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Monday, March 5, 2012

A bigger splash: Linde Werdelin Oktopus II Double Date

Destined to be one of the key talking points at Baselworld 2012, the new Oktopus II from Linde Werdelin is designed to work with the “Reef”, the brand’s dive calculator that fits over the watch case.

The new Linde Werdelin Oktopus II Double Date is also likely to be considered one of the most advanced within the world of dive watches. 

It follows on from the Oktopus originally launched in 2009 to huge acclaim, engineered with an extra-tough and durable body with Linde Werdelin’s hallmark futuristic 3-dimensional design approach.

Five-part case

The Oktopus II Double Date’s innovative five part case construction ensures absolute water resistance as well as excellent protection against seawater corrosion. The four case parts at three, six, nine and twelve o’clock, are built separately from the movement chamber and are used to attach the strap as well as to hold the attachable Reef calculator instrument.

The construction was inspired by air-tight pressure chambers used for diving simulations when testing both the Oktopus II and the Reef. All the screws comprise of laminated tension discs to tighten and reinforce the construction. The mechanism is perfectly protected as it is housed inside a special chamber that is totally sealed and separated from the other four parts of the case.

Robust 15.25mm x 46mm case construction

The case is a robust 15.25mm thick by 46mm, which makes for easy and assured handling while under water.

“To guarantee this we have chosen anticorrosive materials such as gold, titanium and ceramic, the last employed for the first time on our timepieces,” explains Morten Linde.

Cutting edge precision

As Morten Linde and Jorn Werdelin went on to explain, the new Oktopus II had been crafted with such precision that it would not be possible to create it just 10 years ago. The watch is water resistant up to 300 metres.

Two layer dial

The dial of the Oktopus II is built in two layers. The upper level is cut out in a stencil, it bears the LW logo and indexes 3, 6 and 9 all coated in superluminova, together with the big calendar wheels, the dial reveals the icon of an octopus. The lower dial is made with a circular Cote de Genève dial to give the effect of water ripples. Two circular wheels indicate the date through the unmissable double date aperture at 12 o’clock.

Three variations

The Oktopus II comes in three variations. The first combines titanium with ceramic (expected to retail at $9,800, the second is made of titanium, titanium DLC and ceramic with yellow accents, $ 10,500, while the third comes in rose gold and ceramic, $20,600. Oktopus II represents the first time that Linde and Werdelin have used ceramic for one of their models.

Custom made movement

The Oktopus II is powered by a Dubois Depraz Calibre 14580 self-winding movement specially made for Linde Werdelin and provides 44 hour of power-reserve.

Look out for the full Linde Werdelin Oktopus II collection at Baselworld, but they won’t hit the streets – never mind the water - until Autumn 2012.

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