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Molnar Fabry Tech Art Skeleton Watch

Molnar Fabry Tech Art Skeleton Watch Watch Releases

Mention independent watchmaking and you are probably thinking of watchmakers like Philippe Dufour and Kari Voutilainen. These are folks who build entire watches by hand from start to finish – in-house movements, dials, cases, and all that. However, there exists another type of independent watchmaking, and these are folks who don’t necessarily design or make their own movements but still make and handcraft certain aspects of the watches on their own. A fine example of this is Molnar Fabry, led by Michal Molnar and Igor Fabry, who take existing movements and modify and decorate them beyond recognition. The watch that you see here is their latest creation and it is called the Molnar Fabry Tech Art Skeleton.

Molnar Fabry Tech Art Skeleton Watch Watch Releases

Molnar Fabry Tech Art Skeleton Watch Watch Releases

The Tech Art Skeleton comes in a 44mm wide in-house handmade stainless steel case. The case looks to be entirely mirror polished with thick lugs that have beveled edges. Also noteworthy is the conspicuous crown with no crown guards. This is necessary to make the watch easy to wind. The watch has a hand-wound movement, which we will get into later.

Molnar Fabry Tech Art Skeleton Watch Watch Releases

Molnar Fabry Tech Art Skeleton Watch Watch Releases

The dial is skeletonized but what is special about it is that it is made of stainless steel, which isn’t a common material used for dials (especially skeletonized ones) because of its hardness. As far as skeletonized watches go, the Molnar Fabry Tech Art Skeleton actually appears very legible. In the middle is a wide ring of stainless steel with the hour engraved upon it by hand in blue Roman numerals. Below it is another small ring for the subsidiary seconds. Both rings feature mirror polish hand beveled edges. The hour, minute, and second hands are all made out of blued steel, which provides contrast against the stainless steel rings. To complement the blued hands and markings on the dial, the Tech Art Skeleton comes with a hand-made, denim blue alligator leather strap made by famous Parisian strap maker ABP Paris.

Molnar Fabry Tech Art Skeleton Watch Watch Releases

Molnar Fabry Tech Art Skeleton Watch Watch Releases

The movement within is actually the good old Unitas 6498, which was chosen primarily for its large size. The skeletonized bridges are beveled and have a sand-blasted black rhodium finish to provide contrast on the dial side. The screws in the movement are also blued and some feature unconventional screw heads, which suggests that they are made in-house. Molnar Fabry also modifies the balance wheel and uses their own in-house version which has an unusual but attractive pattern. Although the movement has been modified aesthetically, it retains most of its functional specifications, so it beats at 2.5Hz and has a power reserve of around 48 hours. That said, Molnar Fabry does regulate it to ensure that it keeps time with greater precision than your run-of-the-mill Unitas 6498.

Molnar Fabry Tech Art Skeleton Watch Watch Releases

Molnar Fabry Tech Art Skeleton Watch Watch Releases

As you can see, independent watchmaking comes in many forms, and although the Molnar Fabry Tech Art Skeleton might not be as mind-blowing as say, a decimal repeater from Voutilainen, there is still something intrinsically exciting and fulfilling about wearing a watch that is made mostly by hand and by skilled artisans. Molnar Fabry says that over 300 hours of hand work is spent on decorating and skeletonizing the Molnar Fabry Tech Art Skeleton. The Molnar Fabry Tech Art Skeleton is a unique piece and is priced at €14,000. molnarfabry.com

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  • SuperStrapper

    I’m openly not a fan of skeletonised watches, but this one really is quite attractive. Not in a ‘I want it’ sense but enough when I’m interested to look closer. The skeletonisation style is interesting. I’m a fan of the huge and heavy looking bridges that were left behind that so plainly display the finishing efforts that went into them, over a more ‘traditional’ squellete appearance of overly fine bridges that are more difficult to appreciate individually, especially at a glance as you admire your own timepiece putting it on or taking it off.
    The time display is also nice, with the semi-regulator appearance fully separating the hour/minute/seconds time elements. The blueing looks excellent and the enamelling also very nice and in a perfectly complimentary tone to the blueing.
    It’s piece unique and contains a labour of handmade love, I understand. That said I still can’t fathom the price.
    Will always look forward to seeing more from this team,

    • IanE

      Well said – though the price doesn’t seem all that much given over 300 hours work (less than 47 euros an hour with everything else thrown in free!).

    • LetoAtreides69

      14 000E / 300 hrs hand work gives a cost of ~47E per hour – not that unreasonable for handwork (not including movement, case prices) – this I’m sure you understand with your strap making business. Agreed the depth from the thicker parts on skelotonizing adds a lot of depth to piece + no arm hair means a nice job and something wearable.

      • SuperStrapper

        Upvoted for arm hair resistance

  • Gokart Mozart

    I really like it and am a fan of their work. The simple but legible dial looks unusual but works really well and I love the handset.

    The bridges are not ornate and over skeletonised, and it has got a solid purposeful case and crown .

    It is a reasonable price considering the quality of work and skills. Don’t forget these guys have skeletonised Christoph Claret watches as well.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    to How did they manage to move the subdial from 9 to 6?

  • Dimman

    Benzinger does superior work for less money.

  • Agnar Sidhu

    I really like how they managed to have all the indices and numerals on the “dial” making it very legible for a skeleton watch. This is definitely a nice and interesting piece of art!

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Make the hands solid. At least give us a chance to read it !

  • Pradeep k

    It looks to me a very wonderful piece of design making looks so good and wonder how they are actually doing all those complicated designs with such accuracy.

  • The skeletonisation style is interesting. I’m a fan of the huge and heavy looking bridges that were left behind that so plainly display the finishing efforts that went into them, over a more ‘traditional’ squellete appearance of overly fine bridges that are more difficult to appreciate individually, especially at a glance as you admire your own timepiece putting it on or taking it off.
    The time display is also nice, with the semi-regulator appearance fully separating the hour/minute/seconds time elements. The blueing looks excellent and the enamelling also very nice and in a perfectly complimentary tone to the blueing.
    Thanks for the informative post

  • Absolutely beautiful work but legible? Hardly.

  • Bozzor

    Love it: one of the best ways to express a classic traditional watch with a completely contemporary vibe. Actually, it manages to pull off a timeless look: this watch will still be contemporary in 25 years time. Stunning!

  • Ulysses31

    Looks beautifully made, and with hardly any skin visible, it’s quite wearable.