The horological company Linde Werdelin has built a solid reputation with its remarkable sports watches and clip-on instruments. The brand’s latest achievement in the timekeeping art is the Oktopus Tattoo watch announced at BaselWorld 2010.
The originality of this watch lies in its steel case, fully engraved with an Oktopus tattoo design. It was intentionally created for the watch by Danish tattoo artist Henning Jensen. Another hallmark of this timekeeping instrument is its distinctive dial, which enhances the visual appeal of the Linde Werdelin diver watch.
The new Linde Werdelin watch accommodates a Frederic Piguet caliber 1150 movement. Embellished with 29 jewels, it beats at the rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour. The mechanism offers a 72-hour power reserve.
To assure the precision of the tattoo design on the case, a complex engraving procedure was divided into several stages. It was a five-axis CNC machine that allowed for the separate treating of 18 engraved facets of the case. It was necessary to manually adjust the machine before each facet is engraved with an accuracy of 80 nanometers.
In full conformity with the watch design are rhodium-plated, diamond-cut hands displayed on the black matt dial - they are reminiscent of tentacles of an octopus. The hands are treated with Superluminova. Just as well, the display includes Arabic numerals and applied rhodium-plated indexes, also highlighted with Superluminova, which makes the dial visible even in extreme low-light situations. Protecting the remarkable dial is a 3.8mm glareproofed sapphire crystal.
The case of the Linde Werdelin watch is fitted with a unidirectional turning steel bezel with 10 minute markings, as well as a Superluminova-applied marker at 12 o'clock. The timepiece also features a screw-in crown, embossed with LW logo. Integrated into the case is a helium escape valve, featured at 9 o'clock. The new diver's watch is water-resistant down to 1111 meters.
The Linde Werdelin Oktopus Tattoo watch is teamed with a black alligator leather strap distinguished by red stitching. The strap is finished with a steel ardillon buckle.
According to Morten Linde, a creative director and co-founder of Linde Werdelin, he has intentionally opted for the octopus to be a symbol of the brand’s new model. A great diver, this cephalopod possesses a perfect sense of touch and keen eyesight.