Skulls on watches are a great way to remember to appreciate our time on earth and there are some really great looking models out there. And if you think that skulls are all a bit morbid, well check these out and we are sure you will change your mind.
HUBLOT Big Bang Click Calavera Catrina
The Hublot Big Bang Click Calavera Catrina is a special collection of three limited edition timepieces that celebrate the popular holiday El Día de los Muertos, The Day of the Dead, a festival which honors family and friends who have passed away and is supposed to help the dead on their spiritual journey. It has been recognized by UNESCO’s as part of the world’s cultural heritage and
Price: CHF 15’400 in steel, CHF 16’400 in ceramic and CHF 27’400 in king gold
Fiona KrugEr Skull
This is the third timepiece created by Fiona Krüger and, like Hublot above, also features a design inspired by the Mexican celebration, Dia de Los Muertos., Limited to 24 pieces, this timepiece is hand-made in Switzerland and powered by an automatic movement with a date, skeletonized black bridges and custom-decorated rotor. The dial is comprised of three separate layers that are hand painted with different colored lacquer and Super-LumiNova. The watch comes in a stainless steel case in the shape of a skull and is fitted with a hand-made yellow leather strap.
Price: CHF 27,790
Bell & Ross BR01 Laughing Skull
The BR 01 Laughing Skull lends itself perfectly to the square case of Bell & Ross’s BR 01 collection as the crossbones reach the four corners of the case. This bold timepiece is made of micro-blasted stainless steel and is decorated with a guilloché pattern called the Clous de Paris that requires a special kind of machining. If this isn’t scary enough, turn the crown a few times to wind the watch up and the skull moves to really scare you.
Price: CHF 9,900
HYT POCKET SKULL AND SKULL 48.8mm
Both the HYT Pocket Skull and Skull 48.8mm model offer a unique vision of telling the time using liquids. The green colored liquid advances around the dial (and the head of the skull) at the same speed as an hour hand so the time can be perceived with one quick look at the watch. On the photo below left, for example,, the time is around 2:10. HYT has a number of skull models that come a range of different colors including red, blue and black.
Price CHF 115’000
Price CHF 65’000
SPEAKE-MARIN crazy skulls
Skulls have been a popular feature in the Speake-Marin brand for over a decade as a gentle reminder to appreciate life. The Crazy Skulls model is particularly special as it not only has two skulls, but also a minute repeater, a tourbillon and a fascinating animation. When the minute repeater slider is activated, the bells begin to chime and the mechanism separates the two skulls to reveal the tourbillon beneath. As the skulls separate the Roman numerals at 12 o’clock also fall away. Watch the video below to see how it all works.
Price: CHF 388,800
DE GRISOGONO crazy skull
Another Crazy Skull, this time from De Grisogono. This one-of-a-kind timepiece combines both the arts of watchmaking and jewelry making and took over a year of research and development to complete. Over 250 hours were needed to create the case, calling upon gem-setters, goldsmiths, diamond-cutters and polishers who worked together on the creation. Depending on the style, there are over 23 carats of gem stones including 7.70 carats for the teeth alone that are made up of white baguette diamonds. Even the tongue is set with pink sapphires. There are two miniature dials set into the eyes for tracking two time zones at the same time.
Prices start at CHF 650,000
CORUM BIg bubble magical 52 voodoo matt barnes
Corum’s Big Bubble Magical 52 Voodoo Matt Barnes is another artistic rendition for the brand’s Bubble range. Created in partnership with the Canadian photographer Matt Barnes, the dial of the Bubble depicts a photograph of a man made up like a skeleton. The timepiece comes in titanium with a black PVD treatment and a domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal. Other features include an automatic movement, a vulcanized rubber strap and a brass dial.