3 Skeleton Dial Watches That Are Bad to the Bone

Striking skeleton dials reveal the intricate inner workings of these ultra-luxe timepieces.

Courtesy of Richard Mille

Amongst the array of stunning timepieces by horology icon Richard Mille, it’s difficult for a specific watch to stand out. This isn’t the case with the RM 032, a masterpiece of design and engineering. 

A proper diver’s watch, with a black, silver-grey and red color scheme, it grabs one’s eye, but don’t overlook the intricate details, including a flyback chronograph, an annual calendar, and the ability to resist water down to an impressive 300 meters (about 1,000 feet).

A special locking crown prevents even these underwater pressures from interfering with the watch’s perfect timekeeping. Featuring components made from titanium, it is the epitome of balance between aes- thetic design and practicality, and at a price of around $154,000, it’s an investment that can also be utilized and enjoyed on a daily basis.

Courtesy: Bell & Ross

Don’t be fooled by the nontraditional square shape of the Bell & Ross BR-X1 Tourbillon R.S.18; it’s a classic Bell & Ross timepiece that possesses the same level of craftsmanship, precision, and design excellence that’s become synonymous with the French-bred, Swiss-produced watches. With a hand-wound flying tourbillon and a four-day power reserve, the R.S.18 is a precision machine that sacrifices none of its timing perfection for its aesthetic brashness.

While the three chronographs on the face may grab one’s attention, the real beauty is the intricate nature of the 282 components tucked within the sculpted titanium case. Water resistant down to 100 meters, the R.S.18 is the perfect everyday wristwatch for a man of style, as appropriate in a boardroom as it is jumping off the deck of a superyacht into a turquoise sea. 

The production run is limited to only 20 units, so despite a price of $189,000, this is surely a special edition that won’t be available for long.

Courtesy: Ulysse Nardin

Not to be outdone, Ulysse Nardin has their own line of executive skeleton timepieces, with some of the most striking designs we’ve seen, especially with the flying tourbillon so prominently placed, and colorfully highlighted on the watch’s face. The Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton Flying Tourbillon, available for just north of $41,000, is an ideal selection for any man of refinement. 

It’s inner workings are as much sculpture as mechanical perfection, leaving one’s eye unsure where to look first. The skeleton face offers a bold template, but the true beauty is in the empty space left between mechanisms, and the ability this provides to truly view, and appreciate the craftsmanship and artistry of the piece.

With a sturdy titanium case, a durable rubber strap, a sapphire crystal front and a water resistance down to 30 meters, the Executive Skeleton is the do-anything, go-anywhere option for anything from business meetings and corporate events to family outings and beach excursions. 

It’s as tough and durable as it is stunningly designed; not the least bit surprising based on what we’ve come to expect from the masters at Ulysse Nardin.