Watches: Peter Speake-Marin Magister Tourbillon
By Thierry Ané on March 18, 2014
Every new release of a Speake-Marin timepiece is a big deal, even more so when it inaugurates a new collection. And what better way to launch the new “J Class” line than with the Magister Tourbillon?
Framed in a 42 mm Picadilly case in highly polished titanium and its trademark fluted crown, the newcomer is faithful to the brand’s unique aesthetics. It features lovely blued “Foundation” hands and an immaculate multi-level white lacquered dial with tapered black Roman numerals on the outer ring and a slightly embedded centre.
But, despite the evident beauty of this stylish contemporary ensemble, our eyes are drawn to the 6 o’clock position where beats a magnificent 60-second tourbillon, framed in a highly polished stainless steel guard. Speake-Marin’s beloved topping tool wheel motif subtly appears in the tourbillon cage as a nod to the first timepiece ever to bear the Speake-Marin name, the Foundation Watch.
The view from the sapphire exhibition back is perhaps even more impressive as it reveals the technical beauty of the SM3 calibre that animates this watch. On top of the offset mainspring barrel sits a very sober platinum micro-rotor. Its pure lines, almost industrial, provide an intriguing contrast to the intricate complexity of the tourbillon back supported by a paddle-shaped bridge. The rhodium-finished German silver bridges and movement plates are circular-grained and feature highly polished edges. Overall, the movement looks effortlessly elegant and modern, just like the rest of Speake-Marin’s creations.
Mounted on a black alligator strap, this Magister Tourbillon is secured by a titanium pin buckle. The watch is water resistant to 3 ATM and features a “Speake-Marin The Picadilly” inscription on the circumference of the case back. It is another impressive creation from a brand that has all the requirements to appeal to the educated watch lovers.