Gisbert L. Brunner has been writing about watches since 1981.
There’s no denying it. Linde Werdelin is for connoisseurs looking for something out of the ordinary in a wristwatch. In 2002, Danish designer Morten Linde and mountaineer Jorn Werdelin got together to design a limited-edition watch that was both extremely masculine and somehow almost military for all sorts of outdoor pursuits. This opulent case is not for the gentle wrist.
Here, the time combines with professional electronics for when you’re up in the mountains, say, or under water. The digital instruments come from Denmark, while the chronometry, logically enough, comes from Switzerland.
The Oktopus Moon Gold 3DTP Carbon, which was launched in January 2016, is the newest member of the stunning Oktopus range. The bezel and lateral parts on the left and right-hand sides are made of a thin layer of carbon which are arranged and processed in a revolutionary way that gives rise to a three-dimensional shape with clean lines and edges. The solid 18-carat pink gold used for the middle of the case creates a stark contrast. The crown and back which so fittingly adorn the Oktopus are made of titanium.
The moon-phase display which Linde Werdelin developed itself is another standout feature. And the different light phases our pallid satellite passes through are even depicted with photographic quality around the dial. There are 14 round openings through which the moon is displayed to the wearer adjacent to and behind the large numinous numbers.
The Eta 2892-A2 automatic calibre may not be exclusive but it is tried and tested over a number of years.
The complete piece, which measures 44mm x 46mm x 15 mm, is also designed for use in the World of Silence. It can withstand water pressure at up to 30 bar.
Each of the 59 Linde Werdelin watches will cost CHF35,000. Anyone paying in euro is likely to pay about the same amount including VAT.