The use of vintage movements is indeed part of Speake-Marin’s strategy to develop and to exclusively work with exceptional movements. For this new limited edition, Speake-Marin pays tribute to one of the most loved chronograph models of the 20th century: the Valjoux 88 Calibre. It will please the watch connoisseurs eager to see one of their favourite chronographs Calibre in a new timepiece. The Valjoux 88 is often seen as the finest manually-wound chronograph ever, thanks to its column-wheel and its three counters. In addition, the timepiece has a triple date complication (day, month, date).
Although these calibres were produced in large quantities in the second part of the 20th century, these movements are very rare nowadays. The movement components used for the London Chronograph were stored in a safe for many years and it took time for Speake-Marin to find working pieces. Once checked, the components have been assembled, decorated and controlled within our Speake-Marin workshop near La-Chaux-de-Fonds.
For these two new limited editions, the London Chronograph is housed in a 42mm titanium case. The dial is in three dimensions with two floating black counters – 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and real time 60-second counter at 9 o’clock – and a moon phase counter at 6 o’clock coupled with the 12-hour chronograph function. Two dial versions are available: one in blue and one in light brown. This collection is a 30-piece limited edition.