Literally, for the first time in several years, I managed to spend an enjoyable evening with friends in Adelaide CBD (Central Business District). This special occasion was to celebrate the 13th birthday of one of my friend’s daughters. Fortunately, there were no stretched limousines in sight, just a wonderful restaurant in the popular Chinatown district. As the evening progressed the conversation diverted (with a little assistance) to my favourite subject of design. The general consensus was that minimalistic principles should apply, rather than over complicating things. These rules definitely apply in the world of horology, especially in the art of skeletonisation. A great example can be found in Franck Muller’s exciting new Gravity Skeleton.
Previously I have written a few articles about Franck Muller and am generally an admirer of their watches. Certainly, no one could possibly dispute that the Aeternitas Mega is a complete show stopper. It presently boasts to be the worlds most complicated wristwatch and comprises 1,483 components that are individually crafted in house. Not surprisingly these timepieces are made to order and carry an exceptionally hefty price tag. Within the same range (at the other end of the spectrum) is the new Gravity Skeleton.
Aesthetically the Gravity Skeleton has a delightful contemporary appearance reminiscent of many Richard Mille Watches. Obvious comparisons would be the tonneau shaped case and minimalistic skeletonised movement. This amazing calibre was created and manufactured in house. Due to the architecture of the mechanism very few parts are visible. This gives the watch a magnificent transparent façade that is hugely appealing. I also love the rotating tourbillon supported by an x-shaped bridge structure.
Functionally the Gravity Skeleton features hours, minutes and a power reserve of 5-days. The watch also is water resistant to a depth of 30-metres so isn’t really suitable for water activities. However, at starting prices of $130,000 depending on the model. I would imagine this amazing timepiece would be reserved for very special occasions. Within the range, there are many different options available including a stunning version with a forged carbon case. This without any doubt is my personal favourite.