The fabulous The One by Linde Werdelin is an early day classic, and a very rare piece from a dynamic young company whose cool, uncompromising designs and rugged construction were destined to stamp their unique style of watchmaking upon the ranks of contemporary luxury sports watches.
Founded in 2002 by friends and designer/watchmaker duo Morten Linde and Jorn Werdelin, the watches manufactured by their eponymous independent watch company, Linde Werdelin are inspired by their shared passions for pushing their own personal limits, whether rock climbing or skiing in the Swiss Alps, or exploring the carcass of a long foundered shipwreck on the sea floor.
Designed to couple with Linde Werdelin’s dedicated wrist-borne computers, the Reef or the Rock provide instant electronic location-based information at the touch of a button when undertaking those serious outdoor activities, and so the brand philosophy has always centred around the design of distinctive timepieces which have been manufactured to the same exacting standards they themselves demanded from their own professional precision sports instruments.
Hewn from an ingot of 316L stainless steel the Linde Werdelin The One is an imposing multi-faceted structure with contrasting brushed and polished finishes, sharp pronounced angles, sheer flat surfaces and hex bolt heads, In what has become known as a First Generation Linde Werdelin, its brand-defining dramatic chiselled good looks provided an introduction to their futuristic, robust and superbly engineered vision of watchmaking, and at 46mm it packs huge presence on the wrist.
A thick sapphire crystal covers a plunging dial flange and silver dial with light green accents below. With legibility a key factor, the applied steel hour indices and tapering brushed steel hands are filled with Super LumiNova, emitting a vivid green glow in low light environs.
The crown screws down safely out of harm’s way between the shoulders of the LW Instrument coupling ports, and with its crisp clear lumed markings, tactile uni-directional rotating bezel with luminous references and a diving range of up to 300m, Linde Werdelin’s The One is a serious sports diver’s timepiece.
Within, the tried and trusted ETA automatic self winding movement beats reliably and out of sight, as the caseback is a solid steel screw-down piece with the LW logo etched. The One is presented on a black interchangeable rubber strap with a sturdy pin buckle.