Just as Mr Guillaume Tetu mentioned about him during our interview session, the renowned master watchmaker Mr Peter Speake-Marin walked by us in the room – he was actually also there in Khronos Unique Horlogerie for the exhibition.
Speake-Marin “A Piccadilly Revisit” Media Workshop happened the next day, and I was very fortunate to be invited to join him in the workshop to learn more about his horological journey and his latest collection. This was the first time he brought along his watchmaking tool – the rounding up (or topping) tools – to Asia for the exhibition.
Mr Peter Speake-Marin is a British watchmaker and he’s been in the industry for more than 2o years.
His watchmaking journey began at 17, when he entered London’s Hackney Technology College and studied watchmaking in 1985. He later furthered his education at the Swiss watchmaking school WOSTEP in Neuchatel, Switzerland.
Upon completing his study, he returned to England and worked for a few different companies, and eventually ended up with Somio Antiques in Piccadilly Arcade, London as the head of the antique watch section. The posting at Somio Antiques became the most important period of his career as it helped developing his passion and molded his watchmaking DNA and style.
He moved back to Switzerland 7 years later and worked for Renaud & Papi. During that period, he developed his first work under the label Speake-Marin: a tourbillon pocket watch named the “Foundation Watch“. It is the foundation for his future works in his eponymous brand Speake-Marin.
Since the establishment in 2002, Speake-Marin has released an impressive number of unique collections and commissioned works. This video gives you a glimpse of his works:
The latest collection launched in 2013 was Triad.
Triad is a new artistic timepiece inspired by the number “3” – featuring triple hour-minute indicator on top of another 3 wheels over the dial. Triad will be a limited edition and there’ll only be 88 pieces produced.
If you look at Triad and other Speake-Marin watches carefully, you’d notice there’s a wheel shape design element repeatedly appears in different parts of the watches. The element is identical to the logo of Speake-Marin – this is where the topping tools comes in.
Speake-Marin logo was inspired by the driving wheel of the topping tools.
More Speake-Marin collections at the workshop and exhibition:
On differentiating Speake-Marin from the rest of the independent watchmakers, Mr Peter once said in an interview:
“The simplest way to explain is that my work is a representation of who I am as a watchmaker. Each individual is unique therefore if what you design comes from creative, genuine originality opposed to simply designing a product, that watch or what ever the resulting work is will be unique.” – Peter Speake-Marin
The statement is very much reflected on all of his works: each of his watches is creatively very different and unique, yet the “consistent uniqueness” still conveys a very strong Speake-Marin identity.
From design aesthetic point of view, if the word for HAUTLENCE is “Architecture”, I think the word for Speake-Marin is “Organic”.
Mr Peter is such an inspiring person and it’s really an honour meeting him. For more details about Speake-Marin watches, visit the official website, or drop by Khronos-Unique Horlogerie @ Starhill.
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