Linde Werdelin is famous for creating timepieces that look like they’ve been captured on a planet far away from earth and brought here for research. Their timepieces are different from traditional ones and – we don’t know about you – we like them. As said in previous articles, a brand that does their own thing and creates a whole different timepiece stands for individuality and a sort of courage. When creating the Oktopus back in 2014, creative genius Morten Linde didn’t know how watch enthusiasts would respond. Of course, that’s always a guess, but with a design so different from the rest, it’s a huge leap into the great unknown. It’s like bringing this Oktopus to the depths of the ocean to ask other octopuses if it’s family-worthy, or something like that.
When Linde Werdelin introduced the Oktopus in 2014 at Baselworld, they had no idea how the public would react to the unusual appearance of the ALW case. For those who want to know what ALW stands for: Alloy Linde Werdelin is an aerospace material designed for high performance requirements, repurposed by Linde Werdelin to function as main component in their timepieces. Anyhow, Morten Linde said:
“Due to the unusual appearance of ALW, before we launched the Oktopus MoonLite I was uncertain about how it would be received. But when we saw the positive response to it, we knew it was something we wanted to revisit. Returning to the design is a chance to change not only one thing, but to re-evaluate it as a whole timepiece and tweak multiple elements.”
The Oktopus MoonLite white has a new ceramic bezel that is both a well-balanced contrast with the ALW case but also a complementing element for the case. Creating a complete puzzle, the white rubber strap, ALW case and satin-finished silver/white dial are melted together as one harmony. There are a lot of shapes and materials you won’t find on any other timepiece, but we believe the quality to create a timepiece like this Oktopus with such well-balanced choices and perfect proportions is something that gives Linde Werdelin their success. As said before, you have to accept the fact you’re wearing something that’s not as modest as most timepieces, you will be spotted when dressing a Linde Werdelin. To be honest, that’s something I would accept with pleasure.
It’s not only the colourway that has been given a transformation, the dial is a lot different from his earlier brothers. Linde Werdelin had the idea to create the dial in such a way, the owner of a watch would wear its Oktopus for years and still be amazed by the little details on the dial. To give you a better look on those details, a choice was made to skeletonize the upper dial further, so more elements would be visible to the eye. For instance, there’s an extra aperture at the 10/11 o’clock position. As a result, the wearer has much more visibility on the moon phases, something that holds a premium position within the Linde Werdelin timepieces.
A great detail, something we personally adore, is the fact that they filled the gaps between the different phases of the moon. The ‘empty’ space you will find between one moon phase and the other is filled with a perlage effect. This results in an effect that resembles the stars in the night sky, perfectly shown when the dial catches light.
One last feature of this timepiece is the fact that it resembles its name in the most realistic way possible. The octopus as an animal is famous for its quality to adapt its colour to his surroundings. As a result of this characteristic, the Oktopus MoonLite can change colour due to the ALW case. Reflecting any light and colour from its surroundings, the watch will constantly adapt to the colours surrounding it. Giving it a special effect and as we said at the start of this article; a characteristic that’s from outer space. Crazy people, those Danish men.
This alien timepiece works on an in-house Linde Werdelin movement with moonphase with a power reserve of 42 hours. With a limited 59 pieces worldwide, you should definitely consider to buy this timepiece. In our opinion it’s a great brand with very special timepieces. Of course it’s a matter of taste, but let’s be honest, who doesn’t want an alien’s watch around his wrist?