The moonphase has inspired a universe-themed engraving in the outer case
The Oktopus Crazy Universe is another collaboration with artist and engraver Johnny Dowell. As with the Oktopus Reef that Dowell worked on, this new project saw him take an existing Linde Werdelin piece and transform it with a full-case engraving. While the Oktopus Reef depicted an underwater scene, the Oktopus Crazy Universe looked up for inspiration. The Crazy Universe gets lost in the stars. Morten Linde, co-founder of Linde Werdelin, wanted a space theme to reflect the moonphase of the watch. In discussing the project, Linde and Dowell found that marvelling at the wonders of space was a shared passion. Morten Linde revealed a childhood fascination with learning about the universe: “As a child I even dreamed of being an astronaut. Even though people are exploring space there is such mystery contained within it, wondering what else could be discovered. To create a space theme was an obvious extension of the watch’s moonphase complication, and it was a delight to discover space was a passion for Johnny too.” The Oktopus Crazy Universe takes an Oktopus BluMoon as its base, onto which Dowell has engraved the universe design. The whole process, from designs to finished engraving, required up to 100 hours.. Adorning the case are drawings of the sun, various planets, including Earth, on the six o’clock facet, Mars, Saturn and Pluto, moons and shooting stars. The space theme is derived from the Oktopus BluMoon’s moonphase complication, bringing the scene to life.