Review: Linde Werdelin Spidolite II Titanium Blue LE
27 November 2013
I recently had the opportunity to review the Linde Werdelin Spidolite II Titanium Blue, done in titanium with blue dial. I took it with me to Geneva a few weeks back. Unpacking the watch, my first impression was that it would be too big and ungainly to wear with a suit or a long-sleeve shirt.
But I was wrong.
This watch is probably the most comfortable one I have ever come across. Its light weight (due to the titanium case) and the shape of the case back and the attachment of the strap, make it sit very naturally on the wrist with nary a shift of the case.
My fear that the protuberances of the case would snag on a sweater proved baseless as well, as I had no issues dressing with it.
Visually, the watch is striking, with a very strong “techno” look, though the dial appears a bit more conventional in its design, but that is a slight trick of the eyes and mind, as you start looking at the details on the dial, you realize the cleverness of Linde Werdelin (LW) in designing this piece.
Your first clue is that the “case” appears to be two distinct parts. One is the standard circular case that you associate with conventional watches (the crystal, dial, movement and caseback), then that “case” is ensconced unto a protective “exoskeleton” that gives the watch its signature design. You feel it is “unbreakable” and ready to tackle any environment that you throw at it.
And here are the technical specifications for the Linde Werdelin Spidolite II Titanium Blue:
The case, entirely crafted in titanium (done in a Microbillé satin finish), and made of 19 parts, measures 44mm wide, by 46mm in length by 15mm in height.
It has a titanium screw-in crown, an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, a sapphire display back, and it is water resistant to 100 meters. Crafting the case of the SpidoLite II is a long and laborious procedure that uses the latest CNC machines, though each case is always hand finished. It takes about six hours before a SpidoLite II case is finished and ready to receive the rest of the components (movement, dial, hands, crystals, and strap).
Movement is the Swiss automatic Concepto caliber LW04, designed by Valerien Jaquet, with a power reserve of 42 hours. It has a skeletonised rotor with ceramic bearings for increased strength and a strengthened escapement. On the front and back of the movement, it is finished with circular Perlage and engraved with the Spido logo. The black rotor bears the LW name in orange. All the screws in the movement are blued steel, matching the hands.
The blue dial consists of two skeletonized layers. The Côtes de Genève decorated lower dial carries the LW logo and name in orange and is laser-cut, revealing angular hollows giving depth to the dial. It has diamond-cut galvanic blue treated hands and orange accents in the seconds sub-dial.
The date is an interesting design, with hollowed-out numbers which lie unobtrusive in the background. For those that prefer their date feature non-existant, I think this is a good compromise as you have the functionality of a date, without it “sticking” out on the dial. The finishing of this feature is amazing.
The strap is black textured calfskin with blue stitching and a titanium buckle. It is interchangeable within LW’s proprietary strap system, something I would prefer manufacturers would refrain from doing, as many of us prefer to change straps on an almost daily basis! And we already have large strap collections too. Thakfully, LW offers other in-house straps that you can buy and change at your hearts content.
Overall, this is a most satisfying timepiece, well balanced and supremely comfortable to wear. It is robust, manly but elegant, and full of technical flair.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this review.