Peter Speake-Marin was born in Essex, England, in 1968 to an English mother and a Welsh father. After receiving his horological training in London and subsequently in Switzerland, he worked at a prestigious antique house in London, establishing their restoration department. Upon returning to Switzerland in 1996, he worked for Renaud & Papi helping to develop and build high-end complications and training junior watchmakers. In his spare time, Peter began acquiring his own machinery and constructed by hand a tourbillon pocket watch with twin power trains, which later became known as the “Foundation Watch”– the foundation stone for his future work – and helped him earn coveted membership of the prestigious Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants (AHCI). In the “Foundation Watch”, Speake-Marin established his style and philosophy while founding his first independent workshop in 2000 on Lake Geneva between Geneva and Lausanne. The first wristwatch to leave his workshop at the end of 2003 took its cues from the Foundation Watch. As an independent, Speake-Marin has collaborated as a watchmaker, designer and consultant with many different companies including Harry Winston, MB&F and Maîtres du Temps. Since the beginning of 2008 he has channeled his efforts exclusively into Speake-Marin.