Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Chronograph Watch

Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Chronograph Watch

Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Chronograph Watch   watch releases

I think that the perlage polish applied base dial will be a stunning design element on this new watch from Linde Werdelin. With a release date of around May 2011, the new SpidoSpeed is the next iteration of the SpidoLite watch concept, and the brand's first chronograph model. The relatively svelte case needed to be increased by 3mm in height to incorporate the mechanical chronograph movement. I actually like that - as the design of the case can accommodate a chunky look quite well. The watch is now 44mm wide by 15mm tall.

Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Chronograph Watch   watch releases

The SpidoSpeed is in steel, not titanium. Will there be future models in titanium? Probably. What you see here is only the first "Series A" model of the watch. There will be 100 pieces of this version, and after that Linde Werdelin likely has a few tricks up their sleeve for other versions. You can see the complex make up of the case, and the nearly integrated chronograph pushers. Prone to now using interesting movements, inside the SpidoSpeed is a Concepto caliber 2251 - a movement I have never heard about. I suspect it is a maybe a base ETA or Frederic Piguet that has been decorated or redone by Concepto. Linde Werdelin does use their own rotor, which is quite neat looking with a web patter and done in black.

The steel case is done in what Linde Werdelin calls "steel microbille" That is fancy talk for it having a sand or bead-blasted case finish. There needs to be some serious naming standards in the watch industry applied to keep us from being permanently confused.

Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Chronograph Watch   watch releases

Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Chronograph Watch   watch releases

Linde Werdelin got the dial done right. It looks very nice, is legible, and has that skeletonized feel they were going for. See the little "R" in the chronograph hours subdial? That stands for the Reef or the Rock (the brands computerized sensor instrument). It is placed at about 4.5 hours, which is how long they take to charge. I am liking this watch a long and really look forward to spending some quality time with it. Just me, the SpidoSpeed, a little psychotropic drug action, and I am off to pretend I am in one of their comic books.

I will get some hands-on action of the SpidoSpeed Chronograph in March. Until then, if you like it, you can start saving up. Retail price for the limited edition of 100 pieces watch will be 11,760 euros.

7 comments
Ivan Y
Ivan Y

I absolutely love ultra-clean & legible dial and hidden pushers. LW prices are climbing ever higher though. Jealous of future owners :)

cluedog12
cluedog12

This is a great-looking watch and I really like the case and dial design. Is it acceptable for a watch in this price range (~ $15000 USD) to be driven by an ETA or ETA-copy movement? My feeling is that ETA movements are okay for sub-$5000 watches, but I'd expect at least a finer base movement at $15000 and a fine integrated column-wheel chronograph movement would be even better. Does anyone agree with me?

Taylor Guillory
Taylor Guillory

Call me crazy but for the money I'd rather have one of these than an entry-level Royal Oak Offshore. I especially dig the modular "exoskeleton" aesthetic of the case and the recessed pushers. Nice.

kris c
kris c

Nice. Very bold and forward - nothing to hide here. "SpidoSpeed" is a pretty ridiculous name, but that's easily forgiven. Do we know what that strap is made of? Nylon or Kevlar or some other ballistic material? I'm generally not a fan or perforated straps, but you don;t really get a good look at it here, so I can't pass judgement (yet). I really like the gear look of the inside of the chrono dials. And that seconds hand is very cool; I bet it would have been even better if it weren;t closed at the end - just finished in an open 2-prong look.

Very much looking forward to your "hands-on" followup - as always, an actual photo is worth more than a digital rendering.

Pete
Pete

2 quality posts about 2 hot watches from 2 of the best up and coming marks recently. This chrono is stunning!! i expect more colourful versions will follow. titanium dlc and gold accents please :)

admin
admin

Concepto makes their own movements so they aren't modules on top of ETA bases. The Concepto chrono as used here is a fully integrated chronograph movement and preferred by a number of watches in this price range and higher.

cluedog12
cluedog12

Thanks Ariel. I did eventually find Concepto's website (conceptowatch.ch) - it wasn't appearing on the first page of my Google list.

I still couldn't find anything on the 2251 specifically, but the range looks fine. I like the workmanship of the 7000/7100 series (the column wheel construction looks finer than the equivalent 2000 series). However a slow beat fine manual caliber would be a lousy pairing for the SpidoSpeed.

Concepto looks like it offers both tractors and movements that are more suitable for fine (/non-sport) watches - good enough for me. I'm sure there will be more English information available on their movements in a few years...in the meantime I look forward to examining a SpidoSpeed in person (or at least reading your hands-on review).

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  1. [...] Linde Werdelin follows up its brand defining SpidoLite watch with the new SpidoLite II. The original model was interesting for taking the brand’s Biformeter case and skeletonizing it. Skeletonized dials aren’t particularly rare, but skeletonized cases are much less common – especially in the way that Linde Werdelin does it. [...]

  2. [...] Linde Werdelin follows up its brand defining SpidoLite watch with the new SpidoLite II. The original model was interesting for taking the brand’s Biformeter case and skeletonizing it. Skeletonized dials aren’t particularly rare, but skeletonized cases are much less common – especially in the way that Linde Werdelin does it. [...]