10/26/2023
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Hauntingly Stylish: The 5 Spookiest Watches to Wear for Halloween

By Aaron Voyles
Hauntingly Stylish: The 5 Spookiest Watches to Wear for Halloween

Hauntingly Stylish: The 5 Spookiest Watches to Wear for Halloween

As Halloween approaches, watch enthusiasts across the globe have the unique opportunity to embrace the spooky season in style and show their scary side by wearing a watch that might be a bit more “out there” than usual. So, for this year, we’ve curated a list of some of the spookiest Halloween watches that not only exude eerie charm, but also showcase shriek-worthy craftsmanship that is sure to knock your mask off.

1. Konstantin Chaykin Joker Halloween Watch

We’re kicking things off with what’s perhaps the best-ever Halloween-themed watch: the Joker Halloween from the renowned Russian watchmaker Konstantin Chaykin. Based on their infamous Joker watch, which could easily make this list in its own right, the Joker Halloween watch is a playful and whimsical timepiece designed explicitly for the spooky season.

Not the Halloween Editon, but it sends out spooky vibes in any case.
Not the Halloween edition, but it sends out spooky vibes in any case.

Featuring a unique animated Jack-o’-lantern pumpkin on the dial that grins rather menacingly – its eyes displaying the hours and minutes and its mouth the moon phase – this watch is a true conversation starter for any Halloween gathering. Fitted with a bronze case and boasting an orange and yellow color scheme, this timepiece’s mischievous aesthetic captures the spirit of Halloween with delightful precision, and so it makes our list.

2. Louis Vuitton Tambour Carpe Diem

Embodying the essence of Halloween in a more luxurious manner than the Joker Halloween is Louis Vuitton’s Tambour Carpe Diem watch. This limited-edition timepiece is a true work of art, featuring a menacing 18k rose gold skull that comes wrapped in an 18k rose gold snake that can even move. Gothic script reading Carpe Diem (Latin for “seize the day” or maybe night in this case) behind the skull’s mouth can be revealed on demand, making this minute repeating watch a certain reminder of death.

In addition to the skull’s mobile jaw, the snake entwined in it also moves. Its head shifts to the side to reveal the jump-hour display, and its tail is in constant motion as the retrograde minutes hand. With its dark, mysterious, and incredibly complex design, the Louis Vuitton Tambour Carpe Diem is a hauntingly beautiful addition to any Halloween ensemble.

3. Richard Mille Skull RM052

Richard Mille is known for pushing the boundaries of watchmaking, and the RM052 Skull is no exception. Boasting a skeletonized dial and movement that features a tourbillon, it fits within the remit of most of Richard Mille’s incredible timepieces. However, it has the added bonus of a skull as its movement’s baseplate and bridges, with the tourbillon held between its teeth.

With the feature of a skull as its movement.
Featuring a skull-shaped movement

In fact, the design of the RM052 is rather reminiscent of a pirate’s flag, with the skull-shaped baseplate fixed to the RM052’s case with four X-shaped bridges resembling the crossbones of the Jolly Roger. With an elaborate diamond-set pave design on the rear of the skull and some intricate mechanics, the RM052 Skull combines Richard Mille’s impeccable craftsmanship with menacing aesthetics, making it an ideal choice for Halloween.

4. Ulysse Nardin Skeleton x Magma

Looking like it has been pulled from the fiery depths of Satan’s sanctuary, the Ulysse Nardin Skeleton x Magma is a fiery tribute to Halloween’s intensity. With a bold red and black color scheme derived from its 43-mm carbon fiber and red epoxy resin case, this timepiece evokes the image of molten lava. Featuring a skeletonized dial that reveals the intricate movement beneath, the Skeleton x Magma has a great sense of depth, likely inspired by the depths from which it came. A daring and alluring design, it is perfect for those who want to make a statement on All Hallows’ Eve.

5. Cartier Crash

While the list up to this point has focused on spooky aesthetics, the Cartier Crash has a more haunting dimension to its allure. As the legend goes, the Cartier Crash was inspired by a damaged Cartier Baignoire that was recovered from a fiery car crash. As a result, the Crash watch embraces imperfection and tragedy in its design, with its distorted and twisted case shape resembling a melting clock.

One of a kind - the Cartier Crash.
One of a kind: the Cartier Crash

Standing as a testament to unexpected turns of fate, the Cartier Crash makes for the perfect Halloween watch, with its sinister implication and menacing legacy. While its aesthetics may not scream “Halloween,” the spirit of the Crash watch is undeniably haunted, making it a thought-provoking final addition to this list.


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Aaron Voyles

I love everything about watchmaking, from the artistry of their design to the engineering hidden within their movements and the history that breathes life into their stories.

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