Today’s finest watchmakers have perfected the art of creating skeleton watches – a watch wherein all of the gears, wheels, bridges and other parts are carved away so that only the minimum metal is visible. The beauty of the skeleton watch is its stunning see-through nature, as these timepieces feature sapphire crystals and casebacks. Additionally, the intricacy of the movement parts — with engravings and finishings – is incomparable when it comes to revealing the watch’s true mechanical prowess. Here at BaselWorld 2016, one doesn’t have to search too hard to find these regal bare-bones watches stealing the limelight.
One example of taking classic skeletonization to a modern interpretation, comes from Armin Strom, which unveils its newest Tourbillon Skeleton Earth watch. Masters at building skeletonized timepieces thanks the incredible skills of the brand’s founder, which have been passed on to today’s generation, Armin Strom creates its timepieces in four categories meant to emulate the four elements (Earth, air, fire water).
The Tourbillon Skeleton Earth watch is crafted in steel with a black PVD treatment to designate its inclusion in the Earth category. The watch is powered by the highly skeletonized ATC11-S in-house movement. It integrates a skeletonized tourbillon regulator and offers 10 days of power reserve thanks to the twin barrels. The mechanical movement consists of 184 parts – each of which has been hand angled, finished and polished before assembling.
Additionally, at the show, Armin Strom unveils the new Edge Double Barrel watch. The manual-wind 46.8 mm timepiece houses the ARM16 caliber with unusual geometric components, including spider-shaped crown wheels, that give it an incredibly striking appeal. The movement consists of 194 meticulously finished components. Crafted in stainless steel black PVD, the watch offers eight ays of power reserve. Just 100 pieces will be made, each retailing for 26,900 Swiss Francs.