Linde Werdelin INFO page


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Why this page

Well - some might have noticed that I'm a little interested in Linde Werdelin (LW) watches.
I don't have one - well not yet - but I have been interested in these watches for about 1-2 years now. Looking at every picture and photo I could find on the net, on different forums, etc. It was not easy. But sometimes there was a "pop-up" on a forum with a single picture - else it was only on the Linde Werdelin website I could check out the models.

It has become a little better - but not much. And personal I would have loved a place to find some more detailed information besides the "official" webpage.

And because LW is a web based business - you will only be able to find their watches in very few selected shops around the world, it is very difficult to have real hands on and try a watch on your wrist.
They do have the opportunity to have a "Test Set" send to you - but it could be a little overkill for some.

Well that is why I have selected to ad this page on my watchblog even if I don't have one. This is basically because I have had the very nice opportunity to visit the Linde Werdelin R&D in Denmark - a very positive little tour that gave me some hands on on some of their watches and hear some stories about the watches and development.

I will try to collect as much information as possible here and link to external sites, forums, photos etc. Both from the official webpage but hope to have "real" peoples feelings and photos of the watch in real action - and not just product photos.

Links to the following information:

LINKS

Links to the following information:


The Linde Werdelin Factory Visit in Denmark


The Factory Tour...



The Linde Werdelin Catelogue - both the past and present:


The Old...



The Latest...






Unofficial Photos of Linde Werdelin watches:


Here I will put all photos I can find on the net that is of Linde Werdeling watches but is not part of any "official" product shoot.






The official Photos of Linde Werdelin watches:


Here I will put all photos I can find of Linde Werdeling watches that is from Linde Werdelin - this means product shoot, news, etc...







Video with Linde Werdelin

Found some links to some web tv where Linde Werdelin is presented.

Check out the following links:



External pages with Linde Werdelin info

I will put what I can find of external links here

Check out the following links where Linde Werdelin is presented:



Another Linde Werdelin User - Get information from Martin G.

You all know I have a soft spot for the Linde Wedelin watches. They are expensive, they are unique, they are not that many, they have a design that I somehow like very much.
It is a danish watch maker with R&D in Denmark and offices in London and other selected places.
Martin G. have created a webpage a nice webpage with photos and information on these nice watches.

Check it out on lwlounge.com




Long time since I have checked out Linde Werdelin watches.

Last year I used a lot of time on the Linde Werdelin watches, and even if they are expensive, I still find the design and idea behind the brand exiting, and the fact that it is the ONLY danish watch design/maker.

I still have my Linde Werdelin Elemental - and still think this is a watch one of the more interesting "unknown" brands.
As regards to value for money - I think that LW have done the right thing - don't flood the marked with LW watches - but keep the LW watches as a high end watch, much like B&O in Denmark (the price is high compared to what you get (in terms of hardware)).

Question is if that marketing policy in the long run can make a brand like LW survive - but somehow I believe they will survive in the growing marked of high end watches, as they have the product and slow but sure deployment policy of their watches.

  • Limited product = high price
  • Only focus on R&D
  • Limited in-house development
  • Focus on slow but sure development of the brand
  • Mainly on-line to a start - limited watches in shops (cost down)

So basically I think that the business model is very positive - with the ability to expand if needed - but I don't think that LW will not expand so much that the brand and the limited numbers of watches will expand that much.


Maybe I will again take a closer look at the watches that LW have to offer.
But I don't think that I will select a LW watch over some of my watches on my "next watch list".
Some photos of my Linde Werdelin Elemental watch.






Linde Werdelin - the watch that I keep returning to.

My Linder Werdelin Elemental lives a life on its own. I have it on my wrist for some days - and then it goes back on the shelf - while my Panerai and Rolex get some wrist time. But then when I look at photos I find it attractive and special - and put it on my wrist once more.

So here are some shoots of my Linde Werdelin and what makes me return to this watch from time to time.




Recived a Linde Werdelin Cartoon - Hardcopy ;-)

Together with the newest Linde Werdelin catalog I also received a printed copy of their "The Perfect FIVE" story.



Basically it is a normal cartoon but they for once you can easily see the watches on the different persons.

I have heard someone say that the people in the cartoon resembles real people - so if you see someone in the cartoon that you think remind you of someone - it could be true.

I think it is again time for my LW Elemental to come out and have some additional wristtime - but I really would like the rubberstrap with normal buckle - and not deployment - somehow the deployment is a little "not a real toolwatch" like.




Jim from US - have bought a Linde Werdelin - The One

Have emailed with Jim from the US - and his son have a nice cafe in Denmark - Løkken in Jytland.
Jim have orderen the LW "The One" - the first real new watch for Jim - Always nice to be able to assist. I just pointed to my many throughts on the LW watch here on my LW info page.

I still uses mu watch - if not daily then from month to month....

And until I can buy a AP ROO (only maybe) I will use my LW Elemental with textile and metal band.




Linde Werdelin - Cartoon story - "The Perfect V" - new episode.

I used to be a big fan, and still is to some extent of cartoons. If I go down to my basement I will be able to produce a good selection of cartoon albums.

Linde Werdelin have used "The Perfect V" in there latest "catalog" for their watches.
The use of alternative forms for presenting watches is very "positive" - to many watches are presented in sterile environments - some are not even real photos - but computer generated illustrations.

So hats of to LW to bring some new ways of "promoting" watches.

You can download the PDF format of "The Perfect V" story here.







Linde Werdelin - My Love Hate relationship

Somehow I like the Linde Werdelin watches - there are special - there are rare (not a quality in it own right, but sometimes it is nice to have something that not many other people have).
I like the idea of a tool watch that have an function build into it - and with the LW it is the clip-on tool that makes this brand stand out.
I like LW's "original" models - their Two-Timer, Elemental, The One, and their DLC versions of these models.

The newer models - like Oktopus and and their DLC versions are also very nice.
But somehow I'm left a little cold of their other newer models.
Their 3-timer have never had my fancy, their old two-timer was much better, their Spidolight is nice, but somehow I don't feel that it is a watch for me. The idea is good, but I'm not sure about the look.

I can see the issue with Linde Werdelin - they have to produce new wacthes, as many of their older models are very limited (22,44,88 pieces) - and that gives some restrictions in relation to "make" more of the same watch model.
My suggestion is for LW to keep to a simple model roadmap, with basic model versions that will "NOT" be limited to specific number.
And then make limited numbers of special "models", aka. the tattoo Oktopus, the Sven Andersen Spidolight, etc. And at the same time continue to use their base models as normal production runs, without any limited numbers.

Some photos of my LOVE - my Linde Werdelin Elemental - I still do like it VERY MUCH ....




Linde Werdelin - My Love Hate relationship

Somehow I like the Linde Werdelin watches - there are special - there are rare (not a quality in it own right, but sometimes it is nice to have something that not many other people have).
I like the idea of a tool watch that have an function build into it - and with the LW it is the clip-on tool that makes this brand stand out.
I like LW's "original" models - their Two-Timer, Elemental, The One, and their DLC versions of these models.

The newer models - like Oktopus and and their DLC versions are also very nice.
But somehow I'm left a little cold of their other newer models.
Their 3-timer have never had my fancy, their old two-timer was much better, their Spidolight is nice, but somehow I don't feel that it is a watch for me. The idea is good, but I'm not sure about the look.

I can see the issue with Linde Werdelin - they have to produce new wacthes, as many of their older models are very limited (22,44,88 pieces) - and that gives some restrictions in relation to "make" more of the same watch model.
My suggestion is for LW to keep to a simple model roadmap, with basic model versions that will "NOT" be limited to specific number.
And then make limited numbers of special "models", aka. the tattoo Oktopus, the Sven Andersen Spidolight, etc. And at the same time continue to use their base models as normal production runs, without any limited numbers.

Some photos of my LOVE - my Linde Werdelin Elemental - I still do like it VERY MUCH ....




Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed - Chronograph - pre-basel news/photos - Limited to 100 - retail 12.000 Euro

The dial looks very cool - and this could be a winner. I'm not normal into chronographs - I have none - but I'm staring to look into chronographs - Daytona and AP ROO.
This new SpidoSpeed does look very nice - the spido case is one of LW nice features - the Dial layout does look special - all in all a new special watch from LW.

I feeling about this watch is - It looks very nice - but is it as much a tool watch as their other models - what kind of movement will be used.

Somehow the watch "looses" a little of the Toolwatch look, moving into the more "highend" fashion watch.

So please LW don't use "stones" - Just my little plea.

Here are the text from the Linde Werdelin Pressrelease.


Linde Werdelin, .., is proud to announce the launch of a 3-Dimensional skeletonised experience, the SpidoSpeed. With a strong reference to the SpidoLite range and inspired by the racing car industry, the SpidoSpeed is Linde Werdelin's first chronograph model. It features a new and more complex skeletonised steel case construction with weight reduction technology while always maintaining integrity of strength.
Unveiled at BaselWorld in March, the SpidoSpeed with be available in limited series A of 100 pieces and will retail at 11760. The new series will be available to order in May 2011

And some photos - Yes It does look nice.




Linde Werdelin New 2010/11 Catalogue is received

I received a small packet with a small selection of the new Linde Werdelin Catalogue - This time the layout is a bit different from a "normal" catalogue - but in the fashion of LW.
You "unpack" the catalogue - and inside is a sheet for each model and their instruments.

Check out my unpacking here and you can order your own
catalogue direct from their website.




Linde Werdelin - new model - The Barometer ?

Just my guess - the new watch that will be shown in Januar 2011 will be called "BAROMETER".
This just my wild guess ;-)
But I think that this will be a new "model" of Linde Werdelin - if this will be the "chronograph" based on Linde Werdelin info mail (Linde Werdelin Speeds up & Pushes on to the Next Level...). But I think the name will be BAROMETER.



Linde Werdelin - 2011 news - a Chronograph will be born.

Received the information from Linde Werdelin - and the news are all over the internet on watchblogs and facebook.
Again LW will be displaying a new model. This time it is not just a variation over their existing models.I think it will mean a new model line-up from the present four models (each with its own special versions).

Linde Werdelin Speeds up & Pushes on to the Next Level...
Linde Werdelin model line up pr. year - past, present and future

2007-2009:

2010:

2011:
  • The One - 3 versions
  • 3-Timer - 6 versions
  • Oktopus - 3 versions
  • SpidoLite - 6 versions
  • Barometer The chronograph version - 3 versions
  • Additional retail special versions - 3 versions

Time will show - I can't wait to see the news from Linde Werdelin.




More limited series is comming out. Hard Grey DLC Linde Werdelin

Now Linde Werdelin is coming out with a limited series of their Hard Black II DLC called the Hard Grey DLC - only avalible via EXQUISITE TIMEPIECE
It looks cool - all black/dark grey with a red LW logo on the dial - a little different from their "normal" Hard Black II DLC and also limited to only 11 watches.


Linde Werdelin watches & instruments, presents its first US Limited Edition - the Hard Grey DLC.
Available to order now exclusively through EXQUISITE TIMEPIECES, the Hard Grey +DLC Limited Edition consists of only 11 pieces.


Hard Grey DLC (Limited to 11 pieces)



Hard Black DLC (limited to 88 pieces)




Rolex vs Audemars Piquet vs Linde Werdelin

This is like making a compare between apples and oranges - they are different and offer something special. Each brand/Watch have their pro and cons, and when you select one - the others have something you might miss.

Audemars Piquet have never been on my Real "next watch list" as I have seen the watch more as a fashion watch - and I also think AP have performed a overkill on the term "limited edition" models. But when looking beyond this the brand do have it values, that make me taking more than a second look at their RO models (Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore).

My quest into Linde Werdelin watch also began as a slow interest - but the more I looked at their models (back then - only the Elemental and two-timer was available) the more I like the history, background and their look.

I even think that the LW is a possible AP "replacement" - when I see the LW on a textile strap - and compare it with the AP ROO on textile strap I do see a "look" that match.

Now I only hope that LW will NOT come with a chronograph model - LW should stick to there background - and in that respect the chronograph function would lie in their clip-on tool.

Last there is the Rolex - The only true tool and daily beater watch.
And the price for both a deep sea and daytona is about the same as for the AP.

I think I will visit my local AD one of the next days - and try them out on the wrist ;-)




People in the NEWS - Frederik Fetterlein and Linde Werdelin

Frederik Fetterlein is a "known" Danish ex-tennis player - never did anything special in that respect - this was well before Denmark had a no one tennis player (CW). But after his try-out as a tennis player - the understanding was that FF was a big talent in tennis - but didn't use his talent- FF was more interested in fun and girls (nothing wrong with that ;-)) - but not something to do if you plan to do well in international tennis.
Now FF is some trouble in terms of finance - but that will not slow him down ;-)

Living in a penthouse in London (300 m2) and from what I can see still focus on quality - by having a Linde Werdelin GOLD watch on the wrist - Respect for that.

FF have before been know for his love for Rolex watches...

I think FF have both a LW Spidolight (as seen on TV3 - to dinner with....) - and now also a LW oktopus GOLD.





Limited edition vs Special edition - Linde Werdelin Racing watch.

This time Linde Werdelin have come out with some special edition of their 3-timer - Why a special edition and not a limited edition?. Well this is because I see all LW watces as limited edition - (their numbers for each model version normally lies between 22 and 88 watches).

So this is why LW have made a "special version" of one of their models.

LW have made a racing version of their 3-timer that have a the color red and yellow in both bezel and on the strap.

Check out the video in the LW Lab.




My Linde Werdelin Elemental - will I get one more?

I have now been the owner of my LW Elemental for +6 months - and what can I say.

This watch will be in my collection and get additional wrist time - more than my Rolex watches.
Why? Well because I think that the look and the quality really is so different from my other watches.

The completely different look of the LW watch - makes me look at the watch more often than any other watch (I think). Mainly because the dial pops out and the case is so different than any other watch I have.

I just like it - nothing else to say ;-)





My predictions came through Almost - The First Linde Werdelin woman watch.

I did a prediction on the future of the Linde Werdelin watches some time back - In februar 2010 I "predicted" the following for the LW brand - and some of these have come through more or less.

  • * Power reserve indicator.- NOT YET
  • * Ladies Size watches - as LW said would come in 2007 ;-) - ALMOST - The Woman Watch is here (same size)
  • * Additional straps - including new Metal straps and Nylon/Velcro straps - NOT YET
  • * Reintroduce of two-timer in new look - NOT
  • * See through dials in other models that SpiodLite - NOT YET
  • * The One - in more special variations - like SpidoLite/Oktopus models - ALMOST - the 3-Timer was the watch




See my old predictions on my LW info page.

Updated 2010-02-18 After the release of Linde Werdelins Oktopus Moonphase last week, and their SpidoLite models in different versions - I have some predictions for the future of Linde Werdelin and what models their will come in the years to come.
Now that we have seen a Linde Werdelin Extreme watch with a complication - I would predict we still have something on the horizon that still we be in the spirit of LW.
  • * Power reserve indicator.
  • * Ladies Size watches - as LW said would come in 2007 ;-)
  • * Additional straps - including new Metal straps and Nylon/Velcro straps
  • * Reintroduce of two-timer in new look
  • * See through dials in other models that SpiodLite
  • * The One - in more special variations - like SpidoLite/Oktopus models





Werdelin explains the history of the brand (Linde Werdelin).

Check out this youtube video with Jørn Werdelin - where he explains the idea behind the Linde Werdelin brand. The reason for the design, the modern watch vs classic watch.





Review 6: Linde Werdelin - what is the deal with this watch - what category?

This is my almost final review of my Linde Werdelin Elemental watch which I have had on my wrist for over a month now.

And what is my feeling now - It has been a little roller coaster ride. The initial feeling was very positive, then I had some questions on the bezel and straps that I feel is not up to the expected standard, and now back to a feeling that this watch could be my daily watch - It is starting to grow more and more on me.

Let me start by telling you on my feeling of wearing a "unknown" watch - as this watch is NOT as easy to recognize as a Rolex, Omega or Panerai.
I guess it is like wearing a Patek Phillip - only the real WIS people can spot it from a distance - all others just see a watch.
It is the same wit the Linde Werdelin watch - I would guess that only a very few people would recognize this watch - and if they can I know I can have a real watch talk with these people ;-).

And having a "unknown" watch brand on the wrist is funny for a WIS as me. All my friends know I'm into watches, and they ask me what is watch, where is my rolex, where is my big watch (Panerai) and what brand is that, etc.

I still have some minor issues I would love to be "fixed". The strap option is one issue. I miss a rubber strap to give my final verdict, and I will get one in the time to come.
Next is the rotating bezel - somehow it feels a little "cheap" - it works, and I think it will function well - but for I lack the "sound" when you turn it.

Some times the quality in the sound and feel is very difficult to describe - the same as a Mercedes/Audi/Volvo car door vs a "Suzuki" car door - you can almost hear the quality by the sound.

My other issues with the Linde Werdelin is the "extra" you get. I like the idea behind the brand, the design, the concept and the movement (I like the ETA movement).
But some of the latest models from Linde Werdelin makes me feel that LW is moving into a different category than a super design sports and adventure watch into a High End fashion brand.
In the present model range it is only "The One" that I feel is really true to the original idea. I like the Oktopus and the SpidoLite models, but the price is also in the high end.

All in all I like "my" watch - The LW Elemental - it grows on me - it has a nice look, it is a dress watch with the textile strap.

My next input on the Linde Werdelin watch is my view on recommendation - would I recommend this watch to a friend?
Well stay tuned I will make a detailed recommendation for anyone....





Review 5: Linde Werdelin - peoples feedback to my photos and reviews.

Not really a review - but I have received relative much feedback on the photos and my reviews of the watch that I want to share.

In general people are split into 4 groups on this watch.

  • Like it, know it and want it
  • Like it, don't know it and want to know more
  • Like it, maybe they know it and maybe they want it
  • Don't Like it and don't want it


Don't Like it and don't want it
The people that don't like it are mainly people that will focus on Rolex and Panerai watches, they like the "history" of the watches, the look and the general just want to stay true to know brands.
The design of the LW watch is also something very special - and something you need to like.
The design can look like that of watches to about 100-200 Euros - a cheap fashion watch - not easy to recognize for a non-WIS.
That is not a problem with Rolex or Panerai - these watch designs are "well known" by many people.


Like it, don't know it and want to know more
Then we have the people that like it but don't know it. These people are becoming more and more. The LW brand is slowly becoming a relative "known" brand - is on the radar of many people.
But these persons would like even more information on the brand - even asking about the price (easy to see on the LW website), and where to get the watch.
These people are not close to getting this watch but they are starting to "knowing" the brand.
Up front they like the look, the design and the size.


Like it, maybe they know it and maybe they want it The we have people that know about the brand, they are keeping a eye on this brand, the new models, the stories, etc.
These people maybe want this watch - they are 70-90% close to making a deal on a LW watch - but they keep falling back to known brands with known resale value and known by other people than die-hard WIS.

They like that the numbers of LW watches are limited, that the brand is upcoming, the use of high end ETA movement (on some models) and the idea behind the brand (design and vision).

But there is a need for taking the final step - they need to try out the watch - the try-out program by LW is not enough - sometimes when shopping around for a watch you return to a store many times - try out the watch - compare it to other watches, and come back again to try one more time.
You can easy go back to a shop 2-3-4 times to try out a watch before you "pay the bill".

I have the same feeling about the Rolex Deep Sea - that is one I need to try out a few times before jumping into.

People are also glad to read review of the LW watches - from people that have it in real life and can describe the watch in "true" words.

These people are close to becoming a LW owner - some will back down when - some will move ahead.


Like it, know it and want it Here we are very close to having a new LW person - but again the thing to stop these people is the same as the group above - They see the positive aspects of the LW brand is would like one - they just need to "justify" it.


To sum up the LW in pro and cons from peoples feedback.

Pro:
  • The Design - it is new - looks cool and is just the right size.
  • It is unique - limited numbers is a plus - if not then the ETA movement in a case is way overpriced
  • The Movement - ETA is a BIG plus - easy to get fixed all over the world.
  • The idea behind the brand - people like that there are people behind the brand.
  • Unique designs on "new" watches ...

Cons:
  • The price - well this is often the saying - I have to select between rolex/panerai and a LW - ???
  • Unknown second hand price - if I want to sell this watch - what will I loose ( second hand price for Rolex / panerai and other brands are well known)
  • Have only see pictures - I like it - but will I like it in person - and this is when the price and other brands "win".




Some photos of my new LW in the Wild

Have been away from my PC - so just some photos of my new Linde Werdelin in the Wild. What can I say - doing this with a deployment clasp is "NOT" recommended. Somehow the small sands get into the clasp and makes the "release" of the clasp impossible.

It was not possbile to open the deployment clasp before I got home and washed the watch very well under the tap.
So If you plan to make these kind of photos - I suggest you use a normal strap with buckle.

Well back to the fun - som photos of my Linde Werdelin Elemental in the Elements near my summerhouse.

Photos of the watch with both the textile strap and the metal strap.






Review 4: Linde Werdelin Elemental - The finer details

This time let look at some of the finer details of the Linde Werdelin Watch. I have made some more close-up photos of the watch and some of the finer details. I will also try to explain my feelings about the finer details after a little more than a week on the wrist.

The Elemental in general:
Lets start with the not so close photos.
The complete watch - with its sharp edges just look so special. But the watch is also very "bling - bling", the shiny edges makes the watch look not so "macho" as I think the watch would do if the case was mat, black, Ti, etc. The polished steel could be a little to much for some. I might like a version of the steel version with a mat case or a case made of Ti.
I know I can get the HARD II (DLC) version - but the price is a little over my level. So I would like the option of a standard Ti version of this "simple" watch (The One/Elemental).


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The dial in close-up: The dial is something special - it is VERY glossy - and VERY black. The writing on the dial looks very high quality.
The LW logo on the dial looks like silver print on the dial. The Inner ring is used for minute indicators.

The date window is small and don't make any "noise" on the dial. That I like - if you need to know the date is there - but on a daily basis you don't notice it.


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The case and screws: The case has the sharp "look" but the shape of the case makes it fit perfectly on your wrist.
The back case is also very simple and the black color of the case back does make a nice contrast to the very clean steel look.
The writing on the back is simple and based on the LW information of watch type.

  • B1=Bifometer
  • E1=Elemental (T1=two-timer)
  • 2=Steel case
  • 2=Steel roating bezel

The screws for the wrist-strap is simple and yet one of the distinct features and looks of the watch.
I do thing that making the screws with more contrast would give the watch a extra nice look.
How about black screws (Ti screws)?

The watch strap is still the one thing I would like to challenge - I really need a rubber strap!
I will NOT be able to dive with any of the straps I have - not the metal strap or the textile strap.
I will come with my suggestions for "improvement" in a later review. It is only some minor issues - but something that would put this watch an extra notch up.

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I think the watch will continue to "grow" on me - even if the wife says it looks a little to "gay" compared to my Panerai 25C ;-)
But then maybe a new "hardcore" strap could change this - as I say the strap is easy 50% of the complete watch look.




Review 3: Linde Werdelin - The Case, The Dial and The Strap.

This is the real deal for me - the design of case and the dial is something very special and something I have not seen in many other watch brands.

The Case:
The very sharp edges on the case makes this watch a "tough" watch to look at - it looks masculine.
The look of the case is what really makes the watch - I would say that the look with a "leather" strap on this watch makes it look like a AP royal Oak off-shore.
And the strap fixture is also what makes this watch a easy to spot watch. It is what can be seen from a distance - also a nice design feature but also a feature that WORKS very well.
One of the best strap changing functions in any watch - It will keep you strap IN place on the watch all the time. Not like the simple "metal" bars seen in most watches (Rolex MilSub not in this league).



The Lumen:
The lume on the dial is very good - I have no seen the Rolex Deep Sea in real life with the lume - but the lume on the Linde Werdelin is very very good.
And what I like is the lume on the rotating bezel - nice to have lume spots every 10 min on the bezel.



The Dial:
The dial is very glossy - and this together with the very good glass - makes the dial jump out.
The dial is not that "big" when compared to the "big" case - see a side by side view of my Panerai 25C and my Elemental.

And when checking the Panerai 25C and my rolex and Panerai 1B - The dial is small compared to the other dials.
The dial is "about" the same size as a rolex dial - but with some extra writing on.
This extra writing on the dial is very nice - just about the right amount - much more and the dial is not possible to read.





The straps:
The metal strap is now my daily strap - it feels heavy and is heavy but feels very good. No problem with the strap pulling out my hairs on my arms.
The quality of the strap is very good - it feels solid and well done - but the work involved in removing links could be much better.
The integration of the metal strap to the watch case is second to none - I really think this is a super design - and after getting use to the extra weight - the watch with the metal strap now sits like a "glove" on my hand.
With the textile strap - I get a very nice look - it complements the watch very nicely - it almost looks like a AP Royal Oak Off-Shore.







Review 2 : Linde Werdelin - The Straps

If I could change one thing on my LW watch it would be the strap - it is somewhat funny that this "massive" tool watch, designed to be used with clip-on tools (Rock/Sea - Instrument) don't have a better security function - to ensure that the watch will STAY on the wrist - no matter what the situation is.

I would love to have a real super tool strap that is different from the standard strap with a deployment clasp.
How about a super Velcro strap like the one from the AP EOD watch - or the Omega Moon Speedmasters.

This is the one place where I would really put in some extra work - Agree that the watch is a nice dress watch - what the many gold versions also indicate - but it would be nice to be able to select a strap that for sure would keep the watch on you wrist - over the wet-suit, during climbing or any other very active life-style.

I see my LW Elemental watch as a dive watch, a tool watch I can used any place - any time - and not as a dress watch - just to be used with a suit.

So for one I can't use the metal strap on my wetsuit - the way to adjust the size is limited and difficult to perform.
The Textile strap with deployment claps - can't be used with my wetsuit either - no easy way to extent the textile strap.
So for my diving - I have to get a rubber strap with a normal buckle.

But still - I miss a way to secure the watch better to my wrist.
When diving and wearing a watch on my wetsuit - I have no feeling with it - I have to be very confident that it will stay on the wrist no matter what I can snag my wrist on during a dive.

So please LW - lets see that monster strap that for sure will keep your watch in place when diving.




Performing a strap change and adjusting the metal strap to fit my wrist.


On the LW the changing of the straps is very easy - and compared to eg. Panerai - no need to worry about the screws messing up the case - the screws are fixed into the strap - so if by chance you mess up a screw - the worst thing that can happen is that it is the strap you need to fix - no impact on the watch case.

Changing the textile strap is very easy - and the tool that you receive together with the strap makes the change easy - but I guess a normal unbraco key would do the job just as well.



Adjusting the metal strap to fit my writs toke some more work.
From the information sheet it is recommended that you contact your authorized LW dealer for this.
That is not so easy when I'm away in the summerhouse - and there is no easy way to adjust the strap by removing a screw and removing some links - this is a easy job on a Rolex metal strap - but on the LW there is a need to use force to drive the small pins out of the strap and to put these back in to put the strap back together.




Review 1: Linde Werdelin Elemental - Initial Impressions of the watch

My first 2 days with the watch - an my quick initial impressions of the watch.

I received it Friday and went to the summerhouse for some grill and to have some time "alone" with the watch.
It is a Linde Werdelin Elemental watch - the initial standard model from Linde Werdelin - with no special features - just a plain simple dive watch with date.
This was the model I have been looking at for some time - and the dial is special with some extra white writing on - not to much - just the right amount - this is the "same" watch as the LW "The One" - where "The One" has even less white writing on the dial.

Here are the "Elemental" and "The One" - side by side.



The white writing on the dial - was the reason for me not selecting the LW Two-Timer - here there is just a little to much text on the dial for my taste.



But back to my initial impressions of the LW Elemental watch - the complete package - more in detail reviews to come - so stay tuned.

The package - the box - Simple Box - nothing special - simple black box - "piano paint".



The watch - very nice watch - has a kind of "bling - bling" over it - the very polished sides invites fingerprints. The initial quality feeling is much better that Panerai and my Heure but not at the Rolex level.
But the feeling is initial very good - nothing to worry about.
And the crystal is very good - it almost feel like there is no glass in the watch - the dial jumps out and is VERY clear.



The watch cont.- the finer details - the crown could be more easy to grasp - had some issues with it, and the crowns design almost cuts into your fingers - a very small detail - as I don't see the need to adjust this watch that often. And what I like the LW design is the "masculine look" - with the case design - so OK with the "masculine" crown ;-).



The straps - Ok textile strap for a watch - nothing special - same quality as the standard strap delivered with a Panerai. The metal strap is also OK - but nothing special - I used some time in getting the metal strap to fit me with a hammer and some small nails - and it worked ok - so now I have a textile and a metal strap with deployment claps.




Side by side shoot of the Watch with textile strap and metal strap.



Expect much more detailed review to come.




Some quick photos of my LINDE WERDELIN - reviews to follow.

Expect much more in depth review of this watch. This watch has been on my "next watch list" for a long time.
Now I finally have added this watch to my little family and is looking forward to It "getting to know" this watch in much more detail.

I plan to make the following "reviews" - more can come.
  • Review 1: Linde Werdelin Elemental - Initial Impressions of the watch
  • Review 2: Linde Werdelin Elemental - The Linde Werdelin straps
  • Review 3: Linde Werdelin Elemental - The finer details
  • Review 4: Linde Werdelin Elemental - My Suggestions
  • Review 5: Linde Werdelin Elemental - ?

But first some quick photos of this nice watch - and compared to my Panerai's and Rolex's it feels like its own kind.
It is NOT like a Rolex, its is not like a Panerai, etc - this is a special watch.

No more talk now - first some quick photos of this watch and the reviews to come.


The "package":



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The watch:
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The Elemental in the elements:

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Packet HAS arrived - Unpacking the latest member of the family.

After some trouble in receiving the packet - I finally go it!!!
My newest member of the family is a Linde Werdelin Elemental watch - somehow this design has fascinated me for a long time.
So after many months of searching - I finally found what I was looking for - A LW Elemental and including a metal strap as well.

So here are the unpacking pictures for now - expect many photos and my views of this watch.

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The Linde Werdelin watch - why do I like it....

You might know that I from time to time have talked about the Linde Werdelin watches, and I even went for a little visit to their danish R&D north of Copenhagen.

Why do I feel that these watches are so nice - well I'm danish and the LW is a "Danish Design" watch.
The watch is also very nice in respect to being a real tool-watch. It is also a watch based on the fact that it should accept a clip-on tool. Either a dive computer or climbing/ski computer. This I think is a first for any watch on the market today.
I really hope to be able to add the Linde Werdelin Elemental watch (black dial) - somehow I feel this design "sings" best to me.

Below are some photos of my Linde Werdelin R&D factory tour as well as some pictures of the Elemental watch - a watch I think is very nice looking....

The Linde Werdeling R&D factory tour:




And then again some more few photos of the Elemental watch - a nice watch




Linde Werdelin information in PDF format

By chance I found the following links on the Linde Werdelin homepage, where you can download their old cateloges from 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 as well as more detailed information on the LW products. This information is for the WIS only and anyone interested in LW products only.

But as I really like their products - it is always nice to have these informations avaliable for later referance ;-)




Information vedr. :





And some flash videos:






The Linde Werdelin Oktopus Tattoo - that is what I call a personal watch.

Linde Werdelin will present a special version of their Oktopus watch - The Oktopus Tattoo

A "normal" Oktopus with red markings and Oktopus markings on the hour and minute hands.

A bold design - And I must confess that even if I'm a simple watch guy - this bold design will be a watch to be owned by a man that can stand by this bold design.
I also hope that these watches will be used in real life and not spend their life in a box - packed away, out of light and out of sight.

Please no safe queen here....

Read here the information from Linde Werdelin.

LINDE WERDELIN, the leading sports watches and attachable instruments manufacturer, is proud to present the latest addition to the Oktopus family to be unveiled at BaselWorld 2010, the Oktopus Tattoo. A true example of art and craftsmanship, the steel case of the Oktopus Tattoo has been fully engraved with an octopus tattoo design especially drawn for the model by Danish tattoo artist Henning Jensen. Powered by a Frederic Piguet movement (calibre 1150) the new Oktopus model also bears distinctive dial details, which add to its unique allure of the LW diver watches.

Limited to 82 pieces




Linde Werdelin - What will come next - power reserve and ladies watches?

After the release of Linde Werdelins Oktopus Moonphase last week, and their SpidoLite models in different versions - I have some predictions for the future of Linde Werdelin and what models their will come in the years to come.

Now that we have seen a Linde Werdelin Extreme watch with a complication - I would predict we still have something on the horizon that still we be in the spirit of LW.

  • Power reserve indicator.
  • Ladies Size watches - as LW said would come in 2007 ;-)
  • Additional straps - including new Metal straps and Nylon/Velcro straps
  • Reintroduce of two-timer in new look
  • See through dials in other models that SpiodLite
  • The One - in more special variations - like SpidoLite/Oktopus models






Linde Werdelin - with a first - Extreme watch with "complication"

Just received this newsletter from Linde Werdelin.

LINDE WERDELIN, the leading sports watches and attachable instruments manufacturer is proud to present of a new addition to the Oktopus family, the Oktopus Moonphase complication. Powered by a Frederic Piguet movement (calibre 1150) and with a moonphase complication built by Danish-born Svend Andersen, this is a unique combination of design and craftsmanship, which depicts the moon phases with photorealistic luminous discs and gives a countdown to the next half or full moon. Limited to 29 pieces, connoting to the days before the next full moon, the Oktopus Moonphase will be available to pre-order from September 2010 on LindeWerdelin.com.

What I think about this - well I think it was about time, putting something that is normal only seen in dress watches.
And why should the more extreme sports watches not have the possibility of features not normally seen in these watches - what can be next.





Linde Werdelin make Iphone App

We are entering the world of online application and social networks.
I foresee that the social media and online application will be the next big thing for many watch brands.
What I like about Linde Werdelin (apart from their watches) is the fact that they have a idea with their watches.
And I hope they will be faithful to their "roots" and "DNA" of their idea.
Making tool watches based on their original idea.

Check out their Iphone App - if you have a Iphone and are interested in Skiing.

The Ski Guide offers their "insider knowledge" of a high quality ski holiday experience, providing a host of hand-picked favorites and recommendations for ski enthusiasts heading to a variety of resorts in Europe. The iPhone app gives you added value e.g weather forecasts and Geolocations, so you can carry the guide in your pocket and make good use of it throughout the ski season. Download the 'Lite' version for free!
Not for me - for one I don't have a Iphone - I have a Android ;-). (I do have a Ipod Touch - but not used it after I got my Android).

I still hope to get a LW watch this year if all goes well



This Watch I want !!




Video with Linde Werdelin 3-timer watch

The Linde Werdelin watch is started to have some momentum - and this little video of the LW 3-timer with white dial - can give you a good idea on the size and look in person.
And the website hodinkee compares the Linde Werdelin watch to the AP and PP watches - and that I must say is very nice.
As we mention in our video above, we consider these watches a reasonable alternative to the likes of such heavyweights as the AP Royal Oak and the Patek Philippe Nautilus, despite the lack of an in-house movement. This watch isn't about the movement (which happens to be a great ETA 2893), it's about the overall package, a package that puts the 3-Timer at the top of our wish list.
I would probably not go that far - but will agree that the background and design of the LW watches has something unique that can turn out to be a real winner.

Well check out the video here.




The Linde Werdelin SpiodLite - and the SpiodLite Girl in Spandex ;-)

You all know that I have a little soft spot for Linde Werdelin watches - and I keep returning to their designs. Somehow their watches have a quality and a design that makes them stand out.

Their SpiodLite model which drilled out case have had me in a dilemma - I like the LW design in general - and after having tried them on - I must say they do sit perfect on the wrist when thinking of the size and weight.

But back to the SpidoLite model, something about the dial layout have me think twice of that model.
I want a sports watch to be very easy to read (as their "The One" and "Oktopus" model) - but I had the feeling that the dial design was a little to "blank" to allow telling the time with a quick glance.

So I was focused on there more basic models, The One, Elemental, Oktopus and less on the dress watche (3-timer).

Lately I have started to look more and more at the SpidoLite model - somehow I could see myself with this model as a "dress" tool/sports watch.
A completely new niche for this brand.
The dressy sports watch. A watch that can be worn with the best suit, and still have the quality of a tough sports watch.

I will keep my eyes open for this model some more - but is still looking for the "classic" Linde Werdelin watch - The One or The Elemental watch.

As for the SpidoLite Girl in spandex - she was seen in real life this week - more to come ;-)




Linde Werdelin - The new line up and their old line up

If your into Linde Werdelin watches - like me - I'm hoping to ad a LW watch to my collection in 2010 you will be having following the brand on the net - and if your lucky been able to try out their watches in a shop.

But of-cause you also have the possibility to try out the watch - or in reality multiple watch models via the Linde Werdelin very special TRY-IT program. The program still list the "Elemental" as part of the "try-it" set - but as of now the Elemental is no longer available :-(.

The pieces available in this set are Elemental watch and Land Instrument I from our Original Collection, and SpidoLite, Oktopus, 3-Timer, The One, and The Rock (Land Instrument II), from our New Collection.

I would love to have a go on this "try-it" set - but I'm probably as many other people - receiving a bag with that many watches, tools etc. I would feel a little unsure - when sending it back.
I know LW have done all in their power to remove the hassle from you as a potential buyer - but ....

Well I migt give it a go - Linde Werdelin PLEASE contact me ;-)

Back on track.
When you visit Linde Werdelin's home page you can only see their NEW line up - nothing will give indication of their "original" line up.

But if you dig a little deeper - You can still find their original line up of watches, The Elemental, The Two-Timer and The DLC versions.

The links to the new collections is here

But how about their Original Line up - have the gone missing - I have found the missing link.

Elemental line up - All sold out
Two-Timer line up - All sold out?
Hard DLC line up - All sold out?

Again this information is Only for the WIS.
I would love to have the Elemental - but as ALL sold out - I have to find one ....

Of Linde Werdelin's new line-up - I'm into "The One" and the "Oktupus", the Spidolite and the 3-Timer - don't sing to me as high. But have not had the possibility to try them out. And with LW watches - the quality is better than expected when you try them out.
I can refere to my little visit to the Linde Werdelin R&D in Copenhagen.




Old Line up - going - going - gone ...



New Line up...:




My Next watch is in the pipeline - I have decided on a Linde Werdelin after many thoughts back and forth.

It is never a easy task to select you next watch when there are so many nice watches out there and many other nice things to spend your money on. I really could use a new digital camera - like a Nikon D300 or maybe something else to the home, etc. The list is long, but when the next watch is to be selected...
I will go for a Linde Werdelin watch - I have been walking around this brand for so looong. If I don't get one sooner than later I will forever think about it. Almost the same as when I toke the step into Panerai. I did that after many pro and cons, but have not regretted it ever since.

My little visit to Linde Werdelin R&D in Denmark also made had some impact on the quality of the watch, something very difficult on watches almost only available over the net.

The version I'm on the lookout for is the Elemental or Two-timer, the watches from their "original" collection.
Now I hope to be able to find one - if not I might have the get a newer model - "The One" would do fine, and if money was no problem - "The Octopus" would also do nicely.





Why I have respect for the "new" brand Linde Werdelin.

Robert-Jan from the very respected fratellowatches watchblog recived his Linde Werdelin 3-timer - that lucky guy - and posted a review on TimeZone with some nice pictures.

That got me to think a little why I have gained more and more respect for this "little" watch brand over time.

To highlight my thoughts:

It looks like Linde Werdelin is basing their brand on a idea - and ant the same time focus on design.
They have made a GMT diving watch (the two-timer) - that I like - it this a first?
They evolve their design - not putting out to many models.
Limited numbers - somehow I can respect this.

I hope I can ad a LW to my collection in the near future - as that would really be something special.
It would be a nice change from my present collection that is mostly "classic" watches - some like a LW with its modern design could make a nice change.
Time will show....