Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Linde Werdelin Element and Instrument

Linde Werdelin Element watch picture
Linde Werdelin Element watch picture
Just recently, a company by the name of Totally Worth It (TWI), based in New York City, contacted me. For more information about TWI, you can e-mail them at info@totallyworthit.com or call 1-888-TWI-4ALL. They came across my site and wondered if I would be interested in doing a review on a particular watch. TWI deals with brands such as IceLink and Armin Strom, but the watch they wanted me to look at was unlike anything I have ever heard of or seen. They wanted me to look at a Linde Werdelin Biformeter watch and the clip on sports instrument, which I will explain later. Linde Werdelin is an extremely innovative watch company that makes the ultimate luxury sports watch, which could be worn with a suit or while skiing in the Alps.

Of course I accepted the invitation to review one of these incredible timepieces. TWI sent me a packet with some information about the company. The extreme sports nature of the watches is depicted in the unique cartoon advertising of the marketing packet I received – I was very impressed so far. Learning about the two childhood friends, Jorn Werdelin and Morten Linde, I was able to see how these beautiful watches were inspired. I was then put in contact with the jewelry store where I would be able to see the watch and instrument. There are only two places in the country that feature Linde Werdelin watches and to my surprise, he was right in my back yard.

Located in Manayunk, a trendy borough of Philadelphia is Martin Pulli Timepieces and Fine Jewelry. I stopped in to Martin’s shop on a Saturday and even though I live near the store, I have never been in there. Shame on me because I had a great time talking to him about watches, he is very knowledgeable, as well as looking at his collection of vintage Omega watches, the Bell & Ross display and of course the Linde Werdelin pieces. After talking for a while, it was time to see the watch and instrument. Martin already had a light box set up for me, so I knew I would get some good pictures.




Linde Werdelin Element watch pictureLinde Werdelin Element watch picture

Martin first showed me the Linde Werdelin Biformeter Element watch, a classic and unique design to Linde Werdelin. There was not one thing I didn’t like about this watch. Everything from the look and feel of the case to the durability of the strap was quality. The 46mm case is made of 316L steel and sits up 11mm from the wrist. It houses the automatic ETA 2892-2 movement with a 42-hour power reserve and is water-resistant up to 300 meters (1,000 feet). The top and sides of the case have a brushed finish, while the facets on the outer edges are polished. Behind the unidirectional bezel sits a double anti-reflective sapphire crystal.

The color of the dial might look white, but up close you can see some properties of silver. Linde Werdelin calls this a silver galvanic dial. The dial is accented with 12 super luminova hour indicators, which overlap a sporty 60-division minute track. The date is indicated in the aperture at the 4 o’clock position. The polished, diamond cut hands on the dial are also equipped with super luminova, making it extremely easy to read in the darkness. As I mentioned before, I was very impressed with the durability of the strap. The Biformeter Element had a heavy-duty black textile strap, so thick a great white shark couldn’t chew through it. The strap is decorated with hexagonal screws and has a steel deployant buckle. Other options offered by Linde Werdelin are rubber straps in black or red, alligator straps in brown or black and finally a steel bracelet.

Now, let’s talk about what the watch can really do. As I mentioned earlier, there is a clip on sports instrument, which looks like something from a James Bond film. Linde Werdelin offers two types of instruments, land or sea, the land instrument is what I got to experience. To attach it to the watch, first clip it into the two holes on the left side of the watch (at the 9 o’clock position), and then clip it in to the two holes next to the screw in crown. Inspired and intended for skiers, the land instrument is constantly tested by professionals in the mountains. Offering guidance and protection, the instrument will help you have a safe and enjoyable experience on the slopes.

Linde Werdelin land instrument picture

Linde Werdelin land instrument picture
Some of the features offered are chronograph, compass, altimeter, barometer, heart rate monitor and frostbite alarm along with calculating the snow temperature and inclination of the slope. The feature that impresses me the most is the instruments ability to combine the snow temperature and inclination of the slope and determine a possible avalanche. It contains a Lithium-Ion battery, so just make sure you have your instrument charged up before you carve some fresh powder. If you do not want to clip it onto the watch, there is the option to clip it onto your jacket. Taking your own body heat out of the equation, clipping the instrument to your jacket will provide a more accurate reading of the outside temperature. Linde Werdelin will soon be releasing a new version of the land instrument, known as "The Rock". I will be given the chance to review and write about that model as well.

To say the least, I was blown away by the quality and functionality of the Linde Werdelin Element watch and the land instrument. The design and construction of the watch are nothing short of incredible. When Morten Linde and Jorn Werdelin set out to create the ultimate luxury sports watch, they succeeded. Not one aspect of quality is sacrificed on a Linde Werdelin watch and I am honored to have experienced one. Thank you to TWI for the invitation to review the watch as well as Martin Pulli for allowing me to take pictures and experience the watch.

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