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Artfully executed skeletonization at the "Black Beauty" by Kudoke
© Kudoke

Skeletonizing is a method of refining watches

In order to give the watch a more filigree appearance, bridges, plates, dials and possibly also rotors are cut out, leaving as little material as possible, so through watch glass and transparent case bottoms an elaborate ornament is visible.

This is particularly complicated with chronographs, because there are considerably more parts to be processed than with simple watches.

Skeletonized movements are often provided with fine engraving and chiselling.

There is manual and automatic (computer controlled) skeletonization. Best known for the former are the skeleton watches by Kurt Schaffo; these are even unique to each. As a young, emerging talent the gifted East German watchmaker Stefan Kudoke has emerged.