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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Another box office smash: Linde Werdelin Spidolite II

The ultra cool comic style graphics adopted by Linde Werdelin to market their watches are worthy of an animated feature film in themselves, and following on from the phenomenally successful Spidolite, like any good blockbuster, there is now a major new sequel sure to pull in the punters.

It’s the SpidoLite II and it’s staying true to Linde Werdelin’s principles of edgy and innovative design, craftsmanship and advanced case construction.

In fact, it’s the existing Spido case, also found in the SpidoSpeed chronograph, but what has been added is a subsidiary seconds dial at 9 o'clock and a recessed date display at 3 o'clock. 

Unique case construction

The case construction is a unique three piece cylindrical chamber which safely carries the movement and locks on the sapphire crystal case-back while the skeletonised case part securely surrounds the chamber - and dial work.  It consists of two skeletonised layers, seamlessly following the design philosophy of the case and adding depth to the watch when reading the time.

The blued steel hands create a vibrant contrast between the case, dial and strap. “Both versions of the SpidoLite II are monochromatic. The blued steel hands ‘soften’ the look of the watch,” explains Morten Linde.

No room for error

Morten also remarks upon the exacting construction of the case:

 “There is no room for error when producing the watch case and even less room for error when producing the SpidoLite case. Each facet, each angle, and each edge of a facet must be 100% where it should be. If a facet is 0.02mm too wide, an angle is deviated in the slightest, or an edge is not dead straight, The Reef or The Rock won’t hold on.”

Movement designed by Valérien Jaquet

SpidoLite II, described as a three dimensional multi-tiered design experience,  is powered by an LW custom made automatic movement conceived by Valérien Jaquet of the Concepto  manufacture (calibre 2251), clearly visible through the skeletonised dial and the sapphire crystal case-back. The movement bridges have been modified to further reveal the movement and finished with a ‘black gold’ treatment to match the rotor and colour of the case.

Available from November

SpidoLite II will be available in two versions; Titanium and Titanium Anthracite DLC and will be a numbered series starting with series A and limited to just 100 pieces each.

SpidoLite II Titanium and Titanium Anthracite DLC will retail at approximately $13,420 and $13,800 respectively from November 2011.

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