The Lab

How Body Art Meets Horology

Posted on February 13, 2010 by jeroen

Last year, I brought to light an exciting project in collaboration with an award-winning tattoo artist, Henning Jørgensen, to produce a special watch in the Oktopus family: Special Project Revealed. Before we get to that, here are a few snaps and a video to show you the Oktopus DLC and Titanium taken in The Lab, as promised two weeks ago:

The Oktopus is a divers watch. Together with The Reef, it completes our diving set. But, our creations are lifestyle pieces. The Oktopus does not have to be just a divers watch. Here’s where the special project comes in: Oktopus Tattoo.

Henning Jørgensen’s works of art are highly respected and admired. He is booked up for the next two years. It is exciting to have the opportunity to work with Henning, because we are bringing two very different art forms together. It is a huge technical challenge to tranform the tattoo drawings, which we showed you here in August, into our Oktopus watch case design.

Each tattoo line he drew would have to be shrunk to 1/10 of its size for our watch. We have done endless tests to find the perfect method to achieve the perfect result. To “tattoo” the Oktopus, we need to use a needle that is so fine it would drill no more than 0.05 to 0.08mm each line.

Otherwise, it would cut over another tattoo line and ruin the intricate design. Next time, I will show you how the Oktopus Tattoo is turning out.

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