Normally the word "skeletonize" doesn't conjure up images of beauty and luxury. In the watch world, however, it connotes not just that but prestige as well. To skeletonize means to remove some inessential inner workings of a timepiece to expose more of the mechanism itself. Then the dial, or face, is omitted so that the mesmerizing movement is on display. Skeletons from top watchmakers tend to be priced upward of $40,000.
The German company Chronoswiss, founded in 1983, manufactures watches in what is known in horology as the entry-level market—i.e., between $5,000 and $15,000. The company has been particularly successful with its Opus line, a fully skeletonized chronograph with an oversize crown that even at its (comparatively) low price is one of the most stunning examples of its kind. The watch is big—15 mm high—which means that it's hard to hide, but when you have something this beautiful, showing it off is part of its allure. Make no bones about it: This is one of the most appealing skeletons on the market today.
Scorecard: CHRONOSWISS OPUS
Diameter: 38 mm
Height: 15 mm
Case: Stainless steel
Contact: 631-776-1135, chronoswiss.com