This watch forgoes the customary hour and minute hands, instead the time is displayed on a skull’s teeth. The upper row of teeth show the hours and the lower show the minutes. The eyes and the nose are mirrored and the overall impression is of a gleefully absurd memento mori - an object intended to remind us that life is brief. The watch is powered by a 20 jewel automatic mechanical movement. The mechanical movement means that you'll never need to replace the battery on this watch - the motion of wearing the watch provides all the power needed to wind it up and keep it running. The watch movement has a 'jump-hour' feature that means the hour changes over exactly on the 59 -> 00 minute transition. Each watch comes in a MJW presentation box with a specially commissioned artwork by Hannah Davies. Inside the box you'll find the guarantee card - every watch is guaranteed for 12 months from the date of purchase against any original manufacturing defect.
Price - USD 225.
In the Tendence Gulliver Line, a special edition Skull watch is available in a total of six different colours and in two different sizes (50 mm & 41 mm) which are promoted in co-marketing with Crystal Head Vodka. Like Tendence, Crystal Head Vodka is an innovative, creative brand with its own unique identity — the man behind it is Dan Aykroyd (Blues Brothers, Ghostbusters). The Crystal Head Vodka glass and bottle have been designed by the renowned American artist John Alexander. A total of six Skull watches are available in the Round Gulliver line, plus two smaller Skull watches in the Medium Gulliver line. Each models the distinctive Skull symbol which blends perfectly with the audacious Tendence Gulliver design and has major style appeal. Each Skull watch comes in special Skull packaging, complete with a Crystal Head Vodka Skull shot glass. Made in Stainless steel with Hi-tech Polycarbonate body encompassed in a 50mm diameter, the Tendence is powered by a 3H Miyota 2033 Quartz Movement.
Price – USD 400.
Bell & Ross ‘BR01 Airborne II’ Watch
The watch was created in 2009, the BR 01 Airborne model paid tribute to the extraordinary saga of military paratroopers, especially the US Airborne divisions that played such a distinguished role in the Second World War. Rubbing shoulders with danger on a daily basis, the young soldiers had adopted the skull and crossbones as a symbol of their courage to better defy death and intimidate their enemies. The skull and crossbones acted as a talisman during their missions and a continual reminder of how vulnerable they were to danger. The watch’s bezel and screws delineate a skull with crossbones that is perfectly integrated into the square shape of the brand’s iconic case. The single-color (phantom black) dial conjures up the symbolic color of death and sports the face of seemingly-defiant skull and crossbones. The dagger – or sword-shaped hands, depending on the model, further evokes designs borrowed from military art.
Price - USD 5,000.
Perrelet Turbine Toxic
The slightly provocative Turbine Toxic models play with danger by displaying the now trendy skull symbol, appearing in precious form at the heart of these two Special Editions of the double-rotor watch. A universally adopted logo intended to signal the presence of toxic substances, the skull appeared in classical art as a symbol of the past, before coming to symbolize piracy in the 18th century, and then certain well-known motorbike fans in the 1950. It has now lost its taboo connotations to become a symbol of freedom that has spread throughout all echelons of the fashion world. Beneath the optical effect created by the 12-blade wheel rotating across the Turbine Toxic models, the human skull appears in a truly luxurious interpretation. The men’s version is set with 210 diamonds (0.82 cts) and the ladies version with 155 diamonds. The resulting effects are all the more luminous in that they are set against an all-black background spread across the cases, dials and straps. The line offers a choice between the bold Turbine Toxic XL model measuring 50mm in diameter; a DLC-treated steel watch on a rubber strap, and the more demure 41mm in diameter Turbine Toxic XS in DLC-treated steel on a rubber or satin strap.
Price – USD 8,600.
Daniel Strom "Memento Mori, Carpe Diem "
The watch is named the Agonium "Memento Mori, Carpe Diem!" This translates into the uplifting statement "remember you will die, so seize the day." In sterling silver, palladium, gold, or even platinum, the case design is Gothic cool with skulls and architecture resembling an underground catacombs crypt. Skulls and bones stacked up making the corridors. You can even get versions of the palladium cased version with diamond decoration. Diamonds are used on the case as the eyes of the some of the larger skulls. Momento Mori, Carpe Diem has an inner case that is steel and hold the movement, which is a simple, automatic Swiss ETA 2824. The case is water resistant to 50 meters and has an AR coated sapphire crystal over the dial, and other sapphire crystal on the caseback. The watch dial is pure Gothic design complete with Roman numerals and a "bone-white" color. The dial is also available in black, and the hands can be ordered in different colors.
The new Speake-Marin Skulls Concept watch is equipped with a new manufacture movement SM2 released in March 2009. The automatic movement is 99% unique as it is not based on any of the well-known movements and its parts cannot be interchanged with the parts of other calibres including that of Speake-Marin. The movement measures 32.6 mm in diameter and 6.2 mm in height. The main plate and bridges are made of "German silver”. The movement is assembled manually; all surfaces feature the highest level finishing and the facets are bevelled and polished. Besides the visual attractiveness of the calibre the watchmaker aims at making it easy to repair and service. SM2 provides central hours, minutes and seconds and features power reserve for 72 hours, 29 jewels and balance frequency of 21,600 bph. In total Peter Speake-Marin is going to produce only 20 copies of his Skulls Concept timepiece.
Price - Undisclosed.
Romain Jerome – The Death Watch
Available in two different versions, both timepieces are issued in 25-piece limited editions. Calling upon its watch making skill, RJ’s inspiration for the dial of this watch dedicated to the "Día de los Muertos" was drawn from traditional Mexican decorations. A carefully hand-crafted design adorned with an ostentatious decor, emulates the look of the skull, which signifies a token of good luck. The seven colors on the skull are a reminder of the seven stages through which the soul of the dead must pass before being able to rest in peace. The case is made of black PVD-coated steel, associated with a bezel and "paws" in black ceramic. The mirror-polished dial features an engraving of the brand’s emblematic X shape, along with the applied RJ logo. The watch is fitted with a black Hornback alligator strap. The sombre colours of these different elements evoke those of darkness and make a striking with the bright colours of the skull-shaped art.
Price - USD 15,900.
Fiona Krüger Memento Mori Skull Watch
Looking like a Mexican "Day of the Dead special” (Dia de Los Muertos), this mechanical skull-shaped watch is full of personality and design talent. Memento Mori reinterprets the theme of mortality in horlogery, drawing inspiration from the 17th century skull watch of Mary Queen of Scotts, Mexican Dia de Los Muertos decoration and beautifully decorated skeleton movements found in today’s luxury watches. This contemporary time piece highlights the value of watchmaking by drawing our attention to the watch movement. The pieces of the movement make up the form of a skull. Each piece is decorated and assembled by hand resulting in a unique timepiece rich in tradition, know how and symbolism. Fiona Krüger is a designer working on projects ranging from the intricacy and precision of watch design to more conceptual sculptural installations. The projects are conceived, developed and created by Fiona in collaboration with each client.
Price – USD 16,500.
Hublot Skull Bang
The exclusive Skull Bang Watch by Hublot is a collaborative effort with Laurent Picciotto in which the production of the watch has been limited to a mere 100. Composed entirely of black ceramic, screws and all, the Skull Bang’s unique and chic face displays the silhouette of a stamped skull. Numberless, time is read by using the six flat screws surrounding the face. This accessory adds the taste of rock n’ roll to unparalleled style. A simple black wristband contributes to the fluid aesthetic of the timepiece that is suitable for the rugged dare devil or high priority business man. The black color theme continues onto the hands, the bezel, the "H-Shaped” screws, even on HUBLOT’s logo. Driven by HUB 1112 automatic movement and water resistant up to 5 ATM, a leather/rubber strap, also in black, completes the design.
Price – USD 17,000.
Romain Jerome Art DNA
RJ-Romain Jerome welcomes contemporary art. For its first partnership of this kind, the watchmaking Maison has chosen to collaborate with an internationally renowned Swiss artist, John M Armleder. This exceptional encounter between contemporary art and Fine Watchmaking has given rise to ten unique timepieces, all of them featuring a recurrent motif in John M Armleder’s work : the skull.Each piece is conceived in the form of a unique piece of art, made of polished stell, the skull motif is raised and serves to decorate the dial. Each piece is a different colour, while the back of the watch is numbered and bears a medallion with the artists signature.The case is made from polished stainless steel in a case size of 46mm. Each individual piece is unique and different thanks to the lacquered colour that is applied onto the dial which glimmers with reflections under different lights and colour tone. The back is numbered with a special engraving of the artist’s signature which houses the in-house RJ calibre 001A with a power reserve of 42 hours. The watch comes accompanied with a Hornback alligator strap and a steel buckle.
Price - USD 23,000.
Takashi Murakami x Hajime Asaoka "Death Takes No Bribe” Tourbillon Watch
The talented animation artist Takashi Murakami has teamed up with independent Japanese watchmaker Hajime Asaoka for a custom watch. Over three years of meticulous planning and designing has been put into the "Death Takes No Bribe,” tourbillon movement timepiece. The style of Murakami is totally visible here with flowers and skull imagery providing a look into dark humor.The watch is based on Mr Asaoka's Tourbillon #1, which was his first commercial production wristwatch (the second is a hand wind with a remarkably large 16 mm balance) with a 42 mm steel case and one minute tourbillon. "Death takes no bribes" is emblazoned on the black lacquered dial, along with cartoon skulls.
Price - USD 75,000.
Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 052 Skull
There have been a number of skull watches introduced lately. The Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 052 Skull watch, introduced at SIHH 2012, is by far, the most complicated. Richard Mille caliber RM 052 is a manually wound tourbillon with 19 jewels, a Glucydur balance wheel with four setting screws, 21,600 vph (3Hz), Elinvar by Nivarox balance spring and Kif Elastor KE shock protection and power reserve 48-hour power reserve. Finishing includes micro-blasted milled sections, hand bevelled surfaces and drawn or polished outer faces. The tripartite tonneau titanium case, assembled with 20 spline screws in grade 5 titanium, measures 42.7 mm x 50 mm. The upper flange is in carbon, the lower flange is in grade 5 titanium with DLC coating. Sapphire crystal front and back with anti-glare coating. The tripartite case requires 255 machining steps, including 86 stamping operations. The case uses spline screws in titanium for greater torque control, and has a torque-limiting crown, an additional security feature to prevent accidental overwinding. Water-resistance to 50 meters ensured by two O-ring seals. Black rubber strap. Available in a limited edition of 21 pieces, consisting of 15 pieces in titanium and 6 unique set pieces in red or white gold.
Price – USD 500,000.
all skeletonish watches....scaryyyy ...just kidding :p
by kanchan advani
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