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Oktopus Moonphase - Behind The Scenes

Posted on March 11, 2010 by Linde Werdelin

The Oktopus Moonphase is one of our novelties for BaselWorld this year, and we are looking forward to presenting it next week. Before this happens, I want to share the ideas behind this unique creation and give you some more background information on the functionality and design.

After last year’s BaselWorld, where we introduced the Oktopus family, a Spanish watch aficionado gave us the idea to look into night diving and moonphase complications. Even though you do not see many sports and diver’s watches with moonphase complications, we actually saw this as a brilliant and practical complication for a diver’s watch. First off, tidal seasons have to do with the rotation of the earth combined with the gravitational forces of the sun and the moon. Secondly, night diving is at it’s utmost finest when the full moon is there to light up the water and seabed.

At LW it is important that both functionality and design go hand in hand and transcends everything in our creations – both watches and instruments. Therefore, for me to proceed with this idea, I needed to create a design, which would compliment the Oktopus. A design which would make the dial easily legible, and a complication which is simple and easy to operate.

Having collaborated with Mr. Svend Andersen on our SpidoLite project, we approached him again with our design and idea for the Oktopus Moonphase, and asked him to build a complication, which could work with our design; he was thrilled with our idea. Based on a simple design, we opened up the Oktopus dial, to give room for the moonphase display, in which you can read the moons waxing and waning. This allows you to read the current position of the moon and the moons to come, in a fast, easy and efficient way. Beneath the phases you have the countdown function, enabling you to read the time elapsed from the last moon or the time until the next moon.

Instead of displaying the different moon phases in relief only, I wanted to give a more realistic view of the moon. Therefore, I opted for the photorealistic moons to be printed on a luminous disc as seen below/above. This gives you a clearer picture of the current moon and, because of the luminous material, enables you to read it at night or when night diving.

For the movement, we chose an automatic Frederic Piguet cal. 1150 with a power reserve of 72 hours, onto which Svend Andersen built his moonphase complication in correlation with our design. The ingenious idea is to exchange the date wheel for a moonphase wheel, which changes the moon at midnight like a date function would change the date. This is a simple, yet precise construction for the moonphase complication. The moonphase can be adjusted manually with the use of the crown. This allows for a fast and easy way of setting the moon disc to the current moon, even if the watch has not been worn for some time and has stopped. No need to send it back to our service centre for regulation…

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Oktopus Moonphase short video presentation
Oktopus Moonphase by Mr Ian Skellern

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