At the SIHH, Speake-Marin launched its newest Haute Horlogerie masterpiece: the Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon Légèreté. It is the first Minute Repeater Carillon in the world, assembled in a case which is fabricated in 100% sapphire crystal.
The new Speake-Marin Haute Horlogerie is called Légèreté, which means “Lightness” in English, to highlight the sapphire crystal case, which allows to literally dive into the movement from the top, the sides or the case back. The case is made up of three parts: the bezel, the case back and the middle section. The process by which the sapphire is made into a finished watch case is extraordinarily difficult, involving any hours of machining and polishing. The most difficult part is the case finishing where any scratches have to be avoided for the case to be perfectly transparent.
The case measures 46.4 mm and is water resistant up to 3 bar.
Let’s look at the dial. It is open-worked to allow deep insights into the Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon Légèreté. This watch shows hours and minutes via central hands.
At 6 o’clock you find the 60 seconds Flying Tourbillon, which is held by a cage shaped into the Speake-Marin symbol. In addition, the movement conceals a Minute Repeater Carillon. When the slider on the left hand side is activated, the Minute Repeater Carillon starts to ring and launches the dial animation: the XII index disintegration. The Minute Repeater Carillon gives the time thanks to three hammers: One hammer for the hours, the three hammers all together for the quarters and one hammer for the minutes. Once the time is given by the three hammers, the XII Roman numeral comes back to its initial position.
Since the case is completely transparent, Speake-Marin demonstrates all its Haute Horlogerie know-how: all the surfaces are reworked, corrected and decorated. So, the tourbillon at 6 o’clock features a hand-finished 60-second cage. The lower tourbillon cage is supported by a paddle-shaped bridge offering clear visual access to the surrounding gears below. The bridges and main plate are circular-grained with polished screw heads and polished countersinks.
The Calibre SMAHH-02 provides a power reserve of 72 hours.
The Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon Légèreté comes with a ostrich leather bracelet. And: It is a unique piece. We hope, that Speake-Marin will see more of this in the future.