Baselworld 2012: Despite my love for the Linde Werdelin Spidolite watch (as I reviewed here), the Oktopus line is perhaps my favorite offering from the brand (see Oktopus Photorealistic Moonphase, Oktopus Tatoo), and it looks like the dynamic duo of Morton Linde and Jorn Werdelin have upped the ante once more with this robust looking new diver which will hit the market in 2012. Details are still scant on this piece, but I was able to grab enough shots from a video the brand produced to offer a worthy first look at the watch. The story of the watch is told quite well in the video by the namesake founders of the brand. As for me, I would say that the design of the watch looks fantastic. Both in form (the “Octopus” design on the dial and case back, et al.) and function (the multi-part case construction is inspired by a diving bell and is designed for optimum corrosion and water resistance), the Linde Werdelin Oktopus II will no doubt be a popular item at next week’s Baselworld show. Oh–almost forgot–the piece is of course compatible with the “Reef”, Linde Werdelin’s custom designed dive calculator that fits over the watch case for an all-in-one solution.
Price on the Oktopus II – Double Date in titanium and ceramic will retail at CHF 8,800. Oktopus II – Double Date in titanium, titanium DLC and ceramic with yellow accents in dial will retail at CHF 9,400; Oktopus II – Double Date Rose Gold and titanium will retail at CHF 18,500. All exclusive of VAT. Avail. autumn 2012 on LindeWerdelin.com or from any LW authorised retailer in local currency.
Linde Werdelin Oktopus II Dive Watch
46mm multi-metal case (titanium, gold, ceramic) (15.25mm thick), 300 meter water resistance, automatic mechanical Dubois Depraz caliber 14580