Made of titanium, this watch has a lighter weight compared to stainless steel. Titanium is usually the material of choice when the watchmaker wants to produce a highly durable and scratch resistant watch. Titanium watches are up to 30% lighter than watches in stainless steel. Thus, wearing a titanium watch will be an entirely different sensation than that of stainless steel. The lighter weight of titanium might be a selling point for the active person seeking a feel of freedom on the wrist, without forgoing the luxury of wearing a wristwatch. Still though, many people may appreciate the heavier feel to a stainless steel watch even still. The case of the Serpent Calendar has a classic round shape. Round or circular cases are generally a display of minimalistic design. As such, a circular case can be said to be a testament of honesty, modesty, and austereness.
The caseback on the Serpent Calendar is see-through. This enables you to marvel at the fine embellishments which the watchmaker so elegantly has put on the movement, or caliber as it is also called. The Speake-Marin J-Class is water resistant down to 30.00 m.
Dial and caliber specifications
The color of the dial is white. The hands of the watch are spade, while the indexes are done in Roman numerals. You can also adjust the dial to show the current date. The glass on the Serpent Calendar is made of sapphire, making it exceptionally strong and resistant to scratches. The choice of sapphire simultaneously adds to the elegance and luxury of the watch. This watch is powered by the Vaucher caliber VMF 3002 / H,M,SC,D. The movement inside the Serpent Calendar is automatic, or self-winding as it is also called. This means you won't have to manually wind the watch, as your natural motions will provide energy to the mainspring powering the movement.
In contrast, a manual watch — which is also called a handwound
watch — requires you to wind the mainspring by hand at regular intervals.
If you want to make sure your watch is always wound, you can take a look at our watch winders in modern design
. These watch winders do not only look fashionable, but also function very reliably. Consequently, you get a 2 year warranty on any of our watch winders.
Also known as vibrations per hour (VPH), the Vaucher caliber VMF 3002 / H,M,SC,D has a frequency of 28800 bph.
Description of the movement inside Speake-Marin J-Class
Vaucher's VMF 3002 automatic movement is equipped with a double barrel and a variable inertia balance, giving the movements better operating stability and optimal timing. It is available in a number of configurations.
About the brand: Speake-Marin
Peter Speake-Marin was born Peter Neville Speake in 1968 in Essex, England, to an English mother and Welsh father. When Peter reached the end of his secondary school education, he originally had the intention of entering the world of jewelry. However, after a visit to a kindly careers teacher, Peter entered the world of watchmaking. He began his horological education at Hackney Technical College in London in 1985 and then continued his studies at WOSTEP, the prestigious Swiss watchmaking school in Neuchâtel. Having completed the WOSTEP high-end complications course, Peter returned to England. He was eventually employed by Somlo Antiques then based in the Piccadilly arcade, London where he was tasked with establishing the watch restoration department of this prestigious antiques house.
During seven years at Somlo, Peter had the privilege of restoring antique watches made by many of the great historical masters and brands, such as pieces by Arnold, Frodsham and Nielson, original Breguets and Patek Philippes – from the dawn of watchmaking through to the 1950s. Through this experience, Peter learnt how past masters had found their watchmaking solutions and their diverse ways of making watches, and he fell in love with this intoxicating combination of history, art and mechanics.
In 1996, he married, changing his name from Speake to Speake-Marin, before he and his wife moved to Le Locle, Switzerland where he worked for Renaud & Papi to help develop and build high-end complications as well as train young watchmakers. In his spare time, Peter began acquiring his own machinery and constructed by hand a tourbillon pocket watch with twin power trains, which later became known as the “Foundation Watch”– the foundation stone for his future work – and helped him earn coveted membership of the prestigious Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants (AHCI). In the “Foundation Watch”, Peter laid down his style and philosophy while establishing his first independent workshop at the beginning of the millennium on the picturesque Lake Geneva between Geneva and Lausanne.
The first wristwatch to leave his workshop at the end of 2003 took its cues from the Foundation Watch. Peter named its distinctive case “The Piccadilly” after the time he spent at Somlo in Piccadilly and the major influence that this period of his career had on his watchmaking outlook. As an independent, he has collaborated as a watchmaker designer and consultant with many different companies including Harry Winston, MB&F and Maîtres du Temps. Since the beginning of 2008 he has channelled his efforts exclusively into Speake-Marin.
With all Speake-Marin watches there is a tangible link to classical watchmaking but with contemporary unique style and design. Peter Speake-Marin’s timepieces are very much a representation of himself as a watchmaker, reinventing horology in his own way. There are very few modern watchmakers and brands that have created such an original style, adhered to such an underlying philosophy of constant excellence, beauty and longevity of design and aesthetics, to create timepieces that will endure.