The year 2014 will definitely be an exciting year for Speake-Marin. I have recently wrote about their first chronograph named Speake-Marin Spirit Seafire that will be officially unveiled at Baselworld 2014. Today, I will introduce the brand’s second model which will also have its premiere this month in Basel, Switzerland.
At the moment, it seems that this novelty will be the highest quality timepiece that will be presented at the world’s largest exhibition of watches. Speake-Marin Magister Tourbillon boasts an eye-catching tourbillon, a platinum micro rotor and a finely hand-finished movement. As you can see at the image above, the new Speake-Marin features the brand’s signature sculpted heat-blued hands, Piccadilly case and fluted crown.
The watch is housed in a mid-sized case which measures 42mm in diameter and 11.30mm in thickness. The case is crafted from grade 5 titanium and shielded on both sides with sapphire crystals treated with anti-reflective coating. The water resistance of the case is assured down to 30 meters (about 100 feet).
Underneath the front glass, there is a white-lacquered, multi-layered dial with elegant black Roman numeral hour and minute markers which are slightly tapered towards the center to better follow the line of the beautifully sculpted heat-blued hands.
The lower part of the dial is reserved for the eye-catching toubillon that is framed by its stainless steel guard. The highly polished tourbillon bridge is crafted from Durnico maraging steel which has been chosen for its superior strength.
The exhibition case back displays the hand-finished caliber SM3 automatic movement which is equipped with a platinum winding mass that is situated on the top of the offset mainspring barrel. It is rather unusual for the platinum micro-rotor to be in this position, but anyway, the aesthetic appeal is outstanding. The impeccable movement offers a power reserve of about 72 hours.
The Oris caliber 110 that I have reviewed a few days ago also has a single barrel movement and provides an amazing power reserve of 240 hours, but the caliber is hand-wound, whereas the SM3 is automatic.
You have probably noticed that the “3Hz” frequency of the caliber SM3 and the “platinum mass” of the winding rotor are referenced in the center of the dial.
The 25 jewels movement also features rhodium-finished German silver bridges, circular-grained plates with polished screw heads and countersinks Glucydur balance, 950 platinum micro-rotor, as well as 4N gold-plated bridge engravings.
Speake-Marin Magister Tourbillon is attached to a hand-made, alligator leather strap, ending with a titanium pin buckle. The price without taxes is 65,000 Swiss francs (approximately $73,700).