The Spirit Mark 2 features a highly-legible, three-dimensional one-piece dial; slim Piccadilly case; automatic movement with five-day power reserve; and inspirational case-back engraving
Spirit: Fight, Love & Persevere
The Spirit Mark 2 sees Peter Speake-Marin revisit the popular Spirit Pioneer and redesign it from the ground up. The Mark 2 retains the distinctive identity of the Pioneer, but has a new movement, dial and case.
What remains the same is the message that Spirit conveys. True to its name, the Spirit Mark 2 retains the Pioneer’s rousing – and resonant – call to action through the inspirational motto “Fight, Love & Persevere” engraved on the case-back.
The Spirit Mark 2’s three-dimensional, one-piece dial features refined numerals and hour markers in white Super-LumiNova that contrasts superbly against the light-absorbing matte black. The resulting indications are eminently legible and present a fresh, clean sophistication.
The dial is as demanding to produce as an enamel dial, involving a cutting-edge technique. The first step is to create a three-dimensional mould of the multi-level dial elements including hour and minute markers, numerals, railroad chapter ring, Speake-Marin logo and topping-tool motif, as well as the Spirit title.
This ‘male’ mould is used to make a negative, or ‘female’, mould in which lacquer and Super-LumiNova masks are successively applied, ensuring the right materials and colours are in the correct places. When set, the one-piece dial face is removed from the mould and bonded to a traditional dial plate.
The Spirit Mark 2 has a far longer power reserve than the Pioneer – five days – thanks to a new unidirectional, automatic-winding movement.
New case and bezel
The dial of the Spirit Mark 2 is beautifully framed by a hand finished circular grained bezel. This finishing enhances the casual, contemporary style for which the Spirit has become known, as does the slim 42mm stainless steel case. The case-back is solid and slightly domed – a combination that provides considerable strength and protection for the movement within.
Same inspirational message
On the case-back, the centrally engraved Speake-Marin ‘topping tool’ motif catches the eye. However, it is the engraved inspirational rallying cry – “Fight, Love & Persevere” – that steals the attention, upholds the Spirit’s name and confirms its credentials as the perfect talisman.
Peter Speake-Marin says: “The themes of determination, tenacity and love were close to my heart when I created the Spirit series. Having travelled around all four corners of the globe, I have seen that these themes resonate with many different people in many different cultures.
“Spirit seems to express a universal sentiment and so it was important for me to carry this, the essence of the Spirit, over from the Spirit Pioneer and into the Spirit Mark 2.
“I have therefore retained the ‘Fight, Love & Persevere’ motto from the Spirit Pioneer, but have engraved it even larger on the Mark 2 case-back to reinforce the powerful message.”