Generally, when a brand tells me they have a skeleton watch coming up, I’m not all that particularly interested. While it can be interesting to see mechanical movement components, most of the time the dial cutouts to achieve this end up obscuring time-telling capabilities. Particularly if a narrow handset is used to not block the view of the movement. On the other hand, the Ferragamo F-80 Skeleton seems to overcome those problems.
This is achieved with what we’re calling a multi-layer webbing pattern that they’ve used for the dial pattern. This means your eye is more apt to catch the colored web – rather than the silver and brass of the movement – at first glance, allowing your eyes to focus on the watch itself.
They also wisely put a generously-sized, and lumed, handset on top of the dial of the Ferragamo F-80 Skeleton. Pair that with those applied indices (which also look to be lumed) at the hour marks, and you’ve got a skeleton watch you can actually tell time with. You know, the primary job of a watch.
Of course, coming from Ferragamo, it’s not just about showing off that Swiss movement from either side of the watch. There’s also the aesthetic to consider. For this release, they’ve gone with a monochrome approach, in either a dusky pink (which they call Amaretti) or a dark navy blue. To put the luxury into that look, they’ve made the case out of a bio-ceramic (60% ceramic and the rest bio-based polymers), and cleanly color-matched that to a synthetic strap that is made of 39% bio-based materials as well.
So, yeah – I’m as surprised as anyone that the Ferragamo F-80 Skeleton is a skeleton watch that I actually like. Coming from Ferragamo, it’s got that focus on design and clean lines that we’d expect, and there’s plenty of the touches we’d expect from a higher-end watch as well. If you want to get one for summer breezes, they’re $2,195 directly from ferragamo.com
Tech Specs from Ferragamo
- Size: 41 mm
- Movement: DEPA LUXURY DISTRIBUTION DP24SKE – Automatic
- Case: bio-based ceramic – Crown with “F” embossed
- Dial: sunray skeleton dial
- Bracelet: bio-based PU strap – Butterfly buckle with double Gancini logo
- Glass: Sapphire crystal, anti-reflection, scratch-resistant
- Water Resistance: 100 meters
- 2+2 Year Warranty
- Composition: Bio-based ceramic case and bio-based PU strap
- SWISS MADE