While we usually do not cover expensive luxury timepieces, the new Hard Black II from Linde Werdelin is literally too cool to overlook. Linde Werdelin is well known for its high end sports watches that mix instantly recognizable styling cues with high tech manufacturing processes. This new model is based on the One lineup and features a stainless steel case that is coated in an impossibly small layer of carbon (1/1000th of a millimetre). This carbon layer makes the surface three times harder than steel. The coating is referred to as DLC (diamond like carbon) and makes the watch extremely scratch and corrosion resistant. We have reviewed DLC coated watches in the past, and they are nearly scratch proof. Mix the matte grey case with bright yellow luminous markers and hands and you have a winning combination that will likely see the 88 unit limited production sell out fast.
The Hard Black II is powered buy an ETA 2892-A2 swiss movement, measures 46mm across and is water resistant to 300m. We think it’s stunning and represents one of the coolest special editions of 2010. You may want to save your pennies quickly, the limited run is retailing for $6200 a piece.
*Correction: We originally wrote that this was limited to US only distribution. That was incorrect. Hat tip to Syahzan for the correction.
By James Stacey