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Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Chronograph Launches
by Kyle Stults on June 30, 2011
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Morten Linde, co-founder of innovative watch brand Linde Werdelin, brings us a much anticipated update from THE LAB:

It is my absolute pleasure to share with you that the SpidoSpeed Chronograph has now been ‘unleashed’ into the markets around the world.

Need he say more?  Not really!  But even so Morten did point out the slight design change that was made to the SpidoSpeed Chronograph since it was first unveiled at BaselWorld this past March (see my “before and after” analysis below).    Some may like it, some may not — but as for me, what to say except that the watch still looks AWESOME!  My congrats to the Linde Werdelin team on their continued success.  It’s been great watching the brand sprout and grow over these past few years.

100 pieces in each of steel, black DLC-finished steel and rose gold will be made, with prices starting at $15,200.

Be sure to also check out my prior extensive coverage of many of Linde Werdelin’s awesome watches HERE.

Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Chronograph

Limited edition 100 pieces each (individually numbered)

44mm multi-part skeleton-style case (15mm thick), two-part black dial with chronograph counters, automatic mechanical movement

Note here the subtle design change to the chrono pushers,
adding improved functionality to the chonograph pushers — and a slightly different look!

Hublot Oceanographic 4000 Diver for ONLY WATCH 2011
by Kyle Stults on June 30, 2011
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Here is a first look at Hublot’s “unique piece” for the Only Watch 2011 charity auction in Monaco (see my full ONLY Watch 2011 preview list here) – a big and bold Oceanographic 4000 dive watch.  Like the original Hublot Oceanographic 4000 watches (titanium version and carbon fiber version) which I unveiled earlier this month, this watch is full of symbolism.  The robustly-spec’d watch declares Hublot’s bold spirit and technical prowess, while its use of red and white indexes and hands is meant to symbolize the colours of the Monaco flag (Monaco being the location of the ONLY Watch 2011 auction).   In addition, the Oceanographic 4000 takes its name directly from the “Musée Océanographique de Monaco” (Monaco Oceanographic Museum) with which Hublot enjoys a partnership. A fitting creation for the the Only Watch 2011 event!

Hublot Oceanographic 4000 for ONLY WATCH 2011
Unique Piece

48mm carbon fiber case (“King Power” style), black PVD titanium crown, automatic mechanical movement, strap – red stitched alligator on black rubber with black PVD titanium clasp

Blancpain Villeret Grand Decoration for ONLY WATCH 2011
by Kyle Stults on June 29, 2011
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Superb…

Continuing my ONLY Watch 2011 previews (see them all here) — here’s a first look at the Blancpain Villeret Grande Décoration for Only Watch 2011.  The watch is a study in contrast — on the front, its white enamel dial with painted hour-markers and red gold hands suggests simplicity and elegance; on the back, a depiction of the Rock of Monaco and the surrounding landscape is rich in detail.   The hand-decoration on this one-of-a-kind watch was performed by Blancpain’s Master Engraver Marie-Laure Tarbouriech, to whom I say that much credit is due.  The watch is equipped with a Blancpain Calibre 15B, an ultra-thin hand-wound movement.  By the way, this is Blancpain’s seventh ONLY Watch event — it has donated a piece to each event since it was first formed in 2001.

Blancpain Villeret Grand Decoration for ONLY WATCH 2011

Unique Piece

45mm red gold case (8.3mm thick), white grand feu enamelled dial, hand-decorated manual-wind Caliber 15B movement (40 hrs power reserve)

depiction of the Rock of Monaco and the surrounding landscape:

Rolex Hillary Tenzing Explorer Set (HT Explorer)
by Kyle Stults on June 29, 2011
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The Rolex HT Explorer “Trio” is complete!  I first blogged about the *unofficial* Rolex Hillary Tenzing Explorer series when it was announced in September 2010 (see:  Rolex Hillary Tenzing Explorer Series), followed by a look in November when the first watch in the 3-watch set — a Rolex “Red” Explorer — was unveiled (see:  Rolex Hillary Tenzing Explorer Watch #1).  Now with the addition of an appropriately customized 2011 Rolex Explorer II (Ref 216570, black dial), the Rolex Hillary Tenzing Explorer set is complete.

As a reminder, just 88 sets are being produced — each set comes packed in a special handcrafted wooden crate as used during the 1953 British expedition in which Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first men to summit the might Mount Everest.  The crate has four drawers, each filled with custom-made items commemorating the successful Everest expedition — and of course the 3 Rolex Explorer watches!  I don’t know what availability looks like at this point, but I do see that http://www.hillarytenzingexplorer.com is still taking pre-orders.  The Rolex HT Explorer set costs about $40,000 (28.800 EUR) — probably well worth the investment if you Rolex blood runs through your veins.

Rolex HT Explorer Watches

Special “crate” the watches and custom accessories come packaged in:

Upper Left – HTE 36mm commemorating the first ascent by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay

Upper Right – HTE 39mm commemorating “first and second generation” explorers to the top (Sir Edmund Hillary and Peter Hillary)

Bottom – HTE 42mm commemorating the two sons (Peter Hillary and Jamling Tenzing Norgay) of the original summiteers

Oh, by the way — set # 88/88 recently sold at auction for $104,568 (proceeds to the Hillary Tenzing Family Foundations) – so $40,000 is perhaps not as much as it seems for this very cool set!

a look at the special caseback:

custom cordovan leather straps included with the HTE set: