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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Speake-Marin Crazy Skulls

For the first time, Speake-Marin combines on a single watch a minute repeater carillon, a tourbillon and an animation of the dial which bring a touch of creativity and eccentricity to these two beautiful and unique pieces.

To remind us that life if precious and every minute counts, nearly ten years ago Speake-Marin decided to place a skull on the dial of the Cabinet des Mystères Collection. This year to continue the tradition the Swiss brand launches two extraordinary watches to celebrate its first participation to the SIHH.
Crazy Skulls tells the story of two souls linked through the death by a heart, visible in-between the two skulls. In this heart beat a tourbillon, a new 60-second tourbillon. Calibre launched by Speake-Marin this year. This dial hides also a minute repeater. When the slider is activated, the minute repeater carillon begins to ring and a mechanism separates the two skulls to reveal the heart of the watch, the tourbillon. But true love doesn’t bear separation and the world falls apart! Precisely, the numerals of the 12 fall apart on our dial and transcribe the despair of the two lovers. Then as the time is sounded by the hammers striking the 3 gongs the heart is reunited and the roman numerals are reconstructed to their former glory.
It is no coincidence if Skulls appeared many years ago in the Speake-Marin Collection. From the beginning, Speake-Marin was fascinated with the subject and developed an affinity with the philosophy Memento mori.
Crazy skulls intricately etched double skull, grey or black, in aluminium on a squeletonised dial. The Tourbillon at 6 o’clock features a hand-finished 60-second cage. Turning the tourbillon over, the movement featuring hand-finishing can be fully appreciated through the display back.
The lower tourbillon cage is supported by a striking paddle-shaped bridge offering clear visual access to the surrounding gears below. The bridges and main plate are circular-grained with polished screw heads and polished countersinks.
The two Crazy Skulls are two unique pieces.

Technical details
Crazy Skulls

Calibre SMC01, 60 seconds tourbillon, manual winding movement, minute repeater carillon
Indications: Central hours and minutes
Power reserve: 72 hours

Piccadilly shoulders and central in titanium (Grade 5)
Bezel and case back in platinum
Diameter: 42 mm
Water resistance: 3 bar (30 meters)

Skeletonised dial with two skulls in aluminium
Roman numerals at 12
Minute repeater with animation of the dial
Hands: Speake-Marin style hands in heat-blued steel

Pin buckle in 18K red gold

Limited Edition
Two unique pieces

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