The idea to launch Linde Werdelin developed when co-founder Jorn Werdelin broke his back in a skiing accident in 1996 -- he got lost during a bad storm and went off a cliff. He teamed up with fellow Dane Morten Linde in 2002 to debut a collection of luxury sports watches that could help adventurers better navigate the area they're in and avoid dangerous accidents like the one that Werdelin suffered.
Today, Linde Werdelin is the only watch manufacturer in the world that creates timepieces specifically geared towards diving and skiing. The watches are not only attractive, but technically precise and expertly crafted.
Here are the ten all-time finest Linde Werdelin watches.
1. Oktopus MoonLite, $18,261.04
The Oktopus MoonLite is stunning all around. Not only is the watch's geometric profile out of the ordinary, but it has a colorless case that reflects an iridescent glow. This aspect of the watch mimics the octopus in nature, which uses iridescent camouflage to blend in with its surroundings. The case is made of lightweight, high performance materials originally developed for aerospace applications, which results in a timepiece that's incredibly modern and built to withstand just about any environment. Company co-founder Morten Linde hand drew the photorealistic moon phases on the dial.
2. SpidoSpeed Titanium, $18,261.04
Linde Werdelin's SpidoSpeed Titanium has an aesthetic inspired by professional racing. The chronograph is stripped back, raw, and comprised of a maze of elements that all work together precisely. The case is made of Grade 5 titanium, and blue accents the hands. Its skeletonized custom movement has a 48 hour power reserve, and this timepiece has constant seconds at 9 o'clock, a 30 minute chronograph register at 3 o'clock, and a 12 hour chronograph register at 6 o'clock. Just 99 pieces of this limited edition watch were produced.
3. Oktopus Double Date Rose Gold, $20,290.05
A skeletonized double date complication is the highlight of this Linde Werdelin watch. The Oktopus Double Date Rose Gold has a rose gold and titanium color palette that's not only aesthetically beautiful, but practical as well. These two materials combine to create a watch that's more anti-corrosive than any other on the market. On the back of the case is an engraving of an octopus, which was hand drawn by Morten Linde. The watch's crown also has an engraved octopus.
4. Oktopus Reef, $22,319.05
The Oktopus is one of Linde Werdelin's two core watch lines, and the Oktopus Reef is one of the most intricately detailed. 100 hours of hand engraving went into each timepiece and the motif features an ocean reef, bubbles, and tentacles. This is a limited edition iteration of the Double Date Rose Gold watch and has the same foundation, color scheme, and internal components. However, the is a decidedly more whimsical creation. This is one of the most exclusive Linde Werdelin watches, as just one was produced.
5. SpidoLite Tech Gold, $17,246.54
SpidoLite Tech Gold was one of the first Linde Werdelin watches to feature ALW -- Alloy Linde Werdelin -- an aerospace material that is lightweight, very strong, and super durable. This watch has a carbon case, rose gold bezel and crown, and sporty accents on the strap and face. The construction of this watch's case was technically complex and required a high level of expert craftsmanship. The watch measures 44 mm and the case itself has 19 components. In addition, it has a custom designed automatic mechanical movement, 42 hour power reserve, and is water resistant to 100 meters.
6. SpidoSpeed Black DLC, $13,188.53
The SpidoSpeed Black DLC is another Linde Werdelin timepiece with a design inspired by auto racing, but this chronograph takes a turn by featuring a stark all-black color palette. This watch is at once sporty and modern. Black Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) coats the case to make it durable and stealthy. Production of this watch was limited to 100 pieces.
7. Oktopus BluMoon, $16,232.04
Oktopus BluMoon's color combo of royal blue and silver tone Grade 5 titanium is the first thing that's noticeable about its striking design, but if you look closely at the face you'll see hand drawn moon phases and many intricate details. The finishes of this watch are an artful mix of polished and satin, which allow it to reflect light in a way that no other watch does. Its movement has a house made complication with 23 jewels, a 44 hour power reserve, and the watch also has a five layer skeletonized dial. Each Oktopus BluMoon watch was hand finished, and only 59 pieces were produced for the limited edition series.
8. Oktopus Moon Carbon, $19,275.54
Oktopus Moon Carbon has the distinction of being the world's first watch with a carbon case forged with 3DTP technology, which is what gives the case its geometric architecture and unique aesthetic. Dark chocolate, carbon black, and gold create an intriguing color palette that's also versatile. Several textures are integrated into the watch's design to give it an appearance that's modern and impeccably stylish, while a moon phase complication, luminous indexes, rose gold crown, and black ceramic bezel complete the look. The movement is comprised of 23 jewels and has a power reserve of 44 hours, and the Oktopus Moon Carbon is water resistant to 300 meters. Linde Werdelin produced 59 pieces of this model.
9. Oktopus Moon Tattoo, $43,623.60
The Oktopus Moon Tattoo is ideal for those who want a watch with a distinctive look that's still flexible fashion-wise. Its case is made of solid rose gold and is engraved with a hand drawn octopus motif. It's a subtle design that's also quite beautiful. The face has a skeletonized dial, three diamond cut hands, and another engraved octopus on a black background. Only 59 Oktopus Moon Tattoo timepieces are available worldwide.
10. Oktopus Moon Gold 3DTP Carbon, $35,507.58
The Oktopus Moon Gold 3DTP Carbon manages to turn a sports watch into a timepiece that's also suitable for business and formal occasions -- few other watches have styling this versatile. On one hand, it has elements of a timeless gold watch, and on the other it sports modern features and a cutting edge complication. Each piece in this limited edition collection of Linde Werdelin watches is engraved with a number ranging from 1 to 59.
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