Voutilainen - The Geneva Watch Auction: XV Geneva Saturday, May 7, 2022 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Voutilainen
    Year: Circa 2010
    Case No: Caseback engraved Unique Piece
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Manual
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Voutilainen pin buckle
    Dimensions: 39.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Voutilainen Certificate, product literature, cloth, wooden presentation box and outer packaging.
    Literature: Kari Voutilainen and his works are featured in Kari Voutilainen Horlogerie d'Art by Theodore Diehl as well as in Watchmakers, The Masters of Art Horology by Maxima Gallery pp. 228-247 and in Twelve faces of Time, Horological Virtuosos by Elisabeth Doerr and Ralf Baumgarten pp. 90-105

  • Catalogue Essay

    One of the most talented living watchmakers of our time, Kari Voutilainen’s watches are miniature works of art. His signature being complex mechanisms with superlative handmade finishing. Every component in his watches, from the bridges to the tiniest of screws, involves manual labor, may it be adjusted tolerances, polishing, angling and so on.

    After spending a decade restoring the finest horological creations of the past three centuries Kari Voutilainen became a rising star in the watchmaking scene in the early 2000s with his unique decimal minute repeaters. These watches were soon followed by his Observatory models with a movement finish often compared to that of the great Philippe Dufour.

    Voutilainen created the world’s very first decimal minute repeater wristwatch, a horological feat and a very intuitive way of chiming time where the movement chimes the ten minutes and no longer the quarter hours contrary to all repeating wristwatches available at the time. For example, if the time is 6.47 then the decimal repeater will strike 6 low tones representing the hours, 4 sequence tones representing 40 minutes, and 7 high tones representing 7 minutes.

    The present unique example is one of only a handful of decimal repeaters created by Voutilainen each with a different feature, this one with a power reserve indicator.
    Needless to say, the chimes of this piece are crisp, loud and incredibly pleasing to the ear.

    An outstanding timepiece, this unique masterpiece from one of horology’s greatest masters will certainly have a place of choice in the collection of the discerning esthete.


An incredible and unique white gold decimal minute repeater wristwatch with power reserve, certificate and presentation box

Circa 2010
39.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF100,000 - 200,000 

Sold for CHF516,600

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XV

Geneva Auction 7 - 8 May 2022