The brand’s first chronograph…
Perhaps a surprise to some is that, having high complications including tourbillions, minute repeaters and perpetual calendars under his belt, independent watchmaker Peter Speake-Marin has not put his name on a chronograph. Until now. And what a fine and distinctive looking chronograph the Spirit Seafire is! I’ll break it down for you, below.
Speake-Marin Spirit Seafire
42mm x 15mm titanium case, automatic mechanical chronograph caliber (4Hz/28,800), brown leather strap (upgrade options available)
It is clear that Peter Speake-Marin has put considerable thought into subtle details that contribute to the Seafire’s legibility as a chronograph: the skeletonized hour and minute hands, and the center-set seconds hand with a large, open circle counterweight — both of which have white Superlumed tips — all subtle but well-intended examples of the designer’s desire to provide proper views of the counters.
The Spirit Seafire is unimstakeably Speake-Marin, with signature ‘Piccadilly’ case (though chrono-ready and in polished titanium with straight grained caseband), ‘Foundation’ style hour and minute hands, and ‘topping tool’ seconds wheel on the dial.
The rest of the design carries on with new Speake-Marin design codes to bring together one fine looking chronograph: circular date window at 3 o’clock, central elapsed seconds, minutes sub- at 12 o’clock and…how about those Romans on the hours sub- at 6 o’clock! A bold and adventuresome choice I must say.
I would like to find out where the caliber is sourced from and what if any improvements are made to it or if it is exclusive to PSM.
“Fight, Love & Persevere” engraved on the solid caseback “
It isn’t just the Spirit motto – it’s a way of life.”
Nicely done, nicely done.
Price on the Speake-Marin Spirit Seafire is CHF 7,900.
Did You Know?
The Speake-Marin Spirit Spitfire is inspired by another ‘first’ – one from the sphere of aviation – the Supermarine Seafire. The Seafire was the first modern carrier-based airplane fielded by the British Royal Navy to protect its fleet when it debuted in 1942. The Seafire was, in essence, a seaborne version of Supermarine’s Spitfire – Seafire was a contraction of ‘Sea Spitfire’ – and the two aircraft shared many design features including an elliptical wing shape. -SM