Article contentI stayed for a change in Luzern, Switzerland, at a lovely little hotel right next to the bank of the river that pours out of the lake, next to the covered wooden bridge. A five minute walk to the train station meant full convenience for me, no taxis ever this trip. At only $120 a night, incl. a full breakfast & wireless internet access, I was very happy. The train ride into the fair and back out again in the evening is just over an hour each way, which might seem a bit too much, but I like it.
I'm sure there is a technical reason for this feature, probably helpful for a watchmaker while checking the watch to make sure it is all set up correctly and doing what it is supposed to. In the buzz of our meeting I forgot to ask Peter! The blued bridges/dial section that hold the Roman numerals are quite dramatic and the overall impression I got from the piece was very good. I don't think I'd wear it, but I know many will love it. It makes for a more technical looking Speake-Marin.
The 2nd generation Piccadilly Marin 1, 42mm Titanium:
The back showing off the fabulous SM2 caliber, some small upgrades I noticed, the name plate is now engraved and held in by 2 beautifully polished screws:
On the wrist:
Other than that, I was able to look at and picture several unique pieces from Peter, in particular the staggering 38mm RG Serpent Calendar, which Kees Englebarts had engraved in Bas-Relief, the outside of the case, with two Serpents. Quite delightful, and obviously hours & hours of work to execute!
The 38mm RG Piccadilly Serpent with engraved case:
The other side:
Another stunning piece was the 42mm Piccadilly with the Russian double headed eagle dial, hand engraved and chased by Kees, surrounded by a white enamel ring sporting those lovely roman numerals. The case has also received some hand engraving on both sides.
Here is the Double Eagle engraved piece:
Another unique piece was the steel 38mm Piccadilly "The Jade Soul" with a central dial of Imperial Jade, surrounded by a rhodiumed gold ring sporting black roman numerals. Classic Speake-Marin.
And the reverse view:
And a rather spectacular new version of the 38mm steel Piccadilly sporting arabic numerals and Gianfranca hands: