One of (if not THE) youngest Swiss watchmakers on the market (and probably the most ambitious one when it comes to premium segment), will soon reveal its new Linde Werdelin SpidoLite series of semi-skeletonized timepieces. Powered by carefully restored to modern standards vintage Caliber AS 1876 automatic movements, the gadgets look surprisingly modern featuring design and finish that have only became possible (or at least feasible thanks to plummeting costs of CNC machinery and CAD design systems) during the recent decade. Even compared to the sporty Hublot Big Bang, this new timekeeper looks refreshingly new and clean.
Featuring a skeletonized case with CNC-routed bezel, lugs and even the crown guard, the new SpidoLite DLC also has a three-dimensional dial, which is made of solid titanium with lots of holes drilled in it. Animated by a vintage NOS (New Old Stock) Swiss-made movement, the watch is by far one of the most exciting timepieces out there.
I would even say the most exciting if you don’t count in those highly complicated pieces that feature more moving parts than some car engines.
The gadget’s main point of attraction is, of course, its modified “new old stock” movement.
Manufactured some time in 1970s, the caliber that features a central sweep second hand and a quickset mechanism that allows to comfortably set current date by repeatedly pushing the crown, was recently modified by the famous independent watchmaker Svend Andersen of Andersen Geneve Atelier, which is to the world of watchmaking as Carroll Shelby and his Shelby Automobiles to the world of extreme motoring (i.e. he takes a rather average product and triples its value -as well as price- by modifying it and turning it into a real masterpiece.)
The old movement has not only been retouched by the Danish-born craftsman, it has also received a new titanium rotor plate decorated with Linde Werdelin and Andersen Geneve logos.
The SpidoLite’s exterior design is based on the still fresh Biformeter model, which is supposed to be used with either the Sea or the Land digital instruments keeping data on its owner’s health status, outside temperature, barometric pressure, altitude, confirmed crude oil reserves in Saudi Arabia and so on, and so forth.
The SpidoLite will, too, be mated to its own compact computer called The Rock, which will soon also be available with diamond-hard DLC coating.
As you can see on the photos above and below, the watch will be available in three versions: pure titanium or the same extremely lightweight, but prone to scratches metal protected against abuses with ultra-hard DLC treatment, featuring with a skeletonized and a solid dial respectively.
Although in this particular case I would’ve preferred to have a completely skeletonized timekeeper, the watch with a normal dial is also absolutely gorgeous looking like a pocket-sized Lamborghini Reventone.
And, available soon at a price of about €9000, it is about 100 times less expensive than the Italian monster of a supercar.
The watch will start selling in April 2009 and will be available in all titanium (only 222 pieces), titanium with black DLC coating with yellow coated sapphire crystal (only 44 pieces) and in titanium with skeleton dial limited to just 22 pieces.
Photos: Linde Werdelin
Linde Werdelin SpidoLite DLC-coated skeletonized titanium watch specification
Price range: €9000 (SMRP)
Movement: NOS, automatic, caliber AS 1876, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case material: Grade 5 skeletonized titanium, also available with scratch-resistant DLC (aka Diamond-Like Carbon) coating
Case diameter: 46.00 x 49.00 mm
Case height: 12.00 mm
Dial: Gray (skeletonized), with four Super LumiNova filled indexes and hands
Water resistance: 300 meters
Strap: Spidolite textile strap with titanium ardillon buckle
Crystal: Sapphire (clear or yellow-coated,) antireflective