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Speake-Marin Watches

Peter began his watchmaking at Hackney Technical College in London. After which he went to the Swiss watchmaking school WOSTEP, to continue his studies. He then returned to London. Here he honed his skills and was exposed to some of the great watchmakers from the past 300 years. He realised the importance of fine quality materials and designs for longevity. 

After 8 years in London, Peter returned to Switzerland & went to work for Renaud & Papi, who are the complication specialists for Audemars Piguet. Working on tourbillons and minute repeaters, two of watchmaking's most revered and difficult to execute complications, he realised he must make his own watches ultimately. While at Renaud & Papi, after his regular work hours and during weekends, he designed and built his first watch, the Foundation Watch. A superb tourbillon with double power train, hand made over the course of 1500 hours.

Peter's first wristwatch the aptly named "Piccadilly" was born. Using some of the design elements of the Foundation pocketwatch, the gorgeous blued steel spade hands, the hand frosted solid 18k gold dial and the self-winding rotor finished to a superb degree in the  same form as the tourbillon cage, which was inspired by a watchmakers topping tool. A drum style case in steel and 38mm in diameter, his first wristwatch was well received by connoisseurs and with the benefit of the web and it's early adopters, he was able to sell his initial few watches. He quickly followed up this design with a genuine enamel dial Piccadilly with elegant elongated black romans on a glowing white enamel dial with the traditional railroad minute track around the outside.

In 2007 he began the development of his own movement, wholly conceived by Peter, as an automatic caliber with some design elements not found in any current caliber. Made of German Silver, the traditional metal of choice for it's structural property and beautiful aesthetic, the fine regulation system is proprietary and the bridge layout together with the way he has laid out the going train, allow for a watchmaker to appreciate this movement, work on it and regulate it easily for years to come. Each bridge has 3 screws attaching it to the mainplate, this is generally looked at as overkill, but as Peter wants his watches to last well past him, he designed this caliber the SM2, with overkill in many areas to ensure tremendous longevity. The Marin 1 watches are finally being realised for collectors to be able to acquire them.

He has over the past 4 years also been involved in other collaborations within the watch world. His skills have been sought after by the likes of Harry Winston, the Excenter Tourbillon; MB & F's Horological Machine #1 another stunning Tourbillon, and Maitres du Temps' Chapter One in collaboration with Roger Dubuis and Christophe Claret & Chapter Two with Daniel Roth & Roger Dubuis. Finding himself in the company of some of the greatest living watchmakers, has provided Peter with experiences not gotten in a school and will add immensely to his skill set as he moves forward on his chosen path.

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