Founded in 2006 by Danish partners Morton Linde and Jorn Werdelin, the Geneva-based watch brand Linde Werdelin makes all its watches in small, limited series. This year sees the release of the final model in its SpidoLite II collection of lightweight sports watches for skiers: the SpidoLite II Black Gold.
Limited to 75 pieces, the watch sports a large titanium case (44 mm x 46 mm) with full black DLC treatment, with a rose-gold crown and rose-gold detailing on the dial. The case, whose design, along with that of the dial, is influenced by the weight-reduction technology used in racecars, has hand-satin-finished facets and details in microbillé. The crown also has microbillé and hand-satin finishing.
The dial consists of two skeletonized layers. The lower dial is decorated with côtes de Genève and carries the Linde Werdelin logo. The upper dial is in a rose- gold color and features luminous indices as well as the three diamond-cut, rose-gold-treated hands. The numerals on the skeletonized, black calendar wheel are extra-large for easy reading of the date.
The SpidoLite II Black Gold contains automatic Caliber LW 04, custom-made for the brand by Concepto, an independent movement manufacturer based in the Swiss watchmaking hub of La Chaux-de-Fonds. The movement, which has a power reserve of 42 hours, is visible through the dial as well as through the sapphire caseback. The front and back of the movement are finished with a circular perlage and engraved with Linde Werdelin’s Spido emblem. The rotor, in black PVD, is adorned with the Linde Werdelin logo in rose-gold type. Linde Werdelin chose to use all blued steel screws in the movement, both for their high anti-corrosive properties and for their aesthetic beauty.
The watch, whose case is water-resistant to 100 meters, comes on a black, textured calfksin strap with anthracite stitching and an ardillon buckle. It retails for 11,200 Swiss francs; prices in other currency are available on request.
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