The English watchmaker Speake-Marin has created in his Swiss workshop the brand’s first chronograph dubbed Spirit Seafire. This exquisite timepiece was first launched in 2014 and now the range has been enriched with two new models.
Speake-Marin Blue and White Spirit Seafire watches are housed in the manufacturer’s iconic Piccadilly-styled housings, thus making these newcomers classically elegant yet modern. The stepped case with distinctive lugs measures 42mm in diameter, 15mm in thickness and it is crafted from lightweight titanium. The use of titanium substantially reduces the heft of this watch, whilst downward tapering lugs allow the leather strap to conform to the wearer’s wrist. Traditionally, the right side of the case features a fluted diamond-shaped crown, as well as two chronograph pushers.
Underneath the front sapphire glass lies a Speake-Marin’s distinctive dial with two chronograph counters – the minute counter which is placed at the 12 o’clock position and the hours sub-dial placed on the opposite side at the 6 o’clock position. Besides, the dial comprises a date display at the 3 o’clock position and a small seconds wheel at the 9 o’clock position. There are also white skeletonized ‘Foundation’ style central hour and minute hands.
For improved readability, the manufacturer has chosen to use Arabic numerals for the minutes counter and Roman numbers for the hours totalizer. As you have probably noticed before, Roman numerals are rare on the chronograph dials, which makes this model a distinctive symbol of the Spirit collection.
The motto of this line is “Fight, Love & Persevere” which has been engraved on the brush-polished case back of each watch.
Speake-Marin Blue Spirit Seafire and Speake-Marin White Spirit Seafire (their referent numbers are 20003-56 and 20003-55) are produced in the limited editions of 28 specimens each. Like their predecessors, they are inspired by the British military and pilots watches made 60 years ago.
The beating heart of the Spirit Seafire is the robust caliber Valjoux 7750 hand-finished mechanical movement with 2 days (48 hours) power reserve. The self-winding movement is built on 25 jewels and it oscillates at the rapid frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz).
Depending on the model, the new Speake-Marin Spirit Seafire will be secured to its future owner’s wrist with either blue or white rubber or calfskin strap, fitted with a pin buckle in titanium.
The retail price of these two novelties is 8,500 Swiss Francs each which is approximately $8,640.