DANISH DESIGN SWISS PRECISION Linde Werdelin
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Above: The Spidolite II Tech Green looks the business. Carbon, AWL, and green details. Fantastic.
The story goes that in
diving or skiing (we’ll get onto that
the winter of 1996, Jorn
Linde Werdelin was founded in the
and off-piste skier, was
year 2002. The company is very young
taken by surprise in a
by watch making standards. They also
bout of bad weather, got lost, skied off a
have certainly what could be defined as
cliff and broke his back. This then gave
a very niche market, but clearly, this
him the idea, in conjunction with a life
hasn’t stopped them from becoming
long friend, Morten Linde, to create
quite a success. Now that you’re up to
high end sports watches with the capa-
speed lets go onto the details of our ex-
bility to provide useful information to
citing visit to the Showroom.
the wearer while
‘By watch making standards, they‘re a young brand...this hasn’t stopped them from becoming a success’ On a sunny Wednesday afternoon, The
(Shortly after this we had a short time
London Lifestyle went down to the
with Jorn himself; short, because, before
Linde Werdelin show room at Pem-
long, he had to whisk of to a meeting.)
bridge villas in Notting Hill, to check
We managed get a great cover shot of
out some of the current line-up of ho-
Jorn, who was very chilled, relaxed, and
very, very cool.
After the detailed and interesting talk about the company with their head of press, Madina, we set off outside with 6 watches from the Linde Werdelin line up, for a closer look at the Danish designed, Swiss built time pieces.
The watches we had were from two
The Oktopus watch was the first full
line made by Linde Werdelin. The first
Both of which would introduce the ag-
example of which was created by the
ony of choice to the potential buyer.. Firstly we have the Oktopus. The Okto-
company, to be used to scale mount Everest; but thatâ€™s another story.
pus is LindeWerdelinâ€™s timepiece used
Secondly, we have the Spido range of
for diving. The Oktopus watches are
watches. While the Oktopus line of
designed to be attachable to their own
watches are made with diving in mind,
diving instrument, known as the reef.
the Spido watches immediately strike
This allows users to see real time, useful
you as being designed for something
information, while underwater, and
greatly enhances the experience.
Right: Oktopus II Yellow; The Rock Instrument. Far right from top left: (Clockwise): The Rock Instrument, the Spidolite Tech II Green, the Oktopus II Yellow & Spidospeed Titanium Blue; The gorgeous underside of the titanium blue.
The Spido’s are Light, and purposefully
They’re made from a solid block, and
then crafted down into what you see
LindeWerdelin describes the Spido’s as
today as the case of the timepiece. The
‘a true 3-dimensional skeletonised ex-
design of the various Spido watch is
perience’ and they were spot on. These
technically complex, and artistically
watches look gorgeous. Having a look
at them, you can just get a sense, of the sheer time, and skill, that has gone into creating these skeletonised watches.
The skeletonised case, takes inspiration from the design of racing cars, where bare beauty, and weight reduction, take priority place.
We’ve decided to take a close look at the Spidolite II Tech Green. In hand, it’s a light, but clearly, very durable and very luxurious time piece. The watch is quite simply, a revolutionising step for Linde Werdelin, as it heralded the introduction of the material that they have created after 2 years of research and testing. Known as ‘ALW’, this material is an alloy of metals, which is 50% lighter than titanium, and is used to craft the inner case of the II Tech Green. The outer case, is also geared towards weight reduction, as the skeletonised case, is made of forged carbon. Yes. Carbon. The carbon gives the watch a very cool, futuristic look, and in coordination with the green between the angular hollows of the skeletonised carbon outer case, it looks like something straight out of a Sci-fi flick. We like that. The watch has the dimensions 44mm (w) by 46mm (l) by 15mm (h), and while this isn’t the smallest watch, it most certainly wasn’t too large or at all cumbersome; lightness, was very apparent. The company only release small quantities of Above: The Spidolite II Tech Green is cool.
watches per year. The Spidolite Tech II Green was
Everyone likes carbon right?
released together with the Spidolite Tech II Gold. Both are available in a limited production run of 75 pieces.
The dial of the Spidolite
All things considered,
Those of us who appreciate the unique
II Tech Green reveals a
Linde Werdelin certainly
shapes making up the Oktopus II Tita-
small glimpse of the
make some great time
nium Yellow, and the otherworldly
movement, and has the
style of Spidolite Tech II Green.
Linde Werdelin logo
may not appeal to every-
and a black satin fin-
one, they will always
have a strong following.
The SpidoLite II Tech is powered by the LW 04, calibre 2251, which is custom made by Concepto, who are an independent movement manufacturer based in La Chaux de Fonds. The front and back of the movement are finished with a circular perlage and engraved with the Spido icon.
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Published on Nov 12, 2013
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