Limited Edition Speake-Martin Dong Son
May 23, 2012
Peter Speak Marin's latest masterpiece, the Dong Son Drum, was commissioned exclusively for Vietnamese retailer MILUXE.
The design of this special series of timepieces was inspired by Dong Son bronze drums. According to Wikipedia, Dong Son bronze drums are fabricated in the Red River Delta of northern Vietnam. "The drums were produced from about 600 BC or earlier until the third century AD, and are one of the culture's finest examples of metalworking." Moreover, they are considered Vietnamese national treasures.
Presented in a Piccadilly case, which was unveiled at Baselworld earlier this year, the Dong Son features an exquisitely etched red gold dial in a pattern that pays homage to the prehistoric drums. Dong Son Drums are typically, "decorated with geometric patterns, scenes of daily life and war, animals and birds, and boats." Engraved in the left side of the red gold signature Speake-Marin drum-like case is "DONG SON - L.E. OF 18″.
The Dong Son is powered by the Eros 1 movement, a Technotime based self-winding caliber with a five day power reserve (the same movement inside the Speake-Marin Serpent Calendar). It features Speake-Marin's mystery rotor, visible through the sapphire case back. As you would expect from a Speake-Marin timepiece, the movement has been hand finished to the highest standards.
The specially commissioned piece will be available as an 18 piece limited edition, available only at Vietnamese retailer Boutique MILUXE.
Images: Ming Thein