Ahead of BaselWorld, Linde Werdelin introduced the world to its fourth generation of the SpidoLite, a series originally conceived after a Mount Everest expedition, which debuts as Linde Werdelin’s most extreme skeleton to date, opening the dial up to reveal the brand’s first-ever power reserve indicator. Designed and engineered holistically, the SpidoLite represents an evolution in weight-optimised construction.
As Morten Linde explained, “the parts left in the dial – the skeletonized plates, gears, springs, rubies and so on – are there only because they are absolutely essential. My approach to weight-reduction is one of making no compromises: everything has to be stripped down where possible, but we cannot lose any strength in the construction.” For the movement, the result is LW07 which, while still strong and reliable for the active lifestyle, greatly reduced the complexity of its predecessors and has 35% fewer mechanical components.
The SpidoLite Titanium is crafted from Titanium Grade 5, a material which is notoriously difficult to work with. The material can easily turn orange from too much heat generated by friction, or the edges get rounded – devastating for such a precisely angular case. The effect of this material when it can be mastered, though, is astounding.
Meanwhile, the SpidoLite Gold is crafted in 18K rose gold, contradicting beliefs that a sports timepiece cannot be created from the heavy precious metal. Weight-saving is not the end-goal, meaning the SpidoLite Gold is free to become something else. It’s not as light as the SpidoLite Titanium, but it does not need to try to be. It has its own identity.
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