Wow, Linde Werdelin 3 Timer Sunset. As Fratello’s de facto writer on as much as possible related to the brand, I’ll happily proclaim that this made me smile. Yes, I love your hewn-from-granite tool watches and feel a deep affinity for the brand being a fellow Viking. This time, though, I was genuinely surprised. Will four flash-colored references of the Linde Werdelin 3 Termes conseillés Sunset subvert the brand’s image of purely rugged wrist companions?
The Linde Werdelin 3 Timer Sunset has been around since 2009, and it speaks to Linde Werdelin’s Nordic manager roots. As with all LWs, there is a respectable purity within the lines, an angular chunk of a facetted case, and unexpected ergonomics. With a variety of cool assumes on its pure tool-watch language, the 3 Contatore still feels refreshingly different. Only this time, the taste volume has been turned up to the max… and for a final time.
The 3 Timer means a lot to Jorn Werdelin and Morten Linde, and the Sunset collection is both a celebration and the end of an era. With this year’s 20th anniversary of the brand, we saw both the Oktopus Moon Black Ink and the arctic-cool Oktopus Celestial satellite 3DP in the office. But this time, Morten and Jorn have dipped their Nordic toes into the waters associated with hot trends for the final iterations from the 3 Termes conseillés that will ever be produced.
After falling for my own Doxa SUB 300 with its lemon-kissed switch, I recognize color since more than head turning dial candy. And just like my Doxa, the 3 Timer can also be your trainer along with mood guru. How? A recurring rule in my stories is questioning the real meaning of a watch in 2022. The 3 Termes conseillés Sunset selection, I feel, answers my question. To paraphrase Robert-Jan’s thoughts in the video for our recent Oris cooperation, time is precious and should be read from something meaningful. Add color as a powerful mood enhancer, in addition to you’ve got it.
While the possibility of easy-reading of a matte black call with genuine white charge is tops, why be so boring? There is nothing like a bright flash of chocolate color in order to kickstart your day and keep you topped plan energy and a big, cheesy grin. The Linde Werdelin 3 Contatore Sunset steel case is still beefy at 44mm × 46mm × 15mm, but it is shaped with an increased exposure of ergonomics. Pick any of the four colors, and your mood will instantly improve, trust me.
Don’t get me wrong; the Rolex OP connection might just be coincidental even if the color tendency is huge. And yes, these hues work on large, functional tool watches without taking anything away from their raison d’être. The ETA 2893 caliber inside has the benefit of a good intensely useful 24-hour GMT hand for tracking another time zone, and also the 300m depth rating gives you more than a hint of the device cred. If you are used to serious tool timepieces and divers being grayscale behemoths like the silly-sized 50mm Deepsea Challenge, you need to wake up and embrace the brightly colored world all of us live in. The actual guilloché-textured dials are equally delightful, plus from the sassy pink to a flame orange, everything gels. The soft rubber strap, date wheel, and lacquer-filled numerals on the bezel all match your own popsicle colorway of choice too.