Linde Werdelin, a young watchmaking brand of Scandinavian origin that builds and assembles their wristwatches in Switzerland, has just sent us a press release presenting their new take on their relatively fresh SpidoSpeed series of skeletonized chronographs. Called Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Anthracite DLC, the new (or rather “refreshed”) chronograph comes with the same scratch-resistant DLC treatment that now features a new shade of, um, black. Shouldn’t they have introduced a whole new collection of DLC-treated watches and called them something like, err, Fifty Shades of Black?
Since there are not so many differences between this particular iteration and the earlier version of the SpidoSpeed collection that was released back in November 2011, this review (or you may call this article an ‘overview’ if you like) is going to be brief.
Although it’s been less than two months since LW has officially presented its decisively cool Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed DLC line of chronograph watches, they either weren’t entirely satisfied with the product or, on the contrary, were overwhelmed with orders and decided to jump on their own bandwagon offering a similarly styled model with a slight twist to it that would potentially draw attention of even more clients that were interested in the previous model, but weren’t exactly sure about the color.
Today, just in time before the upcoming SIHH 2012 event, the London-based brand unveils a slightly revised series of timekeepers that feature DLC treatment in a lighter shade of black.
Called Anthracite DLC, the new color makes the skeletonized watch look even more elaborated allowing for a more sophisticated interplay of shadows and light.
The rest remains the same: the watch is powered by the well-known to LW fans Concepto 2251 automatic movement (Concepto Watch Factory is a relatively small venture that is based at the famous town of La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland and is quite successful at competing with ETA and Sellita by offering higher-grade mechanical movements to upscale brands like Linde Werdelin who still can’t afford to make movements of their own,) which is modified in-house.
The caliber comes in a rather large stainless steel case 44 millimeters wide and 46 millimeters long, At 15 mm high it is rather thick, but for a deliberately sporty timekeeper, this is actually okay.
The price, too, remained the same.
The watch can be ordered on the Linde Werdelin corporate website for the same price of €10,300 as the original Black DLC model. Of course, you can also buy this timekeeper at LW’s authorized dealers, but the price will possibly be higher due to local taxes.
As usual, the watch will be limited to just 100 numbered pieces.
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 SpidoSpeed Anthracite DLC 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 and branded rotor, black galvanic coated
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph
Power reserve: 48 hours
Case: Anthracite DLC steel
Bezel shape: Round
Dimensions: 44.00 mm x 46.00 mm
Case height: 15.00 mm
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
Back: Sapphire, antireflective