Ever 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 SpidoSpeed collection defies convention and is defined by its lightweight angular and vented form, its skeletonised dial, and the sheer drama of its uncompromising, futuristic and ergonomic design, which are all prominent features in the brand dna.
In the Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Gold chronograph, the ingot of 18Kt rose gold from which the outer case is hewn is machined back to almost a frame-like profile, in pursuit of achieving the perfect crossover between strength and minimum weight. Its satin, polished and microbillé finished surfaces and black ceramic bezel are hollowed and honed out in true motorsport-influenced weight saving fashion and the hex socket screws perpetuate that automotive theme.
Beneath the sapphire crystal and the plunging rehaut, the SpidoSpeed dial has been almost entirely reduced to its vital elements to reveal the detailing on the microbillé finished innards of the LW06 movement below. Every visible component has been drilled or lathed before being individually hand finished, creating a deep and captivating 3D effect.
What does remain of the 5N rose gold dial contains the three subdials at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions, displaying respectively the 30-minute and 12-hour chronograph counters and then the small seconds.
The distinctive squared-off diamond cut 5N rose gold hands and the hour indices which encircle the perimeter of the dial are coated with Linde Werdelin’s bespoke cool grey Super LumiNova, ensuring excellent legibility in low light conditions.
A limited edition of only 99 pieces worldwide, the series number and the Spido logo are laser engraved onto the black DLC titanium underside bezel, and a sapphire crystal caseback provides a wonderful view of the LW06 movement which has been beautifully hand finished and further modified by the technicians at Linde Werdelin.
The Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Gold is presented on a textured black calfskin strap with DLC titanium tang buckle and, as is common throughout their collections, is interchangeable with any LW strap, opening up myriad combinations.
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 manufacturing 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 – which the two owners of the company very definitely are. These watches are borne out of a real passion.
Simply put, the Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Gold is one of the coolest and most distinctive sports chronographs 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.
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 overall fantastic quality, and another point of interest to bear in mind 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.