Watches: Linde Werdelin Oktopus II BluMoon
By Thierry Ané on November 7, 2014
Since the very first two versions presented in 2013, one in black DLC titanium and black ceramic the other in rose gold and black ceramic, the Oktopus II Moon has been my favourite model from niche luxury brand Linde Werdelin.
Don’t get me wrong, though, I really appreciate the other models and in particular, I am totally crazy about the SpidoSpeed Green with a forged carbon and black DLC case and magnificent openwork dial with gold and green accents. However, the Oktopus II Moon is the only model for which I can say that I love all the iterations that have been created so far.
This has clearly something to do with the bespoke self-winding calibre that animates this piece and more specifically its in-house moon phase complication. The grid-like skeleton dial made of 5 different layers presents a large cut-out aperture from 4 to 8 o'clock allows an uncluttered view of the disc featuring the different phases of the moon printed in an extremely realistic way. As the disc moves clockwise through its monthly cycle, the little printed design corresponding to the actual phase of the moon faces the 6 o’clock position but you can still perfectly see the state of the moon in the previous and forthcoming days.
This refined mechanism is placed in the brand’s characteristic tonneau-shaped case with generous and contemporary 44 x 46 mm proportions. This 15 mm-thick frame ensures water resistance to a depth of 300 meters and is mounted on a fine grooved rubber strap of different colours depending on the version. It also features a beautiful octopus motif engraved on its back and a nicely crafted ardillon buckle.
After the successful two initial versions mentioned above, the brand released an amazing Oktopus II Moon Tattoo with its rose gold case engraved with maritime decorations in tattoo style to conclude 2013 (see my dedicated articleWatches: Linde Werdelin Oktopus II Moon Tattoo for a review). At Baselworld 2014, the brand came up with a nice twist on this great-looking watch: the Oktopus II MoonLite, an amazing rendition with a colourless ALW, or “Alloy Linde Werdelin”, case. At an impressive 62.5 grams, this is lightest watch ever made by the brand but the appeal is also aesthetic as the colourless ALW has a nacreous, pearlescent grey hue that I found fantastic with the white rubber strap (again, click here for the related article and live picsWatches: Linde Werdelin Oktopus II MoonLite Colourless ALW (+live pics)).
Keeping up the good work, Linde Werdelin is now unveiling the equally stunning Oktopus II BluMoon. The new watch is crafted in titanium, case and bezel, and mounted on a blue rubber strap. The openwork multi-layered dial now boasts appealing blue accents for the hours, minutes, and seconds hands filled with white SuperLuminova, but also for the large “3”, “9” and “12” Arabic numerals that animate the dial. Even the moon phase disc puts on a blue colour on its background, making it even more realistic as it symbolises the sky.
Lastly, the titanium case back of this new Oktopus II BluMoon, limited to just 59 pieces worldwide, is engraved with a new octopus motif realised in 3 layers and based on the hand drawing by co-founder and creative head, Morte Linde. Unfortunately, the brand did not provide official pictures of the back for you to see. This refined timepiece showcasing the brand’s expertise will retail for US$ 17,000.
For more information please visit the Linde Werdelin web site.
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Additional timepieces mentioned in this article:
Linde Werdelin Oktopus II Moon Black DLC Titanium and Black Ceramic
Linde Werdelin Oktopus II Moon Rose Gold and Black Ceramic
Linde Werdelin Oktopus II Moon Tattoo Rose Gold and Black Ceramic
Linde Werdelin Oktopus II MoonLite Colourless ALW
Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Green Forged Carbon and Black DLC Titanium