Rado True watches
Diameter: 37 mm
Height: 5.43 mm without bridge over the ratchet wheels; 6.46 mm with bridge over the ratchet wheels
Height of the rotating tourbillon: 12.2 mm
Beat rate / frequency: 21.600 beats per hour
Number of barrels: 2
Power reserve: 42 hours
Number of jewels: 67
Number of sub dials: 3
Indications: minutes and hours; seconds; tourbillon
It is for that reason that watch makers like to latch on to cars of legendary esteem, and pay tribute. The Austin Healey 3000 is the car to which Swiss watch maker Frederique Constant makes tribute with the new Frederique Constant Austin Healey watch. While the British sports car maker had many hit, especially here in the US (the Sprite to mention another popular model), the 3000 was one of the most beautiful. The best modern car to compare it with would be a Mazda Miata. The Austin Healey 3000 was sold through the late 60s, and offered the type of nimble handling in a great looking roadster that no American car could match. Although the 3000 did not include an enormously powerful engine, it was more a handling car, than a speed demon. Inside, drivers were acquainted with a classy interior only a European car could deliver at the time. From a wooden dash, to a thin steering wheel, it was an achievable dream car for many (give the reasonable price). It was an "everyman's" weekend car.
The SpidoLite starts with a Linde Werdelin Biformeter watch case (I reviewed a Linde Werdelin Biformeter watch here). The case is then partially skeletonized, especially the dial (on one version), and constructed out of titanium. There will also be two titanium versions covered in DLC (diamond like carbon). The titanium used is the high quality grade 5 stuff that you ideally want to have. The face is a thoroughly modernized and redone version a design Linde Werdelin has become well know for. A very interesting touch is the minute ring which is almost fluted just like the bezel on watches like the Rolex Datejust. I've never seen that before, and the use of faceted blocks is really cool. There are two versions of the dial. One is partially skeletonized to reveal parts of the movement below, that is my choice. There are also two versions of the crystal. A standard clear sapphire crystal, and a hip looking yellow tinted sapphire crystal that looks stellar against a black DLC coated surface. Linde Werdelin is getting good at making watches that really look out of this world.