One of the pioneering young watch brands, whose cool, technical designs and slick, internet savvy marketing were instrumental in setting in motion a new awareness and appreciation for independent watchmaking, and the extraordinary watches therein, Linde Werdelin has established a cult following among collectors for their contemporary high tech watches with a distinctly sporty personality.
Designed to endure depths of 300 metres, the Linde Werdelin Oktopus Double Date 3DTP Carbon is a stunning watch whose robust, angular aesthetics and striking contrasts of black, gold and vivid bright blue make it a piece with a go-anywhere attitude and immense presence on the wrist.
The case is manufactured using patented 3D Thin Ply carbon fibre, and its fine layered composition is sculpted into a black mass of smooth flat surfaces and acute edges, where it has been finished with contrasting satin, polished and microbille blasting. The round bezel is black ceramic and is secured by eight golden TiN titanium screws, like the crown which nestles between carbon shoulders.
Beneath the sapphire crystal, the dial is black and stripped back, with hands and hour markers accented in grey lume, and the big luminous blue numerals at the 3, 6 and 9 outstanding against the black background. Through it the date is displayed with two gold discs with cut-out numerals, which align beneath the twelve.
Measuring 44mm across and 48mm end to end, the Oktopus Double Date is certainly imposing, but its ultra light carbon fibre construction and integrated strap attachment points for the bright blue, soft natural rubber strap mean that it it wears snugly and comfortably.
Underneath, the TiN caseback features a huge octopus motif and limited edition number and it protects the Linde Werdelin-modified Dubois Dépraz calibre 14580 self winding movement which beats at 28’800 vph and boasts a power reserve of 44 hours.