Skeletons are not a new invention of the watch industry. Watchmakers created skeletons not because their clients were amused by a breathtaking view of rotating gears. The technologies of that time did not allow creating mechanisms tiny enough to hide them in the body of a watch.
Modern skeleton watch is not hiding mechanism intentionally. In addition to its basic, functional role gears are also the elements of design. They are so remarkable that the skeletons got their own design and became a kind of a separate watch class.
“Skeletons” may not be the most pleasant name but very accurate. I don’t know any other word that would accurately convey the essence of this kind of watches.
Skeletons differ in the degree of openness of the mechanism. The most basic option is a hole in the dial where a fragment of the mechanism can be seen. This fragment must include moving parts; otherwise the whole thing makes no sense.
In the hours with a greater “skeletonization” the central part of the dial is transparent and numbers are placed at the fringe. In extreme cases there are no dials and numbers at all. The arrows are pointing nowhere but the view of the existing mechanism truly luxurious.
Apart from partially or completely absent dial skeleton clock is usually produced with a transparent back, in order to enable you to enjoy the mechanism all round.
Almost all famous watch brands include skeletons in their collections. Only fashion watches are the exception as their main task is to support the brand apparel. A dial for them is a kind of tiny billboard which is to present a perceptible logo.
In general skeletons are quite expensive because they are made by big companies which evaluate their work and the possibility of their clients. We noticed that almost all of the watches from the list of the most expensive watches ever and have a price tag of more than 1 million are skeleton watches. However, there are some exceptions. The watch brand Thomas Earnshaw is British watch brand with a long history and it is definitely the exception.
I don’t claim that these watches are made by Her Majesty’s subjects in England. Watch industry is primarily a business and it involves the precise calculation and profit. At the same time, the brand imposes certain obligations on the quality of the final product.
If you decide to have a beautiful skeleton watch, but you are on a budget then you have a sufficient range of models but extremely narrow range of manufacturers. Perhaps these wonderful Swatch ones are good alternative to Thomas Earnshaw’s watch.