Since lifelong friends Morten Linde and Jorn Werdelin pooled their creative forces in 2002 to establish their own eponymous independent watch company, the Linde Werdelin star has risen spectacularly, their instantly identifiable high tech sports watches proving an immediate hit among those image aware individuals whose playtime is spent exploring the extremes of the great outdoors.
The critically acclaimed Linde Werdelin SpidoLite collection defies convention and is defined by its lightweight angular and vented form, its skeletonised dial, and the sheer presence of its uncompromising and ergonomic design, which are all prominent features in the brand dna.
In the Linde Werdelin SpidoLite Gold the 18kt rose gold ingot from which the case is hewn is machined back to almost a frame-like profile, minimizing the weight of the case. Its satin and microbillé surfaces mute the lustre of the precious metal to a colder grained and scalloped finish to which the black ceramic bezel, the titanium crown and hex socket screws provide a striking contrast.
Beneath the sapphire crystal, the SpidoLite’s dial has been almost entirely cut back to reveal the detailing on the microbillé finished innards of the LW07 automatic movement below. A little red arrow serves to indicate the power reserve, not by means of a scale, but instead pointing at the open barrel spring as it expands across the life of its 42 hour cycle. The distinctive squared-off diamond cut rose gold hands and the hour indices which encircle the perimeter of the dial and the steep rehaut are coated with Linde Werdelin’s bespoke cool grey Super LumiNova, ensuring excellent legibility in low light conditions.
The Linde Werdelin SpidoLite Gold is presented on a water repelling black textured calfskin strap with titanium tang buckle and, as is common throughout their collections, is interchangeable with any LW strap, opening up myriad combinations.
A limited edition of only 75 pieces worldwide, the series number and the Spido logo are laser engraved onto the black dlc titanium.
Working within the confines of the classic watchcase means that it is difficult to do something which is new – yet still desirable, but through pioneering contemporary design, the application of innovative materials and techniques, fine Swiss mechanical movements and superb build quality, Linde Werdelin have managed to create a signature for which an ultra-loyal worldwide fan base has been firmly forged, the like of which is rarely seen in in this most hard fought for sector.
Of course the other notable feature of all Linde Werdelin watches is how each model has been designed around its ability to attach either the Reef or Rock digital data instruments, which provide essential live information for the serious underwater or high altitude off piste enthusiasts.
At The Limited Edition, we do have a strong affinity with Linde Werdelin, and that’s all because of the really attractive bold and instantly recognizable design, the exacting standards of manufacture and finishing, as well as the technically excellent Concepto movement which has been further modified by the technicians at Linde Werdelin.
Simply put, the Linde Werdelin SpidoLite Gold is one of the coolest and most distinctive sports watches made by any watch company today. Despite its 44mm x 46mm x 15mm size, its lightweight and unique form wears comfortably and works equally well on a male or female wrist. Just a step away from the mainstream, it’s exclusivity increases its appeal for those who appreciate a great timepiece and are sold by the detail, the individuality and the build quality for which Linde Werdelin watches are synonymous.
Another point of interest is because of the capped low production numbers each year, these watches do not appear very often at any significant mark-down, and so are likely to retain a stronger resale value than might be expected with other non-mainstream marques.