Watches: Linde Werdelin Oktopus II Moon Sculpted Multi-Layered Carbon
By Thierry Ané on November 28, 2014
Just a few weeks before Christmas, the saga of the “Oktopus II Moon”, one of the most interesting models from niche luxury brand Linde Werdelin continues with a very exciting model that joins an already impressive line-up of great-looking timepieces.
I refer the interested readers to my recent articleWatches: Linde Werdelin Oktopus II BluMoon about the Oktopus II BluMoon for an in-depth coverage of all the beautiful renditions of the “Oktopus II Moon” introduced so far and a discussion of the technical and aesthetics features that make this particular watch so special.
Here, I will only briefly remind the readers of the fact that this great model houses a bespoke self-winding calibre featuring an in-house moon phase module characterised by its original and highly photorealistic depiction of the Earth's natural satellite.
Seen from a distance, the new Oktopus II Moon Carbon does not seem to be that different from the Oktopus II Moon Black DLC Titanium presented last year. It features the same characteristic 46 x 44 mm tonneau-shaped case and a rather comparable gloomy appearance.
Certainly, the rubber strap secured by a titanium buckle now boasts a refined dark chocolate colour instead of the more conventional black and hints of warm colours exude from the highly sophisticated skeleton dial made of no less than five layers. But even from afar, one suspects the bezel held by 8 titanium screws is made from the same black ceramic with a neat circular brushed finish.
One has to get closer to the watch to finally realise that a striped motif reveals that the case is no longer your usual DLC coating on a titanium base but something resolutely more exciting! It is in fact crafted in a much more cutting-edge material: 3-Dimensional Thin Ply Carbon (3-DTP Carbon)…
If you are into watches, chances are you already are an expert on landmark carbon composite and discovered the Thin Ply technology last year when Richard Mille unveiled the RM 011 Flyback Chronograph NTPT Carbon that I have discussed hereWatches: Richard Mille RM 011 Flyback Chronograph NTPT Carbon.
What we are dealing with here, is the same kind of revolutionary way of compressing carbon fibres into shape that offers significant improvements in the mechanical properties of composite laminates and, as a by-product produces a unique and immediately identifiable aesthetic created by the direction of the weft of carbon filaments in the produced piece (here the case).
To complement this magnificent case and the contrast created by the dark chocolate rubber strap, Linde Werdelin’s design team opted for a rose gold crown engraved with an octopus motif, rose gold satin-finished hands with cool grey Super-LumiNova, and the same colour palette for the openwork dial.
Indeed, the réhaut and upper layer feature a gorgeous house-blend brown with satin finish and the brand’s moonphase complication with photorealistic moons is mounted on a gold rotating disc with circular perlage finish. A colour also picked up for the over-sized “3”, “9”, and “12” Arabic numeral appliqués. Below, one can admire the bottom dial plate and its circular Côtes de Genève decoration.
The back of the case has not been overlooked as the titanium surface with a black DLC coating presents an engraving of the famous octopus showcasing the new drawing that first appeared on the Oktopus II BluMoon. The case back of this timepiece water resistant to a depth of 300 meters is also engraved with the number of this 59-piece limited edition model.
The Oktopus II Moon Carbon retails for US$ 19,700 and is already available on the Linde Werdelin web site. Go to the technical file of this timepiece in our database to get the price in other currencies, discover all its specificities and browse through additional pictures.
For more information please visit the Linde Werdelin web site.