Linde Werdelin has released its most luxurious and prestigious piece thus far called Oktopus Moon Tattoo. The novel watch from the Oktopus collection includes the brand’s in-house moon phase indication with hand-drawn luminous representations of the earth’s satellite. However, Its most notable trait is not its automatic movement, but actually its case forged from solid chunk of 18 K red gold. This round housing features delicate hand finishes as well as a three-dimensional engraving of an octopus which is likewise executed manually. The price of the watch which is released in a limited edition of 59 pieces is roughly about $46,650, without the VAT.
Hand-Engraving Makes the Case Special
Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Tattoo is mostly distinguished by the decorations and finishes featured on its 19-part case. Once you flip the watch you can see that the solid screw-in case-back has an engraving of an octopus which spreads its tentacles all the way to the front side. These ornaments are performed very delicately and meticulously and they almost seem as a tattoo on a skin which is where the name of the watch comes from. The case likewise includes hand-performed satin and micorbillé finishes. When it comes to the shape and the size of the housing, it is pretty standard for watches from the Oktopus line of products, or to be precise, newer Oktopus II pieces (for example like the one of Oktopus II Moon timekeeper which we reviewed a while ago). The watch is made with a round case which is extended with integrated faceted lugs. As it is common practice for the products from the Oktopus line, the case features six screws on the bezel (which is in this instance made of black ceramics) and four more a bit larger screws on the lugs. Moreover, Oktopus Moon Tatto possesses a screw-in crown which is also decorated with an engraving of an octopus. The overall construction of the case, coupled with a quite thick (2.2 mm) sapphire crystal, enables quite an impressive water resistance to 300 meters which is the same one that was featured in the previously mentioned Oktopus II Moon diving timekeeper. As for the dimensions of the housing, the diameter is 44 mm, the length is 46 mm, while the thickness measures to 15 mm.
Artistic Face-Like Moon Stages
One of the things of the new watch that is a bit different than on the previously released diving piece is the execution of the characteristic (and patented) moon-phase indication which is made visible with the inclusion of a partially skeletonized black dial. The newcomer does not include realistic representations of the moon and has an artistic face-like moon stages. As it has already been noted, they are luminous, as well as crafted by hand. Otherwise, the multi-layered dial includes three diamond-cut red-gold colored hands (of which the minute and the hour ones are treated with a luminous coating), three larger Arabic numerals and red-gold colored minute markers, as well as luminous hour markers.
Comfortably cushioned inside a titanium chamber, which is used as a protector, there is a self-winding mechanical caliber of the watch. It has the power reserve of 42 hours and the frequency of 4 Hz. Unfortunately, the manufacturer was a bit stingy when it comes to unveiling of the other characteristics of the caliber. The final component of the ensemble is a bespoke strap made of high-end rubber that locks with an ardillon buckle. As it is with all watches by Linde Werdelin, the attachment is interchangeable with any of the existing wristlets in the manufacturer’s offer (there are eight other types of bracelets which are made of different kinds of leather, metal, textile or rubber).
Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Tatto timepiece which the brand markets as the pinnacle of its palette of watches is made in a restricted series. As it is quite usual for the watches by Linde Werdelin that include its in-house moon phase indication, the number of pieces within the edition is 59 which equals to two lunar cycles. Each of the copies of the timepiece is individually numbered and available around the globe at the price which is a few thousand dollars shy of the $50,000 mark.