Renowned master watch maker Speake-Marin introduces “Spirit Pioneer Limited Edition” model inspired from a vintage military watch that he bought 15 years ago when he was restoring antique pieces in Piccadilly, London.
The Spirit Pioneer exudes a casual, contemporary style with superb legibility and features Speake-Marin’s iconic and instantly recognisable Piccadilly case. And true to its name, Spirit carries a rousing call to action through the uplifting motto – “Fight, Love & Persevere” – engraved on the case-back.
Pioneer’s sophisticatedly clean, black-lacquered dial effortlessly throws the central hour, minute and second hands into stark juxtaposition. Equally striking are the powerful Roman numerals at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock and the four pairs of hour markers in between, purposely chosen to enhance readability.
Three-dimensional Super-LumiNova provides the hands, indices and 60 minute markers within the white lacquer railroad-track chapter ring with superlative legibility while adding more than a touch of masculine vitality. The dial is completed by,the Speake-Marin signature ‘topping tool’ motif and logo, which are both in white lacquer.
The elegant stainless steel Piccadilly case bears all the hallmarks of Speake-Marin’s meticulous quest to create classical yet durable timepieces, with the characteristic crown and robust lugs guaranteeing that Spirit will well and truly stand the test of time.
Turning Pioneer over, the beauty of the highly polished and hand bevelled ‘topping tool’ mystery winding rotor is the first feature to catch the attention. However, it is the inspirational rallying cry engraved just below – “Fight, Love & Persevere” – that upholds Spirit’s name and confirms its credentials as the perfect talisman.
Introduced in 2011, the Spirit Pioneer is a limited edition of just 68 pieces.
Model: Speake-Marin Spirit Pioneer Limited Edition
Iconic Piccadilly design
Thickness: 13.5 mm
Sapphire crystal treated with anti-reflective coating
Speake-Marin distinctive ‘topping tool’ motif and custom-designed winding rotor
“Speake-Marin Limited Edition 1in68” engraved above the winding rotor
“Fight, Love & Perservere” motto, engraved under the winding rotor
Crown: Stainless steel
Central hours, minutes and seconds
Matte black lacquered
Roman numerals at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock with white Super-Luminova
Chapter ring with handapplied white Super-Luminova minute markers. Numerals in five-minute intervals in white lacquer
White-lacquered Speake-Marin distinctive ‘topping tool’ wheel motif above 6 o’clock and brand logo below 12 o’clock
Anti-reflective coated Crystal on front and display back
Foundation style central hour and minute hands in white lacquered steel with hand-applied green Super-LumiNova
Central second hand in white lacquered steel
Automatic winding mechanical movement
Large balance for precision timekeeping as well as a solid overall construction
Frequency: 28,800 v/h
42 hours power reserve
In-house custom-designed rotor wheel inspired by the watchmaker’s topping tool, Speake-Marin’s signature motif
Bridges, gear train, setting lever spring, mainplate and rotor wheel replaced and/or re-designed, oversized, circled, spotted, straight grained and polished by hand
Customized, redesigned, reconstructed, and hand-finished, according to Speake-Marin style and quality standards established by the ‘Foundation Watch’
Strap: Genuine red-brown calf leather with contrasting white stitching and stainless steel tang buckle