Linde Werdelin Presents Oktopus Moonphase Complication Watch

Feb 24, 2010
The horological company Linde Werdelin has established a strong foothold in the watch market by manufacturing its high-precision sports timepieces and clip-on instruments. Now, the brand’s Oktopus family heartily welcomes a new member, named Oktopus Moonphase complication.

A clever blend of unequalled mastery and appealing design, the new Linde Werdelin watch is equipped with a Frederic Piguet calibre 1150 movement and a moon-phase complication, developed and produced by Danish-born Svend Andersen. Superb as it is, the sophisticated watch proudly presents a highly realistic replication of the moon phases, attainable by virtue of luminous discs, as well as provides a countdown to the next half or full moon.

The novel Oktopus Moonphase boasts a time-tested exterior, reinterpreted, however, in a modern way. The watch’s undeniable highlight is definitely its original display of seven phases of the moon from new to half and full. Entirely manufactured from SuperLuminova, which intensifies the moon-phase effect, the discs are located along 4 and 8 o’clock to ensure maximum night-time readability of the dial.

The moon-phase complication is built on the date function of the Piguet movement, showing a countdown to the next full moon. According to Morten Linde, a creative director and co-founder of the Linde Werdelin, this innovation testifies to the brand’s progress in uncomplicated complexity.

In terms of case dimensions the novelty from Linde Werdelin is similar to other Oktopus watches, measuring 46mm x 49mm x 14mm, width, length and height indicated respectively. The watch case is outfitted with a rose gold unidirectional turning bezel with 10 minute markings, as well as a SuperLuminova-applied marker, positioned at 12 o’clock.

The bezel securely holds a 3.8mm anti-glare sapphire crystal. It serves to protect a black matt dial, completed with Arabic numerals and rose gold-finished applied indexes, coated with a SuperLuminova compound. Travelling over them are rose gold-plated, diamond cut rhodium-finished hands, also tipped with a coat of SuperLuminova.

The Oktopus Moonphase complication watch is fitted with a sapphire crystal case-back, which enables the watch owner to admire the artfully produced Frederic Piguet movement, incorporating a rotor embossed with the AG and LW logos. Studded with 28 jewels, the movement offers a 72- hour power reserve and runs at the rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour.

The new Linde Werdelin watch is 888-meter water-resistant, incorporating an automatic helium escape valve found at 9 o’clock. Due to this very valve, the watch is capable of withstanding pressure during the resurface time. The timepiece is accompanied by a black alligator strap, finished with a titanium ardillon buckle.

As Jorn Werdelin, the brand’s managing director and its co-founder, has pointed out, the release of the first complication announces a new chapter in Linde Werdelin’s history. He has also mentioned that the company is honored to further cooperate with Svend Andersen. Besides, it is pleased to start animating its watches by F. Piguet movements.

According to Morten, one of the reasons for endowing the diver’s watch with a moonphase complication was their customers’ desire to practice sports under the full moon. The moonlight provides excellent conditions for various sports activity, including diving.

Issued in a limited edition of just 29 items, the Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moonphase watch will be offered to pre-order from September 2010 on or from any LW authorized retailer. The watch is to be presented at BaselWorld 2010.

With its remarkable watches and attachable instruments, Linde Werdelin has shattered the existing limits of the luxury sport’s watches’ world, combining exemplary Swiss watchmaking excellence and progressive Danish design, teamed with avant-garde technology.

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