Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Speake-Marin Skull Face to Face Tourbillon

It is no coincidence if Skulls appeared many years ago in the Speake-Marin Collection. From an early age Peter Speake-Marin was fascinated with the subject and developed an affinity with the philosophy Memento mori. To remind that life if precious and every minute counts, nearly ten years ago Peter Speake Marin decided to place skulls on the dial of the Cabinet des Mystères collection. The collection holds a special place in the Speake-Marin watchmaking world.
Face to Face’s intricate double gold skull engraving has been etched onto the dial using a chemical etching technique. The two skulls are face to face to illustrate a reflection in time. The bezel is also set with 36 baguette diamonds (2.16 carat).
The Magister Tourbillon at 6 o’clock features a hand-finished 60-second tourbillon. Turning the tourbillon over, the movement featuring hand-finishing can be fully appreciated through the display back. Offset on the main bridge is the noble platinum micro-rotor, its strong and sober aesthetic counterbalanced 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 main plate are circular-grained with polished screw heads and polished countersinks. Technical details are engraved and gilded on the bridges either side of the platinum rotor.
The Skull Face to Face Tourbillon is a limited edition of 8 pieces.
Technical details
Model: Face to face Tourbillon

Calibre SM3, 60 seconds tourbillon, self-winding movement with platinum micro rotor
Power reserve: ~ 72 hours

Central hours and 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 (0.2cts)
Diameter: 42 mm
Water resistance: 3 bar (30 meters)

Dial made in 18K gold
Finished in 2 tones, set with 8 diamonds
Chemically etched skull
Hands: Central Speake-Marin signature “Foundation” style hands in heat-blued steel

Alligator Strap, Pin buckle in 18K red gold

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