Definitely one of our favorite watches this year at Baselworld 2014 and our favorite watch presented by Linde Werdelin this year. The Linde Werdelin Oktopus II MoonLite —from the Oktopus II family— is fitted with an spectacular inner and outer case measuring 44 mm x 45 mm x 15 mm featuring the colorless ALW —Alloy Linde Werdelin—, developed specifically for Linde Werdelin.
Amongst its properties, it is more than twice as hard as steel and half the weight of titanium, making the Oktopus II MoonLite the lightest Linde Werdelin timepiece ever made, weighing in at an impressive 62.5 grams. Perhaps, the most unique properties of this rare alloy used by Linde Werdelin, are the satin, polished and microbrille finishing with a slight similarity to ceramic —to the touch— and its grey pearlescent/opalescent shimmery look.
The watch features a white rubber strap that fits its color scheme like a glove. The skeletonized dial is composed of five layers with a 'Réhaut' and top layer with circular satin finish, hands in titanium color with satin finish and luminescent material, a lower dial with circular Côtes de Genève and a peripheral moon phase indicator with circular perlage surface on moon disc, luminescent photorealistic moons with blue full moon indicator. To provide the perfect amount of contrast, the dial features white Arabic numerals at 12, 9 and 3 and red numerals for the moon phases.
The case back protecting the movement features a beautiful engraving of an Oktopus as well as the water resistance rating to a 300 meters and the limited edition individual numbers. Something that caught our attention while admiring the back is the subtle instruction 'Rinse Post Sea' engraved on the case back. A friendly reminder that most watchlifestylers tend to forget when immersing in the seas with their diving watches. The Oktopus MoonLite is fitted with an easy to grip screw-down crown with a nice engraving of the cephalopod mollusc but which appears to look more like a squid because of its conical head.
On the wrist, the watch comes with extraordinary wrist presence and its overall look is very sporty and extremely eye catching. The color of the case along with the white rubber strap make this watch one of our favorite timepieces well suited for a warm summer season in the Seychelles.
Sticker Price CHF 18,000 ex VAT. For more info on Linde Werdelin click here.