Linde Werdelin’s Oktopus Reef is a very patient creature
Linde Werdelin isn’t averse to exuberant creations. With the 44 x 46mm Linde Werdelin Oktopus Reef, a variant of the Oktopus Double Date Rose Gold, the Danish watch house abandons all restraint. The engravings are by British engraver Johnny ‘King Nerd’ Dowell.
He fully hand-engraved the watch cases with images of tentacles, coral and air bubbles and that took him hundreds of hours per case. He refuses to say exactly how many watches he did engrave, although he comments: “I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed engraving the Oktopus Reef. I had a lot more freedom compared to other projects I have worked on. It was really satisfactory to convert the drawings into actual engravings. I wanted to create movement in the engraving, with swirling tentacles and the suckers on the bottom.
Engraving takes a lot of time. Especially the engraving itself, and blackening the engravings under a microscope or magnifying glass, takes a huge amount of time and requires a lot a lot of patience.” That is evident in the price, which is around 25,000 euro. For more information vist the Linde Werdelin website.