23/11/2020 5:00 pm

Linde Werdelin pushes the limits of what is possible with lume with its torch-like new Oktopus Blue Sea, a debut collab’ with James Thompson of Black Badger.

In the broad light of day, the Oktopus Blue Sea is clean and monochromatic, with a subtle dial and facets set against its otherwise milky white Alloy Linde Werdelin (ALW) case. 

However once the sun has set, the Octopus Blue Sea comes into its own featuring three different colors of Badgerite lume.

Much like the ocean depths being viewed from above, these shades of blue become progressively darker the deeper down you dive into the watch (so to speak). Starting with aqua blue, then ultramarine blue, and finally a new violet lume have been used to create what is an undeniably visually stunning effect.

One of the things that is said to set the Oktopus Blue Sea apart is its use of next gen. luminous material as well its cutting edge application which puts lume from and center stage. 

For instance, some dial areas are surface coated, some are liquid-infilled engravings, and some even use a Lumicast method, where components are literally cast in solid SLN glowing material.

In a lume first, all three shades of blue have been specifically engineered to have a common daytime (non-glowing) color of Pantone Cool Grey #3. 

The effect is very uniform and subtle in the day, reflecting the clean, but once the lights are out, the Oktopus Blue Sea’s personality literally shines!

Its ALW case, made from an aerospace alloy is waterproof to a depth of 300 meters. It is said to be twice as hard as steel but is only half the weight of LW’s Titanium cases. 

It is home to a high-end Double Date Dubois-Depraz mechanical movement.

Available as a Limited Edition of just 88 pieces and priced £12’000, the new Oktopus Blue Sea from Linde Werdelin comes with a range of interchangeable straps of varied colors and textures. 

Thoughts? Holy blue glowing octopi – that lume is something else! What do you think? 


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