Watches: Speake-Marin Jumping Hours (+live pics and videos)

By Thierry Ané on January 18, 2015

Acknowledging the fact the, for most watch lovers, timepieces have to provide an excuse to talk about their passion for Fine Watchmaking and not just tell the time of the day, Peter Speake-Marin offers stunning “talking pieces” with his Cabinet des Mystères collection.

Back in 2013, the talented English watchmaker introduced a “Mechanical Art N°1” model that provided his first reflections on the symbolism of time: the Triad. This beautiful creation made of stainless steel and red gold showcased three sets of Foundation-style blued–steel hours and minutes hands offering the same time while playing on the universal significance of the number “3”.

The “Jumping Hours” next to its older sister, the “Triad”

This year, the brand is unveiling the second opus of this intriguing series with the Jumping Hours, a sophisticated model also featuring the trademark 42 mm “Piccadilly” case in stainless steel and red gold.

For this ““Mechanical Art N°2”, he found inspiration in the past to show the relentless march of time, this extremely intangible commodity that seems to always escape us. This unusual watch with central minutes and seconds features four additional small size Foundation-style hands at the cardinal points to indicate the hours.

Set atop a gilded star wheel, each one of them “jumps” every 15 minutes, and to let you know which one has jumped last, a tiny red dot appears in one of the four holes on the centre plate at each quarter hour mark. Of course, only one of these four hands is required to tell the correct time but this additional animation gives you a new perception of how the time goes by.

To keep the indications legible and let you focus on the essential: the progression of the hour, no dial has been used. The gilded star wheels and blued hands are placed directly on the German silver mainplate of the movement featuring circular-grained bridges and plates with hand polished bevels. The contrast between these three elements is particularly striking and gives this timepiece a nice technical, almost industrial, appeal.

Speake-Marin built this new complication on the Eros calibre with 5 days of power reserve. The beauty of this self-winding movement showcasing the signature ‘topping tool’ mystery winding rotor can be assessed from the sapphire crystal on the back of the watch. The case back also bears hand-engraved “Mechanical Art No  2” and “Unique Piece” inscriptions: there will indeed be just one Jumping Hours model produced!

This elegant timepiece is presented on a black alligator strap with ecru stitches secured by a stainless steel pin buckle. It is exquisitely finished and utterly original while remaining faithful to the “Speake-Marin” spirit. It goes beyond Fine watchmaking to enter the Art sphere and should be regarded as such. It is an extremely meaningful timepiece to add to your collection, particularly so if you already own the Triad.

For more information please visit the Speake-Marin web site.

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