Category Archives: Skeleton Watches

Lucien Piccard New Year’s Blowout…

Lucien Piccard is a prominent watchmaker founded in Switzerland during 1923 that is highly renowned for its precision automatic and mechanical movements, as well as its innovative use of gemstones on its timeless traditional dress watches.

The prestigious brand is highlighted this week at The Watchery with our Lucien Piccard New Year’s Blowout. Over 200 of the brand’s most sought-after styles for men and women are featured in the event at savings up to 94%.

Lucien Piccard Matador Automatic GMT

Popular styles from the Bosphorus, Matador, Bellaluna, Cosmos, Trevi, Misty Rose, Eterno, Mirage, Elisia, Spiga, Transway, Eclipse and Pegasus collections are featured in the limited-time promotion.

The Lucien Piccard Matador Automatic GMT men’s watch recalls the legendary craftsmanship and design the brand is famous for. This limited-edition men’s twin balance wheel automatic timepiece features the impressive 46mm diameter case in polished premium grade stainless steel with decorative fluted detail on the exterior rim of the case.

Lucien Piccard Misty Rose

The handsome crocodile-textured black leather strap has a deployment clasp closure for added convenience and security. The multi-layered dial features two open-heart windows that display the dual-wheel mechanism inside, along with a power-reserve indicator, polished luminous sword hands, a red GMT hand, Roman and Arabic numeral hour markers.

An exhibition skeleton case back lets you see the intricate automatic movement inside. Features include a scratch resistant Sapphitek crystal above the dial and water-resistance to 50 meters or 165 feet.

The Lucien Piccard Misty Rose women’s watch offers time-honored elegance in yellow gold-tone stainless steel. This transitional timepiece features the generously sized contoured round case in yellow gold-tone ion-plated stainless steel, highly polished to a mirror-bright patina. The triple-link bracelet in brushed and polished yellow gold-tone stainless steel adds to the stylish design.

Lucien Piccard Transway Automatic

The granular yellow gold-tone crown with fluted detail is topped with a blue cabochon-cut stone. The stationary yellow gold-tone bezel with a coin-edge rim and engraved markers surrounds the navy blue guilloche dial with a small-seconds sub-dial, luminous sword hands and outlined luminous hour markers.

Features include a scratch resistant Sapphitek crystal above the dial, quality quartz movement inside and water-resistance to 30 meters or 100 feet. The Lucien Piccard Misty Rose women’s watch is 38mm in diameter and 12mm thick.

The Lucien Piccard Transway Automatic timepiece is another excellent watch selection for men. The timeless traditional styling pays homage to the brand’s watch designs of yesteryear with an open heart window on the multi-layered black, red and rose gold-colored dial.

The amply proportioned, ergonomically designed case in lustrous rose gold-tone ion-plated stainless steel features an exhibition skeleton back. The handsome crocodile-textured black leather strap adds to the classic design and has a convenient deployment clasp closure.

Lucien Piccard Elisia

Features include a scratch resistant Sapphitek crystal above the dial and water-resistance to 50 meters or 165 feet. The Lucien Piccard Transway Automatic men’s watch is 46mm in diameter and 14mm thick.

The Lucien Piccard Elisia women’s watch evokes the glamour and grandeur on the 1920’s when the brand was originally founded. This breathtaking women’s dress watch in sparkles in lustrous two-tone stainless steel and glistening inlaid crystals.

The contoured round case in premium grade stainless steel, highly polished to a lustrous patina is presented on the attractive triple-link bracelet in polished stainless steel with rose gold-tone stainless steel center links.

The granular design rose gold-tone stainless steel crown and matching bolt accents on the lugs add to the nostalgic design. Shimmering inlaid crystals dramatically adorn the polished rose gold-tone bezel. The bright white dial shines with polished rose gold-tone sword hands and stylized rose gold-tone Roman numeral markers.

Lucien Piccard Trevi Mechanical

Features include quality quartz movement inside, a scratch resistant Sapphitek crystal above the dial and water-resistance to 50 meters or 165 feet. The Lucien Piccard Elisia women’s watch is 36mm in diameter and 10mm thick.

The Lucien Piccard Trevi Mechanical timepiece for men pays tribute to the meticulous craftsmanship and time-honored elegance of brand’s earlier watch designs. Decorative fluted and beaded detail accent the side and bezel of the impressively sized case in lustrous rose gold-tone ion-plated stainless steel.

A blue cabochon stone on the rose gold-tone steel crown and the crocodile-textured black leather strap add to the distinguished good looks. An exhibition case back lets you see the mechanical movement inside. The skeleton center dial is enhanced by a fan patterned black outer dial with luminous sword hands, Arabic numeral and baton hour markers.

Lucien Piccard Mirage

Features include a scratch resistant Sapphitek crystal above the dial and water-resistance to 30 meters or 100 feet. The Lucien Piccard Trevi mechanical men’s watch is 44mm in diameter and 13mm thick.

The Lucien Piccard Mirage women’s watch offers an exquisite sense of time in lustrous rose gold-tone stainless steel and shimmering crystals. Beset with luster and brilliance, this classic contemporary women’s watch features the contoured round case in lustrous rose gold-tone ion-plated stainless steel, presented on a black satin-facing leather lined strap.

Dazzling round-cut crystals weave intrigue on the dramatic rose gold-tone bezel. The iridescent Mother-of-Pearl dial shines with decorative crystal inlaid accents on the background, rose gold-tone sword hands and outlined Arabic numeral hour markers.

Features include precise quartz movement inside for time-keeping accuracy, a scratch resistant Sapphitex crystals and water-resistance to 50 meters or 165 feet. The Lucien Piccard Mirage women’s watch is 36mm in diameter and 9mm thick.

Complimentary delivery and returns are included on all domestic purchases within the continental United States at TheWatchery.com.

Frederique Constant Time-Honored Classics…

In today’s ever changing world of fashion and technology, very little remains constant. The latter does not necessarily hold true  when it comes it Swiss-made watches, most notably Frederique Constant Swiss-made timepieces.

Although the styles, sizes and shapes of Swiss-made wristwatches do change from year to year, the time-honored excellence and precision craftsmanship have remained the same for generations in time. This especially is consistent with prestigious Swiss watchmaker Frederique Constant.

The brand was founded in Geneva, Switzerland during 1988 by Dutch entrepreneurs Peter Stas and Aletta Bax, who sought out to create hand-assembled and affordable timepieces of the highest quality, which would be controlled and checked at their Geneva facilities.

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Frederique Constant Moontimer Automatic

Little has changed at Frederique Constant  in regards to their precision, bespoke timepieces since the brand was founded 28 years ago. Frederique Constant’s core values remain the same and  the brand is one of the very few family owned Swiss watchmakers in the world today.

Several aspects have changed: Frederique Constant is now one of the largest Swiss watch manufacturers of men’s and women’s watches with a larger watch plant in Plan-Les-Ouates, Switzerland and global distribution to over 100 countries.

Frederique Constant is most noted for its first timepiece caliber, the award-winning Heart Beat, which was introduced in 2001 and is still in production today. The World Timer, another innovative timepiece from Frederique Constant, automatically synchronizes the time for 24 international cities by placing the desired location at the 12 o’clock hour on the dial.

You’ll find an impressive array of Frederique Constant watches at TheWatchery.com, including models from the Maxime, Double Heartbeat, Art Deco, Clear Vision, Vintage Rally and Delight collections.

Triumphant in precision and design, the Frederique Constant Moontimer Automatic men’s watch features the meticulous craftsmanship and design the brand is renowned for. The round, contoured case in premium grade stainless steel is polished to a lustrous glow and is presented on a handsome, crocodile-textured brown leather strap with a convenient deployment clasp closure.

The stationary bezel encircles the bright white dial with an open-heart and moon phase window, rose gold-tone sword hands and a black arrow date hand that works with conjunction with the date calendar on the outer dial.

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Fredqrique Constant Double Hearbeat Diamond

An exhibition skeleton case back lets you see the intricate automatic movement inside. Features include a scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial, a 38-hour power reserve and water-resistance to 100 meters or 330 feet. Frederique Constant Moontimer Automatic men’s watch is 43mm in diameter and 11mm thick.

The Frederique Constant Double Heartbeat Diamond Automatic women’s watch sparkles with glamour and brilliance. This updated model of the 2001 classic, features a double open heart shaped window on the white dial with eight shimmering, premium-cut diamond hour markers and rose gold-tone pie-cutter hands.

The perfectly round case in lustrous 18K rose gold-plate is presented on a white satin facing leather strap. An exhibition skeleton case back reveals the Swiss-made automatic movement inside. Features include a scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial and water-resistance to 60 meters. Frederique Constant Double Heartbeat Diamond Automatic women’s watch is 35mm in diameter and 10mm thick.

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Frederique Constant Limited-Edition Vintage Rally

The Frederique Constant Limited-Edition Vintage Rally Chronograph is another exemplary time-keeping choice. This highly distinguished men’s automatic timepiece features the highly polished case in premium-grade stainless steel on a handsome black crocodile-textured leather strap with contrasting white stitched detail.

The stationary bezel surrounds the silver-colored metallic dial with a black outer dial, three black background sub-dials, luminous sword hands and luminous hour markers. The dial features small-second, 30-minute and 12-hour countdown timers. Features include an exhibition skeleton case back, a scratch resistant sapphire crystal, along with a screw-down crown and case back for water-resistance to 100 meters or 330 feet. Frederique Constant Limited-Edition Vintage Rally men’s chronograph is 43mm in diameter and 15mm thick.

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Frederique Constant Art Deco Diamond

Breathtaking and alluring, the Frederique Constant Art Deco Diamond Women’s watch is pure enchantment. 102 dazzling round-cut diamonds are pave-set to glowing perfection on the lustrous bezel and lugs of the Tonneau shaped case in polished premium grade-stainless steel. A cabochon-cut blue stone dramatically tops the fluted stainless steel crown.

The sumptuous black satin facing leather strap adds to the luxurious design. The multi-layered silver colored dial shines a small-seconds sub-dial above the 6 o’clock hour, black pie-cutter hands and Roman numeral hour markers.

Features include a scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial, premium Swiss-made quartz movement inside and water-resistance to 30 meters or 100 feet. Frederique Constant Art Deco Diamond Women’s watch is 30mm wide and 6mm thick.

Complimentary shipping and returns are included on all domestic watch purchases within the continental United States at TheWatchery.com.

Frederique Constant Heartbeat escapement wheel image courtesy of Wiki Commons.

To The Moon And Back…

The moon has certainly stirred the imagination of many popular watchmakers. In the early 1960’s,  Bulova, Longines, Wittnauer and Omega were in competition to produce the very first watch to be worn on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission to the moon in 1969.

Although American watchmakers Bulova and Wittnauer had the domestic edge, Swiss watchmaker Omega won out with the Speedmaster mechanical timepiece which featured a Plexiglas crystal and dust-proof elements, two essential characteristics necessary for the moon landing.

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Lucien Piccard Sierra

More notably, lunar timepieces have held a far longer heritage in the world of horology. For generations preeminent watchmakers Patek Philippe, Oris, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Franck Muller, Lucien Piccard, Omega, Chopard, IWC, Vacheron and Zenith have been producing Moon Phase timepieces.

Moon phase timepieces follow the progression of the moon in its different phases, from the new moon and first quarter to the full moon and last quarter. The different phases of the moon are presented on a window of the watch dial. A rotating disc on the dial displays the portion of the moon as it could be seen from the earth. The cycle is designed to feature the actual 29.54 life cycles of new moon to new moon.

Popular Moon Phase watches are highlighted this week at luxury retailer TheWatchery.com with the March Moon Phase Time Event. Over forty Moon Phase timepieces are featured in the promotion, including highly sought-after styles from Maurice Lacroix, Oris, Egard, Frederique Constant, MOMO Design, Croton, Lucien Piccard, Akribos XXIV, Ingersoll and Invicta.

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Maurice Lacroix Les Classiques Automatic

The Lucien Piccard Sierra multi-function men’s timepiece is an affordable moon phase watch choice. This transitional timepiece features the perfectly round 43mm diameter case in polished stainless steel, presented on a multi-link two-tone bracelet, highly polished to a mirror-bright glow.

The stationary rose gold-tone stainless steel bezel surrounds the attractive black dial with day, date and moon phase windows, rose-gold tone pie-cutter hands, baton and Roman numeral hour markers. Quality quartz movement inside provides precise time-keeping accuracy. Watch is water-resistant to 30 meters or 100 feet.

The Maurice Lacroix Les Classiques Automatic men’s timepiece is an excellent high-end lunar watch choice. Impressive in design and craftsmanship, this prestigious Swiss-made men’s watch has a perfectly round case expertly crafted in 18K yellow gold with satiny-smooth brushed finish.

An exhibition skeleton case back lets you see the intricate automatic movement inside. The silvery white dial features a moon phase window above the 6 o’clock hour, day of the week and month windows below the 12 o’clock hours, a date outer dial, yellow gold tone baton hands and baton hour markers.

Features include a scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial and water-resistance to 30 meters. Automatic watch is 40mm in diameter and 12mm thick.

Complimentary shipping and returns are included on all domestic purchases within the continental United States at TheWatchery.com.

Corum Time Classics

Corum watches, founded in 1955 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland by watchmakers Gaston Ries and Renee Bannwart is renowned for its innovative design and impeccable craftsmanship. Although the brand is relatively young, compared to watch brands with greater longevity, Corum is one of the most highly regarded and respected Swiss watchmakers in the world today.

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Corum Treapeze Watch

The brand immediately rose to fame and popularity with the introduction of the $20 Coin Watch in the early 1960’s, which featured a genuine $20 gold coin on the dial, encased in an 18K gold with a precision Swiss-made automatic movement inside. Newer models of the Coin Watch are still being produced today,  however with silver dollar coin dials along with premium Swiss-made automatic or quartz movements.

In the early 1960’s, Corum became the official watchmaker of the Admiral’s Cup International Annual Yachting Regatta, an affiliation which still continues today. Although the original Corum Admiral’s Cup timepieces with square-shaped models have transformed through the years to rounded contoured cases with 12-sided, dodecagonal bezels, the timepiece’s stature and quality have remained the same.

The brand’s innovative, cutting-edge designs and superlative craftsmanship are also leading factors of its widespread appeal. The Bridge automatic complication introduced in 1980, featuring a linear baguette movement is still being featured today in the brand’s Gerard Sene and Bridge series.

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Corum Admiral’s Cup Chronogrpah

Both the Corum Trapeze and Bubble watch collections introduced in the early 2000’s are highly regarded for their bold and captivating designs. Featuring a dramatic trapezoid shaped case in lustrous 18K gold or polished steel and presented on attractive multi-link bracelet of colorful exotic-skin leather strap, the Corum Trapeze watch was a popular choice for men and women.

With a dramatic bubble-shaped convex sapphire crystal, colorful dial and matching exotic-skin strap, the Corum Bubble Watch was the watch to wear and be seen in during the 2000’s. Impressive in size with a case measuring 45mm in diameter and 15mm, the Corum Bubble watch was a leader in today’s bold oversized watch movement and is expected to be making a return to the watch market this year.

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Corum Gerard Sene Limited Edition

You’ll find many Corum men’s and women’s watches at luxury retailer TheWatchery.com including styles from both the Admiral’s Cup and Gerard Sene series.  The Corum Admiral’s Cup AC-One Automatic men’s watch is expertly crafted inside and out with a Tonneau shaped case in lightweight, yet durable titanium and handsome black alligator leather strap.

The twelve-sized 18K rose gold bezel surrounds the textured gunmetal dial with three subdials, rose gold-tone luminous hands and hour markers. An exhibition case back lets you see the intricate automatic movement inside.

The Gerard Sene Limited Edition automatic men’s watch makes a statement with a bold 43mm wide Tonneau shaped case in durable, lightweight titanium and a genuine black alligator strap.  The dark gray skeleton dial and semi exhibition case back lets you see the patented Corum bridge automatic movement inside.

Both watches have sapphire crystals above the dials and costly deployment clasps on the straps for added convenience.

Complimentary delivery and returns are included on all domestic purchases within the continental United States at The Watchery.com.

Oris Swiss-Made Excellence

In today’s digital age, the old-world precision and craftsmanship of an Oris Swiss-made timepiece stands above the rest. Founded in 1904 by watchmakers Paul Cattin and Georges Christian in Hölstein, Switzerland, Oris Watches are renowned for their meticulous mechanical and automatic watch movements, which are still produced in-house at their Hölstein production facilities.

In fact every aspect of an Oris timepiece from the intricate movements inside… to the case, crystal and band on the outside is assembled at their Hölstein facilities, which has grown to make Oris one of the largest watch producers in Switzerland.

In 1966, Oris introduced it’s highly regarded Caliber 645 automatic movement, featuring a 25-jewel lever escapement that is still being used in many timepieces today. The brand’s Caliber 581 complication automatic movement was one of the first watch movements to offer moon phase display, date, day of the week and an independent second time zone as well. Introduced in 1991, the Caliber 581 is also being used today as well.ORIS-0167775777054-701000-SD

Although Oris is privately owned and operated today, it was briefly owned by ASUAG holdings during the 1970’s until 1982, a time when inexpensive quartz watches were introduced to disappointing results.

The 1982 buyout was led by Ulrich Herzog, who transitioned Oris into the global watch leader it is today.  The brand’s Jazz series timepieces introduced in 2000, featuring tributes to music legends Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Frank Sinatra, Thelonious Monk and Bob Dylan furthered the brand’s global recognition and prominence.

In addition to cultural timepieces, Oris also focuses on racing chronographs, aviation timepieces and diver’s watches. Oris has been the sole watch supplier to the BMW Formula One racing team since 2003. The brand’s Big Crown pilot watches are highly regarded and revered by pilots, while the Oris Prodiver model delivers water-resistance to 1,000 meters.

You’ll find many premium Oris timepieces for men and women at luxury retailer TheWatchery.com, including the Limited Edition Williams F1 Team GMT Chronograph. This muscular and virile men’s racing watch features a lightweight, comfortable titanium case presented on a rugged rubber strap with engraved tire-tread detail and costly deployment clasp.

The skeleton exhibition caseback lets you see the intricate Swiss automatic movement inside. The left-facing crown and push-pieces add distinction. A tachymeter bezel surrounds the carbon fiber dial with three sub-dials, a GMT hand, luminous hands and hour markers.

Features include a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal above the dial, an automatic date calendar, small-second, 30-minute and 12-hour subdials. Chronograph is 45mm in diameter, 14mm thick and is water-resistant to 50 meters.

Complimentary delivery and returns are included on all domestic purchases within the continental United States at The Watchery.com.

The Skeleton Revolution

Skeleton watches are among the most captivating and intriguing timepieces around today. For generations a wristwatch with an exhibition skeleton face and or caseback was limited to automatic and mechanical models and was featured only in higher-end styles.

Today many prominent watchmakers from Cartier, TAG Heuer, Zenith, Chopard, Frederique Constant and Maurice Lacroix to Invicta, Swiss Legend, Fossil, Marc Jacobs, Akribos XIV, August Steiner and Sturhling Original all feature skeleton watches in their assortments.

Skeleton timepieces were first introduced by legendary watchmaker Edouard Bouvet in 1822 in London England. The Bouvet brand, which now produces premium made timepieces priced up to $2.5 million, offered mechanical pocket watches with skeleton dials and casebacks, along with highly decorative movements.

INVICTA-12762Other pre-eminent watchmakers of the era: Vacheron Constantin, Patek Philippe, Breguet and Eterna featured skeleton models in their  mechanical timepiece collections. However, it was not before the 1960’s when Bulova introduced their Spaceview   automatic wristwatch, that skeleton watches were first mass produced.

For decades skeleton watches were limited to automatic and mechanical styles, however during the mid-2000’s, popular watchmakers such as Invicta and Stuhrling introduced skeleton quartz models. You’ll find many of today’s most sought-after skeleton watches this week at luxury retailer The Watchery during their Skeleton Timepieces event.

Many popular men’s and women’s watches are featured in the event including the Invicta Bolt men’s chronograph in 18K yellow gold plate. This dynamic men’s timepiece has a strapping 53mm diameter, 22mm thick case and signature link bracelet in 18K yellow gold-plate.

The unidirectional rotating bezel with signature braided rope trim detail encircles the skeleton dial with three subdials, luminous hands and hour markers. An exhibition skeleton case back adds to the striking design.

Features include an automatic day and date calendar, 1/10th of a second, small-second and 10-hour registers. A locking screw-down crown and case back provide water-resistance to 200 meters or 660 feet.

Premium Swiss-made automatic movement inside provides precise time-keeping accuracy.

Complementary delivery is included on all domestic watch purchases at The Watchery.