Speake-Marin’s Renaissance Tourbillon Minute Repeater is severely stunning, don’t you think?
Don’t take my word for it though .. let’s hear from its creator:
“This timepiece represents a fresh start in my work, which is why I named it ‘Renaissance”, elaborates Peter Speake-Marin. “I feel as though I have been on a continual journey of discovery and education that has encompassed my time in antique restoration in London, working on collaborative projects with other brands, and with my own brand in Switzerland.
I wanted to create a timepiece that is, in a sense, a reinvention of my work, that puts much of my previous work together into one watch, reflecting on and bringing back all those elements that makes Speake-Marin what it is, that makes me who I am who I am, while at the same time taking a step forward in the evolution of my craft and of the Speake-Marin brand.”
Synergy of Tourbillon and Minute Repeater
“I wanted to have a tourbillon both because my Foundation Watch features one and because of the way it brings life to the dial. It moves, it’s animated and it’s just beautiful to behold. A tourbillon emphasises the watchmaker’s art ”, says Peter.
“I learned about minute repeaters while restoring them in London and then continued to build modern repeaters as an independent in Switzerland. The ‘London-Geneva’ engraving on Renaissance’s chiming mechanism pays homage to London, where my journey into repeaters began, and continues in Geneva, where the movement is built.
A repeater was a piece of Speake-Marin DNA that I wanted to include not just on a technical level but equally because with the tourbillon there is a wonderful coherence – the visual beauty of the tourbillon complemented by the aural beauty of the repeater.
I designed the back movement bridges so that the whole of the surface of the back of Renaissance is like a canvas where I could fully maximise the possibilities of engraving. It gives me the liberty to be able to explore many different artistic avenues. For myself these unique hand engravings complete Renaissance on both technical and aesthetic levels.
Engravings of this sort are also a classic Speake-Marin element. Many of the early pieces I created were dragon-orientated, working with either Japanese artists or European engravers but often in an Asiatic style and first two Renaissance pieces bear beautiful dragon engravings. Although my style is very gothic, I feel that it complements that type of art well.”
Thank you Peter!
- Every Renaissance Tourbillon Minute Repeater is a unique piece.
- Features and indications
Hours, minutes and small seconds (on tourbillon cage)
- Minute repeater featuring an all-or-nothing mechanism and centrifugal inertia regulator
Each piece features a unique, hand-engraved movement
- Dial and Hands
Foundation-style, heat-blued hour and minute hands
Heat-blued second hand on tourbillon cage at 5 o’clock
Open dial revealing finely-finished movement
Dimensions: 32.4mm x 5.36mm
Power reserve: 100 hours
No. of components: 330
Speake-Marin signature motif topping tool design tourbillon cage
- Tourbillon cage: 13.59mm
Balance frequency: 21,600vph / 3Hz
Balance diameter: 8.8mm (9.6mm with regulating screws)
Balance inertia: 10mg/cm2
Silicon anchor and escape wheel
Two-hammer minute repeater featuring all-or-nothing mechanism
Speake-Marin bridge design and hand-finishes
- Unique, hand-engraved motif on back plate
The latter includes “Speake – Marin, Piece Unique Gravée Main”
Minute repeater chime mechanism engraving: “Geneva – London”
Case and strap
Iconic Piccadilly design
- Dimensions: 44.0mm x 11mm
Three-piece case crafted in 18k red gold
- Two-position Speake-Marin crown
Minute repeater slider on case band at 9 o’clock
- Sapphire crystal treated with anti-reflective coating
- Water resistance: 3atm/30m/100′