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    Sale 1413

    Rare Watches Including Important Private Collections

    16 May 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 158

    Speake-Marin. A fine, rare and large stainless steel automatic perpetual calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, moon phases, original certificate and box


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    Speake-Marin. A fine, rare and large stainless steel automatic perpetual calendar wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, moon phases, original certificate and box
    Signed Speake-Marin, The Piccadilly QP, The Piccadilly Perpetual Calendar model, serial no. SMSQ17, series no. 3, manufactured in 2006
    Hybrid ETA 2824 automatic fully jewelled movement, topping-tool-shaped rotor, silvered 18K gold dial, Roman numerals, sweep centre seconds, three skeletonized dials for month combined with leap year indicator, day and date, aperture for moon phases with lunar calendar, large circular case, large crown, large screwed lugs, glazed display snap on back, stainless steel Speake-Marin buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    42.5 mm. diam.

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    With Speake-Marin Certificate of Origin and Guarantee confirming production of the present watch in 2006 and hand-signed by Peter Speake-Marin, wooden presentation box an outer packaging.

    This "Piccadilly QP" wristwatch is preserved in like new condition.

    Launched in 2002, Peter Speake-Marin's first wristwatch was the Piccadilly, its design uniquely Speake-Marin. The case is comprised of long, stout lugs with large screws, an oversized crown, a thin bezel, and steep sides. It is named as a tribute to Peter's years spent in antique watch restoration at Somlo Antiques in Piccadilly, London.

    Its ETA calibre 2824 based movement is hand-finished, with hand-finished and assembled perpetual calendar mechanism and unique leap year indication. The rotor is in the shape of the Speake-Marin topping tool logo, one of his signature symbols.

    Speake-Marin was founded in Switzerland in 2002 by the British watchmaker Peter Speake-Marin, his visionary talent ensuring the technical superiority and aesthetical uniqueness of his watches produced in small series. Before opening his own manufacture, Peter worked for seven years at the renowned watch retailer Somlo Antiques in London where he developed and headed the antique watch restoration department.

    Speake-Marin timepieces are today grouped into three collections. The sports watches of the Spirit Collection take their inspiration from the vintage military and pilots' world.

    The more traditional J-Class Collection is often influenced by the world's oldest nautical race: the America's Cup. Speake-Marin has drawn inspiration from sailing and has dedicated its models to the sport by naming each of its new models after a famous yacht.

    Lastly there is the Cabinet des Mystères, which includes the manufacturer's exceptional and esoteric models such as the mechanical art series and the miniature art pieces.

    In 2015, the celebrated actor Pierce Brosnan was appointed brand ambassador for Speake-Marin.

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