Since master watchmaker André-Charles Caron first openworked the plates, bars and bridges of his watches around 1760 in Paris, skeleton watches have become some of the most desirable and exclusive watches available. Intended at gaining a public interest in the magical machines that hide behind the dial, he exposed the secrets of the wheels and gears that give a timepiece its heartbeat for the very first time.
Following from this, and with the newly exposed pinions, gears and bridges proudly on show for all to see, watchmakers began to embellish every visible part of the watch, aiming to turn their movements into incredible pieces of art. Plates, bridges and bars gradually became even more elegantly refined and pared back to their absolute minimum, creating beautiful, delicate and complex surfaces upon which engravers could perform their art. As this process evolved it became referenced as 'skeletonizing', and so 'skeleton watches' were born.
The RD01SQ movement used in this watch by Roger Dubuis however, was designed from the ground up as a skeleton movement, giving a much greater opportunity for creativity than the traditional approach. There are two visible features that first stand out to me as a success of this creative opportunity.
And so this brings us to the end of my first article exploring a watch featured in my art with a little watch history mixed in there that I hope you have enjoyed. The art piece of this watch will be available in the store, and any comments you have or direct enquiries are always welcome.
Until next time...
Words by Max Resnick, Artist and Founder, Max Resnick Design