Friday, February 5, 2016

Speake-Marin Diamond Magister Dong Son Tourbillon

The Grand Diamond Magister Dong Son Tourbillon by Speake-Marin features an 18K red gold dial intricately etched with a motif inspired by ancient Dong Son bronze drums inspired by the prehistoric bronze drums of the ancient Dong Son people of Vietnam. Polished bevels lead the eye towards the animated 60-second tourbillon. The Diamond Magister Dong Son is a unique piece in series of 8 tourbillon watches with this design. The meticulously detailed dial is complemented by the drum-like Speake-Marin Piccadilly case in 18k red gold.

In addition to the signature Piccadilly case, the Dong Son Tourbillon possesses other quintessential Speake-Marin qualities including sculpted heat-blued hands, finely finished movement and fluted crown, here set with a scintillating diamond.
The beautiful hand-finished tourbillon rotating at 6 o’clock is framed superbly by its steel guard. The eye-catching, highly polished tourbillon bridge is made from Durnico steel, chosen for its superior strength.

The tourbillon has played an important role in the story of Speake-Marin. The first timepiece to bear the Speake-Marin name was the Foundation Watch, a hand-made pocket watch. The watchmaker’s topping tool wheel motif in the Speake-Marin logo, which first appeared in the tourbillon cage of the Foundation Watch, can also be seen in the tourbillon cage of the Dong Son Tourbillon.

The Dong Son Tourbillon’s visually-arresting blued steel hands are also designed in the same style as the hands of the Foundation Watch, the Rosetta Stone of Speake-Marin. Around the circular-grained periphery of the 18k red gold dial, Roman numerals are first engraved, then lacquered, then circular-grained. The polished gold diamond set bezel frames the dial, just as the circular grained guard ring around the escapement frames the tourbillon.

Turning the Dong Son Tourbillon over, the movement featuring hand-finishing can be fully appreciated through the display back. On top of the offset mainspring barrel is the noble platinum micro-rotor, its strong and sober aesthetic counter-balanced by the intricate complexity of the tourbillon.

The lower tourbillon cage is supported by a striking paddle-shaped bridge offering clear visual access to the surrounding gears below. The rhodium-finished German silver bridges and movement plates are circular-grained with polished screw heads and countersinks. Technical details are engraved and gilded on the bridges either side of the platinum rotor.

The unique dial of the Dong Son Tourbillon
These traditional patterns and iconography provide the inspiration for the highly-intricate dial motif of the Speake-Marin Dong Son. The Diamond Magister Dong Son dial motif takes its cues from some of the most revered Dong Son drum creations, including the Hoàng Ha drum, Co Loa drum and the most important of all due to its well-preserved nature and intricate decoration, the famous Ngoc Lu drum.

The top surfaces of these drums are adorned with a central starburst and concentric circles within which are repetitive images of armed warriors and flying egrets as well as geometric hatching. The dial centre motif of the Dong Son Tourbillon follows a similar pattern to these historical masterpieces, with an outer ring of graceful egrets complemented by an inner ring featuring plumed warriors holding their weapons between the 12 points of the eye-catching starburst. These 12 points also form a neat horological reference for the central hands indicating the hours.

Intricate etching
It is not only the iconography of the Dong Son drum motif that gives the Dong Son dial its vitality, but also the spectacular precision of the etching in the 1.0mm thick 18k gold dial. The precision-etched areas of the red gold dial are 0.3 mm deep, matte finishing emphasises the ‘all red’ dial treatment and provides a stunning image with the circular-grained, red gold motif.

Technical details

Calibre SM3, 60 second tourbillon, self-winding movement with platinum mass
Power reserve: ~ 72 hours

Central hours, minutes

Piccadilly case in 18k red gold
Front and back sapphire crystals treated with antireflective coating. Bezel set with 36 baguette diamonds (2.16 cts)
Diamond set crown, round cut diamond (0.2 cts)
Diameter: 42 mm
Water resistance: 3 bar (30 meters)

18k gold chemically etched and hand finished Dong Son dial
Diamond markers at 3, 9 and 12h
Hands: Central Speake-Marin signature “Foundation” style hands in heat blued steel

Alligator. Pin buckle in 18k gold

Limited edition
Grand Diamond Magister Dong Son is unique piece in series of 8 watches with this design.

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