Speak-Marin is a brand that was founded by the eponymous watchmaker in 2002, producing exclusive watches in low quantities. One of the most well known independent watchmakers, Peter Speake-Marin has also collaborated with other big names such as Daniel Roth, Christopher Claret, Harry Winston, MB & F, Roger Dubuis and Maitres du Temps.
The Speak Marin Spirit II is a reincarnation of the original Spirit Pioneer and its inspiration came from an early 20th-century military watch that was modified by Peter when he was in his younger days. Housed in a 42mm stainless steel case, Speake-Marin has developed a very distinctive design language for his brand that is instantly recognisable. The circular drum-like case shape is very unique to the brand and it was inspired by the movement holders that Peter Speake-Marin worked with when he was developing complications for Audemars Piguet early in his career at Renaud & Papi. Furthermore, the case, which is known as the ‘Picadilly case’ features protruding screwed lugs, a fluted crown and a stepped bezel. The name of this case originates from Speake-Marin’s time in London when he was restoring watches at Somlo Antiques in the Burlington Arcade, which incidentally is off Piccadilly Road.
Speake-Marin’s Spirit II features a black lacquered dial with a unique three-dimensional relief luminescent dial. This adds a really nice depth to the watch and furthermore, everything that is white on the dial is luminescent, including the text.
This watch is powered by the TT738 self-winding movement and it incorporates twin barrels offering a very generous 120 hours of power reserve.