What is a Skeleton Watch?
There are many different designs when it comes to watches. There are those men’s watches, for example, that has a rather simple design and the only thing that distinguishes it from others is the strap that is used. You could also add in the watch’s movement as well.
What is it and what makes it a luxury timepiece?
What is It?
The skeleton watch was first created around 1970 by a Frenchmen, Andre Charles Caron. Most watch faces typically have a backdrop so you cannot see how that particular timepiece operates from underneath.
A skeleton watch is pretty much a timepiece that allows you to see the intricate movements underneath the watch (hence, the name). It was created as a means to help increase the appreciation of others in terms of the inner mechanisms of the watch, among other things.
Despite the fact that this type of watch was originally created in the 18 th century, it wasn’t until 200+ years later that it was truly adopted by watchmaking companies.
The skeleton watch’s popularity started to rise when the first wave of quartz watches was worn by the public. Quartz watches, as you all know, are more accurate in the way it tells time simply because it is operated by a battery instead of harnessing kinetic energy from your basic movements.
Because of the proliferation of Quartz watches, the Swiss have been looking for ways to make their watches stand out. Instead of focusing on a highly-accurate timepiece, they’ve devoted their time and attention towards creating something that not only tells time but also showcases the craftsmanship of the watchmakers themselves.
Thus, the popular version of the traditional skeleton watch was created. Again, it is a timepiece that exposes all of the inner workings of the watch which people can marvel looking at and may perhaps increase their fondness of luxury watches.
In the 1970s, popular watchmaking companies such as Vacheron Constantin, Patek Philippe, and Jaeger-LeCoultre have started looking into mass-producing skeleton watches after the world has experienced a Quartz crisis.
Audemars Piguet, another popular watchmaking company, has taken it a step further by creating an entire department dedicated to creating Skeleton watches.
In the late 90s, Richard Mille, a renowned luxury junkie that has a fondness for planes and cars, also made sure that he creates his own line of watches that follow such a design scheme.
More than Just a Timepiece
The creation of skeleton watches is not just about creating an accessory that helps tell the time, but it is a reflection of the inner workings of these timepieces and how the public should marvel at its creation.
In other words, a skeleton watch is a good representation of why we should have a profound appreciation of watches. Aside from telling the time, you also have something that you can brag about with your friends.