Thanks to skeleton timepieces crafted by some of the world’s finest watchmakers, fashionable Las Vegans can now verify that true beauty comes from within.
The concept is simple: strip away as much metal as possible to reveal the intricate inner workings of some of the world’s most technologically advanced timepieces. The result is captivating: a skeleton watch, so called due to the stunning see-through design that allows collectors to enjoy a mechanical masterpiece from every angle. Little wonder that these artful works of precision, beauty, and innovation are taking the watch world by storm.
Whether skeleton or partial skeleton (the avant-garde trend in which the watch’s mainplate, gears, and wheels are visible, but only through the side of the dial), it takes a single craftsman hundreds of hours to carve away the metal, finely finish each tiny component, and assemble the timepiece in all its glory.
Some of these watches (particularly those with bridges made of specialized materials, such as specially engineered sapphire) are created in very limited numbers because of the difficulty of their construction. Hence the finest skeleton watches can cost a pretty penny—not to mention carry a lengthy waiting list. But for the connoisseur, this open-worked artistry offers impressive detail and delight.
FROM LEFT: 1. From Parmigiani, the Kalpa Resonance ($326,900) open-worked watch is crafted in 18k rose gold and houses a manual movement consisting of 336 parts, with a minute repeater that sounds the hours, quarter-hours, and minutes.Ca’d’Oro, Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-696-0080.
2. From Graff Diamonds, the MasterGraff Skeleton watch (price on request), produced in 18k rose gold, has an elegant sapphire crystal and caseback. The intricate self-winding mechanical movement features a tourbillon with sapphire bridges. Encore Las Vegas, 702-770-3494.
3. From Armin Strom, the One Week Skeleton Fire watch ($49,900) is also crafted in 18k rose gold and features hand-finishing and engraving of its skeletonized movement that requires six days of workmanship. Radiance at Aria, 702-590-8725