A thorough review of TWC's skeletonizing work and how it illuminates the disparity in craftsmanship between indy watch brands and mainstream consumer luxury brands. Now enjoy some of the finest horological innovations you have ever seen.
What differentiates an independent watchmaker like TWC from the mainstream consumer luxury watch brands is the attention to detail and handwork applied to the production of its product. This reality creates an endless realm of creative possibilities where TWC can make whatever watch it desires to make. There are no burdens imposed on independents like TWC from the capitalist structure of consumer luxury. There are no retailers requesting split allocation, there is no required quantity, and there doesn't have to be some exact code for the production of each watch. This results in simply the purest form of the craft, in which every wearer of a TWC timepiece can look down at their wrist and think, "not a single other individual has this exact same watch." TWC doesn't make watches for its customers to buy, TWC makes watches for its customers. Handmade horological instruments are an art form that appeal directly to those whom enjoy it as such. In this article, we take a look at some of our finest work, and show you why the mainstream consumer luxury watch brands can't even be put in the conversation with the likes of indy watch brands like TWC in terms of what's possible in handmade craftsmanship.
Our Skeleton collections over the years are a perfect example to explain the varying attention to detail and handwork applied in the production process between indy watch brands like TWC and the mainstream consumer luxury brands. TWC has marked itself as the lead American mechanical watchmaker over the past two decades due to many of the Skeletons you will soon see in this article. The skillset required to create these masterpieces is as rare to find here in the USA as it is to find a lepricon digging for gold at the end of a rainbow. Thats right, it's basically impossible. Thankfully, our founders from Germany happened to not only play large roles in the pioneering of this art form over sees, but brought it along with them once they came to the US. More importantly, their relationships with the few artisans whom share their skillset back in Germany remain strong today, allowing for the scaled production of this kind of work. This is a form of horological craft that just about won't be found anywhere else, except for the few friends of ours back in Europe whom we work with consistently.
All TWC Skeleton models are produced in very limited numbers, usually ranging between 10-20 with certain gold pieces limited to 5. The limited edition Quarter-Skeleton above is one of our most innovative mechanical sculptures, featuring the rear-end of the movement's plate as the dial. Hand-pressed and turned is an intricate pirlage pattern that has been finished with heat-application, bluing and further processes to produce a green effect. A decorative piece that explores various colors, reflective points and textures. With the ruby jewels, sterling silver outer dial, skeletonized white cathedral hands, dial layering, pirlage and guilloche, the Quarter-Skeleton couldn't do a better job at exactly what it was made to do...keep its wearer in endless awe. Nobody else's opinion matters for you, just yours.
This timepiece is yet another that was produced in collaboration with Jochen Benzinger, the master guilloche artist out of Germany and longtime friend of TWC founder, Hartwig Balke. The outer dial is made of solid sterling silver, with applied black indices atop of the elegant brushed finish. The inner dial is uniquely skeletonized, exhibiting a dynamic layout of hand-guilloche outer-dials that overlap with one another, forming a sense of single-plane sculptural abstraction. The skeletonized dial also features rose gold elements, adding a formal elegance to the timepiece. Last but least, a lone second hand, painted in red, completes the complex aesthetic with a bold statement of contrasting tone.