This year, Swiss luxury watch maker Ellicott SA in La Chaux-de-Fonds celebrates the 275th anniversary of the admission of John Ellicott in the Royal Society, London. To celebrate this occasion, the brand unveils an inspiring mechanical timepiece, the ROYAL SKELETON.

The Royal society was founded in 1660 by a group of 12 in order to create a College for the « Promoting of physico-mathematical experimental learning ». They were to meet weekly to witness experiments and discuss scientific topics. Among the most famous members, we can quote Isaac Newton and William James Frodsham.

On October 26th, 1738, John Ellicott is elected Fellow of the Royal Society. John Ellicott’s footprint was left in English watchmaking’s history, becoming one of the greatest kingdom’s watchmakers. In 1752 he invented a compensated pendulum, and then adopted the cylinder escapement of George Graham, making this system popular. He created a pocket watch with a stop second system and drawed public clocks, such as the London Hospital’s.

John Ellicott was established at 17 Sweeting’s Alley, Royal Exchange. Gaining great reputation for the beauty and excellence of his workmanship, he was appointed to His Majesty George III. Today, Ellicott SA is a Swiss watch manufacturer, reviving Ellicott’s London spirit.

To celebrate the 275th anniversary of the admission of John Ellicott in the Royal Society, the brand honours this master watchmaker with an inspiring creation, the ROYAL SKELETON.

The watch movements fascinate since the origins of watchmaking. Talented watchmakers realise creations to highlight wheels, springs and bridges on intricate mechanisms.

This new Ellicott’s timepiece is as timeless and elegant as ever and captivates its owner by a mechanical performance, an outstanding artistic sense and perfect craftsmanship mastery. Designed with echoes of the classic RS model, yet with contemporary elegance and purity, the result is a profile where every line, dimension and proportion works in harmony.

To make a unique design even better for this new ROYAL SKELETON movement was an incredible challenge. The extremely meticulous finishing with open-worked bridges reveals its most tiny component, enhancing the fabulous hand-wound movement.

This contemporary interpretation of the ROYAL SKELETON features a manual winding movement in 18K pink gold case. Ellicott pays tribute to the traditional techniques by sculpting this movement in a modern and innovative way while giving a dazzling transparency to the architectural structure.

Technical details

Caliber E.RSK.130
Skeleton mechanical hand wound movement
Weight: 16.50 gr
Diameter: 34.50 mm
Thickness: 5.86 mm
Number of components: 149
Number of jewels: 21
Power reserve: 48 hours
Balance: With screw
Frequency: 28’800 alt/H (4Hz)
Spring: Flat

Gold 18K 5N with sapphire crystal
Back with sapphire crystal
Water-resistant: 50 meters
Diameter: 42.00mm
Thickness: 11.00mm
Between horns: 20.00mm

Buckle: Gold 18K 5N

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