When talking about luxury watches, one would think of rare materials, precise movement and a great looking display. These three elements are usually combined with a famous brand name and the result will speak for itself. Patek Philippe is known for making timepieces that have a twist, something special that makes them stand out from the crowd of luxury timepieces so when we got to see the Skeleton Watch that bears the brand name, we weren’t really surprised but very pleased.
The Patek Philippe Ref. 5180/1 is truly a masterpiece on every field as it works perfect and looks even better. Despite the fact that the skeleton watch concept is not actually a new thing, this superb timepiece has managed to reinvent the idea in a luxurious way. The watch is actually see-through aside from the moving parts and this is an incredibly hard accomplishment for the manufacturer; every small part of the movement had to be cut down to the smallest possible measurements so that it would still work accordingly but also look apart while doing it. On top of the pieces working in harmony, there is also the fact that there are artistic shapes engraved on them with the addition of a 22K gold mini-rotor. The incredibly thin movement is a self-winding calibre 240.
To keep the marvelous movement in place, a 39mm case made out of 18K white gold was used as well as a crystal for each side; the front has a slightly domed crystal while the back is fitted with a sapphire crystal window. Even the case is cut in order to provide e better “skeleton” experience and there are only 12 spokes that keep it rigid and also act as the hour markers for the display. There is also a blue colored tone that can be observed on the back crystal for the zones where the case is cut which adds even more style.
The result is truly breathtaking as the light bounces off the shiny parts of the movement with every passing second. The white gold, the yellow gold, the blue crystal and the red jewels look perfect together and the hand engraved “Patek Philippe Genève” signature is the final touch to the perfect skeleton watch.