My dream came true in an unexpected way
In 2012 or so, I was admiring Speake-marin pieces on this forum. The “Foundation” hands were something different, with the hour hand looking like a heart. The lugs were radically different. The case shape was inspired by a watch holder he used when working in Renaud and Papi.
It is 2021 now. Many things have changed. The namesake genuis Peter Speake-Marin whom I admire, has left the company. I still listen intently when he speaks, or writes, via his website thenakedwatchmaker.
There is clarity, a certain charm to his character which is unique. Values which are often reflected as slogans on his watches resonate with me - resilience, love, perseverance.
And I must admit I am a huge fan of Pierce Brosnan. I enjoyed the movie where he played the role as a watchmaker where he was assembling a Speake-Marin watch.
I was browsing through the marketplace for used watches a few days ago, and saw a SM Piccadilly for sale at AUD5k with papers. I could not believe what I saw, and immediately wrote to the seller. So here it is, my dream to own a Piccadilly is complete. It came with his “autograph” on the certificate, which is a wow to me.