With so many brands offering skeletonized versions of their timekeepers, it just had to happen sooner or later. However, Linde Werdelin -an aspiring watchmaking brand that took the world of high snobbery by storm- wouldn’t be what it is if it didn’t offer a very impressive twist to the whole concept. Prepare to love the new Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Chronograph skeleton automatic watch. Established almost five years ago, the young Swiss watchmaking brand has been methodically expanding its model range.
Starting from simple three-handed automatic watches, Linde Werdelin has already introduced the LW 3 Timer GMT watch and the Oktopus Moonphase limited edition model.
Thus, the introduction of a chronograph version of the watch was simply a matter of time.
However, giving Linde Werdelin its due, it should be noted that they didn’t just take an existing case, put a slightly modified standard chronograph movement into it and offered it as a revolutionary new product™.
The Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Chronograph is presented in a radically redesigned three-dimensional case that, while preserving the brands DNA, looks very fresh and more dynamic than previous versions of the watch.
The three-partite case is made of microblasted steel and is painstakingly skeletonized in order to look like some important part of a spacecraft.
Its antireflective-coated sapphire crystal provides superb view at the multi-layered black galvanic dial.
Made of two parts (a perlage surface base part and an opaline top dial chart) the dial indeed does look very fresh and further supports the concept of a high-tech time-measuring device.
The bespoke SpidoSpeed textile strap with steel ardillon buckle makes the watch looking even more organic.
The watch is animated by the Concepto 2251 automatic movement, which is made by a young Swiss-based manufacture as a competitor for the outgoing ETA 7750 and the new Sellita SW500 that was revealed just last year. Comprising 237 components and featuring two extra hours of guaranteed power reserve, the base caliber features a very basic finish, but this particular version is redecorated to Linde Werdelin specs and also features an exclusive ‘spider-web’ winding rotor.
In their press release, Linde Werdelin announced that it plans to officially introduce the watch in March, 2011 at the upcoming Baselworld 2011 trade show although it is still not known how fast they will manage to bring the gadgets to actual stores.
The first edition of the watch will be limited at 100 units, which will probably increase the SpidoSpeed’s collectability and resale value.
The Swiss watch company plans to retail the SpidoSpeed at a price of €11,760, which is quite impressive to say the least. Still, with its unique exterior and a rare mechanism that powers it, the premium price point seems to be well-justified.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4.5/5
Nighttime Legibility: 4.5/5
Value for Money: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Photos: Linde Werdelin
Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Chronograph skeleton automatic watch specification
Price: €11,760 (Retail)
Movement: Automatic, Caliber Concepto 2251, 27 jewels, 28,800 vph, 237 parts, skeletonized winding rotor, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph
Power reserve: 48 hours
Case material: Stainless steel, microblasted
Bezel material: Stainless steel, microblasted
Case shape: Tonneau
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 44.00 mm x 46.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Case height: 15.00 mm
Dial: Black, multilayered
Hands: Diamond-cut, steel
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: SpidoSpeed textile strap with steel ardillon buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, anti-reflective
Case back: Sapphire