The Swiss watchmaker with an English name adds a brown and white multi-layered dial and a date function indicated by a serpentine golden hand to its repertoire.
Speake-Marin seems to have a tendency for some quirky dial designs. They’ve also started to add a bit of pop to their dials with carefully selected colour accents. Importantly, those features don’t come at the expense of ratability.
The latest example is the new Brown Serpent Calendar, which sports a multi-layered and satin-finished dial and a unique calendar indication.
The brand already revisited its Serpent Calendar collection a few years ago, which is one of their most successful offerings and also happened to be the first calendar watch made by Peter Speake-Marin. The revisions resulted in a reworked dial, case and hands.
In this iteration, the Swiss watchmaker has refined the timepiece further still. This can be seen in the new brown snailing hours chapter ring and the oversized calendar indication. It’s a nice practical touch, which has made the date indication more visible. The calendar scale also begins at an offset position at 1:30, another unique addition which is meant to bring more balance to the dial.
The Serpent Calendar indicates the time with blued hands and the date with a bright and curvy golden calendar hand. Looking like the tail end of a python, the calendar hand helps to make the distinction between date and time a bit more obvious. This choice was a throwback to an earlier era, according to Peter Speake-Marin:
“The idea is simple and goes back over a century to early pocket watches that used a curved hand to differentiate the date from the time indications. The Serpent Calendar now brings a fresh look to this classic design.”
Otherwise, all the other unique elements of that Speake-Marin is known for can be seen on this watch. Those include the multi-layered and bright dial, a 42mm Piccadilly case made of titanium and the brand’s distinctive crown.
And like with other models of this collection, the watch is equipped with a Vaucher 3002 automatic movement, providing about 50 hours of power reserve. The Fleurier-based movement maker was actually born in the workshop of Parmigiani and now also provides movements for the likes of Hermès, among others.
The idiosyncratic Brown Serpent Calendar is released in a limited edition of only 28 pieces and cost just shy of 12,000 Swiss francs.