Watches: Peter Speake-Marin Spirit Wing Commander

By Thierry Ané on February 6, 2014

A little less than two months before Baselworld Peter Speake-Marin offers us a preview of what is to come with a new member of the Spirit collection.

The Spirit Wing Commander is faithful to Speake-Marin’s DNA and draws its inspiration from the British military and the world of aviation. This beautiful timepiece features the iconic Picadilly case this time crafted in high-tech titanium fitted with red-brown calfskin leather with white stitches and secured by a titanium pin buckle. The case back bears Speake-Marin’s motto “Fight, Love & Preserve”.

As usual with the brand, the watch is a model of legibility despite all the information displayed. In perfect contrast with the matte black dial, two sculpted Speake-Marin “Foundation” hands indicate the time of the day. Filled with white SuperLuminova, they glow green in the dark. At the 9 o’clock position, the white lacquered seconds wheel is shaped like the brand’s iconic “topping tool”. Two small vertical dashes in white SuperLuminova allow the wearer to monitor the seconds. The timepiece presents a large date positioned in two windows at 12 o’clock. At the opposite 6 o’clock position, the watch features a sectorial power reserve indicator. When the watch is fully wound, the disc is fully white. It becomes black when the power reserve decreases and red when the 48 hours of energy has been almost entirely used. The dot hour markers and the big Roman numerals complete the Speake-Marin look of this watch powered by the reliable self-winding 1024SPM calibre.

Although this nice watch can be regarded as a pilot’s watch, and hence be considered a casual model, it won’t look inappropriate with formal attire. Perhaps because of its British aesthetics, this timepiece remains understated in all occasions.

I really look forward to seeing in person this great addition to the Spirit collection and being able to share my impressions of the watch as well as live pictures. Unfortunately, we will have to wait for Basel for that…

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