Linde Werdelin’s Oktopus II goes Rose Gold


There’s something regal about rose gold – the style and luxury feel conveyed by this material is something we see in almost every manufacturers’ collections. Linde Werdelin wanted the same, and decided to enrich its Oktopus II diver’s watch collection by adding a model featuring rose gold. You’ll recognize the newcomer by its bezel and details on the dial, but that’s about as far as the changes go compared to other timepieces from the Oktopus II collection.

But those slight visual changes also mean this: the watch kept its recognizable lines and overall style, and this time they arrive in a more luxurious package! Rose gold nicely complements the titanium and makes for a strong visual impression. Eight visible screws seal the bezel, and together with eight more on the case-back, they give that rugged look to the whole watch. The case itself measures 44 x 46 mm and its whole surface underwent a microbillé and a satin finish to reflect light or shadow. On the case-back, there is an engraved octopus drawing, and the same motif can be found on the screw in crown.

Familiar lines of the Oktopus II collection

Since this is a diver’s watch, the water-resisting quality is naturally something this watch excels at. 300 meters will please most diving enthusiasts, but also anyone who wants superb protection against water damage. To achieve this, Linde Werdelin constructed a durable housing for the mechanism, with several parts of the case being built separately from the movement chamber. And typical for diving watches, the strap here is made of high-end natural rubber, which is interchangeable within Linde Werdelin’s proprietary strap system. This way you can easily create your own style if you don’t like the default one.

Amount of details here is impressive

Speaking of movement, the Oktopus II Rose Gold houses a highly finished Dubois Dépraz custom-made automatic movement (Calibre 14580). Beating at 28,800bph, the movement has a power reserve of up to 44 hours. Besides the standard time information, the mechanism also powers the two wheels that display date in quite a peculiar way, something that characterizes the Oktopus II collection.

The omnipresent octopus motif

And now let’s turn to the aesthetically most exciting part of the watch – the dial. It’s double layered: the top one is laser-cut in stencil technique into an octopus representation, while the lower one features circular Côtes de Genève finish to resemble water ripples. The two nicely complement each other with their dark colors and are joined with rose gold numerals and hands. Finally, at the 12 o’clock position, there is a date window powered by a double wheel mechanism. The amount of details here contrasts the rugged and clean-cut surfaces of the case, making an interesting structure.

Less gold, same quality - the case back

The Oktopus II Rose Gold is available in a limited edition collection of just 88 pieces. Bad news for many, but it was to be expected considering the previous models which were also limited. And like those, this one also carries a hefty price tag. But that’s probably not a primary concern for the future 88 owners.

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