Linde Werdelin has been at the game for at least 13 decades now, and it is safe to say that they’ve honed their lightweight sports watch to match the unique vision of creators Jorn Werdelin and Morten Linde. With every restricted generation, the modular case and dial arrangement evolve in ways sometimes evident, and sometimes less so. At this year’s Baselworld honest, Linde Werdelin introduced the fourth generation of the SpidoLite family of watches, and although it features exotic substances and featherweight structure, the layout, and more to the point, the mechanics, have undergone some serious renovation since we last spent a week with one. Does the most up-to-date and greatest SpidoLite continue to break new ground for this forward thinking new? We spent a week with the newest SpidoLite Gold to find out.
Frequent readers of HODINKEE will undoubtedly be familiar with Linde Werdelin watches and their thoroughly contemporary timepieces. And to this end, their digital devices, the Stone and F add a coating of professional level performance, pairing essential tools for sailors and climbers that integrate seamlessly with all the watch instances. The idea of performance-driven engineering combined with futuristic design and construction elevates Linde Werdelin above your average off-the-shelve designer brand.
A additional point of distinction with Linde Werdelin is their movements, which, while not in-house units, have none the less been created for the newest by Concepto. Taking a step farther, this year Linde Werdelin has collaborated with Jean-François Mojon’s Chronode SA to earn a new movement to the SpidoLite household, the LW07. The movement gives Linde Werdelin a larger amount of ingenuity in design, now able to more fully disclose custom designed components of this movement through the exposed dial.
The rose-gold situation is much more of an exoskeleton shielding the black DLC titanium and ceramic parts beneath. It is a defining accent to be certain, but it is a accent none the less. When viewed from an angle, or on its side, the SpidoLite Gold takes on a new, sci-fi like persona. The hard angles of this gold construction provide a sharp (literally) contrast and hollowed out recesses to explore. There’s a legitimate sense of modularity into the case which makes it an interactive part of architecture. Away from the wrist and seen from all angles it’s easy to get the sense that, instead of a gold watch with black accents, this can be really a black watch with gold accents.
Of course, the minimum gold arrangement encasing the titanium centre means the watch as a whole stays lightweight and purposeful when paired with a rubber strap or even among those aforementioned digital tools. The gold itself includes a linear brush to it, and will scratch easily, so perhaps nothing overly vigorous as far as action goes.
As additional dimensional as the situation itself is, the dial proceeds the layered motif. There is absolutely no true dial plate to talk of. There’s only a chapter ring in the border, marking off the hours and moments, and a spider web like bridge structure that meet at the center, below the hands. The dial bridges are pinned to the motion at strategic points, leaving prime viewing windows into the inherent springs and gears. The routine itself is cut out of gold, and is among the more interesting executions of all dial-side skeletonization this facet of an Armin Strom.