Named after the iconic British “J Class” yacht built in the 1930s and still racing today, Velsheda offers a minimalist display of time using a single polished, blued steel hand. While the single hand extends across the diameter of the dial, its central hub is in the form of the Speake-Marin topping tool logo, as is the central seconds wheel sitting above it. The rotation of the seconds wheel on top of the slower moving hub of the hand creates ever-changing, eye-catching patterns, drawing the eye to the centre of Velsheda’s dial.
This Gothic-influenced design inspiration is seen in many Speake-Marin watches. Almost Medieval in style, its strong curves and points highly stylise this new model. This design ethic defines and identifies Speake-Marin watches. It also brings the Velsheda back to the roots of Peter Speake-Marin watchmaking.
The dial is dressed with Roman and Arabic numerals. The red 12 has classical connotations and associations with early pocket and wrist watches made in England where on some classic designs all the dial was in black with the exception of the 12. A subtle detail in the design of the dial is the “5”, which has in miniature the word “enamel” painted, only possibly viewed with an eyeglass.
The dial of the Velsheda is in enamel. A noble material which will withstand the test of time and bring us back to the inspirations of Peter Speake-Marin’s designs linking to his early days in restoration of antique watches in London.