Watches: Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Green & Rose Gold Black (+live pics)

By Thierry Ané on May 1, 2014

Genuine quality and usefulness have always been the keywords for small luxury brand Linde Werdelin. But this uncompromising search does not ban aesthetic experimentations and the timepieces presented this year during Baselworld are equally impressive for their innovative designs as they are for their technical achievements.

Meant to be extremely light, the Spido line has always played with skeletonisation: the outer part of its 44 x 46 mm tonneau-shaped case has been hollowed out to bring weight to a minimum while the inner case provides protection. Technical properties aside, this modular construction is a designer’s dream as it allows for a multitude of material combinations.

This year, the brand went a step further and brought the skeletonisation to the dial with two new chronograph models: the SpidoSpeed Green and the SpidoSpeed Rose Gold and Black.

The first model combines a black PVD titanium inner case with a forged carbon outer part like the one used last year for the SpidoLite II Tech Green as well as a black ceramic bezel. The SpidoSpeed Rose Gold and Black uses the same materials except for the outer case crafted in rose gold instead of forged carbon. Both models are mounted on black textured calfskin leather with a black DLC titanium pin buckle.

The multi-layered skeleton dials give a decidedly technical look to these interesting timepieces. With a rose gold-coloured flange and hands, black chronograph counters, and its rose-gold coloured skeleton parts, the dial of the SpidoSpeed Rose Gold and Black is not as striking as that of the SpidoSpeed Green version. There, the rose-gold coloured skeleton parts contrast more clearly with the black flange and chronograph counters. This is mostly due to the absence of rose gold on the case and the presence of titanium-coloured hands. Also, the green accents on flange and counters bring a much welcomed contrast to the ensemble.

The sapphire crystal on the back lets you admire the finishing of the LW06 self-winding calibre. In particular, fans of the brand will notice the new signature Linde Werdelin pattern on the movement plate or the new hollowed customised oscillating weight with the logo and logotype in rose gold or green colour depending on the model. Here again, I found the SpidoSpeed Green model more appealing as the touches of green truly light everything up.

Each rendition is limited to 99 pieces and while the SpidoSpeed Green costs CHF 21,000, the price tag on the SpidoSpeed Rose Gold and Black model will be CHF 32,000 (excluding VAT). Whatever your preference, this remains a very nice watch with an original design.