PETER SPEAKE-MARIN : Velsheda Gothic

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.

Categories: Baselworld 2016, Limited Editions, Speake Marin, Watch Profile, watches

2 replies

  1. I expect nothing but perfect from Speake-Marin and I’m never disappointed. Another cracker!


  2. Although (as you know) a big PSM fan, this one puzzles: it seems neither ‘fish nor foul’, with the curious mix of Gothic Arabics and plain Romans. All Gothic Arabics? Tick. All Gothic Romans? Tick. (All plain Romans has already been done). One other gripe about the Velsheda is the length of the ‘non-pointer’ end of the hand; it makes for a confusing read at a quick glance. Can’t complain about the price point though.



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