In the ever-expanding sector of openworked tourbillon watches, where most brands tend to locate the complication at the 6 o’clock position, only Speck-Marin’s openworked tourbillon model places its hypnotic whirlwind at 1:30. Introduced in 2019, the Openworked Tourbillon honors its British roots with its signature unusual layout in a distinctive Piccadilly case with a cultivated extravagant manifest. The latest Speke-Marin Openworked Tourbillon models reveal their contemporary black skeletonized architecture in two new case materials: matte black DLC-treated titanium and luxurious pink gold. Packed with signature brand details, the new models are available in 38 and 42mm case sizes.
Unusual dial layouts, particularly the small seconds placed at 1:30, are a staple of the Speke-Marin and many of these references are carried over into the One & Two collection. Introduced in 2016, the One & Two collection includes closed academic and openworked versions with small seconds and a dual time classic and justy summer version. For the record, both of these new models belong to the brand’s haute horlogerie division, but the name “One & Two Openworked Tourbillon” is engraved on the barrel.
38 and 42 mm Piccadilly cases
The majestic Piccadilly case is a cornerstone of the brand’s identity. With its drum shape, stepped bezel, horizontal strap with straight, rounded lugs and fluted crown with engraved topping tool, it is hard to mistake with other cases on the market. Refreshed by Eric Giroud, the new generation case features a slimmer profile and more ergonomic lugs. Available in a contemporary matte black DLC-treated titanium case with a diameter of 38 or 42 mm and a height of 12.35 mm and a rose gold case with the same specifications, the cases come in alternate polished and brushed finishes.
Naturally, the black and gray openwork dial that reveals the brand’s proprietary SMA05 caliber is visible here. Despite the unusual arrangement of the components, the dial stands out thanks to the black symmetrical mainplate with its circular-grained and beveled finish indications. A minute-flying tourbillon at 1:30, whose gold or silver cage mirrors the silhouette of the topping tool (brand logo), is balanced by a power reserve indicator at 7:30. Rounding out the tourbillon, the large barrel at the top left of the dial is mirrored by the micro-rotor at the bottom right of the dial, both engraved with a broken circular pattern. The power reserve indicator, barrel and micro-rotor are held by rubies anchored by three openworked and beveled bridges with a contemporary bead-blasted granulated finish. In keeping with the brand’s roots, the hour and minute hands are in black or rose gold and the signature spade and whip-style hands (heart-shaped) inlaid with Super-LumiNova; The power reserve hand is arrow shaped and also filled with loom. To focus on the movement and not clutter the dial, there are no numbers for the hours; Instead, there is a raised border with white markings.
The sapphire crystal caseback allows another view of the proprietary caliber SMA05, developed, assembled and controlled by the “Le Cercle des Horlogers” workshop in Neuchâtel, in which Speck-Marin is the majority shareholder. Operating at a frequency of 21,600vph/3Hz, the movement has 309 parts, 35 jewels and offers a 72-hour power reserve.
The molded gray rubber strap emphasizes the contemporary vibe of these watches and comes with a pin buckle.
Availability & Price
Both the 38mm and 42mm case sizes of the Speck-Marin Openworked Tourbillon, in either material, are limited to 10 pieces each. You can request pricing for all four variants here speake-marin.com.