After last week’s banana bread bonanza, I thought I’d use my loaf and get back to work – sourcing, collecting and spreading the word about my weird and wonderful watches. Today it’s all about skeleton watches; what they are, how to wear them and which ones to watch out for from your old pal Ape.
Simply put, a skeleton watch is a mechanical watch in which all or some of its moving parts are visible through the front, back or through a small cut-out section of the dial. These watches are a three-dimensional display of design, art and technology and catch the eye by intentionally exposing the various springs, cogs and gears within the movement itself.
From my collection, the Abbrecci Victorian is one of the most striking specimens from the skeleton watch selection. This ‘open work’ design comes from shaving away the metal, paring down the dial and making each element work in unison, bringing life to the timepiece through its arresting features. The intricate detail shows the delicate and skilled craftsmanship and its £29 price tag only serves to add to the watch’s charm.
Skeleton watches make a deliberate showcase of the protected parts inside, affording the wearer easy examination of the bare bones of their timepiece. It’s one of the more alluring wristwatch trends, as there is a complicated, technical type of artistry that goes into skeleton watches and their engineering. Plus, they're so very fascinating to look at.
Combine skeleton features with the bold casing and precision of a modern men’s sports watch and what have you here? Why, The Excelsior Spider of course. With a robust case and strap made from high-quality stainless steel, the watch gives a strong and sturdy impression, whilst exhibiting its complicated, whirring interior. It also features a tachymeter around the rim, an expedient scale used to measure speed. You can read more about using a tachymeter here.
I myself find a skeleton watch goes with absolutely anything. Mrs. Ape happens to agree with me on this one – she enjoys her Excelsior Goddess, and says the monochrome and gold-coloured sparkle give any outfit a touch of sophisticated glamour. And if she’s happy, so am I.
Watch trends come and go, but for me the showcase and celebration of the complex inner-workings of a watch is a blessing – skeleton watches are timelessly trendy. Each mechanical show is unique and original, and I’ll be the first to hold my hands up and say that this watch-mad-monkey is well and truly sold. One thing’s for certain, this is one bunch of skeletons that are not to be kept in the closet.
Weird Ape out.