A few years ago, when you mentioned the name Peter Speake-Marin, you probably had in mind an independent watchmaker with creativity and complex watches – such as a fully-opened tourbillon minute repeater… This was before Peter sold his company and left to become someone else, independent again. After starting a unique concept named “The Naked Watchmaker”, Peter Speake-Marin is back in the watch game with something truly unexpected: affordable watches. Meet Stoic World.
This idea might sound truly different from the image we had of Peter Speake-Marin. Behind the creation of Stoic World is again this wish of independence so dear to Peter. The name of this new venture is based on the antique Greek philosophy of Stoicism, “a way of thinking, a philosophical view founded in Greece 300 BC. The principle? Individual happiness based on temperance and detachment achieved through reason.” The founders, among whom is Peter, share different backgrounds and cultures and come from London, Paris and Hong Kong. A far cry from the PSM watches you’ve seen in the past, they are not made in Switzerland, they don’t have in-house movements but they will be offered at very reasonable prices. Times change, drastically.
Watches crafted by Stoic World are simple, made for everyday use and classic in their designs. Don’t expect high-end, hand-finished watches but rather honest, utilitarian watches on the value-proposition side – sort of a competition to many of the “Kickstarter offers” we see these days. Three watches make their debut: a pilot watch, a sports watch and a chronograph.
The Stoic Pilot
The first watch in this new collection is a classic pilot watch which uses perfectly known codes. A simple, robust watch with a highly-legible dial which relies on the iconic design featured of many “WWII-inspired” B-Uhr watches. The steel case of the Stoic Pilot is well-proportioned with a 38mm diameter and 13mm thickness. The shape is traditional and utilitarian, yet it seems to be well-finished with a polished bezel, brushed flat surfaces and polished flanks.
The dial and hands are also classical: a grey, sun-ray brushed dial with large Arabic numerals, a triangle at 12 o’clock and propeller-like hands for good legibility at day or night. The thick leather strap with rivets is also traditionally designed. The Stoic Pilot features a 100m water-resistant case, a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating and a deployant “butterfly” buckle.
Behind the see-through case back is a familiar movement: a Seiko NH35 automatic (an unbranded version of the 4R36) with hand-wound capacity, hacking seconds, 3Hz frequency and a 41-hour power reserve. The movement is visible underneath the crystal, printed with the brand’s motto by Seneca “Nothing is ours, except time.” It will be available for USD 390 (shipping costs included).
The Stoic Sports
The second watch in the Stoic World collection is a sportier, more modern iteration of the sports watch concept. An oversized, solid and robust timepiece with a unidirectional rotating bezel, the “Sports” measures 43.5mm in diameter and is presented with a bolder design. Yet, besides the modern dimensions, the overall style is rather vintage, with several gold accents.
The case is again rated to 100m but the display is here different, with the date located at 4:30 o’clock and a 24-hour indication positioned at 10:30. The movement inside is still provided by Seiko but here we find calibre NH37 (same specifications as the NH35, with different complications). The square-patterned dial has applied indices and is hand-coated in a gold colour, a colour also found on the bezel and the crown.
The Stoic Sports is complemented by a heavy Italian leather strap with a stainless steel, double hinged deployment buckle. On the see-through case back, we have the same printed motto “Nothing is ours, except time.” This model will retail for USD 490 (shipping costs included).
The Stoic Chronograph
The third watch in the debut collection is a classical, racing-inspired and vintage-like chronograph – unfortunately powered by a quartz movement, again provided by Seiko. This chronograph has a clear 1960s inspiration, with its “panda” dial, black-coated bezel and steel case – in all fairness, quite some Daytona inspiration there…
This chronograph has a Seiko VD53 quartz movement and is offered on a steel bracelet with a butterfly clasp and with a solid steel back. The Stoic Chronograph will be the most affordable of the three inaugural watches, and priced at USD 290 (shipping costs included).
The Stoic World watches can be pre-ordered as of today – June 18th, 2018 – on the brand’s website here: www.stoicworld.com