News of the new for 2012 Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Steel Anthracite DLC blasted into our inbox without any warning this morning, scattering our other emails into oblivion and leaving our inbox in tatters with cyber plasterboard fluttering from the walls! Cloaked in satin-smooth Diamond Like Carbon the latest offering from Morten Linde and Jorn Werdelin certainly is a high-impact watch but it is clear (to me) that the guys have infused a little modern military 'Stealth' technology when at the drawing board stage of this fabulous creation.
Undoubtedly one of the very coolest watch companies around, Linde Werdelin have established themselves as the absolute masters when it comes to the entire umbrella process of designing, creating and bringing a new watch to market, and true to form the SpidoSpeed Steel Anthracite DLC extends that trend. Following in the sold-out footsteps of it's predecessor, news of which we first broke here on The Watch Press, this evolution really is a fantastic looking piece!
Unsurprisingly, a little more thought went into the evolution of this concept than 'oh, we'll make it black'. Non monsieurs, dames! Au contraire, attention to detail was such that virtually every visible element of the watch, including the skeletonised multi-layered dial individually underwent precisely the same DLC treatment so as to achieve the agonisingly painstaking result of absolute uniform anthracite coloration throughout the watch. Recognising that even slightly differing exposure times to the DLC process would result in tiny variations in hue of the treated components and ultimately compromise the visual 3-D impact of the finished piece, which the anthracite colour accentuates to it's optimum, merely added to the complexity of this task.
The Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Steel Anthracite DLC retains all of the technical specifications of the original, which I covered in my feature here last year, but to update that article, I will take this opportunity to correctly address the fully customised bespoke automatic self-winding movement - based on the legendary Valjoux 7750, except completely rebuilt using superior components and finishing by the Concepto high-end movement manufacture - with it's true moniker, the LW03.
Now attired in a sleek, level 1000th of a millimetre coating of carbon, the new SpidoSpeed reinforces the 'Stealth' design characteristics as found on last year's original. Bold angles and vents, lightweight yet highly effective, this is one piece whch is guaranteed to evade radar detection, but when captured by the naked eye it packs one hell of a punch!