Skulls are part of the DNA of Speake-Marin for more than 10 years, but this is the first time that the Swiss brand combines a minute repeater carillon, a tourbillon and an animation of the dial on a single watch. This brings a touch of creativity and eccentricity to these two beautiful and unique pieces.
Nearly ten years ago Speake-Marin decided to place a skull on the dial of the Cabinet des Mystères Collection to remind us that life is precious and that every minute counts. Now this tradition continues as the brand launches two extraordinary watches to celebrate its first participation to the SIHH.
From the beginning, Speake-Marin was fascinated with the subject and developed an affinity with the philosophy Memento mori, a Medieval Latin theory of reflection of mortality. It reminds us that life is short and that we have to appreciate every moment than we have. We have especially to do our best.
Crazy Skulls tells the story of two souls linked through the death by a heart, visible between the two skulls. In this heart beats a tourbillon, a new 60-second tourbillon calibre launched by Speake-Marin this year. The dial also hides a minute repeater. When the slider is activated, the minute repeater carillon begins to ring and a mechanism separates the two skulls to reveal the heart of the watch, the tourbillon.
But true love doesn’t bear separation and the world falls apart. The numerals of the 12 fall apart on the dial and transcribe the despair of the two lovers. Then as time is sounded by the hammers striking the three gongs the heart is reunited and the Roman numerals are reconstructed to their former glory.
Speake-Marin has produced two unique models of the Crazy Skull; one with a grey and one with a black double skull, lying above a squeletonised dial. The tourbillon at 6 o’clock which becomes visible between the skulls features a 60-second cage. The movement can also be appreciated through the display back.
The Speake-Marin Crazy Skull is powered by the calibre SMC01, a manual winding movement with a minute repeater carillon. It provides a power reserve of 72 hours.
The movement is housed in a Piccadilly case made from titanium, measuring 42 mm in diameter. It is completed by a black alligator strap.