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Old 13 January 2020, 09:23 AM   #1
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Openwork watch recommendations

Wanted to add an openwork watch to the collection. Thereís something mesmerizing to me about looking at the working mechanical movement. Budget $20k or less. All suggestions welcomed. Anyone with an openwork in their collection they really like? Pics greatly appreciated.
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Old 13 January 2020, 09:27 AM   #2
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At that price I don't know. Try googling on skeletonized watches and see what pops up.
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Old 13 January 2020, 09:28 AM   #3
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Maybe a used Cartier?
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Old 13 January 2020, 09:38 AM   #4
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Highly recommend the Breguet Tradition line. Impeccably finished, a modern icon and you can see the entire transfer of power from the mainspring to the wheel train to the escapement.

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Old 13 January 2020, 10:00 AM   #5
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Not within budget but worth stretching for. First use of silicon in any watch, carousel tourbillon and a Freak!




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Old 13 January 2020, 10:42 AM   #6
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Maybe this? Have not seen it irl but it appears to be well rated.

https://www.wired.co.uk/article/oris...-x-calibre-115

Alternatively, a Zenith Defy chronograph which is also open-dial. I got one.


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Old 13 January 2020, 12:55 PM   #7
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Maybe this? Have not seen it irl but it appears to be well rated.

https://www.wired.co.uk/article/oris...-x-calibre-115

Alternatively, a Zenith Defy chronograph which is also open-dial. I got one.


This blue Defy 21 is stunning in person. Great depth and clarity that isnít captured in pictures.
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Old 13 January 2020, 04:42 PM   #8
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Old 14 January 2020, 12:55 AM   #9
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Cartier santos, the blacked out version
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Old 14 January 2020, 02:18 AM   #10
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Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Skeleton (Blue LE version), and add the titanium bracelet to give option between it and the blue leather strap.

Girard Perregaux Laureato in full ceramic (likely to require a budget stretch) or stainless, if preferred.
G-P Neo Bridges

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda

Jacquet Droz Grande Seconde Skelet One or Franck Muller Vanguard Skeleton 7 Day or Yachting Anchor (possibly over budget like the G-P).

A real fond favourite of mine though, is the Arnold & Son Nebula.
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Old 14 January 2020, 02:23 AM   #11
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GP Laureato is a great watch and very close to high horology. That would be a good choice.

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Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Skeleton (Blue LE version), and add the titanium bracelet to give option between it and the blue leather strap.

Girard Perregaux Laureato in full ceramic (likely to require a budget stretch) or stainless, if preferred.
G-P Neo Bridges

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda
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Old 14 January 2020, 03:15 AM   #12
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Thanks for all the great suggestions. Have definitely opened up some options for me. Can also stretch the budget. Was thinking $20 was a comfortable start but willing to spend more for the right piece
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Old 14 January 2020, 03:57 AM   #13
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Depending on what your goals are for having an open work/skeleton face watch, one doesn't have to spend a lot of money to add one.

Like you, I like the look of an openwork watch and always thought one day I would find one to add to the herd.

A few summers ago, I found myself at a large art fair in AZ and met a retired watchmaker. He had spent over 30 years working for several AD's and had his own shop for awhile. Over that time, amassed a ton of parts and movements.

He decided to resurrect some of the interesting movements and create art pieces as a hobby. He had a lot of different watch related art from necklaces, to rings and sculptures.

One of his favorite things was to take a pocket watch movements and add them to wristwatch cases or modify the existing case so it could be worn as a wristwatch. Many had the original faces of the pocket watch and there were all sorts of different sizes and shapes.

This one caught my eye. It has a nicely finished movement in an openwork with a display case back. I really liked the Panerai Luminor styled case which gave it a modern look. Not all his pieces were vintage as was the case with this one. Some, he just made because he liked the look. I don't recollect which movement this one is but I liked the simplicity and can actually read the time on it. lol

It was not expensive and a fun addition.

Good luck with your search.





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Old 14 January 2020, 01:50 PM   #14
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The Ulysse Nardin Freak X also seems cool.
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Old 14 January 2020, 02:03 PM   #15
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Cool Panerai clone, not a huge fan of skeleton watches, just find it hard to read the time. I quite enjoy the aesthetics.

I really like the AP Millenary, very cool watch. As said previously, Breuer makes a great watch in their La tradition line as well.
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Old 14 January 2020, 04:03 PM   #16
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Raymond weil Maestro. You might need to check about the waiting list. Get on either julianas or macys whichever list is shorter

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Old 14 January 2020, 04:07 PM   #17
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Openwork watch recommendations

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Maybe this? Have not seen it irl but it appears to be well rated.

https://www.wired.co.uk/article/oris...-x-calibre-115

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Also this. Those who dare to wear oris exude class
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Old 14 January 2020, 04:11 PM   #18
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At the stated price point, I like the Zenith Benlee pointed out
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Old 14 January 2020, 07:00 PM   #19
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I just got my AP Millenary 4101 and absolutely love it. Stunning piece in all respects and wears a lot smaller like a 40mm Rolex. The large size lets you appreciate the movement and the very best finishing as expected from AP.

Very easily in your budget with plenty to spare in steel, you could even get the rose gold one which is equally spectacular.

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Old 14 January 2020, 07:13 PM   #20
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Ulysse Nardin Skeleton X also great choice.




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Old 14 January 2020, 07:17 PM   #21
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That's very cool
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Old 14 January 2020, 07:18 PM   #22
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[QUOTE=DoxaDavid;10286833]Depending on what your goals are for having an open work/skeleton face watch, one doesn't have to spend a lot of money to add one.

Like you, I like the look of an openwork watch and always thought one day I would find one to add to the herd.

A few summers ago, I found myself at a large art fair in AZ and met a retired watchmaker. He had spent over 30 years working for several AD's and had his own shop for awhile. Over that time, amassed a ton of parts and movements.

He decided to resurrect some of the interesting movements and create art pieces as a hobby. He had a lot of different watch related art from necklaces, to rings and sculptures.

One of his favorite things was to take a pocket watch movements and add them to wristwatch cases or modify the existing case so it could be worn as a wristwatch. Many had the original faces of the pocket watch and there were all sorts of different sizes and shapes.

This one caught my eye. It has a nicely finished movement in an openwork with a display case back. I really liked the Panerai Luminor styled case which gave it a modern look. Not all his pieces were vintage as was the case with this one. Some, he just made because he liked the look. I don't recollect which movement this one is but I liked the simplicity and can actually read the time on it. lol

It was not expensive and a fun addition.

Good luck with your search.


Sorry, I mean this is very cool!
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Old 14 January 2020, 08:18 PM   #23
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cartier santos noctambule
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Old 14 January 2020, 08:57 PM   #24
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The Arnold & Son Time Pyramid is an interesting one as is the Arnold & Son Nebula
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Old 15 January 2020, 01:29 AM   #25
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GP Laureato is a great watch and very close to high horology. That would be a good choice.
To be fair, all the ones I mentioned are fully in the realm of haute horlogerie.
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Old 23 January 2020, 06:46 AM   #26
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I love openwork watches and got this Santos in 2019 which is a killer one.

Have been trying to add an AP and have also gotten insanely close to get the Bulgari Octo openwork in black ceramic as well

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Highly recommend the Breguet Tradition line. Impeccably finished, a modern icon and you can see the entire transfer of power from the mainspring to the wheel train to the escapement.

This.
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