The Piccadilly by Speake Marin
Since starting his own company in Rolle on the banks of Lac Leman in 2000, Peter Speake-Marin has grown into one of the most important independent watchmakers working in the world today. Infectiously-enthusiastic and very much the Englishman, Peter is a one man show in the making of the movement. Everything inside his pieces is alive – made and designed by human hands without the use of computers or electrical machines. In an almost indefinable way his workmanship contains a depth and life to it that many factory-made watches seem to be lacking today.
The Piccadilly, just like its name-sake in London, has kept the beauty of old tradition but adapted to modern times. The delicately hand-finished hour and minute hands and elegant enamel dial and typify its quintessentially English character. The automatic movements are based on a simple 1950s arrangement, and the setting mechanism, cannon pinion, hour wheels, bridges and rotor have been designed to reflect this. The oscillating rotor resembles the shape of Peter’s Foundation watch’s tourbillon cage and is cut out and finished with the same amount of loving detail, reinforcing the watch’s visualand technical connection to the original.
This special edition Piccadilly with 42mm steel case, white enamel dial with blue roman numerals on Crocodile strap has been created by Peter especially for 20ltd.com and is available in only 12 editions.