There was only one choice for this week’s Watch of the Week – the Linde Werdelin SpidoLite II. Originally launched in October 2011, Linde Werdelin has unveiled three new versions. Here we look at the first of the new series, the SpidoLite II Titanium Blue.
Linde Werdelin is perhaps one of the most exciting boutique watch brands and we reckon that you’ll be as excited as we are following the release of the new SpidoLite II. Founded in 2002 by Morten Linde and Jorn Werdelin, LW uses the best in Swiss craftsmanship, Danish design and state of the art technology to create some incredibly impressive timepieces.
After recently celebrating its ten year anniversary, it seems that LW are carrying on much in the same vein as it ended the last decade – creating highly crafted and innovative sports specific timepieces. For a term that is often banded around far too much for my liking, it has to be said that Linde Werdelin is almost single-handedly redefining what a sports watch should be: a timepiece that helps to amplify a sporting experience.
There are no gimmicks or clever marketing ploys; the SpidoLite II is testament to Linde Werdelin’s ability to take modern watch making to a whole new level. The SpidoLite II has certainly been influenced by its predecessors, the SpidoSpeed and SpidoLite, yet the new addition does have a few defining characteristics of its own.
The watch features an original skeletonised titanium case, which means it’s going to be able to withstand even the toughest of environments. The dial is an electric blue, which is reminiscent of the LW Oktopus II Double Date and is complemented by striking orange details. The dial also consists of two additional skeletonised layers, with the LW logo being visible just above the 6 o’clock position. The sub dial at 9 o’clock has orange indexes and numerals. The skeletonised calendar that can be found at 3 o’clock has been amplified which helps to add to its readability and functionality.
The SpidoLite II Titanium Blue is powered by the custom made LW04, a 2251 Calibre movement made by Swiss based independent movement experts, Concepto. The movement is visible not only through dial but also through the SpidoLite’s sapphire crystal case-back. The movement has also been engraved with Spido logo on the front and back and is beautifully finished with a circular perlage.
Inside, the movement is further enhanced by its blued steel screws that are highly resistant to corrosion but also match the watches hands, which helps to compliment the overall appeal of the design.
The SpidoLite II Titanium Blue is limited to 75 pieces and retails at CHF 10,400 (approx $7,000). Unfortunately, this means that chances of me finding one in my Christmas stocking this year remain hopelessly slim! The SpidoLite II is available from December at all Linde Werdelin authorised retailers or via the LW website.
Case: Made entirely from titanium, contains 19 components and an anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The reverse of the case is see through and engraved with the Spido logo. It also has a Microbille satin finish.
Dimensions: Width 44m. Length 46mm. Height 15mm
Dial: The two-part skeletonised black dial features and orange sub dial that displays seconds and three diamond cut blue steel hands.
Movement: Custom made LW04 mechanical automatic movement made by Concepto, complete with a 42hr power reserve and a frequency of 28,800vph. Skeletonised oscillator uses ceramic bearings for increased strength.
Water Resistance: 100 metres
Strap: Black textured SpidoLite calfskin strap with blue stitching and ardillon buckle, which is also interchangeable with LW’s proprietary strap system.