Here's something I've been working on.
HTC One X(L) running CM10.1
Status bar hidden, dock hidden, no icons, one home screen with just a simple Minimalistic Text widget linked to a few tasker actions.
Just an attempt at super minimalistic. It's all gesture based (ex. swipe down for status, up for app drawer, etc). Still trying to find a launcher that has robust enough gesture support though. It's still a work in progress.
I tell everyone that I did my home screen like this to confuse iPhone users. And it works every time.
Apex has decent enough gesture support I feel, allowing pinch, swipe up/down, two finger up/down, long tap and double tap.
I have mine set so that swipe down is notification bar, but double finger swipe down is quick settings panel.