It has been only about two or three weeks since the young brand of Danish origin presented its new Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Black Orange Chronograph watch and now they treat us with yet another version of the sporty gadget. Officially called Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed DLC, the new timekeeper is limited to only 100 pieces and has its massive stainless steel case treated with scratch-resistant “Diamond-like Carbon” coating. As the name states it explicitly enough, the treatment is almost as difficult to scratch as a diamond making, which comes in handy given how difficult it would be to polish the complex-shaped timekeeper as it gathers all those little dings and scratches.
There is no use to rewrite technical specs of the watch, since they are basically the same as those of the aforementioned SpidoSpeed Black Orange. The limited edition watch is still presented in an imposing 44.00 mm x 46.00 mm x 15.00 mm body and is still powered by the same Concepto 2251 automatic movement.
The only difference between the two is the wide use of DLC coating that now covers the device’s multipart body, skeletonized bezel, circular-grained dial and the transparent case-back.
I must admit that, while the “bare” versions of the watch look nice, this one is really hot: the monochromatic, black on black color scheme seems to make the SpidoSpeed DLC look a lot more interesting and attractive for a man with a taste for adventure. There is something to it of the eternal beauty of an unmanned stealth drone or a heavy machine gun ready to open fire shattering bricks and trees, setting pieces of concrete flying and eating flesh like a high-speed chainsaw.
But I digress.
As you can see on the photos, the skeletonized, black galvanic dial of the watch seems to offer superb contrast for the six diamond-cut hands that are presented in the natural grey color of machined steel and covered with layers of grey Superluminova.
The small seconds sub-dial at 9 hours, as well as the 30-minute and 12-hour chronograph totalizers at 3 and 6 hours respectively, too, feature bright white Arabic numerals that make reading the displays especially easy.
The only problem of this watch is the price. According to Linde Werdelin’s official web-site, the watch bears a heavy price tag of €10,300 (VAT not included) and will cost €824 more if delivered to North America.
But if money is not an issue and you are more interested in unusual exterior than well-advertised logo on the dial, you should really check this one out. The watch is really worth it.
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 DLC Automatic Chronograph watch specification
Price: €10,300 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, caliber Concepto 2251, modified in-house, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 27
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Movement decoration: Skeletonized rotor, black galvanic coated
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph
Power reserve: 48 hours
Case material: Black DLC steel
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Tonneau
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 44.00 mm x 46.00 mm
Case height: 15.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Dial: Black galvanic, skeletonized
Hour markers: Luminous
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: SpidoSpeed textured calfskin strap with ardillon buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective, 2.2 mm thick
Case back: Sapphire