Speake-Marin celebrates their 20th anniversary with a gold dial Ripples Anniversary EditionZach Blass
When an anniversary comes along for a brand, it is almost obligatory for them to release a special-edition watch – which is great news for us. The Speake-Marin Ripples watch made waves upon its debut as the brand’s first entry into the steel-sports category. In celebration of their 20th anniversary, we now have 50 pieces of a new limited-edition Ripples watch to enjoy: the Speake-Marin Ripples Anniversary Edition.
The watch is largely the same as what you get with the production model, with a well-finished 40.3mm stainless-steel case that is 50 metres water-resistant. You also have the same circular dial within a cushion shape as we saw on the production model.
Its dial also leverages a familiar finish and format, boasting the same Côtes de Genève-like ripples channeling to the dial, signature spade-suit handset, and asymmetrical sub-seconds at the 1:30 position. But, for this special-anniversary edition the dial is made of solid 18K yellow gold – with a special commemorative denotation at the 6′ position. The yellow-gold dial not only inserts some precious metal glamour into the steel sports watch, but also creates an interesting pop of contrast thanks to its opposing tone. With the Ripples channelling, you also get to see the dynamic light play of the solid gold that is sure to be visually stunning on the wrist,.
As I mentioned in my hands-on review of the production model, its screw-secured (versus spring-bar secured) integrated bracelet is comprised of broad and polished centre links, with the broad centre links mirror polished and shouldered by narrower richly brushed links that gradually taper as you reach the butterfly-style double-folding clasp.
Inside, beneath an exhibition caseback, you have the in-house calibre SMA03, a handsomely finished calibre that includes rich anglage and bevelling to the curvaceous and sharp edges of the bridges, Côtes de Genève, and perlage. The automatic micro-rotor affords you a full view of the calibre that offers a solid 52 hours of power-reserve.
Speake-Marin Ripples Anniversary Edition pricing and availability:
The Speake Marin Ripples Anniversary Edition is available for inquiries now, with only 50 pieces to be made. Price: Upon request