Watches from independent brands always have something special about them. Even though they are lesser known than the famous big brands, they offer truly great watches with innovative engineering and design. Usually you can only purchase watches from a dealer, but now we offer a new experience as a customer: Chrono24 created partnerships with selected manufacturers so you are now able to buy watches directly from the brand.
Therefore, we are especially happy to introduce you to Linde Werdelin, the first brand, that you can buy directly from the manufacturer on Chrono24. Stay tuned and discover more soon.
If you’re a watch lover with a penchant for the outdoors then there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Linde Werdelin. The company creates high-end sports watches that compete against those from heavy-hitters like Audemars Piguet, Hublot or Rolex and Omega and in spite of its relatively short history (the first model was delivered in 2006) has achieved somewhat of a cult following around the world thanks to its unique and highly innovative product offerings. This is all the more impressive because Linde Werdelin is a small, independent brand without a multi-million dollar marketing budget or numerous celebrity endorsements.
Created in 2002 by life-long friends Jorn Werdelin and Morten Linde after the former suffered a life-threatening injury skiing in the Swiss Alps several years earlier, the fundamental idea was to create the very best mechanical timepiece possible on top of which you could attach a digital electronic instrument for precision in extreme sports, specifically skiing and diving. Up until this point the two had always been considered mutually exclusive. On the one hand you had mechanical dive watches like the Rolex Submariner or Omega Seamaster which could be worn in the boardroom as well as at the beach, and on the other you had separate, highly sophisticated electronic equipment designed specifically for extreme activities, like deep-sea diving.
In this present age of smart watches the concept seems as straight-forward as it is intriguing; use existing technology to create modular electronic measurement instruments that could attach to high quality, attractive mechanical timepieces. Sounds simple enough but it would take a further four years of research and development, working with top Swiss artisans before Linde Werdelin was ready to launch its first generation of pieces – known as the Founders Watch – in December of 2006 complete with the hi-tech Land Instrument (which would later be split into the two instruments; the Rock and the Reef.) Combining Swiss craftsmanship and Danish design ingenuity, that first watch introduced the world to the unique style of Linde Werdelin and would form the foundation for all future models.
The design of a Linde Werdelin timepiece is influenced by functionality and modernism. The angular case is distinguished with indentations at 3 and 9 o’clock to hold the instrument in place, whilst the faceted design allows the strap to seamlessly fit into the case. The dimensions are the same on every model (44mm x 46mm x 15mm), so that they are all able to host both instruments, the Rock and the Reef. What makes the design even more striking is the variety of materials that have been used, such as forged carbon, as well as the three-part case construction. Suffice to say that a Linde Werdelin watch is highly recognisable on the wrist and yet surprisingly, is suited to almost any occasion (except maybe a black tie dinner.)
Over the years the brand has created several broad product categories, although these have largely been consolidated now into two similar but distinctly different product lines; the Spido and the Oktopus. For some Linde Werdelin purists though, the original models will always be the best. Here’s an overview of some of the main models so you can decide for yourself.
Comprised of two key models – the SpidoLite and the SpidoSpeed – the Spido collection offers an interesting alternative to mainstream luxury sports watches like the Royal Oak or Nautilus. The range includes time-only pieces and chronographs in a variety of different materials and colour schemes. Particularly popular are the versions with skeletonized dials, which give the watches a high-tech look that really pops on the wrist.
The Oktopus series is Linde Werdelin’s interpretation of the ultimate dive watch. Sporty in every sense of the word, the Oktopus collection is bold, aggressive and designed for action. There are two main models to choose from, the Oktopus Double Date and the Oktopus Moon, with the latter offering a hyper-realistic and highly original moon-phase display. It may seem like an odd choice of complication for a dive watch but when you consider the tides are influenced by the position of the Moon it makes a lot more sense.
Most models are only produced in limited numbers so chances are you’re not going to see too many people at the same party wearing either. So if you’re looking for a distinctive sports watch that stands out from the crowd and doesn’t compromise on quality, your search may be over.
Watch our interview with Jorn Werdelin from Linde Werdelin
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