Besides the open-worked case, the new Linde Werdelin SpidoLite SA Rose Gold automatic wristwatch sports LW’s signature see-through skeleton dial and the iconic Blue Gold rotor of its vintage AS 1876 calibre NOS automatic movement.
I mean, come on, Linde Werdelin makes superb instruments for diving and hiking and other extreme sports. Why would anyone want his or her tool to be made of gold, which is so soft you can scratch it while picking your nose? On the other hand, considering the timekeeper’s main function of being an extremely expensive accessory, the choice of metal looks quite legit. After all, what alloy can be better at making that “Thanks, I Am Just Fine” statement than gold? Steel is too dull and platinum, well platinum looks to inconspicuous for such a task.
I have always wondered: what if I was very, VERY successful carpenter, would I want to buy an iron jack with cast platinum body and its handles made of some precious sort of African wood?
Presented right before the upcoming SIHH 2010 trade show, the new Linde Werdelin SpidoLite SA Rose Gold keeps exploring the idea of a skeletonized case. With most of its rose gold body carefully routed out with a CNC tool, the gadget weighs a lot less than a normal, solid-body timekeeper of this size. It also looks extremely cool with its bezel reminding me of a lightened flywheel of a sport car.
Anyway, although I strongly prefer the SpidoLite in the DLC-coated titanium case this one is, too, absolutely beautiful.
Judging by the initial specs that the Danish watchmaking brand has published in its press release, the watch is going to be more than imposing.
To make the watch look lighter and more interesting, LW’s designers have treated some parts of the piece with black DLC coating. While the DLC-coated titanium screws and the setting crown simply look better, the DLC-treated skeletonized dial also offers more contrasting background for the triangle-shaped hours, minutes, and seconds hand that are crafted from rose gold.
Since this is still a watch for an adventurer, all three hands, as are the four hour markers are covered with layers of white Superluminova, which makes it a lot easier to read time after dusk.
The watch seems to be powered by the same NOS (New Old Stock) caliber AS 1876 automatic movement that was produced back in 1970s and recently acquired by the brand and modified in order to be more up to contemporary standards of accuracy and reliability. We have already seen these modified engines in the aforementioned Linde Werdelin SpidoLite DLC-coated skeletonized titanium watch that was first revealed in the beginning of last year.
At 12 millimeters, its partly skeletonized case is not particularly thick, but at 46 millimeters wide and 49 millimeters long, the best quality fake Linde Werdelin watch will take every square inch of a normally proportioned wrist!
See also: Linde Werdelin Octopus 1111m diving instrument
Photo: Linde Werdelin
Linde Werdelin SpidoLite SA Rose Gold watch specification
Price range: €15,800
Movement: NOS AS 1876 calibre, automatic, Blue Gold rotor with Linde Werdelin & Andersen Geneve Atelier logos, Swiss Made
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case material: Rose gold with titanium DLC crown and screws
Bezel material: Rose gold
Case shape: Round
Transparent case back: Yes, sapphire crystal
Case size: 46.0 mm x 49.0 mm
Case height: 12 mm
Dial: Rose gold, skeletonized
Hands: Rose gold
Water resistance: 300 meters
Strap: Spidolite strap in black alligator with titanium DLC ardillon buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective, 2.3 mm thick
However I would not advise using the watch with LW’s Reef or Rock computers if you don’t want to scratch Linde Werdelin watch replica.