Speake-Marin One&Two ACADEMIC Full Moon

Press Release – SIHH 2019

Speake-Marin One&Two ACADEMIC Full Moon

After the success of the One & Two Academic Hour Minute Second last year, which introduced the new generation of One & Two with closed dial, Speake-Marin launches in 2019 a new movement of One & Two with closed dial: Academic Full Moon, SMA03 Calibre with Moon phase module.

Since 2015, Speake-Marin has initiated a movement strategy to fully develop and assemble proprietary movements within its atelier in Neuchatel area, Switzerland. This new strategy gave birth to the “SMA” collection, which includes Openworked, closed dials and Haute Horlogerie movements. Firstly, Speake-Marin focused its efforts on Haute Horlogerie 3 Hz movements (Minute Repeater and Double Tourbillon). Then, Speake-Marin developed Hour Minutes Seconds 4Hz movements, which were featured in the new One&Two design as an Openworked movement named SMA01. This movement is particular due to the small seconds counter being positioned at 1:30 and its integrated micro-rotor. The new SMA03 Calibre is part of the SMA movement family and introduced last year the first closed dial with small seconds at 1:30. The small seconds at 1:30 meets the Speake-Marin objective to break-away with the watchmaking codes: Speake-Marin is the only watchmaker who positions the small seconds there. It is actually a real constraint in terms of movement development since the small seconds at 1:30 have to go through the time setting module.

Four Roman numerals, a clear silver minute index and gold coated heart-shaped hands sign these Speake-Marin new creations.

The new movement featured in One&Two Academic Full Moon is the same SMA03 with a Moon phase module. The Moon phase complication is a very refined complication, chic and easy to use every day, particularly popular in Asia where the moon is often consulted in the daily life. Checking the moon phase every night brings a bit of poetry and romanticism in a hectic life, which connects to nature and the solar system. It is indeed part of Speake-Marin DNA to propose romantic time complication, as it is for instance the case with the Crazy Skulls.

For its new Moon phase module, Speake-Marin designed a Moon phase complication where the counter is placed at 7:30, diagonally aligned with the small seconds at 1:30. The moon phase disk is made up of two moons: one white and one orange. It creates an alternation of silvery white and orange moons, which is a pure Speake-Marin artistic interpretation. An orange moon can appear in reality if the moon is near the horizon, and is affected by earth’s atmosphere, due to light scattering. The fine particles in the atmosphere will therefore give this red-orange colour to the moon, when it is close to Earth. On the One&Two Academic Full Moon, the moon indication shifts every day at 7:30 pm.

More generally speaking, the One & Two collection explores the multi-dimensions in terms of dial and movement. With the Academic dial and the Moon phase complication, Speake-Marin explores the multi-layer levels that plunge us into the Speake-Marin silvery white dial. The perspective is given thanks to an optic effect: the finish is polished in the middle while matt in the background. The small seconds counter appears to be suspended in the air and demonstrates the watch chronometry. Finally, the logotype at 7:30 echoes the small seconds counter and the moon phase counter while bringing some symmetry and balance to the dial.

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