Speake-Marin Spirit Wing Commander

The British military inspired Spirit collection now welcomes a new member. With its highly legible display including big date and power reserve indicator in a high-tech titanium case, the Spirit Wing Commander adds a new twist to the Speake-Marin Spirit collection.

The Spirit Wing Commander is armed with a clutch of indications: Central hours and minutes signalled by sculpted Speake-Marin ‘Foundation’ hands hand-filled with bright white Super-LumiNova(which glows an atmospheric green in the dark); white lacquered seconds wheel at 9 o’clock in the shape of the Speake-Marin ‘topping tool’ icon; white lacquered big date at 12 o’clock; and power reserve indicator at 6 o’clock.

Speake-Marin Spirit Wing Commander

The Wing Commander’s power reserve indicator arc provides an intuitive ‘fuel gauge’, displaying a bright Super-LumiNova white when completely wound (full), turning black (half-full), then red (running on empty) as the available energy diminishes. The date indication is highly noticeable thanks to the generously-sized display window.

Seconds can be monitored via the circular cut-out in the ‘topping tool’ wheel – flush with the dial– as it passes by a vertical Super-LumiNova white line. The latter is set into the surface, as are the Speake-Marin logo and chapter ring railroad-track, while Roman numerals and hour and minute indicators are in three-dimensional Super-LumiNova, creating a multi-level dial profile.

The fresh white Super-LumiNova and white lacquer contrast superbly with the matte black dial to endow the Wing Commander with exceptional legibility. And the highly visible indications are no less elegant – the Roman Numerals, the ‘topping tool’ seconds wheel and the three-dimensionality of the dial all add a touch of refinement, elegantly counter balancing the Spirit’s casual aura.

Speake-Marin Spirit Wing Commander watch

To create the Wing Commander’s dial, a three-dimensional mould of the multi-level dial elements was produced to make a negative mould in which lacquer and Super-LumiNova masks were successively applied by hand, ensuring the correct materials and colours were in the right places. When set, the one-piece dial face was removed from the mould and bonded to the dial plate.

The Spirit Wing Commander is powered with Calibre 1024SPM movement with automatic winding rotor and offers 48-hour power reserve.

For added protection, the Speake-Marin signature fluted crown is set slightly into the straight-grained caseband of the polished grade 5 titanium case with screwed lugs. The three-position crown enables manual winding, rapid date change and hacking seconds. Finally, the Wing Commander would not be a Spirit without Peter Speake-Marin’s rousing call-to-action “Fight, Love & Persevere” engraved on the solid caseback.

Speake-Marin Spirit Wing Commander

The Speake-Marin Spirit Wing Commander is available in a 42mm grade 5 titanium case complemented by a hand-made brown leather strap.

Technical details

Model: Speake-Marin Spirit Wing Commander

Features and indications
Central hours and minutes
Big date at 12 o’clock
Power reserve indicator
Highly legible one-piece, three-dimensional dial ‘Topping tool’ seconds wheel flush with dial
42mm Piccadilly case in grade 5 titanium
Spirit motto “Fight, Love and Persevere” engraved on case back
Hand-made leather strap

Dial and hands
Matte black resin base dial
White elements in Super-LumiNova, in 3D relief and inset into dial
‘Foundation’ central hour and minute hands: Black-PVD and hand-applied white Super-LumiNova
‘Topping tool’ seconds wheel, hand-lacquered white at 9 o’clock

Calibre 1024SPM
Automatic-winding mechanical movement featuring big date and power reserve complications
Single barrel
Frequency: 28,800vph / 4Hz
Power reserve: 48 hours

Case and strap
Piccadilly case in polished, grade 5 titanium with straight-grained sides
Dimensions: 42mm x 15mm
Screwed lugs
27-piece case: mechanically assembled shoulders with screws fixing case back and bezel
3-position crown: manual winding, rapid date change and hacking seconds
Spirit motto “Fight, Love and Persevere” engraved on case back
Front sapphire crystal treated with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: 3atm/30m/100ft
Hand-made brown leather strap
Pin buckle in titanium; folding buckle available (sold separately)

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