Is the new Linde Werdelin Oktopus II Double Date Titanium Red a luxury sports watch or a professional digital instrument for scuba-diving? As with all Linde Werdelin's watches, it depends on how you wear it.
The Oktopus II Double Date Titanium Red is the latest incarnation of the Oktopus II Double Date, which launched last year. A numbered series of 88 pieces, the latest model features a Dubois Depreaz 14580 movement with 44 hour power reserve, laser-cut double date wheels at 12 o'clock and Linde Werdelin's trademark five-part case construction, just like the original. Unlike the 2012 models in blue, yellow and titanium and rose gold, which have black dials, Linde Werdelin's latest timepiece has a natural titanium dial with red accents and an interchangeable red rubber strap.
The young watch brand has a novel approach to timekeeping. Founders Morten Linde and Jorn Werdelin have created a niche for themselves with their highly crafted sports watches that, when required, can be combined with a professional digital instrument to turn them into dive and ski computers.
"Analogue is the best way to read time," says Linde, "and digital is how you assimilate technical details." When you're an off-piste skiier and are taken by surprise by bad weather, causing you to ski off a cliff, as Werdelin did in 1996, this kind of distinction is crucial. Which is how the idea for a watch that can be transformed into a digital instrument came about.
Linde Werdelin's new Oktopus II Double Date Titanium Red is fully compatible with The Reef - designed in-house and one of the most sophisticated dive computers in the world - which is now available in red. Simply attach the Reef to your timepiece and you can track all critical information when you're below water via sensors, a sophisticated low-power multi MPU platform, an advanced 3-axis compass and alarm systems.