of platinum with a strap of black alligator leather, further enhancing the luxurious look of the watch. $425,000
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