The term “skeletonise” is perhaps the most misleading one in the realms of haute horlogerie. Connoisseurs, however, know that it is a time-honoured handcraft requiring an expertise only a few artists can draw upon, because it is here that movement components, already tiny and filigree, are sawn and filed down to their bare essentials. Thus, they demonstrate stunning handcraft and aesthetic art in a miniature format, while en passant offering their wearer fascinating insights deep into their inner workings, in which dozens of tiny components interact with harmonious precision to display the time.
Here is a compilation of some of the most intriguing debutantes at Baselworld 2018 that offer a front-row seat to observe the micromechanical spectacle taking place within. Each of them has a strong allure that derives from the meticulous finishing and pure design of mechanical “bare bones”.