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Linde Werdelin Oktopus II Double Date Titanium Blue

by Philip Kaspar
23 August, 2012
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Philip is widely travelled and has worked as a freelance journalist covering several topics including fashion, travel and watches. He also spent five years in the heart of the Swiss watchmaking industry in La Chaux de Fonds. Philip reports on all the latest watch news and is our WatchCrime reporter.

LW Oktopus II Double Date

The Linde Werdelin Oktopus II Double Date was launched back in March at Baselworld. Since that time it has undergone a few refinements, the updated final design is tweaked with an emphasis on boldness and rougher polishing to give it more masculine appeal., and the Double Date function has been coolly broadened and skeletonised.

The new addition to the Oktopus family is the stunning Oktopus II Double Date Titanium Blue, and it’s probably the best looking of them all.

The new Oktopus II ‘Titanium Blue’ will join the ‘Titanium Yellow’ and ‘Rose Gold’ models in the Oktopus family.  The Titanium Blue perfectly embodies the diving and water theme of the watch, and is a great alternative to LW fans who prefer something more subtle than the Titanium Yellow.

5-part case

LW Oktopus II Double Date dial

The Oktopus II — Double Date’s innovative five part case construction ensures absolute water resistance as well as excellent protection against seawater corrosion. 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 construction was inspired by the air-tight pressure chamber used for diving simulations when testing both the Oktopus II and the Reef. All the screws comprise of laminated tension discs to tighten and reinforce the construction.

The mechanism is perfectly protected as it is housed inside a special chamber that is totally sealed and separated from the other four parts of the case.

Robust 15.25mm x 46mm case

LW Oktopus II Double Date crown

The case is a robust 15.25mm thick by 46mm, which makes for easy and assured handling while under water.

“To guarantee this we have chosen anticorrosive materials such as gold, titanium and ceramic, the last employed for the first time on our timepieces,” explains Morten Linde.

Cutting-edge precision

LW Oktopus II Double Date front on

As Morten Linde and Jorn Werdelin went on to explain, the new Oktopus II had been crafted with such precision that it would not be possible to create it just 10 years ago. The watch is water resistant up to 300 metres.

2-layer dial

LW Oktopus II Double Date reverse

The dial of the Oktopus II is built in two layers. The upper level is cut out in a stencil, it bears the LW logo and indexes 3, 6 and 9 in superluminova, together with the big calendar wheels, the dial reveals the icon of an octopus.

The lower dial is made with a circular Cote de Genève dial to give the effect of water ripples. Two circular wheels indicate the date through the unmissable double date aperture at 12 o’clock.

Custom-made movement

The Oktopus II is powered by a Dubois Depraz Calibre 14580 self-winding movement specially made for Linde Werdelin and provides 44 hour of power-reserve.

Pricing

Oktopus II – Double Date Titanium Blue in titanium and ceramic with blue accents will retail at around $9,128.00.

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Philip is widely travelled and has worked as a freelance journalist covering several topics including fashion, travel and watches. He also spent five years in the heart of the Swiss watchmaking industry in La Chaux de Fonds. Philip reports on all the latest watch news and is our WatchCrime reporter.

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