Kudoke crafts deathly skeletonised timepiece


German watchmaker Kudoke is taking the skeletonised dial concept to a new level with the creation of a timepiece that uses bone-shaped elements in the design and even the movement of its watch.

Stefan Kudoke has built a reputation for his handmade horological works of art. Three years ago, his KudOktopus was a show stopper at Baselworld thanks to its striking skeletonised face in the form of an octopus.

This year’s centrepiece for Kudoke at Basel will be the Real Skeleton, which draws inspiration from 400 year old Memento Mori clocks, which were designed to remind people in the 17th century about the ceaseless marching of time and inevitability of death.


The watch takes skeletal parts such as skull and bones and uses them as parts of the movement plate and bridges plated with black rhodium and rose gold.

“This play of colours as well as the first-class hand-engravings make the resulting shapes look very realistic. In addition the attention to detail and quality incorporated in this watch is testified by the handmade bone-shaped hands as well as genuine diamonds set into the eyes of the skull,” explains Kudoke.

The Real Skeleton will be available in a 42 mm stainless steel case for a retail price of Euro 8,990.

The company currently has no retailers in the UK, but has exhibited in London in an effort to attract interest from partners and customers.


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