This is one watch you will want to wear. I had it on my wrist for a month and really had a hard time taking it off to return it. In fact, I wore it during the important Geneva watch fairs in January and had so many comments and compliments on it. Even though the watch is 40.5 mm in size, it doesn’t look it or feel it. It fits amazingly comfortable for a bracelet watch and offers a real air of individuality and savoir faire.
The Ernest Borel 155th Anniversary Limited Skeleton collection watch is crafted in stainless steel and is the epitome of classic elegance. Founded in Switzerland in 1856, Ernest Borel has always focused on offering romantic moments and constant perfection, and has won honors and awards as far back as 1861 for its timepieces.
This Anniversary Skelton watch, unveiled in 2011, is assembled with a 2892 skeleton automatic movement that is customized and delicately carved and engraved with Louis XIV decorations. Each piece is so beautifully finished that the overall impression is one of much higher value. The quality of the watch is outstanding. The transparent sapphire crystal and caseback enables the wearer (and onlookers) to admire the attention to detail and the beauty of the watch in motion. While those in the know recognize that creating a skeleton watch is enormously demanding technically and involves hundreds of hours of craftsmanship, all others see is the intriguing beauty of the watch.
I elected to wear the stainless steel version, but there is also a pink gold gilt model, available on a strap and retailing for $4,510, if one prefers that to a bracelet. The movement of this watch has 21 jewels, blue screws, and is rhodium plated. It is water resistant to 30 meters — a plus if you need it. The dial is set with 11 diamonds and features luminescent blue steel hands – making it very easy to read. Just 550 pieces of this version are being made –each retailing for approximately $4,120 – an incredible value for this type of watch, and a real steal if you appreciate craftsmanship and precision.