With its new Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Black Diamond Limited Edition watch, the young brand of Danish origin expands its SpidoSpeed line of skeletonized chronographs with a somewhat strange-looking model. The SpidoSpeed Black Diamond is not only decorated with four dozens of black diamonds totaling more than 1.5 carats, but also features a blue mother-of-pearl dial crafted from original Tahiti oyster shells: something that you don’t really expect in a sports watch of such a grim appearance.
Powered by the same LW 03 Concepto caliber 2251 automatic movement (a new ETA 7750 competitor made by Swiss-based Concepto Watch Factory) as the stealthy Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Anthracite DLC model that was revealed in the beginning of the year before the SIHH 2012 event, the new limited edition watch seems to comprise the same “base” parts.
The case of the gadget is built using 32 components to ensure the most comprehensive 3D-like experience, and even the dial is composed of two parts to make it look as deep as possible.
Trying to increase legibility of the timekeeper, LW’s engineers replaced the original hour and minute hands with blue ones (I am not sure whether the parts are simply painted or polished and then heat-blued, but I think I’d prefer the latter to justify the timekeeper’s high price) that look more congruent with the hue of the mother-of-pearl dial.
The nighttime legibility, however, remains the same with all six open-worked hands featuring an adequate amount of light-grey Superluminova, as do the stick-shaped hour markers on the partially skeletonized chapter ring.
To finish the picture, Linde Werdelin has also redecorated the aforementioned movement coating the oscillating weight of the winding system, as well as the quarter panels with the same black DLC process.
Since the market for diamonds-set sports watches is not terribly hot these days, the company decided to limit the timekeeper’s total production run to just 50 individually numbered pieces.
At the time of writing of this brief review, the minimum recommended price for the SpidoSpeed Black Diamond was set at $28,000 USD, which basically means that, together with a piece of mother-of-pearl, the precious stones added approximately $18,000 to the base model’s minimum suggested price.
While the MSRP looks impressive (I am trying to put it mildly given current state of the world economy and growing frustration of the middle class that suffers across the whole world,) it is more or less on par with similarly decorated and specced chronographs currently offered by Swiss-based luxury brands.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 3.5/5
Nighttime Legibility: 4/5
Value for Money: 4.5/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Photos: Linde Werdelin
Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Black Diamond Limited Edition automatic watch specification
Price: $28,000 USD (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, caliber Concepto 2251, modified in-house, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 27
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 48 hours
Movement decoration: Black DLC-treated oscillating weight
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph
Case material: Stainless steel, black DLC
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: Tahiti mother-of-pearl
Hour markers: Luminous
Hands: Blued steel, luminous
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Black SpidoSpeed textured calf leather strap with ardillon buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire