A large star-shaped barrel bridge dominates the dial, while the micro-rotor that winds the mainspring is visible at 11 o’clock. In between the gears of the wheel train are visible, held in place by the narrow arms of the skeletonised bridges.
All the top surfaces of the bridges have been decorated with perlage, or circular graining, while the edges are bevelled and mirror polished. This decoration catches the light at various angles for a pleasing effect that lights up the movement, which is dominated by dark colours.
In fact, the movement is almost monochromatic, with a dark grey ruthenium plating for the bridges. An exception is the gilded balance wheel and shock-absorber spring on the balance cock, providing the only elements of colour on the dial.
|The Geneva Seal hallmark visible at the right edge of the movement
While the dial side of the watch has depth thanks to the arrangement of the gears and bridges, the rear is less compelling because it is essentially a large, flat main plate that has been skeletonised.
At 42mm in diameter and 11.44mm high, the Excalibur Automatic Skeleton is elegantly proportioned. That moderates the extravagant case form, with the wide notched bezel and triple lugs.