Here’s an early preview of a watch that Linde Werdelin will officially unveil this coming Thursday, July 4. The new Double Date Titanium Red features bold red detailing on the titanium-colored dial, with an equally bold matching red rubber strap (a black textile strap is also available). It joins the growing Oktopus II family as the third such Okto II to be executed in titanium (the other two Ti models are yellow (I reviewed one this time last year) and blue).
44mm (w) by 46mm (l) by 15.25mm (h) titanium case, 2 layer dial (upper layer laser-cut in stencil technique / lower dial circular Côtes de Genève), “double date” at 12 o’clock, hands in stainless steel with satin finish, LW customised Dubois Dépraz caliber 14580, interchangeable strap (LW proprietary system)
The Oktopus II has a satin-finished titanium case which I would describe as avant-garde style. As I have discussed before, it is by design sans bezel for dive-time measurement; rather, dive-time is intended to be measured instead by the available Reef dive instrument. The non-marked bezel is made of ceramic with a nice circular satin finish on top and polished edge, as you can see nicely in this shot:
Its five-part construction comprises a central movement chamber and four case parts assembled together with 16 screws. The four case parts at three, six, nine and twelve o’clock, are built separately from the movement chamber and are used to attach the strap as well as to hold the attachable instrument (you can see my quick hands-on demonstration of the attachable instrument option, here). The crown at 3 o’clock bears an engraving of an octopus icon, and the caseback is also decorated with an octopus (a nice touch which was conceived by founder Morten Linde).
The Okto II Double Date Ti Red is limited to only 88 pieces, available from July 4, 2013 at a price of CHF 10,200 ex VAT. More at http://www.lindewerdelin.com/watches/oktopus
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