Holistically conceived and engineered, Linde Werdelin are proud to present two new additions to the SpidoLite family, the SpidoLite Titanium and SpidoLite Gold.
Born from an expedition up Mount Everest and designed for an active lifestyle, this fourth generation of the series is the most extreme skeleton to date and makes the SpidoLite Titanium the lightest-ever Linde Werdelin timepiece.
Marking an evolution in weight-optimised construction, whilst revealing the power reserve in its core, the SpidoLite is a successful combination of modern design ingenuity.
Launching exclusively at prestigious Parisian watch boutique, Chronopassion, from Monday 16th March, both pieces will be on general release at a number of select retailers as of 26th March 2015.
The SpidoLite family has a simple goal: to save weight without compromising on strength, integrity or performance. The SpidoLite Titanium, the lightest Linde Werdelin timepiece to date, and SpidoLite Gold represent the fourth generation of the series and the most advanced skeleton to date, as co-founder and creative mind Morten Linde explains. “By looking at the watch holistically, we have stripped the components back to optimise weight, whilst creating balance in design.”
Originally developed from a commission for a Linde Werdelin timepiece to take on an expedition up Mount Everest, the SpidoLite’s six years of evolution have been a true adventure.
- Spidolite Gold (left) and Spidolite Titanium by Linde Werdelin
The Case and Materials
As pioneers in the integration of technically-complex, skeletonised watch case design, Linde Werdelin approach weight reduction as a design philosophy, not an end goal.
The SpidoLite Titanium has a lightweight Grade 5 titanium skeletonised case with an industrial-style satin and microbille finish. Meanwhile, the SpidoLite Gold challenges the assumption that a heavy precious metal cannot produce an incredibly agile sports timepiece. Using a drilled rose gold outer case with a satin and microbille finish, the inner case and bezel are constructed from Black DLC-treated titanium and brushed and polished ceramic. Both timepieces have a numbered back case and benefit from Linde Werdelin’s partnership with an artisanal case maker, capable of the finest and most precise finishing on the market today.
Integrated with a grey premium rubber strap (SpidoLite Titanium) and textured black calfskin strap (SpidoLite Gold) as standard, Linde Werdelin’s proprietary strap system allows the wearer interchangeable options, should they wish to switch to any strap or bracelet in the series.
The Dial and Movement
Under the case and past the clean, minimalist dial, Linde Werdelin’s commitment to weight optimisation is realised through extreme skeletonisation, as the inner workings of the SpidoLite are exposed for all to see. Making use of a new calibre with components individually modified by Linde Werdelin in partnership with the award-winning watchmaking powerhouse Chronode SA, the LW07 movement allows for a 42-hour power reserve.
Set to become a design signature for the brand, a triangle, or ’trigon’ pattern is visible through 3 to 7 o’clock. In addition to the stability and lightness offered by this construct, a single red triangle points to the open spring barrel cover, which acts as Linde Werdelin’s first-ever power reserve indicator.
The spring is visibly loose when unwound and tight when fully wound. In keeping with the design philosophy, there is nothing superfluous added to the indicator; it is simple, it is functional and it blends harmoniously with surrounding components.
The SpidoLite Titanium and SpidoLite Gold will be available in a limited and numbered series of 75 pieces each worldwide, at CHF 15,000 / EUR 15,300 and CHF 27,000 / EUR 27,500 respectively, excluding VAT.
Source: Linde Werdelin