Last year the Vertical Double Tourbillon was introduced for the first time. This year at BaselWorld an new edition was released. With its black guilded mainplate is shows even more details of the two 60 second tourbillons.
Born in Essex, England, Peter Speake-Marin started his horological career at Hackney Techical College in London. After this school he was a student at the prestige WOSTEP Swiss watchmaking school in Swiss.
He went back to Engeland and worked in the shops of Somlo Antique. After a few years (7) he worked at antique clocks and watches of prestigious brands like, Breguet, Arnold, Forsham and Nielson, etc. He came back to Switzerland and started working at Renaud & Papi to train young watchmakers and build high end complications. In his spare time he started to build his own workshop and first watch. This first watch was called, “The Foundation Watch”. This was the foundation of all watches to be made after this point in time.
The movement is placed in a large case, 46 mm in 18K white gold Piccadilly case. This gives enough room to have a readable time display and placement of the two tourbillons. The case itself has the sleek and simple design features we recognise from other Speake Marin models. It gives home to a large sapphire front and back, which give a great view of the dial and the movement. The lugs have a firm grip onto the leather strap
Dial & Movement
The dial which shows the hour and minute hands is made of a fine enamel. It has roman indexes giving it a classic look and feel. This is a nice contrast to the black guilded main platina and the finely polished tourbillon bridges and cages.
Underneath the enamel dial you see the day and night indicator. On top the main power reserve is visible. The perlage gives it a really sophisticated look and much more depth. Because of the black base colour the two tourbillons almost seem to pop out. Giving away so much more detail because of this simple use of natural contrast.
From the back view the main spring barrel is visible. The back of the bridges have an very nice Geneva stripes but this time not running in one directions, but in two, away from the centre of the plate. With nice contrasting engravings telling you more about the technical details.
Between the back of the two tourbillons a small wheel, the speake marin’s signage, is placed. It is marked, “Equilibreur de Marche” it takes the rate of the two independent regulators and transmits the average of their two rates to the time display. The équilibreur de marche linking the two 60-second tourbillons consists of two concentric wheels arranged one on top of the other. A small spring sandwiched between the wheels has each end attached to a wheel. Each wheel rotates with its respective tourbillon cage and the spring between is tensioned when the rates of the two regulators differ, or if subjected to asymmetric shocks.
Brands seem to take a lot of effort to put in a tourbillon into a movement. Placing one into a movement takes a lot of skill and designers thoughts. Speake Marin takes it to another level by placing two tourbillons next to each other and having them synchronised at the same time.
This together with the use of the black guilded plates make it to a amazing piece. It was most certainly one of our highlights of BaselWorld 2016.
There are also some other amazing models of Speake Marin which we will be talking about in a few days.
|Movement||SM Calibre SM6, manual wound vertical double tourbillon movement.
All black guilded treatment mainplate
|Indications||Off set Hours, Minutes with a power reserve and day/night indicators|
|Power Reserve||70 Hours|
|Case||Piccadilly case in 18K white gold|
|Crystal||Front and back sapphire crystals treated with anti reflective coating|
|Case Dimensions||46 mm|
|Water Resistance||3 Bar|
|Dial||White enamel dial|
|Hands||Speake-Marin signature “Foundation” style hands in heat blued steel|
|Strap||alligator leather strap, black|
|Buckle||Pin buckle in 18K white gold|
|Limited edition||1 watches|