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Speake-Marin - Jumping Hours

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Peter Speake-Marin’s timepieces have a clear link to classical watchmaking but with their own unique and distinctive style.

The Cabinet des Mystères collection, dedicated to watches somehow dispensed with the constraints of horological logic allowing more space for an artistic and contemplative approach, 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 small, 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 jumps at each of the quarters of the hour.

The individual hands are set atop their own gilded star wheel, which jumps every 15 minutes when a tiny pin – located at each wheel’s centre – sequentially pushes one star wheel after the other as the blued-steel central minute and second hands keep marching forward.

Synchronised with this changing of the hours, a tiny red dot appears on the centre plate at each quarter hour mark. Every 15 minutes, a small circular hole near the base of the minute hand lines up with the red dot, indicating that the hour has jumped.

The idea behind this watch is to highlight the transient nature of time and show the speed at which time passes.

There are no numerals on the dial to distract from the action 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 typical Speake-Marin style. Serif style text in capital letters is hand-engraved inside the minute markers.

The Jumping Hours dial is actually the top of the movement mainplate. The 4 Hz (28,800 vph) automatic-winding movement, with the five-day power reserve and Speake-Marin’s signature ‘topping tool’ mystery winding rotor, is visible through the display back. The movement, crafted from traditional German silver, features circular-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.

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