Linde Werdelin is a brand that’s nothing if not voracious in its need to creatively modify their already visually compelling pieces. Their latest, the Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Replica Oktopus Moon Gold 3DTP Carbon watch uses a carbon bezel to “update” their previous Oktopus II Moon Watch (hands-on here) which came in a titanium and gold version. The brand says this piece is as much a dress watch as it is a sports watch, and while that may be a stretch to some, I think it looks good either way. Let’s take a look at what the England-based brand has to offer with its latest Oktopus watch.
So, what exactly is interesting about the 3DTP carbon used for the bezel? In a technique that, according to Linde Werdelin, took years to master, they layered thin sheets of carbon in order to create the angular and sharp case. They claim the layers of carbon catch light and reflect it back, which creates an illusion of depth. Linde Werdelin is really fascinated by how materials play with and reflect light. Take the Oktopus MoonLite White watch that utilized their “Alloy Linde Werdelin” (ALW) which is an “aerospace material” specifically used in that watch to absorb light and mimic the way an Octopus changes colors. Where that watch went for a light motif, the dark 3DTP carbon with the 18k rose gold provides a rich, dark look with the Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Gold 3DTP Carbon watch.
Similar to their other moon phase watches, this watch is going to be made in a limited run of 59 pieces. Those familiar with Linde Werdelin know by now that the reason for that number is that 59 represents the number of days it takes for the moon to complete two lunar cycles (29.5 days each). The first Oktopus II Moon Watch actually introduced Linde Werdelin’s Moon Phase complication, and this piece carries on the tradition using the photorealistic images of the moon across the dial. Their in-house moon phase movement remains unchanged from previous versions, with a 42-hour power reserve and operates at a frequency of 28,800vph (4Hz).
So, understanding whenever the moon is complete or will be full is important information for planning these types of dives. Additionally, it is made from realistic pictures of our celestial neighbor filled with lume that gives the dial a distinctive look in the dark.On that the rear of this Linde Werdelin Oktopus BluMoon, you will find, such as in most other newer Linde Werdelin Oktopus watches, a more striking carving of an Oktopus that is created by none apart from LW co-founder and creative force Morten Linde. Like every modern dive watch, this one is water resistant to 300 meters and has a screw-down crown that’s shielded by the complex case design that creates a kind of carved open box in which the crown sits. It is simple to use your fingers to twist, unscrew, and (yanking the crown to place two) correct the moon period quickly – while place one will crack the seconds hand and allow you to adjust the hour and moment. At the position, you might also wind the opinion, which I found to readily satisfy its 44 hours of power reserve, with an accuracy worthy of any modern chronometer. I really never had to correct it after the first day of my holiday using the watch daily.Like all of the additional Linde Werdelin Oktopus watches, this one is intended for diving. This wouldn’t be obvious from first glance since, while rocky, it does not have a rotating bezel. What? A dive watch with no rotating bezel? Yes, and that’s because, as you will learn if you are familiar with this new, LW takes a different approach to sports watches than many. And for me, it is one that really works well. I got an opportunity to use this Linde Werdelin Oktopus BluMoon with the Linde Werdelin Reef for various dives in Key Largo, and that I shall recount my adventures with that in the second half on this review.
You still have a 44mm-wide case with the octopus gracing the titanium case back – two hallmarks of the line. On the dial, you’ll notice the red “o” which is used to indicate the current phase of the moon on the five-layered skeletonized dial. It’s a legible watch, with the hands in titanium with a grey luminova. There are touches of the 5N rose gold throughout the dial, such as on the 3, 9, and 12 numerals, the moon disc with circular perlage surface, the rehaut, and top of the dial. As for the strap, you’ve got an interchangeable rubber strap with a DLC-coated titanium ardillion buckle.
I find that some of the small details on the case and dial really add the touches that bring this watch together in a cohesive way. The microbille finish on the 3DTP carbon bezel and carbon/gold lends a richness of texture to the piece. Additionally, I have to say, there is also something about the rose gold moon disc in conjunction with the moon phases that is so visually fulfilling to me. Perhaps it’s a matter of personal preference, but the color scheme really works, in my opinion.
Linde Werdelin isn’t really doing anything game-changing or significantly new here, but the result is a very cool-looking take on a familiar watch. If you’re a fan of the brand’s aesthetic and rose gold, you’ll probably love the Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Gold 3DTP Carbon watch as much as I do. Of course, it’s not going to come cheap, as the price for one of the 59 pieces is CHF 35,000. lindewerdelin.com