By TLex I never thought I'd ever be able to appreciate a moon phase function on a dive watch, for me it works against the natural order of a how a dive watch dial should be laid out; clean and unfettered from such eyesores as a moon phase dial, and of course easily readable at a glance,
but Linde Werdelin have some how very skilfully and really quite tastefully incorporated a moon phase dial into this luxurious two-tone (grade 5 titanium and 18kt rose gold) version of their latest dive watch, the Oktopus; they also offer a plausible and very interesting explanation as to its use.
Unlike the 1111m meter version the Moon Phase Oktopus is water -resistant to 888 meters; a very auspicious number in Asia where the number '8' is said to bring wealth and riches.
Below too, are details of its Frederic Piguet Calbire 1150 movement complete with said photo-realistic moon phase built by master watchmaker Sven Anderson. Happy reading ;)
From LINDE WERDELIN, the leading sports watches and attachable instruments manufacturer is proud to present of a new addition to the Oktopus family, the Oktopus Moonphase complication. Powered by a Frederic Piguet movement (calibre 1150) and with a moonphase complication built by Danish-born Svend Andersen, this is a unique combination of design and craftsmanship, which depicts the moon phases with photorealistic luminous discs and gives a countdown to the next half or full moon.
With a titanium case and a rose gold bezel and details on the dial, the new Oktopus Moonphase has been designed in a classic yet innovative way to show seven phases of the moon from new to half and full. The disc is entirely made out of Super Luminova enhancing the moonphase effect and is placed along 4 and 8 o’clock to maximize dial legibility.
Based on a F. Piguet automatic movement, the complication is built on the date function to also provide a countdown to the next full moon, read on the moonphase dial. “This allows us to simplify a complicated function like the moonphase and make it easier for the user”, says Morten Linde creative director and cofounder of LW.
While encompassing the same case dimensions as the rest of the Oktopus models, the Moonphase is embellished with a sapphire crystal case back which reveals the skilfully crafted F. Piguet movement and the rotor bearing the AG and LW logos. It has been tested to withstand the pressure of 888 meters and the integrated helium escape valve at 9 o’clock ensures the watch endures the pressure during resurface time.
“Linde Werdelin’s launch of its first complication is an important step for us. We are very pleased to continue our collaboration with Svend Andersen and also start using a F. Piguet movement for our watches” says Jorn Werdelin managing director and co-founder of LW.
On the decision to have the moonphase complication on a divers watch, Morten says, “moonlight creates the perfect conditions for afterhours sports activities and particularly diving. More and more people these days enjoy sports under the full moon. This is one of the reasons why we wanted to produce a moonphase
complication for our diver’s watch. One can plan their next diving trip by checking when the next full moon is going to be, then clip the Reef for a safe dive.”
Limited to 29 pieces, connoting to the days before the next full moon, the Oktopus Moonphase will be available to pre-order from September 2010 on LindeWerdelin.com or from any LW authorised retailer.