The French jewelry and watchmaking company Cartier is known for its top of the line productions. The designer brand has produced several lines of watches made of premium metals, some precious and others the most durable and aesthetically-pleasing stainless steel. Cartier’s skeleton watches offer a simple yet wonderfully intricate array of designs for both men and women. The price is on the expensive side, but they do tend to hold their value over time, often increasing in their overall valuation. If you’re in the market for one of the finest timepieces on the planet, here are the five best Cartier Skeleton watches that money can buy for your consideration and enjoyment.
5. Cartier Santos de Cartier Iced Out Diamond Skeleton Watch
This exquisite model was produced in 2020 as one of the most recent additions to Cartier’s skeleton collection of timepieces. The reference number is WHSA0007. This watch features a 39.8 mm wide case measuring 9.08 mm in depth, made of stainless steel material. It affixes to the wrist with a matching stainless steel bracelet. The case is set with brilliant diamonds with a seven-sided crown and a faceted sapphire set at the top. The total carat weight of the gemstones is 23 carats with G-H color and VS-SI clarity. The dial is comprised of a skeleton bridge that forms Roman numerals for telling the time. A sapphire crystal covers the front and back of the watch. It’s powered by a caliber 9611 manual winding movement. The bracelet features a SmartLink resizing system along with QuickSwith interchangeability. It comes with an alligator strap with a stainless steel buckle. This watch is water-resistant up to 100 meters.
4. Cartier Santos Dumont Skeleton Watch
The Santos-Dumont Skeleton watch is Cartier’s oversized model. The beauty of this timepiece is in its simplicity. It’s powered by a Manufacture mechanical movement with manual winding 9612 MC with 20 jewels and a power reserve of 72 hours. The case is made of ADLC-coated titanium material and it measures 9.4 mm in depth. Both front and back of the case are a sapphire crystal for a lovely view of the inner workings of the mechanical movement beneath. The dial is made of Roman numerals that are formed by the bridges of the movement. The hands are brass with rhodium finish in sword shape. The strap is made of genuine black alligator skin with an adjustable folding buckle in 18k ADLC-coated white gold. The watch is water-resistant up to 100 feet.
3. Cartier Tank Cartier Skeleton Watch
The Cartier Tank Skeleton model is a highly desired timepiece featuring a case made of 18k white gold material measuring 30mm x 39.2 mm in width with a thickness of 7.45 mm for a slim profile and extreme comfort on the wrist. The watch is powered with a mechanical manual hand-winding caliber 9616 MC movement. Complications include skeleton hours, minutes, and small seconds. The movement is comprised of 21 jewels and a total of 159 parts. It measures 26 mm x 26.3 mm with a thickness of just 3.6 mm, with a vph of 28,800 and a 3 days power reserve. The lovely crown is a beaded style in 18k white gold with a blue sapphire cabochon. The dial features sword-shaped hands made of blued steel. Both front and back are covered with sapphire crystal to reveal the workings of the delicate movement beneath. This timepiece is water-resistant up to 30 meters. The strap is made of genuine black alligator skin with an 18k white gold double adjustable folding buckle closure.
2. Cartier Clé de Cartier Automatic Skeleton Gem-Set Watch – Palladium Diamond Case
The Cartier Cle de Cartier Automatic Skeleton features a case that is made of palladium material set with a total of 339 brilliant-cut diamonds. The total carat weight is 4.11. The case features an ultra-slim profile with a depth of just 5.66 mm. The palladium 950 key crown is set with an additional 28 brilliant-cut diamonds with a total weight of 0.14 carats. This watch is powered by a caliber 9621 MC self-winding mechanical movement with a power reserve of 48 hours. Both the front and back of the timepiece are covered with a sapphire crystal. The strap is made of genuine alligator leather with a double adjustable folding buckle type closure in 18k white gold. This is one of the most elegant and ornate skeleton watches that Cartier has ever made.
1. Cartier Ballon Bleu Skeleton Men’s watch
This is one of the most expensive Cartier watches for men. This exquisite timepiece is a member of the Ballon Bleu Collection, reference number W6920045. The most outstanding feature of this model is the flying tourbillon. The dial is a see through skeleton type, in 18k rose gold material with a smooth bezel made of rose gold. The band is made of genuine leather in brown with a matching 18k rose gold closure. The dial is comprised of a skeletonized face that allows you to see the inner workings of the movement beneath. The bridges of the movement form Arabic and Roman hour markers with dagger-shaped hands pointing to the time. The front and back of the watch case feature see-through crystal sapphire lenses to let you see the movement at work. This watch is water-resistant up to 96 feet. It is powered by a mechanical manual-winding movement. The Cartier Ballon Bleu Skeleton is our pick for the best in its class for 2020. It is the brand’s most elegant and complicated watch with an interesting skeletonized dial that makes it quite the conversation piece.