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Kari Voutilainen

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SIHH 2017: Kari Voutilainen Vingt-8 ISO

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Kari Voutilainen is a highly respected Finnish-born master watchmaker who has a small workshop in Môtiers, Switzerland that produces between 25 to 50 timepieces per year. From the beautiful guilloché dials to the three-part open-tipped hands, that Voutilainen is famous for, to the movement plate and bridges, all finishing is done by hand. Components such as jewels, mainsprings, sapphire crystals, and cases are outsourced, but most parts are made in-house, including the Voutilainen direct impulse escapement with two escape wheels, made of steel (for strength). The ingenious design provides a net energy gain of about 30% power in comparison to a traditional lever escapement, and so the power reserve is 65-hours instead of 50. The look of Voutilainen’s German silver three-quarter main plate and bridges – which are hand-finished to the highest haute horology standard – is arguably one of

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Grönefeld x Voutilainen 1941 Remontoire

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The Grönefeld brothers, Tim and Bart, have been friends with Kari Voutilainen since the early 1990s. According to Grönefeld, the two companies would often share booths at important watch fairs around the globe. And now they are officially collaborating together, by way of Voutilainen producing bespoke engine turned (guilloché) dials – two of which are shown here – for a limited number of Grönefeld 1941 Remontoire timepieces. Grönefeld is able to offer a wide array of color and pattern options for the dial, all featuring guilloché-work. And there is even an option to add enameling on top of the guilloché motif as well. The dials are made on a very old rose-engine that requires the expert skill of someone like Voutilainen, who is world renowned for producing this type of dial. Each dial can take up to two days to

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Only Watch 2015: Kari Voutilainen GMT -6

There will be 43 unique pieces auctioned at Only Watch 2015 November 7th in Genenva to support research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Presenting the Only Watch 2015 Kari Voutilainen GMT-6. Kari Voutilainen is an independent watchmaker who pays incredible attention to detail. The dial on this unique version of the GMT-6, for example, has a white gold dial with three distinctive guilloché patterns and a fired Grand Feu enamel center section. Further, at 6 o’clock is a unique blue-yellow enamel guilloche disc that displays a second time zone (24-hour day-night). Interestingly, a small seconds hand continuously, that shares the same subdial as the GMT disc, rotates directly on top of the disc. The white gold case of the Only Watch 2015 Kari Voutilainen GMT-6 is 39 mm. Inside, is the same hand-wound movement as the regular production model, distinguished by

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Pre-Basel 2015: Voutilainen GMR

Independent watchmaker, Kari Voutilainen, has released a preview of his latest timepiece – featuring a GMT function and retrograde power reserve indicator – that he will be debuting at Baselworld next month. Apart from the hairspring and 28 jewels, all of the 250 movement parts are developed, fabricated, manufactured or crafted by hand, and then assembled in Voutilainen’s workshops, located in Môtiers. The movement plates and bridges made in rhodium-plated German silver, with Côtes de Genève and hand-chamfering finishes. The manually wound movement is based on the caliber which powers the Vingt-8 GMT. However, instead of adding a module for the power reserve, the function has been integrated into a new movement (which is better than an add-on module). The balance is free sprung (with Grossman interior curve and Philips exterior curve, beating at 2.5Hz). The balance wheel is large

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In-House: Kari Voutilainen Vingt-8R

Two years after Kari Voutilainen introduced his first in-house movement, which powers the Vingt-8, he has produced a second manufacture caliber – the Vingt-8R. It is based on the original, with the addition of a power reserve indication. The new movement has 228 components, which is 70 more than the Vingt-8. But the additional components do not just include the parts for the power reserve, there is also a new hacking function that allows you to stop the balance when the crown is pulled for a more accurate setting of the time. The mainplate and bridges are in German silver with a 4N gold plating treatment. Power reserve of 49-hours. Limited edition of 25 pieces.

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