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By Chris | September 19 2013
Succeeding its predecessor, the military inspired collection paves the way for new aesthetics and designs taking Speake-Marin into a new era.
Long before founding his own brand in 2002, English master watchmaker Peter Speake-Marin acquired a solid foundation in watchmaking in the world of restoration of antique timepieces in Piccadilly, London.
One fine day, a considerably worn military wristwatch from the late 30s was to cross Peter’s path. This enchanted encounter between high-class British savoir-faire and pure “form and function” eventually gave birth, a decade later, to the Spirit Pioneer: a subtle blend of true horological values and utilitarian design.
Today, Speake-Marin introduces a new addition to the Spirit collection: The Spirit Mk II DLC. Dressed in a magnificent and contrasting matt black coating, The Spirit Mk II DLC’s robes are a contrast to the white enamel, found in other collections and explores the darker side of Speake-Marin’s DNA. The spirit of adventure that led its creator to its original design, finally appeared in the guise of a time measuring instrument with bold charisma.
True to its name, the Spirit Mark II DLC retains the Pioneer’s rousing – and resonant – call to action through the inspirational motto “Fight, Love & Persevere” engraved on the case-back.
The Spirit Mark II DLC’s three-dimensional, one-piece dial features refined numerals and hour markers in white Super-LumiNova that contrasts superbly against the light-absorbing matt black finished case. The resulting indications are eminently legible and present a fresh new level of sophistication.
The Spirit Mark 2 DLC retains an exceptional power reserve – five days – thanks to the use of a unidirectional, automatic-winding movement and the addition of a second barrel.
The dial of the Spirit Mark 2 DLC is beautifully framed by a hand finished circular grained bezel. This finishing enhances the casual, contemporary style for which the Spirit has become known, as does the slim 42mm sandblasted stainless steel case and coated with anthracite DLC. The case-back is solid and slightly domed – a combination that provides considerable strength and protection for the movement within.
On the case-back, the centrally engraved Speake-Marin ‘topping tool’ motif catches the eye. However, it is the engraved inspirational rallying cry – “Fight, Love & Persevere” – that steals the attention, upholds the Spirit Collection’s name and confirms its credentials as the perfect talisman.