Independent watchmaker Speake-Marin will be launching a number of new watches this year at Baselworld, including the elegantly refined Magister Tourbillon.
The Magister Tourbillon
For me, the new Magister Tourbillon is Speake-Marin at its best. Part of the newly named J-Class collection, the classic, understated style of this time-only piece places the focus on the hand-finished, 60-second tourbillon at six o’clock.
The multi-layered, white-lacquered dial complete with black Roman numeral hour and minute markers is the epitome of sophistication and is complimented beautifully by the sculpted heat-blued hands.
What really caught my eye though is the construction of the hand-finished tourbillon. Framed by a stainless steel guard, the Speake-Marin topping tool motif is clearly visible in the tourbillon cage. Completing the look is a highly polished tourbillon bridge made from Durnico steel, which according to the brand was chosen for its superior strength.
Turn the Magister Tourbillon over and a sapphire exhibition caseback reveals the hand finished automatic-winding mechanical movement, complete with platinum micro-rotor. As you may have noticed already the “3Hz” frequency of the SM3 movement and the “platinum mass” of the winding rotor are referenced in the center of the dial.
Presented in Speake-Marin’s trademark 42mm Piccadily case, made from Grade 5 Polished Titanium in this instance, the watch looks like a classic waiting to happen. Presumably the Magister Tourbillon will be available in other metals as well, Rose Gold for example would seem fitting for a watch of this standard, however that is yet to be determined.
On the plus side though I am sure the use of titanium for the case will help keep the price reasonable, which will no doubt be appreciated by Speake-Marin fans everywhere. Not to mention it will also keep the weight down on the wrist, whilst still ensuring the watch is extremely hard wearing.
No word on pricing as yet but stay tuned next week when we will be reporting live from Baselworld.