Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Black Diamond Watch Hands-On

Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Black Diamond Watch Hands-On

Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Black Diamond Watch Hands On   hands on

Linde Werdelin releases a bejeweled watch for men. I first noticed it on the wrist of Jorn Werdelin at this year's Baselworld watch show. They often play with designs as an experiment to see what might make the next cool limited edition piece. I wasn't sure if this was one of those experiments. A lot of the time, brand owners and CEOs like to produce exclusive pieces reserved just for them. A watch with black diamonds and a mother-of-pearl dial is precisely the type of thing that Jorn might produce just one of for himself to wear. We now learn that Linde Werdelin will produce 50 of them.

Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Black Diamond Watch Hands On   hands on

Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Black Diamond Watch Hands On   hands on

The watch is the Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Black Diamond watch. It is based on the original Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Chronograph the we fully reviewed here. The SpidoSpeed Chronograph is the brand's first ever chronograph watch. It is based on the Spidolite collection and was quite cool when it was first debuted. Now it gets a bit dressed up with diamonds. For their chronograph watch, Linde Werdelin chose a Concepto caliber 2251 automatic chronograph movement with a custom rotor.

If you noticed, my hands-on images of the SpidoSpeed Black Diamond differ a little bit from the final version. Two differences I can spot are the color of the brand logo as well as the hour and minute hands. For the final version, the logo gets a dark application and the hour and minute hands are in blued steel. The rest of the hands retain that matte finished gray tone. I do agree with the changes and think that the blued hands go quite nicely with the black diamonds and mother-of-pearl dial.

Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Black Diamond Watch Hands On   hands on

Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Black Diamond Watch Hands On   hands on

It isn't particularly easy to make a men's jewelry watch that western guys would wear. Black diamonds are a good way to make a piece look less feminine. However, not everyone appreciates black diamonds the same way. Why? Well they don't have the same luxury cache as white diamonds, and they are also not clearly diamonds. You can get the same effect from black sapphires for example. Nevertheless, men's jewelry wear from makers such as Shambala have proven that black diamonds certainly have a place in "men's luxury."

The SpidoSpeed Black Diamond contains 48 black diamonds on the bezel and a single black diamond on the chronograph hour register. What is it doing there? There used to be a letter "R" in that place which stood for "Rock" or "Reef" which are Linde Werdelin's computerized wearable instruments for land exploration or diving. The "R" being placed at four and a half hours indicates how long it takes those gadgets to fully recharge the battery when plugged in. And now you have a diamond to remind you.

Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Black Diamond Watch Hands On   hands on

The SpidoSpeed Black Diamond case is 44mm wide in a black DLC coated steel case. Like the Spidolite before it, the case is "skeletonized." The case is water resistant to 100 meters and comes with a beautiful black calf leather strap with portholes. The marketing pictures do not do it justice at all, so it is a good thing I have some real pictures of it. Are you a fan of black (Tahitian" mother-of-pearl)? Unlike normal mother-of-pearl, it offers a darker but still lustrous look which can be nice when used correctly. I think it is a good fit on this watch. What Linde Werdelin was able to do in my opinion is create a form of men's jewelry watch that isn't girly, remains sporty, and also has a unique look to it. Price for the 50 piece limited edition Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Black Diamond watch is $27,500.

9 comments
Henry Miller
Henry Miller

Fo shizzle...gots da bling on tha thing!

(heavily sarcasticized)

Cooperj1
Cooperj1

I find it hard to say anything positive about the overall design... Not sure what the appeal is unless you had lots of extra money to spend on an impulse bling buy.

CG
CG

"Black" diamonds? I'd say colorized, lab created or natural they usually are very inferior stones. Industrial grade grinders used them. They are not "diamonds" in the strictest sense but a collection of compressed crystals, not formed under intense pressure and heat. It's a fashion gimmick. They truly make an otherwise nice watch look stupidly Goth. MoP? leave it for Tag and the tennis crowd...

rew638steam
rew638steam

Nice look ,But keep the diamonds and make the timepiece more affordable.

HawaiianHorology
HawaiianHorology

What exactly, are black diamonds?  I know GIA rates diamonds from Colorless to Colored (D through Z and then fancy), but black?  Are these really carbon or is this CZ (ZrO2) or Moissanite (SiC) or ??

The allure of diamonds is that they are supposedly rare (which they are not really) and hard (Moh scale 10) and because if cut right to fit their refractive index, would bounce the light back through the table giving the jewel fire and brilliance.  So what, exactly is the purpose of a "diamond" that is not going to reflect any light?  The whole concept of black diamonds are flawed to begin with and add ZERO aesthetics to this watch.  I like the industrial look of Linde and the fact that the diamond tables sort of mimic the hex type screw heads but really...

I like Linde in general, but definitely not this watch.

frankwhite
frankwhite

Just wondering how much longer we have to wait for the new podcast. I was pleasantly surprised when we got 2 podcasts in 1 week but that was 3weeks ago. Come on guys we need our fix.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

Not as gaudy or as effeminate as I would expect from a jewelled watch.  It looks OK but I certainly wouldn't want it.  Still hoping they make a model with a larger dial relative to the case, and I don't much like the unequally-sized subdials either.  It makes an already clunky-looking watch even more... clunky.  I would tolerate a gemstone in a cabochon crown, but no more than that.  These gems they've used must be the ugliest, cheapest looking i've ever seen.  Trying to end on a positive note, the blued hands are quite nice.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

Is today April 1st?

The watch is not girly, I agree. It looks to me to be caught in some sexually-oriented limbo, where if you saw it on a woman she'd be butch, and on a man he'd be a dandy, regardless of it's size and stature. Maybe even something as simple as having a matte strap to meet the matte case would help. Oh, and getting rid of the stupid jewels.  

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@HawaiianHorology  

Guessing the black diamonds are "Carbonado". You see them on jewelry these days, but without the fire of other diamonds, what is the point? Yes they are still 10 on the Mohls scale but why have them on the watch. I think they add nothing but "fake luxury".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbonado