Hands-on with the Speake-Marin Openworked Sandblasted Collection

Hands-on with the Speake-Marin Openworked Sandblasted Collection

A Look at Our Favorite Collection from Speake-Marin

The Openworked Sandblasted collection epitomizes and elevates everything that the modern Speake-Marin brand represents. These watches are a testament to the brand’s in-house watchmaking prowess and showcase the maturity of their design and finishing approach.

At its essence, the Openworked collection presents a classic time-only watch with an openworked dial. However, this isn’t just skeletonization for aesthetics. The openworked dial reveals the intricate capabilities of Speake-Marin, highlighting their excellence in designing, manufacturing, and finishing movements to the highest standard.

In-House Excellence

Speake-Marin’s watches and movements are designed and produced in-house at their sister company, Le Cercle des Horologers. This firm is renowned for producing high-end calibres for prestigious brands like Jean-Claude Biver, Jacob & Co., and Louis Vuitton. The Openworked Sandblasted watches serve as a showcase of these in-house capabilities.

For a more comprehensive look into the history and operations of both Speake-Marin and Le Cercle des Horologers, check out our video review of the Speake-Marin Academic collection.

Specifications of the Openworked Sandblasted Collection

Let's explore the specifics of the Openworked Sandblasted collection:

  • Case Sizes: Available in 38mm or 42mm
  • 38mm Case Dimensions: 10.5mm height, 46.3mm lug-to-lug
  • 42mm Case Dimensions: 10.5mm height, 48.6mm lug-to-lug
  • Materials: Available in titanium or 18-carat red gold
  • Dial: Sandblasted grey with high-polished bevels
  • Hands: Red gold-coated for red gold cases, black polished for titanium cases
  • Movement: Integrated micro-rotor movement, designed, manufactured, and hand-finished by Speake-Marin
  • Power Reserve: 52 hours

Finally, the mainspring barrel, visible on the dial side, is laser-engraved with the brand’s values

A Signature of Sophistication

Openworked watches have become a hallmark of Speake-Marin, extending from dual-time to tourbillon models with open dials. The Openworked Sandblasted collection, however, takes a more restrained approach, balancing watchmaking expertise with elegant design. This tasteful openworking highlights the brand’s technical prowess while maintaining an understated sophistication.

A Mature Effort from a Reinvented Brand

The Openworked Sandblasted collection represents a mature effort from a reinvigorated independent brand that's hitting its stride. These watches not only demonstrate serious watchmaking skills but also deliver elegance and wearability, breaking new ground for the brand.

The Speake-Marin Openworked Sandblasted collection is available at collectivehorology.comAs always, feel free to get in touch with your thoughts and questions. And thank you for supporting independent watchmaking.

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