So far, watchmakers
have always used the same type of repeating mechanism. Mechanisms
which strike initially the hours then the quarters and then the
minutes. A set up which does not allow an easy location when listening
at the repeating mechanism.
It is this particular problem which initiated Kari Voutilainen's
thinking in order to develop a new construction able to strike the
time like it is read. He has devised a repeating mechanism which
sounds the hours, the ten minute interval and then the exact minutes.
This unusual and extraordinary watch is the first repeater of this
As is customary to Kari Voutilainen the movement has been executed
without the slightest compromise and in keeping with the traditions
and standards of the greatest of watchmakers. The movement decoration
is beauty in itself: the bridges and the steelwork bevelling, the
polishing of the recesses and the drawn grain finish on the bridge
rims are all done by hand. The bridge surfaces are adorned with
`Geneva stripes' and the mainplate with circular and snail graining.
In Kari Voutilainen's philosophy a repeater should ring loudly and
have a crystal clear sound. It is for these reasons that he has
approached one of the master casemakers who still posseses the knowledge
and employs the traditional methods used since the eighteenth century.
From this pair
is born a rose gold case of classic yet contemporary design of generous
and elegant proportions with tear drop lugs, which is both very
comfortable to wear and bas a superb ringing tone. On the case back
lid can be found an engraved scene of a work of art, theme "cubismo".
Opening the hinged back lid reveals the beauty of the mouvement
through a sapphire glass.
Further refined touches include a rose gold winding crown set with
a highest quality cabochon sapphire, a well exposed and large hand
engine-turned dial giving perfect legibility, exquisitely partnered
by handmade rose gold watchhands in arrow shape.
- Minute repeating
movement, striking ten minute intervals, with two hammers acting
on two gongs.
- Power reserve
indicator (39 hour winding reserve).
steel variable inertia " balance wheel with gold screws, - hairspring
with Phillips terminal curve.
- Swiss lever
- 37 jewels.
- 18 carat
rose gold case of 39.50 mm diameter with hinged case back.
- The case
back hand engraved with the theme "cubismo", inside is written:
"Voutilainen Masterpiece 6"
- Hand sewn
crocodile skin strap.
- Gold engine
turned dial with gold applied numerals.
seconds dial at `6 o'clock'.
- Rose gold
- 2 Sapphire
glasses (front and inside).
was born in Finland in 1962 and has a passionate interest in horology
spanning thirty years. He completed his initial watchmaker's training
at the world renowned watchmaking school of Tapiola in Finland.
came to Switzerland in 1989 to attend the International Watchmaking
School, where he completed the WOSTEP complicated watch course,
a post graduate course for those watchmakers dedicated to the restoration
of complicated, high quality and rare watches. He was quickly spotted
by Parmigiani Mesure et Art du Temps, where over the following ten
years he was at the centre of the restoration work of some of the
world's rarest pieces as well as the creation of new and original
Giving back to others much of the fruit of his experience, Kari
Voutilainen taught for the next three years at the WOSTEP School
of Watchmaking, heading the department of complicated watchmaking.
He also undertook the complete training of beginners, and added
many new courses to the curriculum that he had devised himself.
He is, as his nature suggests, the first to commend the kind and
generous teaching of those master watchmakers who have passed on
their `centuries old' watchmaking knowledge.
Alongside his professional work, Kari Voutilainen has devoted himself,
through many long evenings of tireless work over the lest fifteen
years, to developing the ultimate perfection of new and unique mechanisms,
which are represented in his highly elegant watches.
Following his passion, and in order to preserve this highly prized
tradition, Kari Voutilainen established his own business as an independent
Artist Watchmaker in the village of M˘tiers in 2002. The beautiful
and tranquil region of `Val-de-Travers' gives itself by its very
nature to thoughtful and creative watchmaking. Distant markets as
far away as China have been conquered by the works of past Masters
from this region.
Kari Voutilainen's natural gift for perfection, coupled with his
broad experience and deep understanding of very high quality, antique
and complicated watches, are the quintessential ingredients for
innovative creation in the art of watchmaking. Not one to satisfy
himself by imagined creations alone, he makes all of his creations
himself. He is totally involved in every detail whether technical
or aesthetic; like a true artist or sculptor, nothing is left to
Only this way can his masterpiece timekeepers, based on solid technical
foundations and incorporating timeless classical design, pass from
1 generation to generation as the inheritance of a time honoured
and proudly maintained tradition.
As with all entirely handmade watches, their number will remain
limited; each one is crafted according to specific requirements
and has its own individuel and personal qualities. It goes without
saying that these technical marvels are clothed and protected only
by the most precious of metals.
It is for these reasons that pieces signed by Kari Voutilainen will
make their mark in the history of watchmaking, to the great delight
of those collectors fortunate enough to own one.