The moonphase has inspired a universe-themed engraving in the outer case

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Overview

The Oktopus Crazy Universe is another collaboration with artist and engraver Johnny Dowell. As with the Oktopus Reef that Dowell worked on, this new project saw him take an existing Linde Werdelin piece and transform it with a full-case engraving.

While the Oktopus Reef depicted an underwater scene, the Oktopus Crazy Universe looked up for inspiration. The Crazy Universe gets lost in the stars. Morten Linde, co-founder of Linde Werdelin, wanted a space theme to reflect the moonphase of the watch. In discussing the project, Linde and Dowell found that marvelling at the wonders of space was a shared passion.

Morten Linde revealed a childhood fascination with learning about the universe: “As a child I even dreamed of being an astronaut. Even though people are exploring space there is such mystery contained within it, wondering what else could be discovered. To create a space theme was an obvious extension of the watch’s moonphase complication, and it was a delight to discover space was a passion for Johnny too.”

The Oktopus Crazy Universe takes an Oktopus BluMoon as its base, onto which Dowell has engraved the universe design. The whole process, from designs to finished engraving, required up to 100 hours..

Adorning the case are drawings of the sun, various planets, including Earth, on the six o’clock facet, Mars, Saturn and Pluto, moons and shooting stars. The space theme is derived from the Oktopus BluMoon’s moonphase complication, bringing the scene to life.

Specification

Case
Outer Case

Three-part case construction; Titanium Grade 5; satin, polished and microbillé finishing

Sapphire crystal, anti-reflective on the inside

Crown: Titanium Grade 5; screw-down; rough circular satin; engraved with an octopus icon

Back Case

Titanium Grade 5; engraved with a multi-layer octopus motif; circular satin finish

Limited edition number laser engraved from 1 to 59

Bezel

Titanium Grade 5; satin on top surface; polished facet; microbillé in grooves

Titanium screws with circular satin finish; blue tension discs

Dimensions

44mm (w) by 46mm (l) by 15mm (h)

Movement

Bespoke LW calibre with in-house photorealistic moonphase complication

Power reserve: 44 hours

Balance frequency: 28,800vph (4Hz)

Jewels: 23

Dial

Five-layer skeletonised dial

Réhaut and top dial: titanium colour, circular satin finish

Lower dial: titanium colour, circular Côte de Genève finish

Hands blued by heat treatment; polished; cool grey Luminova

Large numerals 3, 9 and 12 in cool grey Luminova

Cool grey hour and minute indexes with black frame

Logo and logotype printed in blue Luminova

Moonphase

Photorealistic moon phases visible through aperture at 6 o’clock

Circular perlage surface on metallic blue moon disc

Red “0” indicates current moon phase; blue numbers indicate past and future moon phases

Water Resistance

300m

Strap

Interchangeable natural rubber strap, with titanium ardillion buckle