Engraving’s always been a part of watchmaking, though perhaps in a slightly more subtle way than Linde Werdelin have been getting used to. Guilloche dials are pretty commonplace, a sign of fine finishing more than a design choice in and of itself. The new Oktopus Volcano however is anything but.
Created in collaboration with master engraver Johnny Dowell, this is Linde Werdelin’s third time working with the metal maestro and, in our opinion, the most spectacular. Where his previous work saw him somehow engraving a full titanium case, here he has gone further – applying 24kt gold into the metal itself.
As the name suggests, the motif etched into the titanium of the striking 44mm Oktopus case is that of a volcano in mid-eruption. That means magma pouring, ash spurting and probably a fair few flights grounded, if previous eruptions are anything to go by. In yellow gold, plain titanium and blackened metal it’s dramatic, in an apocalyptic, disaster movie kind of way.
Each piece takes 100 hours for Johnny to work his magic but the result is worth every one. For us, at least. What’s even better is that, unlike many a showpiece in this vein, the Oktopus Volcano is actually a practical watch. Granted you might not want to take the finely-engraved piece underwater, but if you did it would survive to 300m down.
So what does the engraver himself think of the finished result?
“The previous collaborations, The Oktopus Reef showed an underwater scene the consisted of corals, octopus & bubbles, while The Crazy Universe consisted of earth, the planets above, shooting stars & asteroids.
So going into the third collaboration, knowing we had to stay on the path of Nature and I knew even before I had the theme that I wanted to use 24k Gold. The 24k Gold lends so well to the molten lava, the dark titanium case with the engraved volcano cracks & the dark bezel that acts as the opening to the volcano brings everything together so well.”
The Oktopus Volcano is currently available at lindewerdelin.com and will set you back £21,600. Given the time and effort that’s gone into the watch, that’s not all too bad – meaning the 8 available won’t be around for long.
Price & Specs:
Model Name: Linde Werdelin Oktopus Volcano
Case/Dial: 44mm diameter, grade 2 titanium, engraved by Johnny “KingNerd” Dowell, 24kt Gold inlayed into the engraving
Water Resistance: 300m (30 bar)
Movement: Linde Werdelin-modified Dubois Dépraz calibre 14580
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power Reserve: 44h
Strap: Interchangeable rubber
Price: £21,600, limited to 8 pieces
More details at lindewerdelin.com