Speake-Marin – Jumping Hours
Peter Speake-Marin’s timepieces have a clear connect to traditional watchmaking yet with their own unique and distinctive style.
The Cabinet des Mystères collection, dedicated to watches somehow dispensed with the imperatives of horological rationale permitting more space for an imaginative and contemplative methodology, includes Mechanical Art and Fine Art pieces.
The Jumping Hours that we present today is the Mechanical Art No. 2 and it is a unique piece.
The Speake-Marin Jumping Hours contains four little, Foundation-style, blued steel hour hands. Each of these hands is placed in a separate quadrant of the silver dial – at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock respectively – and seizes each of the quarters of great importance.
The individual hands are set on their own gilded star wheel, which bounces every 15 minutes when a little pin – located at each wheel’s center – sequentially pushes one star wheel after the other as the blued-steel central minute and second hands keep walking forward.
Synchronized with this changing of the hours, a little red speck appears on the center plate at each quarter hour mark. Every 15 minutes, a little round hole near the base of the minute hand lines up with the red speck, showing that the hour has jumped.
The idea behind this watch is to feature the transient nature of time and show the speed at which time passes.
There are no numerals on the dial to divert from the activity of each passing hour. Drilled minute markers are arranged around the perimeter of the mainplate.
The silver dial is framed by a 42 mm red gold and stainless steel Piccadilly case with red gold fluted crown in the common Speake-Marin style. Serif style text in capital letters is hand-engraved inside the minute markers.
The Jumping Hours dial is really the highest point of the movement mainplate. The 4 Hz (28,800 vph) programmed twisting movement, with the five-day power reserve and Speake-Marin’s signature ‘topping tool’ mystery winding rotor, is visible through the presentation back. The movement, crafted from customary German silver, features roundabout grained bridges and plates with hand polished bevels.
The entire piece was constructed, machined, hand-finished, assembled and regulated by a single watchmaker. The Speake-Marin Jumping Hours is priced at Swiss Francs 120,000 before taxes. speake-marin.com