Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Speake-Marin Watches: Brand Profile, History and Products

A native Englishman, Peter Speake-Marin originally had the intention of making jewelry, but found himself seduced by the art and mechanics of watch making. He began his horological journey at London's Hackney Technical College (1985) and then continued his education at WOSTEP, the prestigious Swiss watch making school.

Returning to England, Peter worked for a number of different companies around the UK before accepting an offer to head the prestigious antique watch section at Somlo Antiques. At their store in the Piccadilly Arcade, he had the privilege to restore timepieces by great masters and houses, including Dent, Frodsham, Nielson, Breguet and Patek Philippe. Working on these horological treasures taught him how past masters worked, it fueled his desire to raise his skills and knowledge even further.
Peter Speake-Marin
Peter moved back to Switzerland in 1996 where he was recruited by the illustrious manufacture Renaud & Papi (now Audemars Piguet Renaud &Papi) to develop high complications. During this time, he began acquiring his own machinery and constructed by hand a tourbillon pocket watch with two power trains. This timepiece became the Foundation Watch for his own independent atelier, established in 2000 in the picturesque village of Rolle, between Geneva and Lausanne.

The elegant and classical design of the Foundation Watch was inspired by early marine chronometers, while the tourbillon cage motif inspired by a watchmakers topping tool. The detailed hand engravings fluted crown, unique hands are all features still found today in the Speake-Marin collections, and particularly in the J-Class Collection.

Speake-Marin timepieces are today grouped into three collections. The sports watches of the Spirit Collection take their inspiration from the vintage military and pilots world.

The more traditional J-Class Collection is often influenced by the world's oldest nautical race: the America’s Cup. Speake-Marin has drawn inspiration from the world of sailing and has dedicated its models to the sport by naming each of its new models after a famous yacht. Lastly there is the Cabinet des Mystères, which includes the brand's exceptional and esoteric models such as the mechanical art series and the miniature art pieces.

2015 has been a milestone year for the brand. It was at the beginning of the year the year that Pierce Brosnan became the Swiss watch brand's ambassador, with a commitment for the next three years.

Others have frequently sought Peter for his talent and innovative ideas. Collaborations include: 2006 Harry Winston's stunning Excenter Tourbillon; 2008 MB&F's Horological Machine No.1; 2008 one of the three Masters developing Chapter One for Maîtres du Temps and Chapter Two in 2009.

Other Watch Collections
Classic Collection: The Classic Collection features timepieces indicating hours, minutes and seconds with signature flame-blued Speake- Marin hands. The hand-finished mechanical movement is automatic winding. A choice of dials, case materials and case sizes (38mm and 42mm) ensures the perfect watch for every taste.

Sea & Stone Collection: Sea & Stone is a limited edition collection featuring dials crafted from natural stones and/or shells. A maximum of six examples of each dial are available in 38mm or 42mm cases. Flame-blued hands, automatic winding, mechanical movement.

Serpent Calendar: Timepieces with the serpent hand indicating the date. Available with either 38mm or 42mm gold case. Automatic winding, mechanical movement.

Shimoda: A single flame-blued hand pivoting around a central diamond indicates the time on this elegant white enamel dial. Available in a 38mm white gold or red gold case. Automatic winding, mechanical movement.

The ‘Quantième Perpétuel’ or Perpetual calendar: The complication keeps track of the number of days in each month and adjusts for leap years. Sub-dials indicate day, date, month and moon phase. Available in a 38mm or 42mm case, silvered-gold or champagne-gold dial, with full or semi-skeleton dial options. Automatic winding, mechanical movement.

The Vintage Tourbillon Mark II: The Vintage Tourbillon Mark II is available limited edition of just 25 pieces. On the dial side, the mirror-polished tourbillon bridge with its central diamond is beautifully juxtaposed against circular finishing on the dial. Turning the watch over reveals intricately hand-engraved bridges and double retrograde hands indicating the 110-hour power reserve. Manual winding, mechanical movement.

OneIn20: The OneIn20 by Speake-Marin is a limited edition of 20 pre-series of watches featuring the SM2 automatic in-house calibrate OneIn20 collection includes simple time-only watches, unique art pieces and perpetual calendars.

Marin 1: The Marin 1 is the first timepiece (after the limited edition 1 in 20 pre-series) from Speake-Marin to feature the new in-house calibre SM2 automatic movement. Time on the Marin 1 is indicated by distinctive blued-steel hands. The polished 5 Eli titanium case is available in 38mm or 42mm.

Unique Pieces: Speake-Marin is also able to offer a bespoke service to those discerning individuals who wish to commission their own unique timepiece.

Official website: http://www.speake-marin.com

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