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.

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