Geneva-based Danish watchmaker Svend Andersen has had an incredible horological career that includes co-founding the AHCI – Academie Horlogere Des Createurs Independants (which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year); creating the world’s smallest calendar watch; creating the world’s first perpetual secular calendar; and he is widely known for his over-sized moonphase models. So it is no surprise that after collaborating with Andersen on the SpidoLite series, Linde Werdelin again approached him with their idea for a photo-realistic moonphase complication for the Oktopus.
With its solid gold bezel and calendar complication, the Oktopus Moonphase positioned Linde Werdelin in the haute horlogerie category, so a Frederic Piguet automatic calibre 1150 was selected as having the pedigree both LW & Andersen felt the watch deserved.
After Linde Werdelin’s iconic skeletonised titanium case shape, the photo-realistic images of the phases of the moon are perhaps the Oktopus Moonphase’s most distinguishing characteristic. Not only can you see at a glance the actual phase of the moon, you can also see if it is waxing or waning, plus how many days until a full or new moon.
By building the moonphase around the movement’s date function, Andersen enabled it to be easily set via the crown; however, perhaps the biggest surprise on the watch is one that is the least obvious – least obvious by day anyway.
The moonphase disk has been created entirely of Super-LumiNova rather than the more usual method of coating a metal disk with lume; an innovation that nearly doubles the quantity of luminescent material, so providing a much brighter and longer lasting display.
The Oktopus Moonphase is a limited edition of 29 pieces (after the number of days in the moon’s cycle) and features a titanium case, rose gold bezel and an impressive 888 metres water resistance.
Jorn & Morten:
Ian Skellern is one of the most knowledgeable and passionate watch journalists we have come to meet and respect. Ian’s interest in watches centres mainly on independent watchmakers and a few smaller brands. We invited Ian to visit Andersen Genève Atelier to give you his take on the Oktopus Moonphase.