It offers its owners an incredibly special piece of wearable art, melding function with design, inspired by the toughest volcanic rock.
The Oktopus Volcano was born from a collaboration with Johnny Dowell, artist and master engraver, who meticulously engraved the hardest titanium metal and then fitted soft 18k gold into each tiny groove, finishing by blackening the engravings under a microscope and magnifying glass. Dowell trained with renowned British gunmakers James Purdey & Sons for 15 years as a gun engraver. Since then he has gone on engrave for select watch, jewelry, motorcycle and fashion clients.
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
The most dramatic collaboration between Linde Werdelin and Dowell yet and forms a trio with the previous two limited editions Oktopus Reef and Oktopus Crazy Universe.
The trio represent the deep sea, outer space, and volcanic rock respectively, where as the two first creations from 2015/2016 were engraved onto existing pieces (the Oktopus Double Date Gold Titanium for the Reef and the Oktopus BluMoon for the Crazy Universe) the Volcano is an entirely newly created piece.
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 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. Each of the 8 timepieces has very slight variations in the design due to the hand engraving and therefore each piece is truly one of a kind.
JOHNY DOWELL IN CONVERSATION WITH JORN WERDELIN
Available exclusively via Linde Werdelin online store, the Oktopus Volcano will be made in numbered pieces up to 8 and is priced at £18,000 excluding VAT or equivalent in other currencies.
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