Monday, October 10, 2016

Speake-Marin New Velsheda Gothic

After the success of the Velsheda Gothic launched during Baselworld this year, Speake-Marin proposes a second version of this iconic model with its gothic inspiration in a limited edition of 8 pieces.

For this second edition of the Velsheda Gothic, the dial is still dressed with Roman and Arabic numeral. But instead of having only the number 12 coloured, the 4, 8 and 12 indexes are red. The red numbers are classical connotations and associations with early pocket and the wrist watches made in England where on some classic designs the dials were in black with the exception of the “12”.
For the numerals, Speake-Marin chose a very specific typography. Almost Medieval in style with strong curves and points highly stylising this new model. This design ethic defines and identifies Speake-Marin watches. It also brings the Velsheda back to the roots of the universe of Peter Speake-Marin. A subtle detail in the design of the dial is the “5”, which has in miniature the word “enamel” printed, only possibly viewed with an eyeglass.

The dial of this Velsheda is in enamel. A noble material which will withstand the test of time and bring us back to the inspirations of Peter Speake-Marin’s designs linking to his early days in restoration of antique watches in London.

Remembering that the Velsheda in a single handed watch. The sumptuously sculpted hand is neatly counter balanced by a pointer at one end and an arc at the other; coupled with the fine 5-minute graduations around the peripheral chapter ring. For ease of reading the time, the point of the hand is red.

While the single hand extends across the diameter of the dial, its central hub is in the form of the Speake-Marin topping tool logo, as is the central seconds wheel sitting above it. The rotation of the seconds wheel on top of the slower moving hub of the hand creates ever changing, eye-catching patterns, drawing the eye to the centre of Velsheda’s dial.

Finally, the Velsheda’s Vaucher calibre is an automatic winding movement. The movement dominates the view through the display-back and provides a technical backdrop for the beautifully finished rotor. Like the central hub of the hand and the seconds wheel, the rotor is in the shape of the Speake-Marin topping tool logo, a motif permeating the whole timepiece.

Technical details
Movement
Calibre Vaucher 3002, self-winding movement
Dimensions: 30.40mm x 4.35mm.
Jewels: 28.
Frequency: 28,800vph / 4Hz
Power reserve: ~ 50 hours

Indications
Central hours, 5 minutes segments and seconds wheel

Case
Piccadilly case in titanium (grade 5)
Front and back sapphire crystals treated with anti-reflective coating
Diameter: 42 mm
Water resistance: 3 bar (30 meters)

Dial
Enamel featuring tapered Roman and Arabic numerals
Red marker at 4, 8 & 12
Chapter ring divided into graduations of 5 minutes

Hands
Single central blued hand, central blued ‘topping tool’ seconds wheel
Point of the hand in red

Strap
Alligator
Pin buckle in titanium

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