One of these projects is to launch every year an Art-Series limited edition dedicated to endangered species: part of the sales will be given to a chosen organisation, which acts for their protection. For this first year, Speake-Marin develops a limited edition of 9 pieces in partnership with the London-based charity “Save the Rhino International”, an organisation working to ensure that all five species of rhinoceros thrive in the wild by protecting their habitat, reducing illegal trade, involving local communities and bringing experts together.
For this latest limited edition, the rhinoceros has been designed in our creation studio and sculpted by hand (more than 40 hours) to produce a special master stamp, which is then reproduced on each dial. The silver-plated sculpted rhinoceros is hand finished with an oxidising acid to reach this unique shade of grey. To finish the dial, approximately 15 layers of black lacquer have been applied to reach the perfect consistency both in colour and finish.
The SMA03 Calibre introduces the first closed dial with small seconds at 1:30. The movement, which you can discover in the back of the watch, has the particularity to have an integrated micro-rotor. Speake-Marin wanted to propose a specific eco-friendly strap for this new limited edition. The bracelet has been created from lime tree wood (tilia europaea specie), with the interior layer in natural cork. The wood sourcing is certified 100% FSC-forests, which means that the wood comes from responsibly-managed forests that meet the highest environmental and social standards.