If the eye is the window to the soul, then the openworked dial of a watch reveals its sumptuous inner beauty in all its glory. With components blessed with fine Swiss-exclusive finishing and decoration, they raise an ordinary timepiece to extraordinary by withholding no secret. You could say that transparency is indeed the best policy, to which the following watches can attest.

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Audemars Piguet's Millenary in white gold case
Above Audemars Piguet's Millenary in pink gold case. (Photo: Audemars Piguet)

Audemars Piguet’s Millenary

A genuine high-end watchmaking collection dedicated to women, the Millenary is both pretty and robust. It is equipped with the in-house hand-wound calibre 5201 that has been reversed in order to reveal the components on the dial via the partially openworked section on the left side of the dial. On the right side is the off centre hour-and-minute dial as well as the seconds sub-dial crafted in mother-of-pearls.

One of the highlights of the collection, which is available in white or pink gold elliptical case, is the Polish bracelet of long, gold-wire ‘springs’ woven together to achieve a chainmail structure. The wires are arranged in alternate directions for a richer, smoother finish that feels supple strapped on the wrist.

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Zenith’s Defy Zero G

The key component here is Zenith’s patented gyroscopic “Gravity Control” module – a fancier, more mouthful name for gyrotourbillon – that previously appeared in its Academy Christophe Colomb grand complication timepiece. However, this time around the Swiss manufacture has found a way to reduce the size of the module by 30%. The spherical system of 139 components now spins between two flat sapphire crystals as opposed to two convex crystals in the original version, which explains the more elegant proportions.

Inspired by historical marine chronometers, the gyroscopic module corrects gravitational effects by maintaining the regulating organ and balance wheel in a horizontal position. Devotees of precision will be pleased to know that it is paired with the El Primero calibre, a high frequency automatic chronograph able to measure one hundredth of a second, which makes the entirely skeletonised decision completely understandable.

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Zenith's Defy Zero G. (Photo: Zenith)
Above Zenith's Defy Zero G. (Photo: Zenith)
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Bulgari's Octo Finissimo Skeleton. (Photo: Bulgari)
Above Bulgari's Octo Finissimo Skeleton. (Photo: Bulgari)

Bulgari’s Octo Finissimo Skeleton Sandblasted

The ultra-thin Calibre BVL 128SK – measuring only 2.35mm thick – can be appreciated on the dial side, with the complexity of each component constructed in a captivating lace-like pattern. The manual movement boasts 65-hour of power reserve. Pulling it all together in a sexy, luxurious manner is the rose gold case, sandblasted for an understated shine. 

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