Recently, I have come across quite a few animal themed dials such as Cartier's crocodile watch and Concord's enigmatic C1 Blackspider, but the "KudOktopus" is the first Octopus themed watch I have seen. The designer is Stefan Kudoke, a watchmaker who prides himself in crafting (or should I say sculpting) one-of-a-kind exceptional hand made skeletonized timepieces. Each timepiece undergoes hours and hours of hand engraving to transform a precision mechanical movement into a work of art. Each piece is custom made providing the watch owner with the knowledge that his watch is an exclusive timepiece. To craft a skeletonized timepiece requires years of experience, and extraordinary concentrated effort.
Within the "KudOktopus, the Octopus is actually entangled into the swinging balance of the watch. The Octopus is rose gold and its suction cups are crafted in rhodium.
Rhodium (Rh) is a rare transition metal in the platinum group and much loved by watch makers for its highly anti-corrosive properties. Rhodium is one of the rarest precious metals and the most expensive.
The remaining movement and gears of the KudOktopus is galvanised from black rhodium. The Octopus secures the movement which beats at 28,800 vph and sports a 46 hour power reserve. The Octopus and its movement are held within a 42mm stainless steel case. The skeletonized dial and case back is protected by a scratch resistant Sapphire crystal and secured to the wrist with an alligator leather strap.
The KudOktopus will be in full view at Baselworld 2011 running from March 24th to March 31st, 2011.
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