Linde Werdelin must be working overtime in preparation for BaselWorld as they have announced a new edition of the Oktopus II, called the Moon. Three years ago, LW launched the Oktopus Moonphase and these new models build upon the same platform but will be limited to just 59 units. Why 59? Two different variations of the new Moon models and our lunar cycle takes a total of 29.5 days to complete. Ariel was able to get some images of the piece when seeing the brand recently so we can show you a hands-on look in addition to Linde Werdelin’s pictures.
Units one through twelve will consist of Oktopus II Moon Gold versions which feature five-piece cases made of DLC titanium and rose gold with a ceramic bezel. The remaining 47 production units will be examples of the Oktopus II Moon Black, which employs a similar case design save for complete DLC titanium construction and blue dial detailing. Both iterations of the Oktopus II Moon series are 44mm wide with a height of 15mm.
Linde Werdelin does not specifically mention what movement is used in the new Oktopus II Moon models but the moon phase complication is now being produced in-house. The moon phase design, which was inspired by moonlit night diving, features a distinct layer in the three-layer dial design. Showing the user a progression of the upcoming and past lunar stages, each moon illustration is luminous and will glow to mimic the light reflected from the moon’s surface. Additionally, this 300m dive watch has luminous hands and markers as well as prominent 3, 9 and 12 numerals. The crystal is sapphire and treated for anti-reflection and the screw down case back shows the same Octopus design that was used on past models and was actually drawn by Morten Linde.
I enjoyed almost everything about this particular watch, except the price. It comes in at CHF 19,000 and for that you only get the watch, the Rock instrument or extra leather or rubber straps will cost you an extra CHF 3,000 and about CHF 700 and CHF 450, respectively. So this is not a cheap sports watch, but I suppose it’s not intended to be. The exclusive design and look is what you are paying for and being part of this developing but exclusive Linde Werdelin Auction Replica watch proprietor club.In honour of the tenth anniversary of their first release, the Founders watch, Linde Werdelin are releasing their third-generation line with the LW 10-24 GMT watch. Linde Werdelin are building upon their heritage of crafting timepieces that fit a specific aesthetic using a GMT watch which functions to offer you a watch-plus-instrument that may grow to be a traveller’s best companion. In case a GMT watch that stands out from the audience is what you’re looking for, this is going to make the short list for buyers that are a lover of Linde Werdelin’s unique style.The Linde Werdelin LW 10-24 GMT watch is being offered in two variations, each with an eye-catching quality of the own. Whichever you decide on, you will no doubt be astonished at the degree of detail and dedication which has gone into these pieces. The company’s history may span just a decade, however, there have been lots of advancements throughout that time which make them worthy of notice. Let us take a little time to see what resulted in the Linde Werdelin LW 10-24 GMT and why you might want to have a closer look.Before I go any farther, I must mention that this line is the debut of this “third generation” Linde Werdelin watches. The same as the Founders watch in 2006, the Linde Werdelin LW 10-24 GMT is available for purchase through invitation only, presumably allowing loyal LW buyers the chance at first dibs on the watches, even if it’s just to be able to select the serial number as there’s a limited edition run of 96 watches each version.
While I am generally partial to LW’s Spido watches, the Oktopus line is unlike anything else being made today. Quite distinctly a Linde Werdelin 3dtp Replica design while still being distinct from the Spido series. While the Oktopus II Moon is capable of 300m water resistance, we doubt this is the kind of watch you would select for your next dive trip. The bezel design cannot be used for countdown timing and there is no numbered minute scale present in the dial layout. So while the Oktopus II can easily survive a dive, we would recommend LW’s own Reef dive computer attachment if you’re planning a serious dive. As an everyday watch with an interesting complication, the Oktopus II Moon fits rather well into the Linde Werdelin lineup. As with all LW’s, the pricing is well into the luxury scale with the Black version selling for CHF 12,500 ($13,800 USD) and the Gold variant carrying a list price of CHF 27,000 ($29,800 USD). I really like the Black version with its F-117-like stealthy black coating and hard angular case. Both models are very limited editions and offer yet another uniquely Linde Werdelin perspective on a modern and very masculine dive watch. lindewerdelin.com