Bare bones: The best skeleton watches designed to impress
by Simon de Burton
If you've ticked off the basics with your watch collection, and already have a great diving watch, black tie timepiece, one of the best worldtimers and a super-accurate chronometer, then it's time to show your connoisseur's credentials with something truly special. With intricate design work and impeccable craftsmanship these skeleton watches are guaranteed to inspire envy.
MasterGraff Skeleton Automatic 48mm
Graff's MasterGraff Skeleton Automatic is all the more impressive considering the legendary diamond house only entered watch production in 2009. The automatic movement is the first in the world to be set with diamonds and emeralds on both sides making this a highly covetable limited edition.
Case: Diamond and rose gold, 48mm
Limited edition: 10
Price: POA, graffdiamonds.com
Vacheron Traditionnelle Openworked Automatic
Part of Vacheron Constantin’s high-end Metiers d’Art collection, this skeletonised interpretation of the self-winding Traditionelle watch is openworked to such a degree that it no longer features a conventional dial. Instead, virtually every part of the meticulously engraved in-house movement is revealed in all its glory.
Case: White gold, 38mm
Waterproof: 30 metres
Price: £52,750, vacheron-constantin.com
Roger Dubuis Pulsion Skeleton Flying Tourbillon
Geneva-based Roger Dubuis is unique in only producing watches that are hallmarked with the prestigious Poincon de Geneve (or Geneva seal) which verifies that its timepieces and the majority of parts that go in to them have been manufactured in the Canton and finished to an exceptional standard.
Case: Rose gold, 44mm
Movement: RD505SQ hand-wound mechanical
Waterproof: 100 metres
Limited Edition: 188
Price: £117,500, rogerdubuis.com
Linde Werdelin Oktopus MoonLite
At just 62.5g the Oktopus MoonLite is the lightest timepiece ever created by Swiss fine watchmaker Linde Werdelin. Thanks to inner and outer cases crafted from the brand's innovative colourless ALW (Alloy Linde Werdelin) it is also seriously tough and waterproof up to 300 metres - ideal for your inner explorer.
Case: Colourless ALW, 46mm
Movement: In-house complication
Waterproof: 300 metres
Limited Edition: 59
Price: £12,275, lindewerdelin.com
Panerai Lo Scienziato Luminor 19450 Tourbillon GMT Ceramica
This special edition of Panerai's iconic Luminor 1950 combines the original's retro styling with a cutting edge skeletonised tourbillon movement and watchmaking's new must-have - a black ceramic case.
Case: Ceramic, 48mm
Strap: Calf leather
Movement: Calibre P.2005/S hand-wound mechanical
Waterproof: 100 metres
Limited Edition: 150
Price: POA, panerai.com