There’s nothing quite like a Linde Werdelin. Love them or hate them, they have one of the most distinctive designs in the industry, with the big, industrial Oktopus host to a fair few complications in increasingly off-kilter forms. Even the humble moon phase is an odd sight on it, though in the latest version, their unique open dialled complication is the most attractive it’s ever been.
As a whole, this isn’t an entirely new watch. The Oktopus Moon is the same base timepiece as the Octopuses BluMoon, Crazy Universe, meaning a 44mm by 46mm titanium case with more facets than its namesake has arms.
The difference here is the dial, which is made from a handsome combination of bronze and rose gold. It gives more of a harvest moon effect and, matched with a rose gold crown, makes for a luxurious bit of contrast against the otherwise utilitarian grey of the case. I’d be interested to find out how bronze under a sapphire crystal patinas compared to on a case, but only time will tell us that.
As ever, the photorealistic moon phase is the coolest part, with all phases visible and clearly indicated at the 0 marker. It’s not much use diving of course – and with 300m water resistance, the Oktopus Moon is ostensibly a diving watch – but it makes for one hell of a statement dial.
Finished on a fitting earth brown strap to round off the autumnal hues, the new Oktopus Moon with its bronze gold dial is limited to 59 pieces. It’s not for everyone, but if you like it, buy it. There’s no real alternative out there to a Linde Werdelin.
Price & Specs:
Model: Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon With Bronze and Gold Dial
Case/Dial: 44mm x 46mm diameter x 15mm height, five part case-construction in titanium grade 2, 5N 18K rose gold screw-down crown engraved with an octopus icon, microbillé finished case, five-layer skeletonised dial
Water resistance: 300m (30 bar)
Movement: Bespoke LW calibre with in-house photorealistic moonphase complication, 23 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 44h
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, moonphase
Strap: Interchangeable rubber in earth brown with titanium ardillon buckle
Price/availability: £13,800, limited to 59 pieces
More details at Linde Werdelin.