Established in 2002 by friends Morten Linde and Jorn Werdelin, the seriously cool watches manufactured by their independent watch company Linde Werdelin have been stirring up a buzz ever since.
In what seems like only a few short years, they have not only succeeded in maintaining a steadily growing ultra-loyal fan base, Linde Werdelin have firmly established themselves as pioneers of groundbreaking non-conformist design and innovative materials, which have become their signature across a collection of high quality sports watches.
The Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Tattoo is unquestionably the standout model in the iconic Oktopus collection. Limited to only 59 pieces worldwide, it marries the company’s unique futuristic design with one of watchmaking’s oldest and best loved complications; the phases of the moon.
Its sculpted form is a striking fusion of angles and layers, and is completely adorned with the fantastical hand etched tattooing on its solid 18Kt rose gold as a great octopus reaches its tentacles around all parts of the case from where it dwells on the black DLC titanium caseback, it is a spectacular piece.
Where most manufacturers use a single-piece dial, the Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Tattoo dial is a construction of five individual laser cut skeletonised discs, which allow for a captivating vista of the disc bearing the silk printed faces of the moon as it rotates through 14 positions over two cycles of 29.5 days, mirroring the monthly cycle of the moon. It is powered by the Frederic Piguet automatic self winding movement with bespoke Linde Werdelin moonphase module, itself developed in collaboration with watchmaking legend Svend Andersen.
The gold numerals stand out clearly against the black background and red full moon countdown on the dial plates, again intricately engraved with an octopus motif, and the squared-off diamond cut gold hands and the hour indices which encircle the perimeter of the dial and the sheer rehaut are coated with Linde Werdelin’s bespoke cool grey lume, ensuring excellent legibility in low light conditions, as with a depth rating of 300m we are reminded that this is a serious professional sports watch.
The Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Tattoo is presented on a bespoke black strap, made from high grade natural rubber, and which of course is interchangeable with other Linde Werdelin straps, opening up a world of possibilities.
At The Limited Edition, we do have a strong affinity with Linde Werdelin, and that’s all because of the really attractive bold and instantly recognizable design, and the uncompromisingly exacting standards of innovation, manufacture and finishing.
Overall, the Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Tattoo is a simply stunning timepiece, which works equally well on a male or female wrist. With the meticulous engraved decoration on the warm colour of rose gold it is certainly an eyecatching piece. This 59-piece limited edition is a strong contender for consideration against the competition from the likes of Hublot and Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Offshore. Much less mainstream, it’s exclusivity increases its appeal for those who appreciate a great timepiece and are sold by the detail, the individuality and the build quality for which Linde Werdelin watches are synonymous.
Another point of interest is because of the capped low production numbers each year, these watches do not appear very often at any significant mark-down, and so are likely to retain a stronger resale value than might be expected with other non-mainstream marques.