By Osheen Arakelian
I’ve been covering Linde Werdelin a lot recently and for good reason. This young manufacture is going from strength to strength and their showing at Baselworld 2015 proved they are here for the long run and really taking the bull by the horns when it comes to innovation and styling. My last look at their new release, the Speedolite Titanium left me with a long lasting impression and as I stated in the article felt like architecture on the wrist when seen in the metal. Today, however, we have another new release from Linde Werdelin and the only question remaining is, what can we expect from the Spidospeed Titanium?
The theme for the year has been skeletonization for Linde Werdelin and that is very evident in the new Spidospeed Titanium. Drawing inspiration from the racing car industry, Linde Werdelin has presented us with a fully skeletonized dial and main bridge like the one we saw from the Spidolite Titanium, but this time with a chronograph complication to create another beautiful timepiece. The case has been crafted from a lightweight Grade 5 Titanium material with a satin-polished and microbillé finish. It has then been completely stripped down to its bare bones and all excess material pulled from the case without compromising strength or performance. The top surface of the bezel has been brushed and polished to get the best possible reflection of light from all possible angles. This is further enhanced on the case through the use of sapphire crystal glass on both the dial and caseback, meaning light can bounce off any number of surfaces creating a delightful play on the senses.
In keeping with the same DNA as the rest of the watch, the dial and movement have also been given the skeletonised treatment. Not only is the dial and main bridge skeletonised, but also the movement. The Linde Werdelin LW06 self-winding chronograph movement has been selectively skeletonized in close partnership with the prestigious movement manufacture, the Jacquet Family to provide a beautiful overall aesthetic that helps to tie together the various different aspects of the timepiece.
The monochrome theme of Titanium Grade 5 LW-blue detailing has also been carefully selected to help with the overall aesthetic of the piece. The hands and, for the first time, all visible screws have been blued by heat treatment. Like everything else we have come to expect from Linde Werdelin, the careful choice of colour is in keeping with the Linde Werdelin philosophy of digital sports instruments, The Rock and the Reef, which are now both available in LW-Blue and a natural anodised aluminium.
I’ve always been an admirer of Linde Werdelin and their deliberate outrageous designs coupled with the beautiful craftmanship. The future definitely looks bright and is a testament to the work put in by both Morten Linde and Jorn Werdelin. For more info, please visit lindewerdelin.com
OSHEEN ARAKELIAN – CONTRIBUTING EDITOR
Drawing on a lifelong love of horology and a more recent introduction to appreciation of fine whisky, Osheen brought the two together with watch & whisky. He is the proprietor of the site, which covers everything related to watches and whisky. In between completing a degree in commercial law and supporting a rich social life, he is out and about attending all the latest watch and whisky events Sydney has to offer. His passion has also taken him around Australia attending a number of events and he hopes to continue his career in the watch industry on a more serious level after he graduates. Read his articles here.