Basel 2012 Preview: The Linde Werdelin Oktopus II Double Date

Dive Watch News

Earlier this week, Linde Werdelin announced a new and limited edition piece as a novelty for Basel World 2012. This new model, called the Oktopus II Double Date, is an expansion of the current Oktopus range which predictably integrates a grande date (or “big calendar”) complication into the layered and laser-cut dial design we expect from LW. The Oktopus II Double Date comes in three versions, each of which will be limited to 88 pieces and span options which mix conventional titanium and ceramic, DLC titanium and ceramic, and titanium and with rose gold. The Oktopus II’s five piece case measures 44 x 15.25 mm with a lug to lug of 46mm so it is large but not without purpose and the short lug to lug should make for a comfortable shape for almost any wrist. The Double Date boasts 300m water resistance, a sapphire crystal and the calibre 14580 movement which was made in a partnership between Linde Werdelin and Dubois Depraz. This movement supports its Double Date feature, seen at 12 o’clock, which is managed by two laser-cut discs and viewable via an opening in the dial.

Much like Linde Werdelin’s other dive watches, the Oktopus II Double Date can be used as a platform for their Reef dive computer and this functionality explains the lack of a dive bezel on the Double Date as the Reef add-on can track this sort of data. As frequent desk-divers, we think a dive watch should always have a countdown bezel as their usefulness extends well beyond the borders of the underwater world.

This new model will be available later this year and each of the three variations carry luxury price tags, the titanium/ceramic model will cost CHF 8800 (~$9700) with the DLC titanium/ceramic model listing for CHF 9400 (~$10,400) and the titanium/rose gold commanding an eye-water price of CHF 18,500 (~$20,500). After the success of the very cool SpidoSpeed and SpidoLite series, it’s not at all surprising to see Linde Werdelin commanding big luxury prices as their designs have been very well received in the market and the Oktopus II Double Date looks to be an interesting and unique addition to their line up. Click here to see a short film promotional film for the Oktopus II Double Date.

 

 

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