Last December Linde Werdelin already teased us by showing some close-up photos, but now it’s here! The new SpidoSpeed, Linde Werdelin’s first chronograph.
I never made it a secret that I just love the Linde Werdelin SpidoLite and of course I was very exited to see the teaser photos they released last December. How cool could this new SpidoLite chronograph be? Well, the answer is simple… very cool!
Like the SpidoLite, the SpidoSpeed has a gorgeous skeletonised case and dial. The multiple-layered dial construction suits perfect with the skeletonised case, which exists of no less than 32 components. The SpidoSpeed has a cylindrical chamber inside the 44mm large case, which locks on the case-back. The SpidoSpeed is water resistant up to 100 meters.
The height of the case is 15mm, 3mm more than the SpidoLite, allowing space for the chronograph pushers to be incorporated. The chronograph pushers are hidden at 2 and 4 o’clock position on the side of the case, well protected from sports activities, while allowing the attachment of both The Rock (ski instrument) and The Reef (dive instrument).
The SpidoSpeed is powered by a Concepto movement (calibre 2251) which is partially visible through the sapphire crystal case-back. The specially designed rotor also graphically aligned with the SpidoSpeed case.
On choosing a Concepto movement for the new model, Jorn Werdelin said “Concepto movements have attracted a lot of interest in the world of watch making in the last years for their quality, durability, reliability and versatility in terms of finishing and complications. It was very important for us to have an integrated chronograph for the SpidoSpeed so the pushers and the crown would be at the same level.”
Personally I hadn’t heard of Concepto movement, until Linde Werdelin now starts using it in the SpidoSpeed, so I Googled… and besides many press releases of this new Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed I found one message on Professional Watches about Concepto movements. If Concepto movements proof to be reliable, has to be seen.
I really like the SpidoSpeed for its looks! However the price of € 11,760 seems steep for a watch without in-house movement. Although its looks remind us of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph and several other high-end chronographs, I think a price similar to the Rolex Daytona (just above € 8,000) would be daring enough.
The Linde Werdelin will be available in limited series A of 100 pieces and will be available through the Linde Werdelin website and official retailers.