November 27, 2022
Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 052 Skull

Some watch brands have introduced skull watches — timepieces with skulls on their dials, some with a horological headbone actually incorporated into the movement itself. Here’s a heads-up on four recently released skull watches.

1. Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 052 Skull

Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 052 Skull
Above and below: Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 052 Skull
Richard Mille‘s RM 052 Skull is a limited edition of 21 watches, introduced at SIHH 2012. The watch had a price of $500,000 when it was first announced. The watch’s main feature is the skull-shaped grade 5 titanium baseplate at the center.Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 052 Skull - cu

The skull is also integrated into the movement: the upper and lower “jaws” hold the ruby of the tourbillon cage, and the back of the skull is also the movement’s center bridge. The four bridges that connect the movement to the case also a form a skull-and-crossbones pattern.

2. HYT Skull Pocket

HYT Skull Pocket
HYT Skull Pocket
First unveiled at SIHH 2017 – the dial of this Skull Pocket features a skull. (The brand already launched their first skull-themed timepiece in 2012.) The new Skull Pocket has no hands. Like all models from the unconventional brand, it shows the time with the help of two liquids, a clear and a colored one. Where the liquids meet, a visible line tells the wearer what time it is. But even for a HYT timepiece the Skull Pocket is special, because it’s not only the first HYT pocketwatch but also features a mechanical light-source technology which the brand initially developed in 2016. 

3. Bell & Ross BR 01 Airborne

Bell & Ross BR 01 Airborne
Bell & Ross BR 01 Airborne

The BR 01 Airborne from Bell & Ross features a glow-in-the-dark skull on its dial. The BR 01 Airborne was developed in honor of the courageous soldiers who fought during World War II, particularly the paratroopers of the U.S. Airborne divisions.

Bell & Ross BR 01 Airborne - glow-in-the-dark skull

The skull was one of the emblems they wore on their uniforms as a symbol of courage in the face of death.

4. Speake-Marin Crazy Skulls

Speake-Marin Crazy Skulls, closed
Speake-Marin Crazy Skulls, closed

The dial of the Crazy Skulls from Peter Speake-Marin‘s eponymous watch brand features not one but two skulls. While the space between them forms a heart in the watch shown above, one can activate the watch’s minute repeater with a slider on the left side of the case, which activates the repeater and also makes the skulls reveal the usually hidden tourbillon at 6 o’clock, as shown below.

Speake-Marin Crazy Skulls, open
Speake-Marin Crazy Skulls, open.