It’s light, white and pretty darn cool: meet the Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moonlite, the lightest watch yet from Linde Werdelin.

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Is white the new black? Probably not, but it definitely seems to be a recurring themes we’re seeing this year from both established (Remember that Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept from SIHH 2014?) and independent watchmakers. Have watch brands finally found a way of making white watches that aren’t effeminate? Or are out tastes simply evolving? Either way, the Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moonlite is one of the coolest white watches I’ve handled to date, and then some.

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Those of you familiar with Linde Werdelin will know that the Oktopus line constitutes one half of the brand’s core collection. A watch with as much focus on design and style as well as performance (especially when coupled with the brand’s “Reef” clip-on dive computer), the Oktopus exists in several versions and has evolved a bit throughout the years. One of the most striking models to me has always been their Oktopus Moon, with its unique moon phase display set in a partially open dial.

But Linde Werdelin isn’t just about the looks. The brand has been seriously pushing the envelope when it comes to case construction and materials. Looking beyond the Oktopus Moonlite’s “Côte d’Azur chic” white colorway is a real technological treat, and that’s the ALW case. While this isn’t the first time Linde Werdelin use the alloy, which made its debut last year as the inner case of the Spidolite Tech II, this is the first time the brand’s using it as a full case material and in its natural color.

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I’m honestly not entirely sure whether the exclusive ALW is a metal alloy or a composite (think of zirconium oxide ceramic or tungsten carbide), but it certainly has the look and feel of a cutting-edge material. ALW weighs half as much as titanium yet is two times harder than steel, the kind of properties you’d look for in a modern luxury sports watch. And while I understand why Linde Werdelin are keeping the recipe for ALW top-secret, but I wonder about how the material performs in terms of scratch-resistance, impact, and so on. Is it hard and brittle like ceramic or malleable like metal? My guess is it’s somewhere in the middle. Hopefully Linde Werdelin can shed more light on this.

Even though the ALW case has the same alternating satin-brushed and matte surface treatments you’ll find on the titanium and rose gold Oktopus, it’s not nearly as shiny in comparison, which I actually prefer. Minus the white accents on the tension disks under the case and bezel screws, there’s a certain stealthy quality about it. The ALW has an iridescent lustre effect, with hints of purple, blue and green reflecting off the grey surface.

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In my opinion Linde Werdelin absolutely nailed the color scheme on the dial. Had it been the same tone as the case, I would’ve found the overall watch a tad flat. Instead, Linde Werdelin opted for a metallic zinc-grey dial, with no less than five layers. The rehaut flange ring and top portion are done in a circular satin finish, where the lower skeletal part is done in circular Côte-de-Genève stripes. And as you’d expect in a dive watch, the Moonlite comes with copious amounts of luminous markings and thick luminous hands. I just love how the dial adds not only another tone to the palette, but also an incredible sense of depth and volume.

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Now you might be wondering why anyone would need a moon phase complication in a dive watch. Well, knowing the phases of the moon is crucial in determining the ebb and flow of tides; an important consideration when planning night dives. And besides, the luminescent photorealistic moon just looks superb.

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In spite of its imposing blockish case, the watch measures 44m wide by 46mm long, and given that there aren’t any lugs that’s really not all that big for a sports watch in this day and age. I never thought I would be able to pull off a white watch without feeling a bit silly, yet somehow it justworks. It doesn’t feel tacky or ostentatious, but balanced with a certain NASA-geeky-cool appeal. And if find the white rubber strap a bit too much, Linde Werdelin offer a wide range of other strap materials and colours, all of which could work with the different accents throughout the watch.

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The Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moonlite will be available in a numbered limited edition of 59 pieces, with a price tag of 18’000 CHF.

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