One of the most transparent trends in watches at this year’s Salon International de la Haute Horologerie - the annual Geneva watch fair that took place January 16 to 20 - was for skeleton cases that show the intricate mechanics within.
Cartier Grand Complication Skeleton pocket watch, calibre 9436 MC
This spectacular timepiece harks back to the work of Cartier during the late 19th century with a contemporary update in the form of the sapphire crystal face and back and the open-work Roman numerals cut away from the solid white gold of the watch’s case (which alone takes over 100 hours of work). The beautifully cut plate, bridges and train of its calibre 9436 MC movement are clearly visible alongside the tourbillon, chronograph and perpetual calendar.
Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain
The latest timepiece from master watchmakers Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey focuses on its movement, which comprises 267 components, including 88 for the tourbillon cage. Even the plates and bridges are finished in the same royal blue of the dial. Available in an edition of 33 pieces featuring a titanium movement and platinum case.
Montblanc Régulateur Nautique
This timepiece forms part of a set that also comes with a large navigational clock, both of which are designed to enable the accurate positioning of vessels at sea. The watch features a regulator dial, as well as displays that allow for the simultaneous communcation of times in two different locations. Available in either red or white gold, only 16 sets will be made.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Skeleton Double Flying Tourbillon
One of the leaders in the trend for transparency is Roger Dubis, which premiered this watch at SIHH. Featuring its complicated RD01SQ skeleton movement, the Excalibur is encased in all black titanium and comes with a double tourbillon for exceptional accuracy. Available in a limited edition of 88 pieces.
Richard Mille RM 056 Felipe Massa Sapphire
It took years of research and construction of special cutting tools to perfect the case of this new timepiece – crafted from sapphire, it is a feat of engineering that not only looks unique at SIHH but also showcases the movement in its entirety. The complications include a manual winding tourbillon with hours, minutes, chronograph split seconds, power reserve,
torque and function indicators.
Audemars Piguet Openworked Extra-Thin Royal Oak Tourbillon
This timepiece is part of the 40th anniversary celebration of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, the world’s first ever luxury sports watch. Crafted from platinum, it not only features an openwork dial but also one of the thinnest movements ever used by Audemars at just 4.46mm.
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle 14-day Tourbillon
Tipped to be a collector’s item, this new watch from Vacheron Constantin features sober, classical styling that is home to radical horological complications: a specially created Calibre 2260 movement, 14 day power reserve and exceptional tourbillon in an open case.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Répétition Minutes à Rideau
To celebrate the 80th anniversary of Jaeger-LeCoultre, the Swiss watchmaker has taken its iconic Reverso model and added an impressively complicated minute repeater – the inner workings of which are revealed by an artful Venetian blind-type dial. Slide the blind to one side to see the hour and minute hand of the watch travel across the minute repeater; on its release, the face of the watch is hidden once again.
Piaget Altiplano Automatic Skeleton
Known as the experts of ultra-thin mechanical movements, Piaget has drawn on over 50 years of research and development in the field to premier its latest feat of engineering: the world’s thinnest self-winding skeleton model (5.34mm) which houses the world’s thinnest self-winding skeleton movement (2.40mm).