After pulling out of Baselworld and going dormant for several years, Linde Werdelin has announced today the addition of two new watches to the Classic 3 Timer Ocean line. With no new product releases for years, last year Linde Werdelin released a watch for watch connoisseur and old friend Kristian Haagen. Kristian had expressed an interest in owning the 3 Timer brown dial that sold out within a month when it was released in 2009 and Morten Linde thought it would be the perfect opportunity to offer Kristian his own customized edition 3 Timer.
News: Presenting the New Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moon Gold 3DTP Carbon. A Diving Watch with Moonphase Complication.
Blending classic horology with modern design and complex materials, Linde Werdelin is proud to unveil the Oktopus Moon Gold 3DTP Carbon in a limited and numbered series of only 59 pieces worldwide. The Oktopus Moon Gold 3DTP Carbon reimagines the classic gold watch —a staple of watchmaking— and views it through the prism of Linde Werdelin’s design language.
News: Presenting the Linde Werdelin Oktopus Frogman. Expressely Made and Exclusively Available for the Frømandskorpset Danish Frogman Corps.
Shrouded in secrecy, Frømandskorpset —Frogman Corps— is the Naval Special Operations Force in the Danish Military. This collaboration is a rare opportunity to lift the veil and explore the uncharted waters of the Frogman Corps. Typical missions will see the fraternal unit drop into the most hostile environments to rescue hostages from pirates off the coast of Somalia, often under the cover of darkness. They have been deployed directly into the heart of the most heated conflicts. In a rare instance of surfacing publicly, the Frogmen, through Conventus Ranae, have joined forces with Linde Werdelin to create a wholly unique timepiece commemorative of their brotherhood. Conventus Ranae is the formal association of past and present members of the Frogman Corps. A fraternal bond is naturally formed between active Frogmen, and Conventus Ranae exists to strengthen that bond between active and retired Frogmen.
Insider: Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Black Orange. A Perfect Match to an Exceptionally Rare McLaren MP4-12C Project Alpha.
The Linde Werdelin, just like this McLaren, comes with an exceptional design and fantastic craftsmanship. The SpidoSpeed Black Orange features a tripartite stainless steel case measuring 44mm in diameter. This watch is fitted with a two-part black galvanic dial with a perlage surface base center that almost appears like carbon fiber. The dial features orange glossy registers with perforations —the exact same hue of the orange of the Hermès boxes— that are located as follows: hour chrono register at six, running seconds at 9 and chrono minute register at 3 o'clock. The hands are diamond cut and fitted with gray luminescent material that is very bright when exposed to darkness and quite long lasting.
Baselworld 2015: Introducing the Linde Werdelin SpidoLite Gold and SpidoLite Titanium. Live Pictures and Pricing.
This year at Baselworld 2015, Linde Werdelin didn't go as far as it did last year when it released the Oktopus MoonLite with a very special alloy called ALW, instead, this year Linde Werdelin decided to continue to capitalize on skeletonization of their movements and dials to enhance the look of their SpidoLite collection. This year, two new watches were unveiled, the SpidoLite Gold and the SpidoLite Titanium. Both watches in a limited edition of 75 pieces each, show remarkable skeletonization and ultra cool design. While the look of these two new watches is remarkable, one thing that we do need to point out —and we've said this before—, is that the sapphire crystals still don't come to with anti-reflective coating to improve readability and eliminate that unwanted glare that doesn't allow one to fully appreciate the skeletonized dials. Linde Werdelin, one more time, please add the AR coating to the crystals and either you soften the sharp edges of the crown guards or increase the crown size a bit so it's easier to pull out and operate.
Today, we bring you these live pictures under natural light of the Linde Werdelin Oktopus Double Date Carbon Green, a sporty and refreshing take on the Oktopus dive watch. Featuring champagne gold detailing, it revitalizes the Linde Werdelin collection of revolutionary diving timepieces for an active lifestyle. A numbered limited series of just 88 pieces has been individually crafted using 3DTP —Three-Dimensional Thin Ply—, the first ever carbon technology conceived for Swiss watchmaking, engineered to sculpt the iconic and angular Oktopus case by layering thin layers of carbon into a mold to give the finished product it's ultra-unique appearance with those horizontal lines, just like the rings inside a tree trunk. While the finish is somewhat similar to that of the new Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 CarboTech reviewed here, the layering on this particular case is just very unique and quite different.
News: Pre-Baselworld 2015 Linde Werdelin Presents the Oktopus Double Date Carbon Green. A Limited Edition of 88 Pieces.
Today, Linde Werdelin presents to you the Oktopus Double Date Carbon Green, a sporty and refreshing take on the Oktopus dive watch. Featuring champagne gold detailing, it revitalizes the Linde Werdelin collection of revolutionary diving timepieces for an active lifestyle. A numbered limited series of just 88 pieces has been individually crafted using 3DTP™ —Three-Dimensional Thin Ply—, the first ever carbon technology conceived for Swiss watchmaking, engineered to sculpt the iconic and angular Oktopus case by layering thin layers of carbon into a mold to give the finished product it's ultra-unique appearance with those horizontal lines, just like the rings inside a tree trunk.
Even though most of you are very familiar with Linde Werdelin, we will share some background information about this amazing manufacture for those watchlifestylers that are still not quite familiar with it.
Linde Werdelin was founded eleven years ago in 2002 by two fine Danish gentlemen. The name comes from its founders Morten Linde and Jorn Werdelin. Since its conception, Linde Werdelin has focused on creating some of the most unique and fascinating timepieces with very avant-garde Danish design and fully Swiss made.
Linde Werdelin also produces digital instruments for skiing —the Rock— and diving —the Reef— that can be clipped to the top of their mechanical watches. Their watches are designed to carry the Reef or the Rock and they are made in very limited quantities making them super exclusive.
Earlier this year at Baselworld 2014, Linde Werdelin released three novelties —we have already reviewed the SpidoSpeed RoseGold Black here and the Oktopus MoonLite here. This time we are presenting you our in-depth review of the third novelty presented by Linde Werdelin. We are talking about the SpidoSpeed Green that showcases skeletonization not only throughout the outer case as with previous iterations in the Spido family, but also into the dial and movement.
The new Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Green is fitted with a stylish black forged carbon outer case measuring 44 mm x 46 mm x 15mm that is complimented by other smaller details making this timepiece truly unique. Frankly, after perusing this watch, we can say that the quality of the forged carbon outer case is almost at the level of forged carbon cases from Audemars Piguet which is known as the pioneer and master of forged carbon application in the watch industry.
Baselworld 2014: Linde Werdelin Oktopus MoonLite. Live Pictures and Pricing of This 59-Piece Limited Edition.
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.
Oktopus Moon Tattoo, limited to 59 pieces worldwide is a unique state-of-the-art timepiece. “Testifying to Linde Werdelin’s commitment and skill, the latest addition to our dive series represents the most prestigious and lavish piece of our collection yet”, says visionary co-founder Jorn Werdelin.
An 18K solid rose gold case, intricately engraved with a hand drawn octopus, this masterpiece reflects the mystery and intrigue surrounding this powerful creature.
Featuring their in-house moon-phase complication, elements of the first generation Oktopus have been enriched, proving that Linde Werdelin is a company alert to the most contemporary creative offerings; continually looking to progress in terms of materials, movements and design.
Linde Werdelin’s creative mind, Morten Linde explains, ‘the marriage between modern thinking and traditional craftsmanship resonates throughout an LW timepiece. The Oktopus Moon Tattoo is the perfect balance of contemporary art, technology and innovation; transporting poetry and imagination into the world of time keeping”.
Due to the complexity of building the case, movement and dial, Linde Werdelin has challenged the ability of some of Switzerland’s finest craftsmen and succeeded in pushing the limit of what is possible, achieving such ornamental and revolutionary masterwork. Oktopus Moon Tattoo is an exclusive series of 59 pieces. The limited number signifies two moon cycles of 29.5 days each, before the moon returns to the same point on the celestial sphere. Moon phase complication is an ideal function to plan your night dives.
The engraving on the solid 18K rose gold case has been executed at different depths to create a three dimensional effect; an extremely challenging job resulting in a unique masterpiece. Linde Werdelin introduced the Oktopus series at Basel 2012 with a five-part case construction, which seals the titanium inner cylinder protecting the movement and the dial from water. Selective materials such as rose gold, ceramic and titanium have been implemented to guarantee superb anti-corrosiveness. The entire surface is subsequently treated with microbillé, followed by a gentle hand satin finish. A firm black ceramic bezel seals protects the entire case. The movement is sealed in the chamber by a titanium DLC screw in back-case featuring the iconic hand-drawn octopus. “This is the most substantial LW product launch to date”, says Morten Linde.
Oktopus Moon Tattoo takes Linde Werdelin on a further challenge since the launch of Oktopus Moon in January 2013, uniting both the in-house complication and a newly designed dial. Oktopus Moon Tattoo complication displays luminous, imaginary and hand-drawn moons-phases on its dial. Each moon is drawn and printed several times and delicately inlaid inside the pierced disk one by one. As the moon moves clockwise through its monthly cycle, more of its surface is illumined. The dial consists of multiple skeletonized layers, conveying an immediate depth to the watch. On the lower part lays the moon disk; a metallic cut out surface carrying each luminous moon.
The upper dial is skeletonized. Featuring three diamond-cut hands, it bears a beautifully engraved hand-drawn octopus in the center. All indices are deliberately luminous to enhance readability. The full moon is always indicated with a red mark visible through the lower dial. Numerals 11, 10, 9, displayed between 1 and 2 o’clock allow a more precise track of the lunar cycle.
Sticker Price CHF 42,500 ex VAT. For more info on Linde Werdelin click here.
Entirely crafted in 18K rose gold, / Hand satin finish and microbillé / Constructed with 19 components / 2.2 mm anti-reflective sapphire crystal / Screw in back case with engraved octopus drawing / screw in crown with engraved octopus symbol
44mm (w) by 46mm (l) by 15mm (h)
Multiple-layered skeletonized dial / Hands: diamond-cut hands
In-house developed moon phase complication / Power reserve: 42 hours / Balance frequency: 28800vph, 4Hz
The SpidoLite II Tech with a case weighing only 33 grams comes in two limited edition series of 75 pieces each and is ready to be delivered to its first customers as it is now available via Linde Werdelin authorized retailers around the world. A combination of non-traditional materials employed on a watch for the first time with Linde Werdelin ALW-Alloy in the inner that case has been combined with forged carbon on the outer case to guarantee our lightest yet strongest case to date.
The SpidoLite II Tech Green has been crafted with
the most high-tech materials in an advanced development to achieve the
strongest and lightest case to date. The ultra light case weighing just
33 grams —measuring 44mm wide x 46mm long x 15mm thick— combines Linde Werdelin's ALW-Alloy —a metal composite developed for
the aerospace industry and for the first time in a watch case— with
carbon, ceramic, and the new ceramic coating for titanium in a fully
skeletonized structure. Fitted with a bespoke black calfskin strap
with matching green stitching is available in a limited series of 75 pieces worldwide. Sticker Price CHF 13,000 excluding VAT.
The SpidoLite II Tech Gold features the same case construction, size and materials as the SpidoLite II Tech Green but is fitted with an 18K rose gold bezel and crown. The watch comes with a dial configuration in red and matching red stitching on the SpidoLite black textured calfskin strap with ardillon buckle —interchangeable within Linde Werdelin's proprietary strap system. Sticker Price CHF 17,500 excluding VAT.
Linde Werdelin's signature case structure also features a display case back that allows for full view of the beautifully
finished custom-made automatic movement that is also revealed through
the skeletonized dial.
For more info on Linde Werdelin click here.
News: Linde Werdelin Presents the Oktopus II Double Date Titanium Red. A Limited Edition of 88 Pieces.
Linde Werdelin, renowned for crafting functional and tech timepieces with attachable digital instruments for skiing and diving, hits the Summer Solstice introducing Oktopus II Double Date Titanium Red with new features and subtle details on the dial. Limited to only 88 pieces it is available immediately via our retail partners around the world. Firstly introduced at BaselWorld 2012, Oktopus II Double Date comes in a striking red and titanium colour dial with red, black and luminent details; matching a newly released interchangeable red rubber strap.
The dial’s titanium color is a newness implemented to heighten the finishing and enhance the contrast between the red particulars and the black ceramic bezel while conceiving further depth. This is the latest addition to the Oktopus Family of contemporary dive watches featuring the artistic calendar double wheel.
The Oktopus II Double Date has been developed with the Reef, Linde Werdelin's proprietary diving instrument, in mind and its construction has been inspired by all the equipment available in the Denmark Lab for dive-testing both the Oktopus and the Reef. “The completion of the Reef and development of the Oktopus II case construction has granted us an unrivalled diving expertise and further confidence to develop a contemporary dive watch while enjoy experimenting with innovative combinations of materials and colours.” says Morten Linde.
The Oktopus II Double Date Titanium Red features a five-part case construction to ensure absolute water resistance and excellent anti-corrosive protection given by the finest materials employed, such as titanium and ceramic. The case features a central movement chamber and four case parts assembled together with 16 screws. The four case parts at three, six, nine and twelve o’clock, are built separately from the movement chamber and are used to attach the strap as well as to hold the attachable instrument. The titanium case body has undergone a rough satin finish to achieve the masculine appeal. Oktopus II Double Date Titanium Red like the original Double Date Series intentionally dispenses with a turning bezel as the information —time spent submersed—, traditionally measured by a turning bezel, is available in the Reef —dive instrument. While the fixed bezel is crafted in ceramic, employed for its highly scratch resistant properties, it is given a circular satin finish with a polished facet on the outer side conceiving a lavish and charming effect under the light. The robust crown at 3 o’clock bears an engraving of an octopus icon. The back case has been decorated with an octopus drawing by Morten Linde.
The dial of Oktopus II Double Date is built in two layers. The lower layer is made with a circular 'Cotes de Genève' dial to give the effect of water ripples. Two laser-cut red wheels at 11 and 1 o’clock are powered by the big calendar complication. Titanium color is introduced for the first time on the dial of Oktopus II Double Date, to best highlight the finishing and the contrast between the red details and the black ceramic bezel while conceiving further depth to its widely open dial. Bearing the Linde Werdelin logo and indexes 3, 6 and 9 in superluminova, together with the big calendar wheels, the upper dial reveals the icon of an octopus.
The Oktopus II Double Date Titanium Red is powered by a Linde Werdelin LW04 customised Dubois Depraz calibre 14580 and available in a limited series of 88 pieces, retailing at CHF 10,200 ex VAT.
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