Finally it happens! Speak-Marine will soon be presented as the brand’s first chronograph. The Speake-Marin collection comprises complications such as jumping hours, perpetual calendars, tourbillons and minute repeaters, but so far there has been no chronograph. Speake-Marin’s first chronograph will be unveiled in a few weeks in Basel and it will be housed in a titanium case with a military-inspired dial.
This novelty is named after a British navy fighter aircraft from the Second World War. The new Speake-Marin Spirit Seafire is actually inspired by vintage British military watches.
The matte black dial of the watch features markers and a mixture of Arabic and Roman numerals coated with superluminova. Its dial boasts three-dimensional hour markers, a minute chapter ring, and a seconds wheel at the 9 o’clock position in the form of the Speake-Marin’s ‘topping tool logo. Two chronograph counters are well balanced; minutes are shown on the upper counter at the 12 o’clock position, while the elapsed hours are shown on the sub-dial at the 6 o’clock position. There is also a round date display which is located at the 3 o’clock position. The hour and minute hands are skeletonized and filled on tips with superluminova. A matte black base of the dial matches perfectly with a bright white superluminova which glows green in the dark, thus making the extraordinary legible display.
The watch is housed in a Piccadilly style case crafted from grade 5 titanium. The case measures 42mm in diameter and 15mm in thickness. Inside the mid-sized titanium case ticks caliber C99001-D automatic winding movement which offers 48 hours of autonomy when fully wound. The impeccable mechanism has a rapid beating rate of 28,800 beats per hour (4 Hz) and it is built on 25 jewels.
The front side of its masculine case is domed with a sapphire crystal treated with anti-reflective coating. The solid case back features inscription “Fight, Love and Persevere”. The very first Speake-Marin’s chronograph is constructed to resist water pressure of up to 30 meters (100 feet).
The watch is teamed with a hand-made brown leather strap, ending with a titanium pin buckle. Besides, upgrade options are available: a hand-waxed cotton NATO strap by Suigeneric which is sold separately and a folding buckle which is also sold separately.
The Speake-Marin Spirit Seafire is priced at CHF 7,900 which is approximately $8,900.