From LINDE WERDELIN, the leading sports watches and attachable instruments manufacturer, is proud to present the latest addition to the Oktopus family to be unveiled at BaselWorld 2010, the Oktopus Tattoo. A true example of art and craftsmanship, the steel case of the Oktopus Tattoo has been fully engraved with an octopus tattoo design especially drawn for the model by Danish tattoo artist Henning Jensen. Powered by a Frederic Piguet movement (calibre 1150) the new Oktopus model also bears distinctive dial details, which add to its unique allure of the LW diver watches.
Due to the complexity of engraving the tattoo design on the case, a breakdown of the procedure into steps was necessary to ensure that the precision of the design was kept. Using a 5-axis CNC machine, each of the 18 engraved facets of the case had to be treated separately and the machine manually adjusted before each facet being engraved with a precision of 80 nanometres to achieve such a detailed result.
Keeping the consistency of the design, the hands on the dial of the Oktopus Tattoo are designed to resemble the tentacles of an octopus and are enhanced with Super LumiNova for a greater effect in the dark or sea depth. The new model has been tested to withstand the pressure of 1111 meters and the integrated helium escape valve at 9 o’clock ensures the watch endures the pressure during resurface time.
“Choosing the octopus was straightforward for me. I find it incredibly intriguing. It is a great diver, considered to be highly intelligent and moves very elegantly and fast, if needed, partly due to the lack of a skeleton. It is also known to be great in camouflage and has an excellent sense of touch and keen eyesight”, says Morten Linde creative director and co-founder of LW.
The art of tattooing began over 5,000 years ago. It is a diverse form of art symbolising different things for different cultures and people. In some cases, tattoos were seen to have a magical significance or spiritual power, which often meant for guarding people’s health and spiritual well-being. Nowadays, the significance of a tattoo has changed form and is seen as a way to express and distinct oneself from others, by decorating their body with a design that often has a special personal meaning.
© Linde Werdelin
In a similar way, the Oktopus Tattoo is a special watch project that aims to form a unique and distinctive bond between the watch and its owner. While a lot of the engraving can be seen on the top of the case, most of the octopus design has been kept for the back-case and personal admiration of the watch owner. To maximise the Linde Werdelin sporting experience of the Oktopus Tattoo, LW has designed and created the Reef Tattoo using the same technique as the watch. Instead of an octopus though the Reef bears tattoo engravings or a shark on the top of its anodised aluminium case and a colour drawing of the tattoo design on the opening screen of the instrument.
Limited to 82 pieces
Size 46mm (w) by 49mm (l) by 14mm (h)
Movement Automatic mechanical Frederic Piguet movement calibre 1150
72 hour power reserve / 29 jewels / 28,800 bph
Case Steel case with 80 nanometres tattoo engravings design by Danish tattoo artist Henning Jensen of Royal Tattoo
Screw on case-back with tattoo engravings
Microbille unidirectional turning steel bezel with 10 minute markings & Super
Luminova marker at 12 o’clock
3.8mm anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Screw in crown with LW logo
Helium escape valve at 9 o’clock
Dial Black matt dial
Arabic numerals rhodium plated applied with Super LumiNova
Hands Rhodium plated, diamond cut with applied Super LumiNova and decorated
with octopus details
Water Resistance 1111 m
Strap Black alligator strap with red stitching and steel ardillon buckle