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New Releases - Linde Werdelin SpidoLite

New Releases - Linde Werdelin SpidoLite
New Releases - Linde Werdelin SpidoLiteGadget and horological aficionados trying to balance durability with weight have a stylish new option. The SpidoLite, from Danish watchmaker Linde Werdelin, employs a titanium casing that drastically reduces the overall weight. Reportedly made at the request of mountaineer Morten Linde before he climbed Mount Everest, the casing is drilled into an "exoskeleton" form that further lightens the load while giving it a striking, incomplete appearance.

Particularly exciting for vintage watch fans, the SpidoLite uses a 1970s automatic movement that was personally modified by founding member of the ACHI, Svend Anderson.

The SpidoLite is produced in a single batch of only 44 and will officially hit the market at BaselWorld 2009. It's expected to retail for €9,000 and will be available in April.

New Releases - Linde Werdelin SpidoLiteBlack DLC SpidoLite with detachable "instrument" and yellow Sapphire crystal

via Coolhunting & KronosBlog

Linde Werdelin website-->Link
Svend Anderson website-->Link

New Releases - Linde Werdelin SpidoLitePreviously featured Linde Werdelin Bifometer Watch->Link

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Living Vicariously Through Other Watch Collectors - 1977 Heuer Split Lap Unit

Living Vicariously Through Other Watch Collectors - 1977 Heuer Split Lap UnitI can't have everything I want, and that's okay (for now). With fellow collectors detailing their acquisitions in such detail as Jeff Stein of OnTheDash and Chronocentric has done with his recent purchase of a very rare 1977 Heuer Split Lap Unit made for the Ford RS Motorsports Team, I can live vicariously through him. The images might even be sharp enough for me to print out a paper version and assemble it on my wrist.

Heuer Split Lap 77-->Link

The varied reactions Jeff received upon wearing it for the first time;
  • one bad ass watch
  • the ugliest watch I have ever seen [his wife's reaction]
  • a statement . . . a very loud statement
  • a cool-looking machine
  • one rock-solid watch
  • I thought you were getting into the Bubble-backs?
  • what in the world is it?
Living Vicariously Through Other Watch Collectors - 1977 Heuer Split Lap UnitOriginal 1978 advertisement

Partial ad translation; "Built for those with the higest of expectations. With the ambitious standards of motorsport, - with obsession, with the love of perfection & measuring equipment. If you want to wear a timecomputer, that will remain a styling & technology rarity"


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Steve Fossett's Breitling Emergency Not Activated

Steve Fossett's Breitling Emergency Not Activated
As of today, adventurer Steve Fossett is still missing after his plane disappeared last week. One of the more troubling details is that his Breitling Emergency wristwatch has yet to be turned on.

A downed pilot can activate a micro-transmitter in the watch by unscrewing the cap, pulling out the antenna, and waiting for rescue. (A Breitling Emergency success story from 2003-->Link)

Steve Fossett's Breitling Emergency Not Activated
Breitling Emergency site-->Link
CNN reports--Link
Steve Fossett Wikipedia-->Link
Steve Fossett site-->Link


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Edox for Koenigsegg - Speeding Swedes with Style

Swedish sports car brand Koenigsegg has just introduced their $30,000 Euro limited edition wristwatch produced by the Swiss brand Edox.

Now I know some people are quite tired of the sports car/watch tie-in but it's undeniable, wristwatches, primarily chrongraphs are usually an extension of a guy's manhood. What's under your hood is often comparable to what's on your wrist (Not sure what this means for me and my Metrocard).

In this case, the watch case is styled after the Koenigsegg CCX's body. The hinged case flaps imitating the hinged doors and cover the pushers/crown, the chronograph registers pretending to be the dashboard, so on and so forth. Definitely like it enough to post it here today. Movement by Dubois Depraz.





Check out the Koenigsegg CCX video


via Timezone
Koenigsegg Site
Edox Site


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No Time For a 19th Century English Bicycle Wrist-Horn & 21st Century Wristcam

No Time For a 19th Century English Bicycle Wrist-Horn & 21st Century WristcamYes, I know, I'm off topic again, but when products are invented for the wrist, I just can't resist.

This antique Victorian (1880-1890) English bicycle horn predates most wristwatches and looks quite difficult to blow while riding the awkward 19th century Penny Farthing bicycles of the same time (shown below).

No Time For a 19th Century English Bicycle Wrist-Horn & 21st Century Wristcam
No Time For a 19th Century English Bicycle Wrist-Horn & 21st Century WristcamYeah, take your hand off this thing
to blow your little horn buddy!


No Time For a 19th Century English Bicycle Wrist-Horn & 21st Century Wristcam
And since I'm feeling so un-timely today here is a modern wrist gadget by German product designer Tim Zurmoehle. Called "Watch!", a cool prototype digital wristcam.

I dig tubes...

No Time For a 19th Century English Bicycle Wrist-Horn & 21st Century Wristcam
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Linde Werdelin Bifometer Instrument Ascent to Everest

Linde Werdelin Bifometer Instrument Ascent to Everest
Linde Werdelin Bifometer Instrument Ascent to Everest
First confirmed free climb - June 25th, 2007

The Linde Werdelin Biformeter and Land Instrument has made history by guiding world leading climbers, Conrad Anker and Leo Houlding, to becoming the first to free climb the famous North East Ridge of Everest. This is the first confirmed true, unaided ascent of the route.

The Linde Werdelin Land Instrument measures heart rate, temperature, altitude, weather and compass readings, principally keeping the expedition team safe whilst measuring how the body reacts to such extreme conditions. Previously, all confirmed ascents using this route to reach the summit have used a ladder bolted to the Second Step of the North East Ridge. The Chinese authorities gave special permission for the removal of the fixed ladder and ropes enabling Houlding and Anker to complete the Second Step very much as Mallory and Irvine might have done 83 years earlier proving that it is very possible that they did reach the summit.


Linde Werdelin Bifometer Instrument Ascent to Everest
via Timezone

Linde Werdelin Site
Altitude Everest Expedition Site
Expedition Biometrics Page


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