The Linde Werdelin Oktopus Carbon Moon becomes the eighth reference in the active Oktopus Moon series. It is distinguished by its layered carbon case, a first for the Oktopus series, and of course the superbly executed moonphase complication. Though the enterprising and creative brand has ventured into the carbon arena before with its release of a hybrid forged carbon case in 2013 (you can see our hands-on report on the very cool Spidolite II Tech green & red here), this is a distinct carbon technology which delivers a much different effect, while retaining full Linde Werdelin DNA. Let’s dig in with a closer look.
This new piece recently unveiled by Linde Werdelin features a rose gold case that has been intricately tattooed
engraved with an octopus. Long time Perpetuelle readers and LW fans already know that this is the brand’s second “tattoo” piece (remember the original Oktopus Tattoo?), and like the last one no level of detail has been spared. However, this time the watch also features LW’s in-house moon-phase complication further adding to its appeal (I’ve long been a fan of LW’s special moonphase, as discussed earlier this year); on this particular piece, however, the various moon phases are hand-drawn for a very nice visual effect. It is nice to see Linde Werdelin continue to evolve the Oktopus collection over time, with this latest iteration reflecting a solid combination of ornamental design and a robust craftsmanship. Hands-on pics/pricing/more info below.
One perhaps obvious way to judge a watch brand is by the depth and passion of its fan base. I don’t mean fans in general, but what I would call brand loyalists or hard core aficionados. Like the “Paneristi”, for example. A large and loyal group of Panerai fans who have created a “culture” around their love for all things Panerai. A highly passionate fan base like this is really special thing for a brand to have — and particularly because not all brands can engender such passion.
Along these lines, I was pleasantly surprised to learn about a new site dedicated 100% to Linde Werdelin, the “LWlounge”. Right now it is just a “one-man” site ran by a person (“Martin”) who owns several Linde Werdelin watches and is of course passionate about the brand. He has, however, complied an amazing amount of historical and current information about the brand and its watches. For example, you will likely be surprised to learn of the existence of an unknown number of “LW Founders Watches” — now how cool is that!
Martin’s hope is that LWlounge can grow into something akin to the Paneristi in the years and even decades ahead. A dedicated Linde Werdelin community would be a tremendous asset to the brand.
A Linde Werdelin “Founders Watch”, circa 2006
So with this said, you should jump on over and check out LWlounge and all that that it has to offer about Linde Werdelin watches.
I do have two suggestions for the site: 1) get the LWlounge logo/header on the home landing page, and 2) consider a Forum or other content system which will allow for user posting and discussion.
Best of luck Martin — and please keep me posted!
Linde Werdelin just released a new SpidoLite II Gold Titanium in a special edition of 15 pieces for the North American market. I don’t think Linde Werdelin has ever created such a small series — this one is sure to be a collector piece. Now available at LW. Comes on a black rubber lined alligator strap with grey stitching.