The Danes are famous for design, often (and stereotypically), the sort of clean and minimalist design beloved of Monocle readers the world over. The Danish designed, Swiss made watches of Linde Werdelin are certainly exquisitely made, but they’re a far cry from the sleek Scandi aesthetic that’s been en vogue for the last few years. And their latest watch is no different.
Linde Werdelin make sports watches. Big, bold and unashamedly modern sports watches with a clear sense of purpose and some truly impressive case construction. Their watches are a lesser known alternative to watches from Hublot, as well as some of the sportier watches from the likes of Audemars Piguet and IWC.
The latest Linde Werdelin, the Oktopus Carbon Moon is the sixth release in the Oktopus Moon series, and (unsurprisingly) features a moonphase complication, with a very modern photorealistic moon, on the openworked dial (which while stunning to look at, must be tricky to read at times).
But the real hero of the watch is the case. Specifically the carbon case material. While forged carbon is all the rage in watch land these days, Linde Werdelin decided to go another route. Sure, the journey might have taken 2 years of R&D, but if the press photos are anything to go by it was certainly time well spent.
This carbon case is made using 3-dimensional thin ply technology, where thin sheets of carbon are laminated together to create the case shape, and then sculpted and finished to create the final case. We think the result is a cleaner look than you usually find on a carbon watch, one almost reminiscent of damascened steel. Plus it looks bad ass on the chocolate rubber strap.
The Linde Werdelin Oktopus Carbon Moon will be made in an edition of 59 pieces and has a retail price of 19,000 CHF.