The ultra-cool look of a transparent personal timepiece that reveals its internal workings in all their glorious intricacy is (all punning intended) timeless. From steampunk-style designs to elegant punched gold, wafer-thin watchmaker’s mechanical parts peaking coyly out at the wearer, every skeleton watch provides gorgeous eye candy while, in many cases, being affordable, durable and practical. They hark back to a golden age of the hand-built creations of horologists seated in the windows of their tiny Dickensian shops, not least because, rather than being battery-driven, they are hand-wound.
Skeleton watches are undoubtedly a question of personal taste, but once you have opted for one of these beauties, there is no going back, and plain faces will forever appear relatively boring henceforth. Every single one of the skeleton watches produced by the handily affordable label Winner watches possesses that fine-grained detailing that puts the “skeleton” into “skeleton watches”. To select just three of the brand’s coolest designs, here, to whet your appetite, is a brief review of what you can expect from your purchase:
Firstly, the Winner-brand Casual Style Automatic Mechanical Watch Full Steel Luxury Men’s Wrist Watch is a classic-looking round-faced version of a skeletal timepiece, proudly sporting its hand-winding knob – correctly termed its “crown”. This watch has a bezel and case in a choice of a gold-coloured or steel finish and features a tiny crystal jewel in place of each number. The rear case is open, too, to give a tantalising glimpse of the mechanics from behind. The hands have a cool, wing-like geometric form, suggesting Art Deco style, there are useful second marks, and the choice of the designer to give this watch a glass face enables the gold medal of the cogs and wheels behind to show up in striking contrast.
Next, the Fashionable Men’s Skeleton Transparent Hand Wind Mechanical Wristwatch is another round-faced choice, this time with an artistically organic abstract pattern punched delicately on the face. Through the irregular holes made by these abstract forms, the delicacy of the watch’s inner workings glows, as they make their tiny movements. Winding up the watch is a joy, as this action visibly creates movement within.
Lastly, the Self-Wind Mechanical Watch Casual Style Rectangle Dial Stainless Steel Men Watch is distinguished by its face-shape, a masculine rectangle, flush with the black leather strap, which gives a streamlined look favoured by many wearers. Inside, discreetly engraved on to the mechanism is the label “Winner”. The watch hands on this design are particularly fine, with a tiny Victorian-esque curlicue. With a choice of brushed gold-coloured metal, brushed steel or matt black dial behind the watch’s sturdy glass window, all equally elegant, the prospective purchaser has a tough decision to make. This may be helped by the fact the slender hands on that the brushed-steel version is a vivid azure blue, adding a humorously modern twist.
Why not ring the changes by adding to your wardrobe a skeleton watch as a contrasting stablemate to its plain-faced neighbours, for a price that won’t break the bank? This way, there is always a choice of watch to dress up or dress down an outfit and to suit a particular occasion. For more skeleton watches, please check here.