Linde Werdelin Oktopus II Moon Watch Hands-On

Linde Werdelin Oktopus II Moon Watch Hands-On

Linde Werdelin Oktopus II Moon Watch Hands On   hands on
Linde Werdelin must be working overtime in preparation for BaselWorld as they have announced a new edition of the Oktopus II, called the Moon. Three years ago, LW launched the Oktopus Moonphase and these new models build upon the same platform but will be limited to just 59 units. Why 59? Two different variations of the new Moon models and our lunar cycle takes a total of 29.5 days to complete. Ariel was able to get some images of the piece when seeing the brand recently so we can show you a hands-on look in addition to Linde Werdelin's pictures.

Linde Werdelin Oktopus II Moon Watch Hands On   hands on

Linde Werdelin Oktopus II Moon Watch Hands On   hands on

Units one through twelve will consist of Oktopus II Moon Gold versions which feature five-piece cases made of DLC titanium and rose gold with a ceramic bezel. The remaining 47 production units will be examples of the Oktopus II Moon Black, which employs a similar case design save for complete DLC titanium construction and blue dial detailing. Both iterations of the Oktopus II Moon series are 44mm wide with a height of 15mm.

Linde Werdelin Oktopus II Moon Watch Hands On   hands on

Linde Werdelin Oktopus II Moon Watch Hands On   hands on

Linde Werdelin does not specifically mention what movement is used in the new Oktopus II Moon models but the moon phase complication is now being produced in-house. The moon phase design, which was inspired by moonlit night diving, features a distinct layer in the three-layer dial design. Showing the user a progression of the upcoming and past lunar stages, each moon illustration is luminous and will glow to mimic the light reflected from the moon's surface. Additionally, this 300m dive watch has luminous hands and markers as well as prominent 3, 9 and 12 numerals. The crystal is sapphire and treated for anti-reflection and the screw down case back shows the same Octopus design that was used on past models and was actually drawn by Morten Linde.

Linde Werdelin Oktopus II Moon Watch Hands On   hands on

Linde Werdelin Oktopus II Moon Watch Hands On   hands on

While I am generally partial to LW's Spido watches, the Oktopus line is unlike anything else being made today. Quite distinctly a Linde Werdelin design while still being distinct from the Spido series. While the Oktopus II Moon is capable of 300m water resistance, we doubt this is the kind of watch you would select for your next dive trip. The bezel design cannot be used for countdown timing and there is no numbered minute scale present in the dial layout. So while the Oktopus II can easily survive a dive, we would recommend LW's own Reef dive computer attachment if you're planning a serious dive. As an everyday watch with an interesting complication, the Oktopus II Moon fits rather well into the Linde Werdelin lineup. As with all LW's, the pricing is well into the luxury scale with the Black version selling for CHF 12,500 ($13,800 USD) and the Gold variant carrying a list price of CHF 27,000 ($29,800 USD). I really like the Black version with its F-117-like stealthy black coating and hard angular case. Both models are very limited editions and offer yet another uniquely Linde Werdelin perspective on a modern and very masculine dive watch. lindewerdelin.com

7 comments
SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

Best part about this watch is the raunchy octopus engraving on the caseback. Suuuuuuuuure you know right away that is the octopus' mouth/beak...

adisoon
adisoon

Moving away from pricing issues for a moment... 

I would like to say that I found myself very surprised that I liked Linde Werdelin watches when I was able to see them in person. I never really found them that appealing from the articles that appeared here in ABTW, because I think pictures don't convey how the angular case really looks and feels in the hand. There is just an overall harmony in the design that comes from the tactile feel of the case, as well as the way the materials are put together. 

Only thing I would prefer for this particular model is for the numerals be not be there or to be much smaller. The fact that they are so big makes the dial feel a little claustrophobic, especially when the thick walls of the bezel seem to be closing in on it. 


jstacey
jstacey

@Maximilien, @arthurdavisand @adisoon Max is definitely not wrong about the pricing, it is very high and there are definitely other brands and models that are of a better value in the "best for your dollar" sense. That said, these are luxury watches, not washing machines and comparing based on value or price will eventually see us all buying G Shocks and Eco Drives as everything else offers less in terms of raw value. I figure an LW buyer likely already has a Rolex or simply doesn't want something that common. The idea of an "overpriced" luxury good is problematic as it carries a subjective tone. For example, I could say that both the Oktopus and the Submariner are overpriced as I cannot afford either and they cost way more than whatever I already own. In the market in which they exist, price is not the first factor in what might determine the "value" of a luxury watch. 

I would agree that LW doesn't have the same clout as  some of the brands mentioned below, but they are a small and interesting brand making distinctive products that are generally in very limited supply. To a well-heeled buyer, the rarity and novelty may be enough to have them add an LW to their collection. I don't at all disagree that these are exceedingly expensive watches, I simply think that "value" is a hard argument for/against any luxury good. 



adisoon
adisoon

I would tend to agree as well with Max on his point on the watches being overpriced. Don't get me wrong, they look great and feel great but would not be as appealing  as an established brands purely on a value standpoint. That being said, I would see this watch as a possible purchase for someone who already has a Sub or equivalent and would like a stand out piece on their wrist. Ariel was wearing one the whole day at SIHH, and it drew alot of comments from people. There would not have been as much reaction from a Sub since everyone has seen it before. 

Maybe the price premium is from being less common. 

arthurdavis
arthurdavis

OK Max in Red corner, James in blue corner. Lets get ready to rumble. Max does have a point,

 little pricey.

Maximilien
Maximilien

Great looking watch with avant garde design... However, greatly overpriced. Why would I pay $13.5K for a steel diver when I can get a no-date 2013 Submariner for $7.5K? Where's the value LW? Surely the super cool case and Moonphase complication are not worth $6K? The gold model is also similarly overpriced if you do a Rolex or JLC or other comparison. I think LW needs to rethink their pricing strategy and come down to earth a bit... They have not earned the Rolex or JLC or Patek or AP or VC premium yet.

Maximilien
Maximilien

@jstacey @arthurdavis @adisoon Good points Adi and James. Agree that luxury watches are by definition overpriced. However, I think there are levels of luxury and that value and features differentiate the levels. To briefly explain the point, look at the car industry. No one really needs more than the models Toyota or Ford offers, however, there is a strong market for "luxury" sedans and sports cars from BMW, Benz, and Porsche to name a few...

Nonetheless, the much higher price one pays for a Ferrari sports car vs a BMW M is based on not only styling but also performance, history, and of course emotion. So clearly while BMW and Ferrari are luxury cars their price point is different because Ferrari has over time developed a premium for the reasons listed above and more...

I see Patek as the Ferrari or better the Rolls Royce of the luxury watch market. AP and VC and JLC maybe close contenders. A brand like LW, while I like their designs, I feel does not have the history yet nor the credentials to be moving up the chain so fast. They should price themselves just above the BMW of watches: Rolex. Early models of the Oktopus did have exactly such price point...

That said it's just an opinion. These goods (mechanical watches) are also more art than truly useful tools. So as long that the market is open and someone is willing to pay LW their asking price, who am I to question. Plus I really love the fact that LW sell all of their models online, so we'll see if I am right or wrong in a year or so... Maybe all of the models are selling out, in which case the market is pricing things, so great for them. However, until we know, I can positively say that while I was in the market for a nice diver to commemorate a milestone birthday this year I have ruled out LW based on what we are discussing here... And they were on my short list.

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