Sunday, February 21, 2010

Linde Werdelin Oktopus photo essay

I had the opportunity to take photos of two Linde Werdelin Oktopus watches. The first one is the DLC version and the second one is made of grade 5 titanium and it has a black lacquer bezel. The watches are both stunning in person and comfortable on the wrist too.

Linde Werdelin Oktopus DLC and Titanium
Linde Werdelin Oktopus DLC (left) and Titanium (right)

Both watches are designed so that the Linde Werdelin instruments "The Reef" (diving) and "The Rock" (skiing) can be attached. You can find more information about these instruments on the Linde Werdeling website: www.lindewerdelin.com/products/instruments. The photo below shows the titanium Oktopus and one of the instruments in the background.

Linde Werdelin Oktopus DLC and Titanium
Linde Werdelin Oktopus Titanium and The Reef

According to the LW website, the Oktopus is the first LW watch to have different case dimensions in order to increase the water resistance to 1.111m and to withstand pressure of more than 110 ATM. The Oktopus also carries an integrated Helium Escape Valve at 9 o'clock to release pressure during resurface time. Both watches are of course essentially dive watches. The movement is ETA based.

Linde Werdelin Oktopus DLC and Titanium
Linde Werdelin Oktopus DLC

Both the Oktopus Titanium and the Oktopus DLC (above) are limited to 88 pieces. The titanium version has a list price of 5700 Euro and the DLC version is priced at 5900 Euro.

Linde Werdelin Oktopus DLC and Titanium
Linde Werdelin Oktopus DLC

I posted the photo below elsewhere and I was asked how I managed to get the reflection at the bottom. This is in fact very simple to achieve, just use a reflective background. For this particular photo the watch was positioned on black glass. I position two strobes on the left and on the right behind the watch. A third strobe was used to light the dial. With hindsight, I should have changed the output settings of the third strobe for more light on the hands. I used a high sync speed (1/125th) to make sure that the background was entirely black by not allowing any ambient light to reach the camera sensor.

Linde Werdelin Oktopus DLC and Titanium
Linde Werdelin Oktopus DLC

The photo of the titanium Oktopus below is my favorite shot. The photo nicely shows the black lacquer bezel and there's just enough light on the dial to show its pattern.

Linde Werdelin Oktopus DLC and Titanium
My favorite shot

Here's a final show of the two watches together. You can find the rest of the photos (34 in total) on paneristipix.com.

Linde Werdelin Oktopus DLC and Titanium
DLC and Titanium - click the photos for a larger version

All photos © 2010 M.Wilmsen - Do not copy without permission.

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4 comments:

  1. Which strap is on those Oktopuses?

    Secondly which did you find the more pleasing to the eye DLC or Ti?

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  2. Both watches are on a rubberized strap. Both are equally good looking but I think the all black one would be my favorite.

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