5 Skull Watches We Can’t Get Out of Our Heads

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5 Skull Watches We Can’t Get Out of Our Heads

Many watch brands have at least one skeleton watch in their collection, but only a few have actually introduced skull watches – timepieces with skulls on their dials, some with a horological headbone actually incorporated into the movement itself. Here’s a heads-up on five recently released skull watches.

Romain Jerome’s skull watch was inspired by the work of artist John M. Armleder. Romain Jerome and Armleder collaborated to create a collection of 10 unique timepieces, all bearing the image of a skull, a recurring motif in Armleder’s work. The skull is a raised appliqué with a lacquered underside, the color of which can only be seen in the reflective dial.

Romain Jerome John M. Armleder Watch 5 Skull Watches We Can't Get Out of Our Heads 5 Skull Watches We Can’t Get Out of Our Heads

Romain Jerome John M. Armleder Watch

Richard Mille‘s RM 052 Skull is a limited edition of 21 watches, introduced at SIHH 2012. The watch had a price of $500,000 when it was first announced. The watch’s main feature is the skull-shaped grade 5 titanium baseplate at the center. The skull is also integrated into the movement: the upper and lower “jaws” hold the ruby of the tourbillon cage, and the back of the skull is also the movement’s center bridge. The four bridges that connect the movement to the case also a form a skull-and-crossbones pattern.

Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 052 Skull 5 Skull Watches We Can't Get Out of Our Heads 5 Skull Watches We Can’t Get Out of Our Heads

Above and below: Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 052 Skull

Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 052 Skull - cu 5 Skull Watches We Can't Get Out of Our Heads 5 Skull Watches We Can’t Get Out of Our Heads

 

Perrelet also has a skull watch among its series of turbine watches, known for their spinning blades on the dials. The Turbine Toxic Special Edition bears the image of a skull and crossbones, visible when the 12-blade wheel spins, and is powered by Perrelet’s automatic P-331 Double Rotor movement. The men’s version is set with 210 dia­monds and the ladies’ variation with 155 dia­monds.

Perrelet Turbine Toxic Special Edition 5 Skull Watches We Can't Get Out of Our Heads 5 Skull Watches We Can’t Get Out of Our Heads

Perrelet Turbine Toxic Special Edition

Perrelet Turbine Toxic Special Edition - visible skull and crossbones 5 Skull Watches We Can't Get Out of Our Heads 5 Skull Watches We Can’t Get Out of Our Heads

A full view of the skull and crossbones on the dial.

 

Bell &Ross‘s BR 01 Airborne features a glow-in-the-dark skull on its dial. The BR 01 Airborne was developed in honor of the courageous soldiers who fought during World War II, particularly the paratroopers of the U.S. Airborne divisions. The skull was one of the emblems they wore on their uniforms as a symbol of courage in the face of death.

Bell & Ross BR 01 Airborne 5 Skull Watches We Can't Get Out of Our Heads 5 Skull Watches We Can’t Get Out of Our Heads

Bell & Ross BR 01 Airborne

Bell & Ross BR 01 Airborne - glow-in-the-dark skull 5 Skull Watches We Can't Get Out of Our Heads 5 Skull Watches We Can’t Get Out of Our Heads

 

The Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Skull has a case made of ultra-light, ultra-hard ceramized aluminum and its skeletonized movement – with bridges sculpted to look like actual bones and a tourbillon barret in the shape of a skull – has undergone a laser-machining process that create a relief 3D appearance on these components.

Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Skull - gray - angle 5 Skull Watches We Can't Get Out of Our Heads 5 Skull Watches We Can’t Get Out of Our Heads

Above and below: Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Skull

Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Skull - white - front 5 Skull Watches We Can't Get Out of Our Heads 5 Skull Watches We Can’t Get Out of Our HeadsThis article was originally published in 2014 and has been updated.

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