What makes Speake-Marin watches so cool? Well let’s see. Watchmaker Peter Speake-Marin is the basis for Pierce Brosnan’s character in the upcoming thriller Survivor. Speake-Marin has been designing beautiful watches and watch movements for years. He developed and built high-end complications for Renaud & Papi (now Audemars Piguet Renaud & Papi SA). If you have to ask how much these cost then you’re just like me and cannot afford one, yet. Don’t worry, we’ll get there.
The Spirit MKII is the low range of the Speake-Marin watches but is simplistically stunning. Large Roman numerals at the 3, 6, 9 and 12 create a masculine presence while the smaller Arabic numerals around the outside edge of watch face make reading minutes easy.
Speake-Marin’s first chronograph, the Spirit Seafire, is a horological supermodel. It retains the MKII’s Roman and Arabic numerals for the hour and minute subdials, respectively. There are no numerals however on the main dial. The face would have become too crowded if numerals were added there. The black dial and brown band prove once again that you can wear brown and black together, and look good while doing it.
View the entire Speake-Marin Spirit Collection here
Cabinet des Mysteres Collection
Face to Face
These are the watches that first caught my eye and peaked my interest in Speake-Marin. If you wear a black leather jacket, ride Harley and make over $200K per year then you just might want to grab one of the Face to Face watches.
There is something magical about constellations and something magical about Speake-Marin watches. What happens when you combine two magical things? Something uniquely badass.
Not badass enough for you yet? “Constellation features a hand-engraved animal on the dial, representing the owner’s year of birth according to the Chinese calendar and, visible through the display back, a diamond-set constellation of stars as seen in the night sky at the place and in the year of the owner’s birth.”
If your lower down in the ranks of the Triad consider sporting this watch to show your loyalty (it says Triad on the face). Now your mamma will finally be proud!
View the entire Cabinet des Mysteres Collection here.
J Class Collection
The Speake-Marin Serpent Calendar gets its name from the serpentine hand which points to the date displayed on the dial. Roman numerals running around the entire dial give this watch a loud look while still being classy. Wear this and you’ll be noticed for the right reasons, not your receding hairline.
The Velsheda looks like a compass on your wrist. This may sound like a negative point, however, one look at the Velsheda and you will not want to pull your eyes away. The center of the dial is forever changing, creating a mesmerising effect. Definitely one of the cooler features I have seen on a watch.
If you have pockets deeper than the Grand Canyon and are lacking a tourbillon in your collection consider the Magister. It looks very similar to the Serpent Calendar only without the calendar function. Don’t fret about knowing the date though as the tourillon takes center stage on this undeniably gorgeous watch.
View the entire J Class Collection here.
Watchmaker Peter Speake-Marin
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