It offers its owners an incredibly special piece of wearable art, melding function with design, inspired by the toughest volcanic rock. Inspired by the toughest terrain and crafted with the strongest material, this limited edition series of 8 is the most dramatic collaboration between Linde Werdelin and master engraver and artist Johnny Dowell yet.
The collection was in design and production for over one year and strikes a balance between high functionality – with water-resistance to a depth of 300 metres – and the highest levels of craftsmanship and artistry. The technical specs ensure this watch has been built for adventure and endurance – from volcanic heights to deepest seas – and is equally impressive on safer ground.
The outer case, comprised of titanium and 24kt gold inlay, is covered in an intricate lava and ash engraving representing an active volcano. Taking a year in design and production, each timepiece in this series has undergone its own unique engraving and blackening process over several weeks. The tiny variations in the engraving of each piece means that all 8 are truly one of a kind wearable works of art.
From volcanic heights to deepest seas, this high spec watch is beautiful but built for adventure and offers water-resistance to a depth of 300 metres.
“If you look back at watch engraving, it is a lot of traditional, ornate patterns, and you know modern day people want to see something completely different… it has a pattern feel to it, it’s an effect as well as trying to portray a volcano.” – Johnny Dowell
CREATIVITY AND CRAFTSMANSHIP
The Oktopus Volcano is a watch transformed into a fiery piece of active lava and ash.
Born from a collaboration with Johnny Dowell, an artist and master engraver, each of the 8 timepieces has very slight variations in design due to the hand engraving technique and therefore each piece is unique from each other and from others in the watch making industry.
The intricate engraving process for each piece takes many weeks, from planning the layout of the watch to engraving and inlaying the 24kt gold and finally creating the blackened effect. The details are created with a very fine cut done under a microscope or magnifying loop requiring extreme focus and patience.
It is the most dramatic collaboration with Dowell yet, and forms a trio with the previous two limited editions Oktopus Reef and Oktopus Crazy Universe, representing the deep sea, outer space, and volcanic rock respectively.
Three-part case construction; titanium grade 2; microbille finishing.
Engraved by Johnny ‘KingNerd’ Dowell, 24kt gold inlayed into the engraving?.
Sapphire crystal, anti-reflective on the inside
The unique case material and design reflects the boiling and cooling off of a volcano in action – the gold representing molten rock, the titanium the ash and the blackening the cooling lava, transporting its wearers to the harshest environments on earth.
- Five-layer skeletonised dial
- Réhaut and top dial: black, circular satin finish
- Lower dial: black, circular Côte de Genève finish
- Hands in titanium; satin finish, cool grey Luminova
- Large numerals 3, 6 and 9 in gold with black frames
- Hour indexes and logo in cool grey Luminova
- Double Date
- Skeletonised date wheels visible at 12 o’clock
- Titanium wheels treated with rose gold
The Oktopus Double Date Series is a Big Date Complication, crafted with a custom made automatic movement in collaboration with Dubois Depraz, a renowned 118 year old family-owned complications maker who is highly recognised as one of the best in the industry.
- Bespoke LW calibre 14580 Dubois Depraz Power reserve: 44 hours
- Balance frequency: 28,800vph (4Hz)
- Jewels: 23