Last month Peter Speake-Marin added to his classic J-Class Collection with a new variant of the single-handed Velsheda (aka descendant of Shimoda).
Again we have the single polished, blued steel hand extending across the diametre of the dial, counter balanced by a red pointer at one end and an arc at the other. At its centre is the Speake-Marin topping tool logo, as is the central seconds wheel sitting/ rotating above it. The red tip is perhaps a nod to the most distinguishing feature of this new model the red 12, here rendered in a Gothic form and accompanied by other Gothic numerals.
The combination of Gothic Arabic and Roman numerals with a red 12 on an enamel dial is an interesting nod to the red 12 enamel ‘trench’ watches of over a century ago. Perhaps it is also a nod to watches that Speake-Marin serviced in his early days in London?
Although stylistically Peter Speake-Marin has branched out a bit since the early days, the J Class is where for me at least, the heart of that old Speake-Marin lies. Perhaps this is why it appeals to me most, I see it as most quintessentially ‘him’. This new rendition fits in beautifully within this collection.
One small detail which escapes a first viewing unless you look at it under a loups is a tiny (and perhaps not unfamiliar to some) detail – the word ‘enamel’ is painted into the number five.
Inside the 42mm titanium Piccadilly case is the automatic Vaucher Calibre 3002 movement with a power reserve of fifty hours. As is the case with the hand, with its central hub and the seconds wheel, the rotor is in the shape of the Speake-Marin topping tool logo.
In a limited edition of eight pieces priced at 11,500 CHF, this really is quite a lovely watch to have if you are considering a Speake-Marin. However, you need to get in quick, I think there are only a couple left.