The exclusive Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moonlite was unveiled at Baselworld 2014. Limited to only 59 pieces worldwide and a price tag of roughly $20,000 USD, this watch is certainly more for your high rollers, or the upper echelon of the watch buying public. But, just because you or I might not be able to afford it does not mean we can not marvel at its unique case material and design, its 23 jewel automatic movement with in house complication, and its striking skeleton dial.
I have been fortunate to see an Oktopus model in hand and I know the design can be polarizing. It is definitely not for everybody, regardless of the price. But I have always had a love for LW, and the Oktopus is no different.
What makes the Moonlite stand out, is its new ALW colorless case which is a special alloy that is twice as hard as steel and half the weight of titanium. And it weighs only 62.5 grams.
Linde Werdelin feels that is impressive, and so do I. Of course, only real world situations would put this new alloy to the test and I would love to see some scratch or durability tests done on it.
Coupled with the ALW case is a titanium crown, case back, hands, and bezel screws, a sapphire crystal, proprietary LW rubber strap, and of course, the extremely detailed skeletonized dial with moonphase complication, and perlage and Cote de Geneve finishing. The Linde Werdelin Oktopous Moonlite can be considered not only a functional and unique timepiece, but also a work of art.
At 44m and 15mm thick with a lug to lug of 46mm it will wear surprising well on the wrist. While we all might not be able to own such a timepiece, we can certainly dream of wearing one of these, sipping on a mojito in Miami Beach and hopping into our Jaguar for a trip down the coast.
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