Linde Werdelin Tattoos The Oktopus Moon Watch

Linde Werdelin Tattoos The Oktopus Moon Watch

Linde Werdelin Tattoos The Oktopus Moon Watch   watch releases

Earlier this year, we brought you word of a new model from Linde Werdelin, the Oktopus II Moon.  Today, we've got word of a new version of that rather interesting watch, and it's quite a fun twist, one that I'm partial to and that being engraving.  Don't get me wrong - the luminous, hand-drawn moon phases are a very fun addition. But, when I see artistic engraving taking place on a watch case however, that's what I'm drawn to, given its relative rarity.

Linde Werdelin Tattoos The Oktopus Moon Watch   watch releases

The case starts out as a standard Oktopus II case (44 x 46 x 15mm), but made from 18k rose gold - then it's handed off to the engraver.  This is why this watch is known as the Oktopus Moon Tattoo - the engraving on the case itself very much carries the look of an ink tattoo. This is the second event "tattoo" watch that Linde Werdelin has created, the first based on a similar watch, the original Oktopus watch.

Linde Werdelin Tattoos The Oktopus Moon Watch   watch releases

From a straight-on view, it actually looks like the engraving appears to be subtle.  Turn it to catch the light, though, and the beauty of the piece becomes apparent.  Take it off your wrist and have a look at the case back, and then things get really interesting.  The original Oktopus has a nice enough octopus design appearing on it.  Here, the artistry dial is turned up to 11, and we've got something that looks (to me, at least) like it came out of traditional Japanese artwork.  In some ways, it's almost a shame that it hides on the case back.

Linde Werdelin Tattoos The Oktopus Moon Watch   watch releases

As with the prior Oktopus models, this edition is limited to 59 pieces, signifying two lunar cycles of 29.5 days each.  Available now from any authorized retailer, the Oktopus Moon Tattoo retails for a price of CHF 42,500.  lindewerdelin.com

Tech Specs from Linde Werdelin

  • Case:Entirely crafted in 18K rose gold, / Hand satin finish and microbillé / Constructed with 19 components / 2.2 mm anti-reflective sapphire crystal / Screw in back case with engraved octopus drawing / screw in crown with engraved octopus symbol
  • Dimensions: 44mm (w) by 46mm (l) by 15mm (h)
  • Dial: Multiple-layered skeletonised dial / Hands: diamond-cut hands
  • Movement: In-house developed moon phase complication / Power reserve: 42 hours / Balance frequency: 28800vph, 4Hz
  • Water Resistance: 300m
13 comments
Fraser Petrick
Fraser Petrick

At first I scoffed. But now that I look at my small, conservative and dirt-cheap collection of watches, the more I want the Ocktopus Moon Tattoo. I want an over-the-top bling watch. I need an over-the-top bling watch. It would look so cool on my ultra-skinny 69 year old wrist as I toss my '89 Cavalier keys to the valet at Wynn's Las Vegas. It would be a real chick magnet- if it weren't for my artificial left knee and fallen right foot arch. I hope the Werdelin isn't too heavy; the arthritis in my left wrist hurts like billy-be-damned.

DG Cayse
DG Cayse

Good to see the envelope being pushed a bit. Engraving?...a logical evolution. Micro-lasers have the ability to do this quite nicely.  Case back etching, engraving and relief work has been around for a while. Why not extend it to the other "blank" areas of the watch. Its just a computer prog away!

(really...300m WR? I can't imagine anyone who would buy, and wear this beast, going deeper than the bottom of the ice bucket)



CG
CG

Too bad they opted not to continue the octopus tentacles wwrapping around to the side and frpnt of the case and indexing the case back to the extended engraving onstead they did a hackneyed firearm style flourish. The big question is will it sag and fade and smeary ugly with age as all tattoos do amd require laser removal?

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

As someone who is almost 25% tattooed, I really want to love this, even though LW is not a brand I have tons of appreciation for. The engraving is nicely done, I can't lie. I think the gold is killing it for me though. Show me the whole watch in steel, with engravings that look like the caseback and I think you would have a real stunner. 

nateb123
nateb123

Did the hell out of it, but that's inevitable in the same way that MarkCarson hating it is inevitable :P

Fraser Petrick
Fraser Petrick

If I was wearing my Oktopus Moon Tattoo, that Barnie Schwartz would think twice before stuffing me into my High School locker. I'd flash  my Linde Werdelin and, boy, him and his goons would head for the hills and Debbie Sue would think I was Big Man on Campus. Gotta get one. Maybe my Trust Fund would pay for it.

Ryan B
Ryan B

Looks like it you work it correctly it'll open the gates of hell.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

Mixed feelings.  I love intricate hand-engraving, but i'm not sure it works with this very modern style.  In some ways the geometric purity of the watch leaves me wondering if i'd grow to resent the graffiti all over it and wish it were gone.  That aside, do they have ANY other designs? 

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@Fraser Petrick No, you'd still be inside the locker and Barnie Schwartz would be wearing your Oktopus Moon Tattoo and making little Barnies with Debbie Sue.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@Ulysses31 I agree, maybe a damascus steel version would work better with the case shape. Or maybe a geometric set of engravings (more like Mayan artwork).

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@nateb123 I don't hate everything. I will admit that I prefer the SpidoLite to the Oktopus as a general statement. I like engraved watches like the Magrette a lot. Then again the PP thing didn't do it for me (engraving, not mechanically that is).

I became a fan of LW at BaselWorld when I got to actually see and strap 'em on. So maybe this engraved Okto is also more impressive in person.