Magister Tourbillon features a hand-finished 60-second tourbillon in a white-lacquered dial. The platinum micro-rotor powering the automatic-winding movement can be appreciated through the display back of the grade 5 titanium case.
Magister Tourbillon brings together everything that is quintessentially Speak-Marin: an eye-catching tourbillon, sculpted heat-blued hands, iconic Piccadilly case, fluted crown and finely finished movement, here featuring a platinum micro-rotor. Magister Tourbillon radiates a sophisticated aura, exuding the class and refinement for which Speake-Marin has become a byword.
The beautiful hand-finished tourbillon rotating at 6 o’clock is framed superbly by its stainless steel guard. The eye-catching, highly polished tourbillon bridge is made from Durnico maraging steel, chosen for its superior strength.
The tourbillon has played an important role in the story of Speake-Marin. The first timepiece ever to bear the Speake-Marin name was the Foundation Watch, a hand-made pocket watch which Peter Speake-Marin equipped with a tourbillon escapement. The watchmaker’s topping tool wheel motif in the Speake-Marin logo, which first appeared in the tourbillon cage of the Foundation Watch, can also be seen in the tourbillon cage of the Magister Tourbillon.
Peter Speake-Marin recognises the tourbillon’s capacity to improve timekeeping accuracy by averaging out positional errors due to gravity. However, it is the visual aspect of this mesmerising escapement that draws him to it.
“The tourbillon is one of the things that I love most about watchmaking,” he says. “Not because of the precision it gives to the timekeeping, but because of the animation it gives to the dial. It shows time moving in a way that a minute-repeater or a grande sonnerie, for example, won’t offer. It’s something which, for me, is extremely profound.”
Of the topping tool wheel design for the tourbillon cage, Peter adds: “I have always been attracted to the topping tool because of its form. You use a tool to make a component, you make a timepiece, and the timepiece is a dream turned into reality. The topping tool motif is very much at the root of everything I do: It is the tool which gives me the means to realise my dream.”
Magister Tourbillon’s visually-arresting blued steel hands are also designed in the same style as the hands of the Foundation Watch, the Rosetta Stone of Speake-Marin. The polished, sculpted hands – including a heart-shaped hour hand – are set off superbly by the elegant white lacquer, multi-level dial. The sides of the highly legible Roman numerals taper towards the centre and follow the line of the hands. This subtle but significant detail endows the dial with a dynamic, contemporary feel.
The tourbillon – its one-minute rotation providing an intuitive indication of the passing seconds – contrasts beautifully against the pristine white dial. The “3Hz” frequency of the SM3 movement and the “platinum mass” of the winding rotor are referenced in the centre of the dial.
The comfortable titanium Piccadilly case features Speake-Marin's signature fluted crown. The polished bezel frames the dial, just as the polished guard in the dial around the escapement frames the tourbillon.
Turning the Magister Tourbillon over, the movement featuring hand-finishing can be fully appreciated through the display back. On top of the offset mainspring barrel is the noble platinum micro-rotor, its strong and sober aesthetic counterbalanced by the intricate complexity of the tourbillon.
The lower tourbillon cage is supported by a striking paddle-shaped bridge offering clear visual access to the surrounding gears below. The rhodium-finished German silver bridges and movement plates are circular-grained with polished screw heads and countersinks. Technical details are engraved and gilded on the bridges either side of the platinum rotor.
The Speake-Marin Magister Tourbillon is available with a polished Grade 5 titanium case.
The “J Class” collection
Magister Tourbillon launches the Speake-Marin "J Class" collection. After the exhilaration of a white-knuckle ride on a finely-tuned racing yacht – heeling on a broad reach with its rail near the ocean and spray cutting the air – comes the yacht club, replete with rich wood-panelled walls and vintage navigation instruments. And it is in the rarefied ambience of the club that the high-class pedigree of the Speake-Marin “J Class” timepieces – including Magister Tourbillon – comes into its own.
The Speake-Marin Magister Tourbillon is available in a 42mm Grade 5 titanium case.
Features and indications
- Central hours and minutes
- Hand-finished 60-second tourbillon
- White-lacquered, multi-level dial
- Automatic-winding movement with 950 platinum micro-rotor
- Power reserve 72+ hours
- 42mm Piccadilly case in polished Grade 5 titanium
- Display back
Dial and hands
- White-lacquered, multi-level dial featuring tapered Roman numerals
- Central Speake-Marin signature Foundation hour and minute hands in heat-blued steel
Movement and finishing
- Calibre SM3
- Rhodium-finished German silver bridges
- Glucydur balance
- Automatic-winding movement
- 950 Platinum micro-rotor
- Diameter of rotor: 16.40mm
- Single barrel
- Frequency: 21,600vph / 3Hz
- Power reserve: over 72 hours
- Dimensions: 30.40mm x 5.40mm
- Jewels: 25
- 4N gold-plated bridge engravings: Twenty Five (25) Jewels; 60 Second Tourbillon; Platinum Rotor Mass; Swiss Made; Speake-Marin Switzerland; Frequency 3Hz; 72 hour power reserve; Project launched 2013
Case and strap
- 42mm Piccadilly case in polished, grade 5 titanium
- Case comprising 27 components
- Dimensions: 11.30mm x 5.40mm
- Front and display-back sapphire crystals treated with anti-reflective coating
- Case-back circumference engraving: “Speake-Marin – The Piccadilly”
- Water resistance: 3atm/30m/100ft
- Hand-made, natural alligator strap
- Pin buckle in titanium