Speake-Marin recently introduced the Magister Tourbillon, a watch that features everything that’s typical of this company: a tourbillon housed inside the iconic Piccadilly case, complemented with sculpted blued hands, a fluted crown, and a finely finished movement. The new timepiece is actually the first member of the newly-formed J Class collection, which is inspired by marine chronometry combined with refined and original horology.
Tourbillon is quite important for Speake-Marin; in fact, their very first timepiece was a hand-made pocket watch equipped with a tourbillon escapement, called the Foundation Watch. That was also the first appearance of the now well-known topping tool wheel motif, on the tourbillon cage. The same motif is repeated on the tourbillon cage of the Magister Tourbillon.
And speaking of it, the tourbillon is one of the first things you’re going to notice about this watch, at 6 o’clock on the dial. This is a hand-finished, 60-second tourbillon, and it’s framed by a stainless steel guard. The rest of the dial is no less interesting. This is a multi-level, white lacquered dial, which is contrasted with black Roman numerals. The numerals themselves are tapered, nicely following the line of the hands. Speake-Marin equipped this watch with a pair of blued steel hands, the hour one being heart-shaped, designed in the same style as those on the Foundation Watch.
The case measures 42 mm and it’s made of grade 5 titanium, comprising a total of 27 components. The lugs are quite interesting, as they don’t completely follow the round shape of the case. But what’s perhaps more interesting is the crown – the company’s signature fluted crown, rather generously-sized. This is all complemented with a polished bezel, which nicely matches the stainless steel guard of the tourbillon. If we take a look at the back of the case, we’re presented with a view of the movement and its details, the most notable ones being the platinum micro-rotor and of course, the tourbillon which is completed with a paddle-shaped bridge. The micro-rotor has a much simpler design compared to the tourbillon, which all looks very effective when they’re placed next to each other. Also on the back, we can see the rhodium-finished German silver bridges and the movement plates, which are all circular-grained. This is all completed with a sapphire crystal with antireflective coating, and the same material is found on the front of the case. Finally, the water resistance of the watch is 30 meters, which should be quite enough.
As for the movement, the timepiece is equipped with an automatic movement, the caliber SM3 with 25 jewels. It has a Glucydur balance and a micro-rotor made of 950 platinum. The mechanism beats at 21,600 vibrations per hour, and it has a power reserve of over 72 hours, which sounds pretty reasonable. Finally, the Magister Tourbillon is completed with a stylish natural alligator strap contrasting the case. This is a hand-made strap, and it’s completed with a pin buckle made of titanium, just like the case.