With the new Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Black Orange automatic chronograph watch the Swiss watchmaker further develops the theme set with the Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Chronograph Skeleton that was presented in January, 2011.
Featuring the same design of its three-part construction steel case, the new Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Black Orange watch nevertheless looks original and fresh, mainly thanks to the chosen color theme.
The dull-gray microblasted body of the watch gets an unexpectedly sporty look thanks to the three chronograph sub-dials with their orange (or even rusty) color, which is further supported with contrast orange stitching on the signature SpidoSpeed textured calfskin strap.
The black galvanic dial works as a superb background for the six diamond cut hands that, in order to increase the timekeeper’s legibility at night, are covered with Superluminova luminous substance.
It would be nice to see the lume, too, dyed orange, but the natural-colored substance also looks good (or, at least, acceptable.)
The proportions of the watch also remain the same.
While many other watchmakers start to gradually put their model range on a low-carbon diet, the Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Black Orange still measures impressive 46 millimeters in length, 44 millimeters in width and whole 15 millimeters in height. Well, I must admit that the watch definitely doesn’t look fat: it is more of ripped muscles of a professional bodybuilder.
Actual owners report that, although by no means small, the watch in fact feels very comfortable on an average wrist. However, if your wrist is on skinnier side, you should seriously consider trying the watch before buying it. On the other, err, hand, Linde Werdelin still supports a “Try It” program that, in two words, lets you order a test set of the watch (shipment is free within EU countries) and take as many as five days to decide whether you actually want to wear the piece. Very handy.
In its press release the brand doesn’t exactly specify the movement that powers the watch. However, judging by the specs that they provide (237 parts, 28,800 vph, 27 jewels, skeletonized rotor, 48 hours of power reserve) it is probably the same Concepto 2251 caliber that powered the aforementioned SpidoSpeed Skeleton model. Made by a young Swiss-based manufacture that LW has partnered with, the mechanism is offered as an alternative to the legendary ETA Valjoux 7750. While its originality may attract lots of potential buyers and collectors, the mechanism’s uniqueness may become a hassle if something goes wrong: I recon that there are still not enough service persons that have enough expertise with the movement. Also, spare parts may need to be ordered from Concepto themselves thus adding precious days to the overall time that the watch will spend at your local service center.
Pricing is yet to be officially announced, but their similarly specced chronographs issued earlier retailed for some €10,000 (although I don’t know how aggressive Linde Werdelin can be when it comes to discounting,) so you should probably expect something similar from this new timekeeper.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4/5
Nighttime Legibility: 4/5
Value for Money: 4.5/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
See also: Linde Werdelin SpidoLite II in Titanium
Photos: Linde Werdelin
Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Black Orange automatic watch specification
Price: €11,500 (Retail)
Movement: Caliber Concepto 2251, automatic, 237 parts, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 27
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Movement decoration: Skeletonized rotor
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph
Power reserve: 48 hours
Case material: Microblasted construction steel
Bezel material: Steel, black DLC coated
Crown material: Steel, black DLC coated
Case shape: Tonneau
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 44.00 mm x 46.00 mm
Case height: 15.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Hour markers: Luminous
Hands: Diamond-cut steel, luminous
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: SpidoSpeed textured calfskin strap with ardillon buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire