An icon of contemporary independent watchmaking whose signature is the combination of superb engineering and high tech materials with cool, distinctive styling, the Oktopus Nord edition by watch company Linde Werdelin is an uncompromisingly robust sports watch, whose durability is underpinned by a modified premium grade Swiss movement.
With a water resistance rating of 300m, an elaborate yet lightweight case of Grade 2 titanium, and bold dial features ensuring excellent legibility in all light conditions, the Oktopus is a hardy and practical diver’s watch, which with its distinctive good looks is equally at home in the marina bar or exploring a reef.
Measuring 44mm across, 46mm from end to end and 15mm tall, with exposed screw heads and angular design the Oktopus is an imposing piece on the wrist. As part of the Nord series which is inspired by the dark waters of the North Sea, this limited edition is produced in 88 numbered pieces, and to protect against the elements the Grade 2 titanium is supremely resistant to the corrosive effect of sea water.
A departure from the Oktopus collection’s usual ceramic bezel, the Nord Edition features a titanium alternative, and it surrounds a deep-set two-part dial which graduates from blue to black in a fumé effect. Partially skeletonised, the upper dial features a cutaway section which reveals the two date wheels which align in a big double window just below the twelve o’clock position. The arabic numerals at the three, six and nine are filled with ultramarine Super-LumiNova, as are the hour indices and broad steel hands.
On the underside of the watch, a solid, screw-on titanium caseback features a laser etched Oktopus motif, while within the Dubois Dépraz Cal 14580 self winding movement has been modified with in-house finishing and customisation at Linde Werdelin. Beating at a brisk 28’800 vib/h (4hz), the movement boasts a minimum of forty hours of power reserve.
The Oktopus Nord is presented on a natural rubber strap which is manufactured using 30% recycled rubber, with titanium pin buckle. A quick release system means that the strap is easily interchangeable. With only 88 numbered examples being produced, it is an exclusive and individual piece.