It is still almost half a year before the next Baselworld 2012 trade show will open the flood-gates of new models, but some watchmakers already started to poor in initial info on their new watches. The brand new Linde Werdelin SpidoLite II, for example, is one of the latest offerings from the Dutch-based company. Coming in the footsteps of the original Linde Werdelin SpidoLite automatic wrist watch, the new model features a similarly shaped case, which has become not only considerably smaller, but is also made of feather-light titanium, which is available either in its pure form or in an Anthracite DLC coating (pictured above and below.)
The latter not only makes the watch look more imposing, but also protects the relatively soft metal from occasional scratches.
I must admit that I really like LW’s technocratic approach to skeletonization.
While many established brands simply follow the textbook and rather straightforwardly equip their sporty, muscular-looking watches with classic floral motives (sometimes making them look plain stupid,) Linde Werdelin does completely the opposite.
The body, the dial, as well as parts of the movement are skeletonized using clean, efficient, geometrically sound patterns that not only allow their watches to become lighter, but also make them look like visitors from the dark future where machines rule the world.
I suppose, the timekeeper would look great on those T-1000 cyborgs if only LW could be able to buy its way into the Terminator franchise. Well, Christian Bale would also look cool wearing one of those rugged-looking beauties. The watches, I mean.
Like the recent Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Chronograph Skeleton that was revealed in the beginning of the year, the new SpidoLite II is, too, powered by the Valerien Jaquet Concepto Caliber 2251 automatic movement.
However, this iteration of the engine lacks the chronograph function and offers only a small seconds display, as well as a simple calendar.
While I have no complaints regarding the subsidiary seconds indicator, reading the date may become a problem for some (especially in conditions when there is no adequate lighting) because the numerals are not simply printed on the rotating wheel, but are cut with a laser.
Well, it would be great if the next iteration of the watch featured a double-layered calendar wheel with the base layer covered with Superluminova, Panerai-style.
According to the official press release, both the base model in a plain titanium case, as well as the DLC-treated version will be issued in limited lots of 100 pieces each. The brand plans to offer the timekeepers at impressive prices of €9360 and €9960 respectively.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4/5
Nighttime Legibility: 4/5
Value for Money: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4/5
Photos: Linde Werdelin
Linde Werdelin SpidoLite II in Titanium automatic watch specification
Price: €9360 and €9960 (MSRP, version in Anthracite DLC)
Movement: Automatic, Valerien Jaquet Concepto, Caliber 2251, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 47
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Movement decoration: Partly open-worked, skeletonized LW oscillating weight
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case material: Titanium or Titanium DLC
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Octagonal
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 44.00 mm x 46.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Case height: 15.00 mm
Dial: Skeletonized, double-layered
Hour markers: White
Hands: Three diamond cut blued steel hands
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: SpidoLite II textured calfskin strap with ardillon buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire