THE SKELETONIZED TIMEPIECES BRINGING THE SPECTACULAR MECHANISMS TO THE LIGHT
The skeleton watches have had their cases partially removed or significantly modified to display these interior parts. Therefore, the timepiece makers reveal the best movements or the most attractive design within the skeleton watches. Some of them rest on your wrist providing a bare skeletal glimpse through the mechanism while other designs display various sections of the mechanics held within. When we look through the past we will see some examples of the skeleton designs in other timepieces such as Mevlevi clocks. They were very popular during the Ottoman Empire.
Ottoman sultans were fond of them because of the unique skeleton design and the ability to display the times of prayer. This perfectly reflects the meaning of a famous phrase, “Either act in accordance with the way you look, or look in accordance with the way you act!” quoted by Mevlana. These unique watches in which the case and various parts of the movement are transparent are called “open case.” There are different speculations about how this design’s origin came about. The first story reaches past into the 18th century. According to this story a soldier of Napoleon’s Grand Army had a huge problem in the middle of the war.
His rifle was damaged and needed to be repaired before the attack. So he took his knife and gently removed the metal from his watch, careful not to take any pieces from the interior. That watch is still exhibited in the museum of the Napoleon Army at Les Invalids in Paris. According to the second story, the father of the skeleton watch is considered to be Andre Charles Caron. He lived between 1720 and 1760 and he learned everything from his father who happened to be a master watchmaker. Andre Charles Caron was 40 years old when he made the skeleton design, which henceforth exposed their innermost secrets.
He methodically exposed open working plates, bars and bridges, to reveal what lay underneath. So for the first time we have seen the wheels and gears of classic timepieces. Watchmakers gradually began referring to expertly and minutely engraved handwork as skeletonizing. During the 1920s these transparent models were valued more and more by the manufacturers of such recognized brand names such as Vacheron Constantin and Cartier. Those models rapidly became trendier. Crystal quartz, known as a rock crystal and is believed nowadays to gather the positive energy inside, was used in these limited edition skeleton designs crystals to clearly show the watch’s interior. The skeletonized watches, which consist of the foremost models in the fine watch making industry, are typically mechanically manufactured. Some exhibit the mechanism partially hidden and the others reveal every detail beautifully, which is known “openwork models.”
They are the most beautiful models on the market today. These models are so translucent that you can see both your wrist and sophisticated functions inside their artistic creation.