Linde Werdelin
Linde Werdelin

Sunday Stories / Travel

Email sent: Nov 17, 2019 9:45am
Kristian Haagen with LW in the Scottish Highlands
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"Everywhere I looked, I saw what could have inspired the olive-coloured dial of my 3 Timer Haagen Edition as well as that rich 'Barbour green' colour on the Oktopus Deep Sea."

How long have you known Jørn and what has been your involvement with the LW brand to date? I first met with Morten and Jørn in 2007. I heard about their brand through a Danish retailer and that sparked my interest. I also bought my first LW the same year: the Elemental. 

What provoked the idea to explore Scotland by Defender with LW? My girlfriend and I attended Jørn and Eloise's wedding in Scotland earlier this year and Jørn mentioned they might spend their honeymoon in a Defender cruising the Scottish Highlands. That was right up there on my bucket list, however it was decided the trip should be a Linde Werdelin Explorer trip instead. Because, you know, who in their right mind would be ok with high-jacking a honeymoon! 

How did you feel the landscape of Scotland was reflected in some of the LW pieces you brought on the trip? I have seen amazing landscapes around the world. But Scotland really took me by surprise. Everywhere I looked, I was stunned with the endless scenery. The snowy mountain tops, the misty morning drives, the mirrored lochs and thick forests.
I brought my 3 Timer Haagen Edition as well as my Deep Sea for the trip. And I noticed how well these two fitted into the earthy tones of the Scottish Highlands. Everywhere I looked, I saw what could have inspired to the olive-coloured dial of my 3 Timer Haagen Edition as well as that rich "Barbour"-green colour on the Deep Sea. That said, Jørn's Volcano as well as the 3 Timer Rock also could have easily taken inspiration from the wild nature there. 

Did you encounter anything on the trip that made you change your perspective on something? Well, I want a 110 Defender more now than ever before! And with a tent on the roof too!

Were there any challenges on the trip? Jørn likes to drive fast! He really floored his Defender. At one point I lost track of him. No phone connection. GPS died too. That was challenging. 

What was the highlight of the trip? The wild camping we did on a sheep farm near Armadale on Isle of Skye will forever be on my Most Amazing Thing I Ever Did list. Setting up camp, cooking over the campfire (both dinner and breakfast) and waking up on top of the Defender watching the sun set over the ocean. That....was...mind-blowing. 

Any thoughts on future expedition ideas with LW? I think this trip was the start of something new: exploring the world in a Defender and wearing our LW watches in rough environments. Proving their endurance, no matter what the activity. On future trips I would like to meet up with other fans of the brand. 

Kristian and Jørn's expedition route took them through the Scottish Highlands: Aviemore driving westward to the Isle of Skye, then south to Loch Lomond, and finally driving north to Braemar in the Cairngorms National Park.
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