Watches: Linde Werdelin Oktopus II Moon Tattoo
By Thierry Ané on December 5, 2013
Who could have guessed that tattooing and watchmaking were not an odd pairing after all? In mid-November, I presented the Tattoo-DNA Sailor's Grave collectionWatches: Romain Jérôme Tattoo-DNA Sailor's Grave introduced by Romain Jérôme in collaboration with London-based tattoo artist Mo Coppoletta. It is now Linde Werdelin’s turn to honour this ancient art with the release of the Oktopus II Moon Tattoo timepiece. To this brand’s credit though, it is not the brand’s first foray in the world of tattoo artistry. Indeed, back in 2010, they already presented the Octopus Tattoo model, which clearly inspired the luxurious version we are reviewing today.
The new watch is based on the Oktopus II Moon Black DLC Titanium and Ceramic introduced earlier this year. It features the same movement with the first in-house complication developed by Linde Werdelin: a moon phase with an original display. A disc featuring the different phases of the moon can be seen through the skeletonized dial with an aperture at 6 o’clock. 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.
The 46.00 x 44.00 mm case of the Oktopus II Moon Tattoo is crafted in rose gold making this timepiece the most lavish and luxurious to date for the brand. Gently brushed, the case is also tattooed with sea-related figures and shapes. To improve the scratch resistance of the watch and provide an interesting contrast, the bezel is machined in black ceramic circularly brushed. As with the Oktopus II Moon Black DLC Titanium and Ceramic, the black DLC titanium case back showcases an engraved octopus. The watch is fitted with a black rubber strap secured by a pin buckle. This exclusive watch is limited to 59 pieces and retails at CHF 42,500 without taxes.