In 2002, childhood friends Morten Linde & Jorn Werdelin formulated "The Idea": to create the very best mechanical timepiece, on top of which you can attach a digital electronic instrument for precision in extreme sports.March Read More
“The Idea” is at the very core of Linde Werdelin and its DNA: to create the very best mechanical timepiece, on top of which you can attach a digital electronic instrument for precision in extreme sports.
The Idea is to combine the elegance of a mechanical timepiece with the functionality in a digital electronic instrument.
Working with the very best Swiss artisans, Linde Werdelin deliver mechanical timepieces for the active skiing or diving lifestyle, designed to benefit from a digital electronic instrument, with no compromise in either form or function.
The Idea was formed in 2002 and has been evolved ever since, through the identifiable phases of Linde Werdelin’s timepieces: First Generation (2006-2009), Second Generation (2009-2016), and in the Third Generation (2016 and beyond).
All the while, The Idea means that every single Linde Werdelin timepiece has the same footprint (44mm x 46mm x 15mm), so that they are all able to host both instruments, the Rock and the Reef. This creates a very well-defined area in which to innovate and create.
Beginning in 2006, LW launched the Founders Watch, the start of the First Generation: the series that were directly inspired by The IdeaDecember Read More
The arrival of the first Linde Werdelin timepieces in 2006 – the Founders Watch, 222 pieces all including a Land Instrument, and the Biformeter, both as the Elemental and Two Timer, each in steel and gold, and multiple colour variations – ushered in the beginning of what can now be identified as the “First Generation”.
The First Generation encompasses those timepieces which were directly inspired by The Idea: mechanical, analogue watches to which the wearer could attach a digital, electronic instrument. They were distinct and instantly recognisable, featuring staples of watchmaking such as the turning bezel, but with a modern and faceted case that was designed to ‘receive’ and firmly hold the Land Instrument.
In steel and gold, the first series of Founders Watches and Biformeters totalled about 700 individual timepieces. The end of the First Generation saw a diversification, with the introduction of the Trigon (progenitor of the SpidoLite series), Hard Black and Hard Green (part of a DLC-treated series), the 3 Timer, and The One.
A no-obligations service, Try It allows everyone to try a Linde Werdelin timepiece on their own wrist for five days, risk- and payment-free.May Read More
Launched in 2008, the Try it service allows customers to try Linde Werdelin timepieces at home, away from the pressures of the showroom.
To apply, visit the Try It page.
Explorers approached LW to use Biformeter and Land Instrument; feedback inspired SpidoLite seriesJune Read More
A group of explorers approached Linde Werdelin, hoping to use the Land Instrument in their planned ascent of Mount Everest. Their feedback from this journey inspired the pursuit of weight-optimising the design, leading to the Trigon - which would later spawn the SpidoLite series.
The SpidoLite family launched with two variations: the SpidoLite and the SpidoLite SA, a collaboration with famed Danish watchmaker Svend AndersenJanuary Read More
The 2009 SpidoLite launch saw two distinct versions of the SpidoLite family: the SpidoLite and the SpidoLite SA.
The SpidoLite SA was a collaboration with the celebrated and highly-regarded Danish watchmaker Svend Andersen, founding member of AHCI.
The idea to create a lightweight Linde Werdelin was inspired by a real-world adventure – specifically, an expedition to reach the summit of Mount Everest – and since then the SpidoLite has been on a continuous journey of weight-optimisation.
Linde Werdelin’s philosophy of weight-reduction is one of no compromises – everything is removed unless essential to either function or strength of construction.
2009 saw the introduction of new series, which were influenced not only by The Idea, but drew additional inspiration from the ski and dive universes. The range of Linde Werdelin timepieces diversified into two unique families: the Oktopus, inspired by the sea and diving, and the Spido, inspired by the mountains and skiing.June Read More
2009 saw the introduction of new series, which were influenced not only by The Idea, but drew additional inspiration from the ski and dive universes. The range of Linde Werdelin timepieces diversified into two unique families: the Oktopus, inspired by the sea and diving, and the Spido, inspired by the mountains and skiing.
For the instruments, in the Second Generation the Land Instrument became two separate, specialised instruments: for skiing, the Rock provided information like altitude, temperature, and avalanche warnings; and for diving, the Reef updates the diver on depth, duration of the dive and can calculate the percentage of remaining oxygen.
The Second Generation was a period in which Linde Werdelin placed the focus on materials, developing new and interesting watches that incorporated and made the best of innovative materials, or used traditional materials in interesting ways. This led to pieces like the Oktopus Moon Tattoo, which takes 18k rose gold – a staple of watchmaking – but engraved it with a multi-level hand-drawing of an octopus that wraps around the entire case.
A pursuit of materials also resulted in ALW, Alloy Linde Werdelin, a unique material created for aerospace but repurposed by Linde Werdelin, first for the inner case of the SpidoLite Tech Gold and Green, and later used in its ‘natural’ colour for the entire case of the Oktopus MoonLite – White.
In 2010 Linde Werdelin debuted a new movement and complication, the Oktopus Moonphase.January Read More
In 2010 Linde Werdelin debuted a new movement and complication, the Oktopus Moonphase. This inspired follow-up timepieces using an in-house moonphase complication, the Oktopus Moon series, each of which is limited to 59 pieces.
Launched in 2011, the SpidoSpeed family came with added functionality: a chronographAugust Read More
The SpidoSpeed family echoes the design pursuits of the Spido family, to reduce weight while maintaining strength in the construction, but it comes with added functionality: this is Linde Werdelin’s family of chronograph models.
Inspired by sports converted into phenomenal racing machines by stripping out unnecessary components, the SpidoSpeed series has skeletonised case, dial and movement, but, like its race car counterparts, the chronograph symbolises that performance is the end-goal, not just lightness.
Each SpidoSpeed series is limited to 99 pieces, because of the number’s iconic connections to the world of motorsport.
The first Linde Werdelin chronograph, the SpidoSpeed Steel is the first in a line of motor racing-inspired timepiecesSeptember Read More
The SpidoSpeed Steel was Linde Werdelin's first chronograph model, designed with a complex signature skeletonised case, among the most technical and challenging to produce for a timepiece. Inspired by the F1 car chassis, the case body is drilled out to maintain the bare essentials for weight reduction, yet offering a robust and stylish structure. The Spido family is a testament to Linde Werdelin's design innovation, build excellence, and meticulous craftsmanship.
On the Oktopus Moon Tattoo, with its wrap-around engraving covering the entire case, the moonphase features delicately hand-drawn illustrations of the story of an anthropomorphic moon growing old and being reborn with each cycle of the moon.November Read More
The Oktopus Moon Tattoo's in-house moonphase complication displays luminous, imaginary and hand-drawn illustrations of the story of an anthropomorphic moon, growing old and being reborn with each cycle of the moon. The engraving on the solid 18K rose gold case has been executed at different depths to create a three-dimensional effect, an extremely challenging craft - the mastery of which results in a unique masterpiece. The upper dial is skeletonised and features three diamond-cut hands, and it bears a beautifully engraved hand-drawn octopus in the centre.
The marriage between modern thinking and traditional craftsmanship resonates throughout an LW timepiece. The Oktopus Moon Tattoo is the perfect balance of contemporary art, technology and innovation; transporting poetry and imagination into the world of timekeeping.
Celebrating the launch of a new Spanish retailer, #LWMarbella drew huge crowds to Puerto Banus, kicked-started a series of #LWLocation events and later led to #LWbyAppointmentAugust Read More
August 2014 saw the "event of the summer" hosted by Linde Werdelin in Puerto Banus, Spain, and was attended by many on a weekend of perfect weather. It was a weekend of the watch-obsessed gathering to revel in seeing the entire Linde Werdelin collection laid out and to enjoy each others' company. #LWMarbella was a weekend to remember.
3DTP represents a landmark in carbon case construction. Watch the video to see more of the process.December Read More
Making of the Oktopus carbon case, featuring landmark technology in material design. The Oktopus case is sculpted into its signature geometric structure using 3DTP carbon composite. This breakthrough material is the world’s first proprietary technology carbon conceived for Swiss watchmaking, engineered to achieve calculated aesthetics in high precision.
More than two years of research and development have gone in to perfect the challenging technique of compressing carbon fibres into shape. It then takes another lengthy handcrafting process to arrive at a sculpted watchcase that is accentuated by its finely striped facets with a delicate sheen.
“This is the very first time a carbon material has been formulated to produce the desired aesthetics for our Oktopus case,” says co-founder Morten Linde.
Get a little closer to the LW collection. Experience the collection first-hand and find the perfect Linde Werdelin timepiece for you, based on your style and your personality.February Read More
If you’re interested in Linde Werdelin but can’t decide on just one, and don’t have a retailer nearby, this is where LW by Appointment steps in.
We will bring the LW collection to you. Book an appointment and one of our sales advisors will arrive on your doorstep. You can reach out on Instagram (contacting @LWbyAppt) or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previous LWbyAppts have taken us to cities like New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Milan, Cannes, Zurich and Vienna. To let us know where you like to see us, reach out on Instagram, email or our registration form here.
A one-off commission for Conventus Ranae, the brotherhood of Frømandskorpset, the Danish Frogman Corps, the Oktopus Frogman is a tribute to this elite group of combat divers.July Read More
Shrouded in secrecy, Frømandskorpset (Frogman Corps) is the Naval Special Operations Force in the Danish Military. This collaboration is a rare opportunity to lift the veil on their secret world of high-stakes missions and bravery. Typical missions can see the fraternal unit drop into the most hostile environments to rescue hostages from pirates, often under the cover of darkness.
In a rare instance of surfacing publicly, the Frogmen, through Conventus Ranae, have joined forces with Linde Werdelin to create a wholly unique timepiece commemorative of their brotherhood.
It became the Oktopus series’ toughest field test to date.
Every year, hundreds apply to the Frogman Corps. Only a handful will pass – a source of pride for the men who went before and survived this gruelling process. Graduates will find themselves deployed as badged operatives in the world’s most complex trouble spots.
Active duty – a minimum of three years, an average of six – is no easier. The shared experience of demanding conditions creates a strong bond between active servicemen, forming a natural brotherhood. Conventus Ranae exists to reinforce this bond, particularly once the Frogmen leave the service.
Conventus Ranae wanted to capture that fraternity in a timepiece; a shared timepiece representing a shared history. Wearing the Oktopus Frogman on the wrist is akin to carrying the entire Frogman Corps with them everywhere.
Its case rendered completely in ALW, the Oktopus MoonLite - White adopts traits from its namesake, the octopus: an iridescent camouflageOctober Read More
The case in colourless ALW (Alloy Linde Werdelin) absorbs and subtly reflects the colours of the Oktopus MoonLite - White's surroundings, creating an iridescent camouflage, a property it shares with its namesake, the octopus.
ALW is originally an aerospace material, designed for the high performance requirements and low failure tolerances of that industry, but has been repurposed by Linde Werdelin for use in its timepieces. Linde Werdelin uses colourless ALW which has been subjected to a 25 micrometre treatment (standard treatments are usually only 5 micrometres in depth), creating a protective layer and making it twice the strength of steel while remaining half the weight of titanium. The treatment can go so deep because of the porous structure of ALW; it essentially absorbs the treatment like your hand would absorb skin cream, which results in a protective layer that is highly resistant to dents and scratches.
The Oktopus MoonLite - White features a white ceramic bezel with circular satin finishing that both contrasts with, and complements, the ALW case, while bridging the gap between white rubber strap and the satin-finished silver-white dial to enhance the holistic three-dimensional design experience. Within the dial sits a moonphase complication with photorealistic moon phases hand-drawn by Morten Linde, creative mind of Linde Werdelin.
In 2016, the SpidoLite 3DTP Carbon, with a strong yet light case construction in 3DTP, with a mass of just 3.8g, became the lightest-ever Linde Werdelin timepiece.March Read More
Linde Werdelin has pioneered the use of 3DTP in its Oktopus cases, and now advances the technique by perfecting it for the intricately-detailed SpidoLite case. In the skeletonised and stripped-back aesthetic of the SpidoLite case, reducing the outer case to just 3.8 grams, being able to shape the 3DTP carbon without delamination is a feat of engineering.
The black 3DTP outer case is accented in the dial by yellow and TiN-treated detailing, while it is contrasted with Linde Werdelin’s natural rubber strap in yellow. Parts of the movement – the extremely-skeletonised LW07 – have been darkened with DLC treatments to create a more striking contrast, both in terms of depth and colour, with the yellow and TiN details in the dial and other parts of the movement.
The LW07 movement (its moniker indicated on the TiN-treated bridge) and open-worked dial combine to expose a simple power reserve indicator near 5 and 6 o’clock, its position revealed by a red arrow. The power reserve indicator, true to the Linde Werdelin aesthetic and philosophy, is elegant in its simplicity; it is functional and blends harmoniously with the rest of the dial. The Trigon pattern can once again be found on the open and skeletonised TiN-coated barrel cover, a design signature for Linde Werdelin.
3DTP is a marvel of engineering. Differing from traditional carbon fibre composites or forged carbon, 3DTP involves a technique of layering thin sheets of carbon that took many years to master; it took a further two years to perfect for the angular Oktopus case, and yet another two to perfect for the skeletonised SpidoLite case. The resulting case is both strong and lightweight, meaning the SpidoLite 3DTP Carbon becomes Linde Werdelin’s lightest-ever timepiece.
LW launches a new service catering to the growing demand for vintage Linde Werdelin pieces: LW Vintage.May Read More
In 2016, Linde Werdelin complemented the existing services - LWbyAppt and Try It - by adding LW Vintage to its website, a marketplace dedicated to helping customers buy and sell vintage Linde Werdelins.
LW Vintage allows you to buy or sell vintage Linde Werdelin pieces, with Linde Werdelin acting as the broker, negotiating prices to the satisfaction of both parties and guaranteeing authenticity of the timepieces. As part of the service, Linde Werdelin will also service all sold watches (including movement, if necessary or requested) and furnish it with a new strap, in addition to providing each watch with a new 24-month warranty.
The Oktopus Reef has been transformed into a living undersea environment, complete with a coral reef and bubbles. Engraver Johnny Dowell created a scene on the Oktopus case that surrounds the octopus on the dial.
More details can be found on The Lab.