“Photorealistic Moon Phase” by Svend Andersen…
New for 2010 Linde Werdelin introduces the Oktopus Moonphase diver watch.
Titanium case, Rose gold bezel, helium escape value, 888 meters water resistance, 29 pieces limited edition
If you did not know, it was just last year that this up and coming brand led by Jorn Werdelin and Morten Linde announced its first “Oktopus” watch – a very exciting dive watch with a thick bezel and rugged looking titanium DLC case with hefty 1,111 meter water reistantance. Later in 2009, they announced a similar version except with a black lacquer bezel which was a nice addition to the collection – you can read my take on this particular watch here.
So what’s new with the Oktopus Moonhpase?
Well a few things to note. First, the thick bezel on this watch is rose gold, the first we see this metal in the collection. Second, the water resistance is “only” 888 meters, not 1,111 meters like the other two watches – this is because the Moonphase version has a sapphire crystal caseback and relative to a metal caseback, the see through back reduces the water resistance rating. At the same time, however, you are able to see and enjoy the movement – a worthy tradeoff, in my view . Third, the production will be limited to 29 pieces, not 88 like the other 2 models. Finally, and what immediately grabbed my attention about the Oktopus Moonphase is well, it’s moonphase! This feature (or “complication” in watch industry parlance) is developed by Svend Andersen and is different than your “typical” moonphase because of its photorealistic moons – and you can see they do look quite realistic! Also what is neat here is that the moonphase is built on the “date” function of what is a Frederic Piguet Caliber 1150 movement (a nice upgrade from previous use of ETA-2892 movements) – and basically this lets you see the a countdown until the next full moon, not to mention that should be very easily adjustable using the crown! Very cool!
Photorealistic Moonphase, by Svend Andersen
Now, if any of you are wondering, “Why a Moonhpase function on a dive watch?”, well I’ll just let Linde Werdelin co-founder Morten Linde tell you:
“moonlight creates the perfect conditions for afterhours sports activities and particularly diving. More and more people these days enjoy sports under the full moon. This is one of the reasons why we wanted to produce a moonphase complication for our diver’s watch. One can plan their next diving trip by checking when the next full moon is going to be, then clip the Reef for a safe dive.”
This kind of out-of-the-box thinking is what I am used to seeing from Linde Werdelin and I love it!
If you want to buy this watch, and I’m sure some of you will, Linde Werdelin will start taking pre-orders in September 2010. Given that the other two Oktopus models go for about $7,700 and $8,000, respectively, I expect this watch will very easily be priced above $8,000 (perhaps even $9,000+) given its new moonphase complication and very limited production. Update: $9,000+ was an understatement – this watch is priced at a hefty $21,600. A very pretty penny, I know, but I have no doubt thees 29 will find a home relatively quickly!
Technical Specifications – Oktopus Moonphase
Limited to 29 pieces
Size 46mm (w) by 49mm (l) by 14mm (h)
Movement Automatic mechanical Frederic Piguet movement calibre 1150,
Linde Werdelin & Andersen Geneve personalised oscillator
72 hour power reserve / 28 jewels / 28,800 bpm
Moonphase complication by Svend Andersen with luminous photorealistic moon
phases and moonphase countdown, manually adjustable by second crown position
Case Titanium gr. 5, microbille finish
Screw on case-back with sapphire crystal
Rose gold unidirectional turning bezel with 10 minute markings & Super Luminova
marker at 12 o’clock
3.8mm anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Screw in crown with LW logo
Helium escape valve at 9 o’clock
Dial Black matt dial
Arabic numerals rose gold plated applied indexes with Super LumiNova
Hands Rose gold plated, diamond cut rhodium plated with applied Super LumiNova
Water Resistance 888m / 2913 ft
Strap Black alligator strap with titanium ardillon buckle