In its first launch of 2020, and the new decade, Linde Werdelin has released two new colour
variations to their successful SpidoLite collection. Meet the Arktis Blue and Summit Green, both
Linde Werdelin originally designed their SpidoLite range with a focus on lightweight materials
and weight-reducing case design. A team of intrepid explorers climbing Mount Everest helped
Linde Werdelin in their research efforts by testing the watches in the harshest of conditions. This
heritage was further expanded upon at the end of 2019 when renowned explorer, Leo Houlding,
took the SpidoLite to the summit of Mount Roraima. There, he successfully led a team to
complete a new big-wall free climb in the Amazon rainforest of Guyana.
This is not the first time Leo and Linde Werdelin have worked together. In 2007, he took the
original Biformeter Elemental up Mount Everest. There, he was able to test and help shape the
brand’s approach of extreme weight-reduction, inspiring the development of the first SpidoLite.
In 2020, the usual SpidoLite aesthetic remains largely unchanged. The skeletonised titanium
case showcases the equally skeletonised dial offering a nice element of depth. The
stripped-down case is ‘hollowed out’ in such a way that doesn’t compromise its structural
stability or strength. The vertical columns of the case construction, when viewed from the side
profile, are spidery in their appearance. Coupled with the web-like dial design, they are the
visible inspiration for the Spido series name. These new SpidoLite models share their trademark
stripped-back aesthetics with the rest of the collection, further optimising and improving the
weight of the case construction.
The Calibre LW04 powers the SpidoLite – a movement developed and modified by Concepto,
based on their C2252 calibre, a three-hand Valjoux 7750-inspired automatic movement without
the chronograph functions. The LW04 has upgraded ceramic bearings and an enhanced
balance wheel. These upgrades make it more resistant to shocks and better-suited to the
extreme activities it was inspired by. A solid 44-hour power reserve nicely rounds things off.
Both colour variations come with a choice of straps: The Arktis Blue dial is paired with either a
blue natural rubber or a blue textile strap. The Summit Green dial is accompanied by a choice of
black natural rubber or black textile strap. As ever, the straps are universally interchangeable
with all other Linde Werdelin models thanks to their proprietary strap system.
Picking my winner out of these two watches is not easy. Whilst the overall aesthetic is still
classic SpidoLite, the two colours are more ‘grown up’ and subtle compared to some of the
previous colours employed by the brand. The green is probably my favourite, but only by a
fraction. This olive-type hue is becoming a popular colour choice in the industry, and Linde
Werdelin are not one to ignore the consumer. Their Summit Green is slightly muted and a
perfect partner for a watch with such a heritage as the SpidoLite. The Arktis Blue is by no
means a slouch either. The cold shade of blue perfectly complements the icy origins of the
original Everest expedition too. To summarise, two great colour updates on a core Linde
Werdelin range. They have cleverly updated enough to offer something new and remain
relevant without underlining the brand’s classic design DNA.
Out now – Limited edition of 75 pieces of each colour priced from £7,000
Case:44mm grade 2 titanium
Crown:DLC screw-down titanium
Movement:LW04 with 44 hour power reserve
Crystal:Sapphire w/ AR coating
Case back:Sapphire display case back
Strap:Choice of rubber or textile
Dave Sergeant is a long-time, yet ‘accidental’ watch fan. He received a watch as a gift from his wife, and wanted to learn what made them tick. Countless hours of research and devouring forum content soon followed and the journey into the watch world had begun.
He is the founder of UK-based Microbrand LPW Watch Co and a co-founder of the RedBar Manchester Chapter.
In his spare time he is a keen ice-hockey fan (Edmonton Oilers – represent!) and an amateur chilli-growing enthusiast. Born and raised in the south, he now lives with his wife and dog in the north, in Manchester.
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