The 2019 version of SIHH solutions a reasonably essential query for Speake-Marin. Can a fledgling atelier survive (and thrive) with out its namesake watchmaker-founder? With the brand new SIHH 2019 Speake-Marin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon “Légèreté”, the world’s first sapphire cased Minute Repeater Carillon, the reply seems to be a convincing sure.
“Légèreté” interprets to “lightness” in English, just isn’t an allusion to the burden of the brand new Speake-Marin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon however relatively the transparency and the allowance of sunshine to the touch the vast majority of the calibre due to its 100% sapphire case.
Comprising of three sections, bezel, caseback and mid-case, the watch-head of the SIHH 2019 Speake-Marin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon is very troublesome to fabricate. Sapphire, a grade decrease than diamond, requires diamond tip instruments to machine. The sprucing of the “Légèreté” takes many extra hours of sprucing the place one should keep away from any blemishes throughout ending to make sure the case is completely clear, therefore worthy of the identify.
And then, there’s the Minute Repeater complication itself. An alchemical concoction of engineering and artistry; engineered as a result of over 100 distinctive parts are concerned within the structure of a minute repeater complication, every requiring actual tolerances. Artistry as a result of it’s within the sprucing and adorning of every half that the audio traits of every chime and ring alters and adjustments – to what diploma, is determined by the artisan’s deft dealing with of the work.
Typically, assembling a minute repeater of this nature, a Carillon AND a tourbllon as within the “Légèreté”, will take a watchmaker as much as 300 hours of labor, and such an journey is barely attainable by masters with no less than a decade of expertise underneath their belt. On the Speake-Marin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon, the hammers are welded to a block which creates a sound field with the case, permitting the Carillon to reverberate by the crystal for crisp chimes.
The Minute Repeater Carillon provides by three hammers:
One hammer for the hours
The three hammers all collectively for the quarters
One hammer for the minutes
Once the time is given by the three hammers, the XII Roman numeral comes again to its preliminary place.
At 12, the XII elements, just like the Skull animation on one other mannequin, when the slider on the left prompts the Minute Repeater Carillon, giving a deeper glimpse on the gorgeously completed gearwork beneath. Ingeniously the spotlight of the “Légèreté” isn’t the sapphire or the beautiful minute repeater flying tourbillon calibre however what hides inside: a double security module, which permits the setting of the time whereas the watch chimes and fewer notably, however no much less essential, a barely audible regulator wheel (you possibly can hear most minute repeater regulator wheels spinning up) which regulates the Carillon velocity. The SIHH 2019 Speake-Marin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon “Légèreté” has two mainsprings, with a selected barrel devoted to the Carillon and the dial animation; whereas the opposite, drives the flying tourbillon (embellished because the model’s signature topping wheel motif) in order to not disturb watch chronometry.
Speake-Marin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon Price and Specs
Movement Manual winding Calibre SMAHH-02 with 72 hours energy reserve
Case 46.four mm sapphire piccadilly case with 30 metres water resistance
Strap Ostrich leather-based
Price Piece Unique