Bold, technical, complex… There are multiple adjectives that can be used to describe a Linde Werdelin Spidolite, but conformist is certainly not one of them. Since the creation of the brand and after multiple developments, LW remains consistent in its design, defined by originally shaped cases and aggressive lines. The Spidolite, a watch inspired by mountaineers, might well be the most attractive of the lot and today two new versions are presented. Meet the Linde Werdelin Spidolite Titanium Arktis Blue and Summit Green.
The base concept of the Linde Werdelin Spidolite dates back to 2009. It was inspired by a request from a team that climbed Mount Everest for a watch that was as light as possible but robust enough to survive this rough environment. To lighten the weight, without altering the structure of the case, its original design, or its integrity, LW decided to skeletonize a block of grade 2 titanium, a metal known for its properties of lightness and rigidity. This gave birth to a complex, purpose-built design that would become the brand’s signature.
The Linde Werdelin Spidolite has been seen in multiple editions so far, in monochrome, carbon or even with gold elements, but today’s models are a back-to-basics with matte titanium and nature-oriented colours. The case retains its shape and dimensions, meaning 44mm in width and 46mm in length, with a 15mm height – by no means a small piece, but still rather comfortable to wear thanks to the curvature of the case/strap. The case is hollowed all around, with recessed areas and openworked sides, which helps to shed weight without compromising the required protection.
There are two new versions of the Linde Werdelin Spidolite: the first one, named “Arktis Blue”, reveals a dark blue dial, with matching straps; the second model is the “Summit Green”, with a khaki green dial and black straps. The openworked dial is as complex as the case offering a view on the movement’s mainplate (decorated with perlage). A small seconds sits a 9 o’clock and the date is indicated by a skeletonised wheel. Not a simple watch but legibility is great, thanks to large hands filled with lume.
Inside the case is the calibre LW04, a customised movement made by Concepto. This 3-hander is pleasant to look at, with perlage decoration, polished bevels and a black openworked rotor. It runs at 4Hz and provides 44h of energy.
Each of these two new Linde Werdelin Spidolite watches is delivered with two straps, one in natural rubber and the other one in textile. It features an easy-change device by removing the screws that secure the strap to the case.
The new Linde Werdelin Spidolite Titanium Arktis Blue and Summit Green are limited editions of 75 pieces per colour. Price is GBP 8,400 (or GBP 7,000 excl. taxes) and the watches are available via lindewerdelin.com.