3 Spooktacular Watches for Halloween

Article By: Logan Hannen

Oct 30, 2018

What is up, watchfam?! Today, we’re going to take a look at three timepieces that truly capture the spirit and vibe of everyone’s favorite spooky holiday. (And yes, that “spirit” pun was so intentional…)

Alright, so the only criteria we’re really going to be working from here is that we won’t be including some of the cheap gag/novelty quartz watches you can find on Amazon for a few dollars with printed pumpkins on the dials and whatnot. They’re just not particularly interesting, and don’t quite capture Halloween all the way around the way these next three do.

1: Bell & Ross BR-01 Burning Skull (RRP 6900 Euros)

Bell & Ross BR-01 Burning Skull
Source: Monochrome

To start, we have the Bell & Ross BR-01 Burning Skull Tattoo, so named for a) the skull in the center and b) the intricate engraving that covers the entirety of the 46mm x 46mm square stainless steel case. The focal point of the piece, though, is definitely the large, 3D skull that makes up the center of the watch and, really, the entirety of the dial. While definitely spooky in energy, the skull’s use here actually has some military heritage, interestingly enough. This can not only be seen in the skull and crossbones, but also in the sword and dagger which make up the hour and minute hands of the watch. Despite the true nature of the watch’s design, I still think it works perfectly well as a Halloween option that also won’t be out of place during the other 364 days of the year…if it works for you, of course.

2: Richard Mille RM 26-02 “Evil Eye” (RRP 690,000 Swiss Francs)

Richard Mille RM 26-02 “Evil Eye”
Source: Richard Mille

From Bell & Ross’ gigantic square cases, we switch gears to another brand that is certainly a bit of a marmite company, as Federico might say. The Richard Mille RM 26-02 “Evil Eye” is a piece I first saw, ironically, in the very issue of AboutTime Magazine I was first published in. It has kind of followed me around ever since, as if it was always watching me…

Okay, humor aside, this watch is a shining example of the kinds of fascinating things that Richard Mille are capable of. The dial, the bits that aren’t skeletonized anyway, are made of Grand feu enamel, a technique of dial design that is as complex as it is beautiful, and requires a great deal of precision and some serious training to pull off properly. In this case, I think Richard Mille nails it. The fire, though clearly not realistic, still feels like it ought to give off warmth of some kind. And the focal point of the piece, the eye off to the left side of the dial, is as creepy as it is beautiful, just like Halloween in my opinion. Oh, and did I mention it’s also a tourbillon?

3: Tissot Heritage Petite Seconde (RRP $995)

Tissot Heritage Petite Seconde
Source: Tissot

Okay, hear me out – I recognize that there is nothing inherently spooky about this particular example without context, but here’s the thing that got me into it: it’s the closest modern example I can find to the unknown reference Tissot worn by James Stewart in Rear Window. Rear Window, for those not in the know, is a Hitchcock movie that doesn’t get quite the same love as his other projects (namely The Birds and Psycho), but is arguably in my top five films of all time, horror/thriller or not. I’ll spare you the full plot synopsis, but in short, Stewart plays a photographer who, as a result of a busted up leg, is wheelchair bound for a time. To kill time, he spies on his neighbors using his photographic equipment, and eventually witnesses something pretty heinous. It spirals out of control in traditional Hitchcockian fashion from there, and I won’t spoil it, but suffice it to say this watch is on his wrist throughout the film and, because of his solitary lifestyle, he winds up checking it frequently enough that it does kind of become like a co-star. Not in the same way as, say, McQueen’s Heuer Monaco in Le Mans or Bond’s Submariner, but still gets some love. Given the film’s raw, unfiltered tension, it seems only right to pay respect to the watch that helped get our hero through it.

Alright, geeks! Do you have any favorites that we may have missed? If so, be sure to let us know and, as always, keep it classy, watchfam.