Baselworld day two – Linde Werdelin
Last year Linde Werdelin almost completely renewed their collection. This year they build further on that collection and in a surprising way.
There’s the new Oktopus Titanium Black Bezel…. the Oktopus Tattoo…. the Oktopus DLC…. and the Oktopus Moonphase. Now that’s 4 new Oktopus models. And there’s a SpidoLite in rose gold….
The case of the Oktopus Tattoo has a tattoo engraving, designed by Danish tattoo artist Henning Jensen. On the press release photo the engraving looks very ‘in-your-face’, however in the metal it’s rather discrete. The parts of the watch when it’s on your wrist, that are seen (the dial and dive bezel), are not tattooed. Also the tattoo engraving is only 80 nanometers deep which gives it a refined look.
The new Oktopus Tattoo also has new hands, which are designed to resemble the tentacles of an octopus. Because the Oktopus models are 2mm thicker than the rest of the Linde Werdelin collection, the water resistance of this series is now 1.111 meter or 110 ATM. In the side of the case, at the 9 o’clock position, is an integrated helium escape valve. And another highlight of the Oktopus Tattoo… it’s now powered by a Frederic Piguet caliber 1150.
Another new Linde Werdelin is the Oktopus Moonphase. With a rose gold bezel and rose gold numerals & markers on the dial, it’s a mix of a dress watch and a sports watch. The moonphase complication, made by Svend Anderson who also did the movement of the SpidoLite, adds to that as well.
The moonphase is a just stunning to look at . It has a base of super luminova and on top of that, a photo-realistic moon has been ‘silk-painted’. The Oktopus Moonphase is also powered by an automatic Frederic Piguet caliber 1150 with a power reserve of 72 hours. The moonphase complication can be adjusted manually by the second crown position, normally used for the date.
Last year the SpidoLite was my favorite. I just loved the skelletonized titanium case. This year there’s a SpidoLite in rose gold.
Usually i have a strong preference for white metals. Somehow i feel white metal suits me much better and besides a vintage Glashütte Sixties i only own watches in white metal. For the SpidoLite i would make an exception and i would do this without hesitation. When i put it on for a wrist shot, i immediately fell in love again.
It doesn’t look like most watches in gold. The black screws and crown, the skelletonized case and dial, add something bold and sporty to this watch that makes it anything but a typical gold watch. By the way, it also looks good on a women’s wrist.
I’d love to know what you think of the SpidoLite in rose gold. Please post a comment or let me know by email.
I agree, this is the ONLY gold watch i’d ever consider wearing and I never wear gold (anything). There’s just something about it….the gold isn’t shiny, it’s a “powdered” effect that isn’t ostentatious. It’s serious looking yet playful. Love the two tone.
SIDE NOTE: My wrist size is on the small side, around 6.5….can I pull one of these watches off or will it look like I’m wearing clown shoes? I’m requesting a photoshoot of these watches on 6.5 wrists!