The Story of the MB&F HM1

Mention independent horology, and the discussions usually centre around beautifully hand-polished and spaceship-like watches. For those who are nerdier, it’s the names on the dials, and the people behind these creations, that make independent watchmaking wonderful and unique.

It’s quite possible to connect these independent watchmakers with each other, with the links forming something of a web. Peter Speake-Marin’s name is one that pops up quite a bit in this realm. Peter is known for his namesake manufacture, Speake-Marin, his watch dissections on The Naked Watchmaker, and more recently, launched Stoic, his new line of affordable watches.

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Night & Day

Ladies watches, of the past 20 years or so, can often feel limited in range, an afterthought in designs. Quartz movements are often preferred over mechanical movement when it comes to watches for women. In all fairness, quartz movements offer distinct advantages when it comes to high jewellery pieces; it allows for far greater creativity in the case, dial, and bracelet or strap design, without compromising the basic time-telling functionality on artful pieces.

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FP Journe Tourbillon Souverain

Spanning a variety of complications, metals and colours, F.P. Journe has one of the most diverse range of models amongst independent watchmaking brands. While the models on offer come and go, the Tourbillon Souverain has remained a staple in the lineup.

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Speake-Marin Two

Peter Speake-Marin’s tenure at his namesake company came to an end in June 2017, after growing to have authorised dealers, brand ambassadors, and multiple lines of watches. Since its establishment, the brand relied on well-proven ebauches to power its watches, modifying the movements to Peter’s exacting standards.

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Speake-Marin Piccadilly

In 2017, Peter Speake-Marin left the company he started 14 years ago. In this multi-part series, we trace Peter’s time at Speake-Marin through three watches. First up: the Piccadilly, a unique time-only creation.

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Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 'Speedy Tuesday'

The Omega Speedmaster Professional: a watch with a rich history, plethora of stories, and its very own culture. It commands an army of followers, enthusiasts, and collectors. Entire books have been dedicated to the watch and its variants. Thousands of posts are posted on online fora and social media discussing the different dial, hands, case, and movement variations of each iteration.


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