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Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Gold 3DTP Carbon Watch

Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Gold 3DTP Carbon Watch Watch Releases

Linde Werdelin is a brand that’s nothing if not voracious in its need to creatively modify their already visually compelling pieces. Their latest, the Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Gold 3DTP Carbon watch uses a carbon bezel to “update” their previous Oktopus II Moon Watch (hands-on here) which came in a titanium and gold version. The brand says this piece is as much a dress watch as it is a sports watch, and while that may be a stretch to some, I think it looks good either way. Let’s take a look at what the England-based brand has to offer with its latest Oktopus watch.

Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Gold 3DTP Carbon Watch Watch Releases

Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Gold 3DTP Carbon Watch Watch Releases

So, what exactly is interesting about the 3DTP carbon used for the bezel? In a technique that, according to Linde Werdelin, took years to master, they layered thin sheets of carbon in order to create the angular and sharp case. They claim the layers of carbon catch light and reflect it back, which creates an illusion of depth. Linde Werdelin is really fascinated by how materials play with and reflect light. Take the Oktopus MoonLite White watch that utilized their “Alloy Linde Werdelin” (ALW) which is an “aerospace material” specifically used in that watch to absorb light and mimic the way an Octopus changes colors. Where that watch went for a light motif, the dark 3DTP carbon with the 18k rose gold provides a rich, dark look with the Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Gold 3DTP Carbon watch.

Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Gold 3DTP Carbon Watch Watch Releases

Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Gold 3DTP Carbon Watch Watch Releases

Similar to their other moon phase watches, this watch is going to be made in a limited run of 59 pieces. Those familiar with Linde Werdelin know by now that the reason for that number is that 59 represents the number of days it takes for the moon to complete two lunar cycles (29.5 days each). The first Oktopus II Moon Watch actually introduced Linde Werdelin’s Moon Phase complication, and this piece carries on the tradition using the photorealistic images of the moon across the dial. Their in-house moon phase movement remains unchanged from previous versions, with a 42-hour power reserve and operates at a frequency of 28,800vph (4Hz).

Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Gold 3DTP Carbon Watch Watch Releases

Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Gold 3DTP Carbon Watch Watch Releases

You still have a 44mm-wide case with the octopus gracing the titanium case back – two hallmarks of the line. On the dial, you’ll notice the red “o” which is used to indicate the current phase of the moon on the five-layered skeletonized dial. It’s a legible watch, with the hands in titanium with a grey luminova. There are touches of the 5N rose gold throughout the dial, such as on the 3, 9, and 12 numerals, the moon disc with circular perlage surface, the rehaut, and top of the dial. As for the strap, you’ve got an interchangeable rubber strap with a DLC-coated titanium ardillion buckle.

Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Gold 3DTP Carbon Watch Watch Releases

I find that some of the small details on the case and dial really add the touches that bring this watch together in a cohesive way. The microbille finish on the 3DTP carbon bezel and carbon/gold lends a richness of texture to the piece. Additionally, I have to say, there is also something about the rose gold moon disc in conjunction with the moon phases that is so visually fulfilling to me. Perhaps it’s a matter of personal preference, but the color scheme really works, in my opinion.

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Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Gold 3DTP Carbon Watch Watch Releases

Linde Werdelin isn’t really doing anything game-changing or significantly new here, but the result is a very cool-looking take on a familiar watch. If you’re a fan of the brand’s aesthetic and rose gold, you’ll probably love the Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Gold 3DTP Carbon watch as much as I do. Of course, it’s not going to come cheap, as the price for one of the 59 pieces is CHF 35,000lindewerdelin.com

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  • IanE

    Personally, I’d prefer a simple ceramic or sapphire-covered bezel, but I like the overall concept – though not as a dress watch!

    • JimBob

      Or ceramic with Liquid Metal inlay perhaps.

  • Ulysses31

    I wonder if it comes with a file to round off all those painful-looking corners. LW dials really seem to shrink and disappear from view when surrounded by so much distracting bulk. The case has ambitions to look like a sleek stealth plane with those polygonal surfaces, but then they add an excess of clunky bolts/rivets which spoils it. Another rehash, another effort that doesn’t quite succeed.

    • DanW94

      Careful, or you’ll put an eye out with that thing!

    • Yep for all of those reasons I prefer the Spidolite case from them

  • iamcalledryan

    Always interesting from these guys – had no idea they were from England. I always pictured an eccentric Scandinavian in a turtle-neck up in the Alps somewhere.

    • Joel Schumann

      And you are right, they are from Denmark – don’t have a clue if they wear turtlenecks on a regular basis.

      • Open neck shirt (meaning no tie) with a sport coat at BaselWorld.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Love their take on the moon phase………..and thats it. The piece itself looks like the head of Kryton from red dwarf.

  • Shinytoys

    Glad this company exists, their designs are “one off” and it keeps them from blending into a crowded market. Fit and finish seem to be top shelf.

  • Marius

    This watch has one of the coolest moon-phase indicators I have seen. The case, however, is very similar to the AP Royal Oak Concept watches. Also, is that movement really in-house? As far as I know, Linde Werdelin uses mostly movements made by Concepto and the 7750 for their chronographs.
    The price seems very high for what you are getting. The movement is not exactly high end, and the case is cool, but not that great either. You could just buy an AP Royal Oak, in gold (including the bracelet) for that price.

    • iamcalledryan

      As far as I am aware the RO Concept came out in the same year as the Oktopus so I am not sure why the Concept should have a monopoly on this weird case shape.

  • Chaz

    This is what happens when AP doesn’t wear a condom in its late night fling with Hublot

  • Really, $35K? You can get a Royal Oak Chrono in rose Gold or Patek Nautilus Moonphase for that price. In 50 years, guess which two out of the three will retain their value. Guess which *company* will be around in 50 years. A high price tag on a “limited edition” gimmick doesn’t make you a luxury watch house, nor does selling proprietary rubber straps for $400.

    It’s an interesting looking case with some unique materials stuffed with a movement made for them by someone else. Ten grand at the outside.

    • I agree except that a gold cased watch is rarely $10K USD these days.

  • Ryan B.

    Moon phase is cool but the rest looks like somebody from Invicta got their hands of it.

  • resonator resonator

    bezel screws are kinda nice I guess…

  • Sevenmack

    The play on the moon phase is lovely. The rest of the watch, however, screams 14-carat gold ghetto mall crap.

  • PleaseSpellRoman4AsIV

    “The brand says this piece is as much a dress watch as it is a sports watch” – seriously? They may need to do a quick google on dress watch.

  • 200 Fathoms

    Beautiful case back!

  • spiceballs

    Like the crown – – – .

  • BNABOD

    pretty impressive case design and angles would go nicely with my lightly used F117 Nighthawk. 35K though whoa that is pretty darn aggressive.

  • As other people have written: the moon phase display on this dial really is a joy to look at.

    The rest of the watch is not too hard to look at, but the price certainly is.

  • funNactive

    The angles on this watch look interesting in the pictures – I’d like to see it in person. Brushed metal with all the screws make it look very masculine.

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