Linde Werdelin Introduces the “Invitation-Only” LW 10-24

To mark its 10th anniversary Linde Werdelin announces the limited edition LW 10-24 dual time zone.
Linde Werdelin LW 10-24 3DTP Carbon 2

Linde Werdelin used to exemplify the European Union – the company was founded by a pair of avid sportsmen from Denmark, but based in London, while the watches are made in Switzerland. Post-Brexit the company might be a lot less European, but Linde Werdelin is celebrating its 10th anniversary nonetheless, with a pair of limited edition watches that will ostensibly only be sold to existing owners of the brand’s timepieces.

The watchmaker’s first timepieces came to market in 2006, and the anniversary LW 10-24 watches have evolved from those originals (the best known being the Spidolite and Oktopus). The new LW 10-24 has a similar case form, but without a bezel, allowing for a larger dial.

Linde Werdelin LW 10-24 gold 2

Some of the extra dial real estate is taken up by complications: a day and night indicator at 12 o’clock; second time zone digital display at three o’clock; and somewhat redundantly since it does the same thing as the day and night display, an am/pm indicator at six o’clock. A button at two o’clock in the case advances the second time zone digit by one hour.

Linde Werdelin LW 10-24 3DTP Carbon 1

The hour markers on the dial are made of blocks of Super-Luminova polymer (similar to what Speake-Marin does for its Spirit sports watches), giving them extra-bright luminescence.

Two versions of the LW 10-24 are available. The first is the LW 10-24 3DTP Carbon, featuring an outer case made of 3D printed carbon composite mounted on an inner case made of diamond-like carbon (DLC) coated titanium. And the second is the LW 10-24 Gold, with the case shell in 18k red gold, over an inner titanium case. Both cases are 44mm in diameter and 15mm high.

Linde Werdelin LW 10-24

Both versions also come with two case backs, one signed by Linde Werdelin’s founders and the other a blank slate for the client to personalise. Each is limited to 96 pieces.

Linde Werdelin LW 10-24 gold 1

Pricing and (un)availability 

Linde Werdelin says the LW 10-24 is sold only by invitation, though the watchmaker has announced its launch publicly. Delivery is expected in the first half of 2017, with prices as follows:

LW 10-24 3DTP Carbon SFr27,000
LW 10-24 Gold SFr39,000

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The black-and-white military pilot’s watch has been iterated almost to death by brands like IWC and Bell & Ross, so novelty is difficult. Bell & Ross managed to accomplish a degree of novelty with the Vintage BR Aeronavale with a colour scheme modelled on the blue and gold of military dress uniform.

Bell & Ross Vintage BR 126 Aeronavale 1

Though the look is loosely based on vintage French naval aviator’s chronographs – hence the Aéronavale moniker – it manages to distinguish itself from the rest. The dial is a bright metallic blue dial with a sunburst brushing, while the hands and hour markers are rose gold-plated.

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Two versions are available, one being the BR 123 Aeronavale, a time-only automatic with a date window between four and five o’clock. And the other is the BR 126 Aeronavale chronograph with a bi-compax layout and date function. Both models have 43mm steel cases, domed sapphire crystals and display backs that reveal the ETA movements inside.

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Pricing and availability 

The BR 123 Aeronavale automatic is priced at SFr2800 or S$4500 on a calfskin strap, while the same on a crocodile strap costs SFr3000 or S$4800.

And the BR 126 Aeronavale chronograph carries a price tag of SFr4200 or S$6300 on a calfskin strap, and SFr4400 or S$6600 on crocodile.

Both will be available at Bell & Ross retailers from August 2016.

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