When Linde Werdelin boasts that it combines the “best of Swiss craftsmanship with Danish design and avant-garde technology” they’re not exaggerating. Not one bit. Their newest SpidoSpeed Titanium, inspired from the race car industry, unites a rugged industrial look with a highly refined, stripped-back skeleton movement that does not compromise on strength or performance.
Not surprisingly, the LW06 movement inside the SpidoSpeed Titanium has been skeletonized and customized entirely by Linde Werdelin. The race car industry inspiration truly stands out with this movement as it is customary within speed cars to strip away any excess material that will not affect the overall function of the mechanism. This chronograph calibre (worked together with close partnership with prestigious independent movement manufacturers, the Jacquet Family) prides itself in containing 273 parts, 27 jewels and a 48 hour power reserve.
The skeletonized dial displays a circular satin finish with its polished hands, blued through heat treatment and coated with Luminova for added nighttime readability. The three subdials serve as the second counter and the chronograph 30 minute and 12 hour totalizers sitting at 3 o’clock and 6 o’clock, respectively. The skeleton design has made this watch significantly more lightweight weighing in at just 75 grams, compared its non-skeletal counterpart which weighs in at 110 grams. The color scheme of this dial is not by accident as it matches the new colors of The Rock and The Reef, additional attachments for the more adventurous people.
The 44mm casing is done in three parts and is comprised of the lightweight and durable Titanium Grade 5 material, which is a very difficult yet rewarding substance to work with. The top bezel has been polished to shine and contrasts quite well with the matte microbillé portion of the outer case. Finishing the rigid outer casing requires a highly-skilled craftsman to evenly polish the material to ensure consistency across all cases. In fact this art is so delicate, in order for a craftsman to approach the finishing department they must have at least seven years experience. The balance and finish of the SpidoSpeed is a spectacle in and of itself.
The inner casing, also made up of Titanium Grade 5, introduces the chronograph portion of this timepiece as the engraved “start/stop” and “reset” pushers are nestled within the interior casing. The back casing once again features Titanium Grade 5 with a sapphire crystal window allowing you to see through to the inner workings of the watch. Also, since the watch is released with a limited edition of just 99, the limited edition numbered from 1 to 99 will be laser engraved into the back casing.
The shape and structure of the casing is not specifically done for design appeal. While it does provide an industrial, robust look, it serves as the base for the additional digital pieces to attach and serve as more adventurous additions to an already stunning timepiece. With the brand’s founders having adventurous roots, The Rock and The Reef attachments serve to highlight vital information for your surroundings. The Rock serves the skier or mountaineer, while The Reef details specifics of a diver’s immediate environment. For more information about these attachment instruments visit here.
The SpidoSpeed Titanium comes with a natural rubber strap in LW blue and connects via Titanium screws with black tension discs. Of course, Linde Werdelin designs all of their timepieces’ straps to be interchangeable amongst all of the brand’s watches.
As mentioned earlier, this strong yet lightweight SpidoSpeed Titanium is being released with a limited edition of just 99 pieces. It will sell for $19,200 as of this June. For more information about this iconic timepiece and other Linde Werdelin pieces visit their webpage here.