Skulls to wear on your wrist for Halloween and beyond
The devil is in the detail
Hublot Big Bang One Click Calavera Catrina
The iconic Hublot silhouette gets a sweet yet statement makeover in honour of El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) this year. A timepiece embodiment of La Calavera Catrina ('Elegant Skull') — an emblem for the celebration — skulls and flower petals deck the model in a colourful ode to life, while a 42-sapphire rainbow line the bezel for further brilliance.
It comes in three limited editions: a steel version with a white lacquered dial and matching leather and rubber strap, as well as in black ceramic and King Gold, both with matching black lacquered dials and leather straps. All three come with interchangeable blue and pink leather straps, inspired by the colourful and elegant dresses associated with the occasion.
Chopard L.U.C Perpetual T Spirit of 'La Santa Muerte'
Chopard, on the other hand, celebrates a different figure from the macabre fiesta — La Santa Muerte ('Our Lady of Holy Death'). In this masterpiece, the devil truly is in the details. The exquisite rose gold case and dial adorn the Calavera skull, along with sun and floral-themed patterns, all hand-engraved by the artisans of Chopard Manufacture. Take a closer look and you'll see that the "moustache" on the skull of the dial is a window that allows the tourbillon bridge to peek through. Under the skull lies a perpetual calendar tourbillon with a nine-day power reserve. How's that for a one-of-a-kind model? Stunning.
Check out that detailing.
Bell & Ross BR01 Laughing Skull
Naturally, Bell & Ross' skull-themed creation finds its root in military references. While the skull symbol has long been used by pirates as a talisman for courage and to intimidate enemies, it was also used by the military, as a constant reminder the risks and dangers they face in the line of duty. The BR01 Laughing Skull is named after its automaton movement — a first in Bell & Ross' repertoire. Wind the crown and watch as the skull laugh at (or with) you. Behind this cheeky mechanism is the BR-Cal.206 calibre, made in a skull shape to fit the case perfectly.
Speake-Marin Crazy Skulls
Here's another timepiece that features dial animation. A testament of Speake-Marin's classic yet bold design DNA and haute horlogerie know-how, the intricate design of the Crazy Skulls complements the complicate movement of a 60-second flying tourbillon with a minute repeater carillon. At first look, the backs of the two aluminium skulls meet to form a heart at the centre, but when the minute repeater is activated, the skulls part to reveal the tourbillon underneath, while the prominent blue Roman numeral markers at 12 o'clock "disintegrate".
Fiona Krüger Celebration Skull
Meet Fiona Krüger, an unlikely figure in the watch world (her background lies in Fine Art and Product Design) who made a name for herself with her unique skull-shaped timepieces. Drawing from her experience of living in Mexico for three years as a child, wearing the skull on the wrist serves as a reminder to enjoy life, and her eye-catching creations are a joy to behold indeed. Each colour used in the Celebration Skull has a specific meaning (head here for more info). There's also a surprise when you turn off the lights — the white details are painted in Superluminova so the skull glows in the dark.