Whatever is a skull doing on a timepiece? It turns out that the skull motif on a watch dial is extremely popular. HOT explores some new watches with this eternal motif.
There are many motifs that go around in the watch universe and are interpreted and reinterpreted on watches. One such startling motif is the skull. Or, the human skull to be more precise. Look deeper beyond the apparent image and the skull as a symbol will take you through concepts related with to time and fragility of life.
The skull motif on your watch will remind you of mortality. It will tell you that time is precious. The symbol of the skull may have had negative associations in the past, but not anymore. In the contemporary world the skull becomes positive and merges the philosophy of life with art and workmanship.
There are a few watchmakers who have depicted the skull on their watches in a bold way. Read on to know more.
BR01 SKULL BRONZE by Bell & Ross
This watch pays tribute to the epic of the parachutists of the Second World War. On their jump-suits, these elite fighters proudly wore a crest bearing a skull and these words: “Death from Above”. Taking this symbolism, the watch depicts it artistically. The case uses bronze with a microblasted finish and the unique patina acquired due to the use of bronze, gives the watch a special look. In a nod to charmingly vintage technology, the skull in the middle of the dial glows in the dark thanks to the use of appliqué B-light photoluminescent pigment. It is a 500 piece limited edition.
X-TREM-1 – StingHD by Christophe Claret
Here is a daring mechanical “memento mori”, issued in an 8-piece limited edition. The watch combines an inclined flying tourbillon with a retrograde hours and minutes display system based on magnetic fields. The skull here, can be found on the tourbillon carriage. Look out for a very spirited touch- breathing on the sapphire crystal reveals the skull motif! Surely, this is fatally attractive!
CELEBRATION SKULL (Black) by Fiona Krüger
It is a bit counterintuitive to associate celebrations with skulls. But then, that is what daring creativity is all about! The design for this edition takes its cues from 14th and 17th Century skull horology, the Mexican celebration of Dia de Los Muertos and beautifully decorated skeleton movements found in today’s luxury watches. The 24 pieces limited edition of Fiona Krüger Celebration Skull has a decorative 3-layer dial. The dial and case are handpainted with coloured lacquer and superluminova. Each colour used in the design of the watch has a specific meaning pertaining to the Dia de Los Muertos celebration, whilst the superluminova details glow in the dark to reveal an iconic skull symbol.
The Skull Axl Rose by HYT
This model has been created by much-loved singer Axl Rose. The skull base was given a Damascus steel style treatment, and in blue. The same colour has been used for all the indexes applied around the Skull. He chose to affix two side plates to the piece (at 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock), decorated with the Clous de Paris pattern and also finished in blue PVD. The piece has a resolutely rock’n’roll feel, with a bold strap featuring blue topstitching. On the back, HYT pays tribute to the rock icon in the form of the legendary Guns N’ Roses logo. Underneath this sits the singer’s signature on the metallised sapphire case-back. As a tribute to the rock icon, the legendary Guns N’ Roses logo with the singer’s signature beneath sits on the metallised sapphire case-back. The watch is in an extremely limited edition of just 25 pieces.
Crazy Skulls by Speake-Marin
There is a lot happening on the dial here! When the minute repeater carillon is activated, the two aluminium skulls on the skeletonized dial will separate to reveal the 60-second tourbillon underneath. The flame-blued 12 o’clock Roman numeral markers also seem to be falling apart. Once the chiming is complete, the two skulls will rejoin at 6 o’clock to conceal the tourbillon, and the 12 o’clock Roman numeral marker will reform itself. When they unite, the two skulls actually form a little heart in the middle! ‘Skullfully’ animated?
Who is the person who will wear this motif? The skull watch wearer is a rebel…a person who understands time beyond the reading of the hands…one who is daring and different…one who appreciates craftsmanship in a watch, as much as philosophy within it! Get going with the skull motif then!