Baselworld Preview: Speake-Marin Triad

Speake-Marin Triad - frontGeneva-based British watchmaker Peter Speake-Marin has launched a new collection in his eponymous watch brand called Mechanical Art. The first piece in the collection is the Triad, a watch with a triple hour-minute indication over an open dial, set inside a steel case with an 18k rose-gold bezel.

Speake-Marin has developed the watch mindful of the significance of the number “3,” including the fact that the Chinese (still an important demographic for luxury timepieces) consider it a perfect number. The three separate hour-minute indications — each represented with Speake-Marin’s trademark heat-blued “Foundation”-style hands — reflect the meaning of the term “Triad” in music, which is a three-note chord, i.e., three notes played simultaneously to provide a single, rich sound. The hands all rotate over three gilded wheels shaped like watchmakers’ topping tools (another Speake-Marin hallmark), arranged in an equilateral triangle over a smaller, central wheel of the same type. (Click on the photos for larger images.)

Speake-Marin Triad - front

The wheels contrast with the hand-finished German silver movement plate, which has been rhodium-plated for added luster. White, three-dimensional applied Roman numerals mark the hours at the four Cardinal points of the dial — 3,6, 9 and 12 — and provide separation for the areas of gold text around the dial’s perimeter, including the “3 NOTES, 1 MEANING” reference to the musical Triad in the lower right corner.

The three-piece, 42-mm case is in Speake-Marin’s familiar “Piccadilly” style and the caseback features a sapphire viewing window through which to observe the Triad’s movement, Speak-Marin’s automatic Eros 2. The movement’s monotone silver-and-grey aesthetic is lent a splash of color by the blued “mystery” rotor, also shaped like a topping tool. In keeping with the Triad motif, the rotor has three arms, and the perimeter of the caseback is divided into three distinct sections of engraved text.

The Triad, which will make its debut to retailers and collectors at the Baselworld watch fair later this month, will be produced in a limited edition of 88 pieces; the U.S. price has yet to be determined. More details on the watch are listed below the photo; for more on Peter Speake-Marin, click here for a video profile.

 Speake-Marin Triad - back


Technical Characteristics:

Movement: Speake-Marin Caliber Eros 2, automatic; dimensions = 30.4 mm x 4.35 mm; power reserve = 120 hours; 35 jewels; twin barrels; frequency = 28,800vph (4Hz); blued Speake-Marin signature ‘topping tool’ mystery winding rotor; three black ‘Triad’ wheels and three gilded ‘Triad’ wheels; six pillars in copper beryllium (Cu Bu 2); ‘Triad’ top plate circular-grained, rhodium-plated

Functions: Triple hours and minutes display

Case and strap: Piccadilly stainless-steel case and 18k rose-gold bezel; three-piece case construction; dimensions = 42 mm x 13 mm; water-resistant to 30 meters; front and display-back sapphire crystals treated with noneflective coating; caseback circumference engraved with “Speake-Marin – The Piccadilly – Limited Edition of 88”; Speake-Marin pleated crown; on natural alligator leather strap with ecru stitching and rose-gold tang buckle

Dial and hands: Circular-grained, rhodium-plated central dial; outer black dial with white Roman numerals in relief and hand-finished text in rose-gold lacquer; three subdials with Foundation-style hour and minute hands in heat-blued steel; central rose-gold topping-tool wheel rotates in 60 seconds


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  1. Samuel Schwartz

    Hi friends

    Please! I look forward to the new Rolex models presented in Basel 2013
    Some advance??Thanks..

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