Swiss luxury jeweller de Grisogono has crafted a jewel encrusted skull-shaped watch that’s a real thriller.
The Crazy Skull watch was unveiled to a select audience of celebrities and VIPs at the manufacturer’s new showroom in Paris, France, with the company’s founder Fawaz Gruosi declaring that only around 10 of these precious watches would ever be made.
Artfully designed, featuring rare and precious materials, the watch required almost a year of research and development and approximately 250 hours of intricate jewellery work.
The skull is snow-set with 891 diamonds (white or black) or rubies totalling approximately 23 carats and embellished with a nose featuring a beautiful heart-cut white diamond of approximately 1.5 carats, which has been cut from a 3-carat raw stone.
As a tribute to kinetic art, the passing of time elapses in dual time displays appearing through the skull’s eyes on which a spiralling setting of black and white diamonds subtly evokes movement.
Thanks to an intricate mechanism devised and developed by the highly skilled de Grisogono’s master jewellers, the mouth is set with 7.7 carats of sparkling invisible-set white baguette-cut diamonds and when the lower jaw is triggered, the “Crazy Skull” sticks out its tongue set with 66 pink sapphires or rubies.
Guests at the star-studded event held in early October included American supermodel Karlie Kloss, who wore the watch to show it off to members of the media.
The price of the watch? Between $632,500 and $822,250, depending on the type of precious gems used on the timepiece.