Speake-Marin is likely best known for his iconic Piccadilly watch case. It is a great looking design. This larger size is 42mm wide at 14.5mm high, the watch is tall, but not too tall. The Marin 1 watch is in a polished titanium case. Limited edition of 002. The Speake-Marin in-house made SM2 automatic movement is really beautiful. You can see it through the Marin 1 watch caseback – being able to appreciate not only Speake-Marin’s attention to detail and decoration but also how beautifully it is made. The hallmark of a true luxury movement is that it looks beautiful from a quality standpoint and that the actual design of it is made with form and function in mind. The automatic rotor has a hidden weight on the bottom so that seeing it from the top makes it look symmetrical. The design which is carried over to other parts of the movement of the rotor is very cool looking, like a mixture of classic floral decoration and tribal style tattoos. The beautiful standard dial is a two-piece enamel dial that is pristine in appearance. Not only it is ultra legible and attractive, something Speake-Marin is always good at, but the precision of the numerals and markers in the enamel is very impressive. The sapphire crystal is AR coated for a very clear view of the face. You have traditional looking Speake-Marin hands in blued steel, here with SuperLumiNova luminescent applied on them.
For those who are looking for a beautiful, well-made watch from an indy brand that is connected to a strong personality – The Marin 1 is not a bad choice at all.