Linde Werdelin Oktopus II Moon Watch
We unfortunately missed it last week in Geneva. Linde Werdelin like other watchmakers were participating to an other show than the SIHH called the GTE. For this event, Linde Werdelin was presenting for the first time The Oktopus II Moon, the first complication entirely conceived, developed and produced in-house by the brand. A big step for them that we are pleased to present today.
In early 2010 LINDE WERDELIN has launched the first Oktopus Moonphase in a limited series of 29 pieces. This year Oktopus II Moon is unveiled in a series of 59 pieces, available in 2 distinct versions.
The first 12 pieces, numbered from 1 to 12, to represent one piece for each moon of the 2013 calendar year are known as Oktopus II Moon Gold and feature a rose gold and titanium DLC case with ceramic bezel.
The following 47 limited pieces, presenting a full DLC titanium case with a ceramic bezel and striking blue detailing on the dial, are identified as Oktopus II Moon Black.
The decision to have the moon phase complication, on a divers watch, originally came with the first model launched in 2010. Jorn Werdelin explains: “moonlight creates the perfect conditions for afterhours sports activities and particularly diving. More people these days enjoy sports under the full moon. One can plan their next diving trip by checking when the next full moon is going to be, then clip the Reef for a safe dive.”
The Oktopus II Moon takes LINDE WERDELIN on a further challenge since the launch of its original moon-phase dive watch, bringing for the first time the complication in-house. Oktopus II Moon‘s complication displays the existing phase of the moon on its dial, just as you see it in the sky.
As the moon moves clockwise through its monthly cycle, more of its surface is illuminated.
The dial consists of three skeletonised layers. On the bottom lays the moon disk, a metallic cut out surface, resembling the night sky which appears blue on the Oktopus II Moon Black and brown on the Oktopus II Moon Gold, carrying each luminous moon.
The second skeletonised layer or lower dial bears a circular Côtes de Genève while the upper and third part is skeletonised and features the LINDE WERDELIN logo, indexes and numerals as well as the three hands. Deliberately luminous, to enhance readability.
The full moon is always indicated with a white mark visible through the lower dial. Numerals 11, 10, 9, displayed between 1 and 2 o’clock allow a more precise track of the lunar cycle.
The case is based on the Oktopus II model launched at Basel 2012. A five-part case construction sealing the titanium inner cylinder protects the movement and the dial inside from water ingress and its anti-corrosive materials; rose gold, ceramics and titanium.
On both models the surface is blasted with microbillé followed by hand satin and polish finishing. The movement is sealed in the chamber by a titanium DLC screw in back-case featuring the iconic octopus hand drawing, by Morten Linde.
The Oktopus II Moon Gold MSRP is 27,000 Swiss Francs and the Oktopus II Moon Black is 12,500 Swiss Francs.