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By Chris | March 6 2013
Contemporary skeletonized watches are experiencing a resurgence from their heyday in the 1970s, with the increasing popularity of intricate mechanical watches.
Not only do these beautiful pieces exemplify the fine craftsmanship of master engravers and designers, but also the complexity that is the mechanical watch.
Patek Philippe showcases impeccable craftsmanship with the skeletonized Reference 5180.
The watch’s movement—a hand-pierced and hand-engraved caliber 240 with thin bridges and a micro-rotor—is displayed in a delicate case on a gold bracelet. A hand-finished signature around the mainspring barrel marks the movement, and thin sapphire crystals allow the wearer to read the hour indicated by the extremely fine baton markers, which sit against a complementary blue hue on the dial. Add in movement jewels and brass highlights, and this timepiece is the pinnacle of beauty and horological mastery ($105,000).
Contact: Ed Butland at Patek Philippe in London, +44 (0)207 493 8866
Skeletonization meets technical ingenuity in Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master Eight Days Perpetual SQ wristwatch featuring a perpetual calendar.
Jaeger-LeCoultre shows off caliber 876SQ through the pink gold or platinum case with sapphire crystals on both sides. The 260 parts that comprise the movement not only keep time, but also provide all the typical perpetual calendar functions, as well as a day/night indicator and eight-day power reserve. The watch’s “Red Security Zone” tells the user when changing the calendar might damage the movement ($102,000).
Contact: Nicola Cagliata at Jaeger-LeCoultre in Beverly Hills +1 (310) 734-0525
Quai de L’IleThe Quai de L’Ile from Vacheron Constantin brings the oldest watchmaker in continuous operation into contemporary daring design.
With bold and crisp stepped lugs, the large cushion-shaped case houses the caliber 2475 SC/1 self-winding movement. The dial combines a transparent sapphire with frosted and engraved sapphire reserves and sections. The Quai de L’Ile is unique, as potential buyers have incredible customization options, from engraving to options for materials on all elements of the case and the type of transparent or full dial ($53,900).
Contact: Daren Gaussa at Vacheron Constantin in Costa Mesa, California +1 (714) 955-4057