Voutilainen - The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV Geneva Friday, November 5, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Voutilainen
    Year: 2021
    Movement No: 28Pi Proto
    Case No: 28Pi Proto
    Model Name: Vingt-8 Inversé Prototype
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, Cal. 28, 32 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: White gold Voutilainen pin buckle
    Dimensions: 39mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by fitted box, Guarantee dated April 2021, servicing history booklet, polishing cloth 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

    Is it really necessary to present Kari Voutilainen? One of the most talented living watchmakers, he has not only garnered a cult following amongst collectors of independent watchmaking but is also becoming a respected name amongst watch collectors in general.

    Voutilainen’s movements can undoubtedly be described as works of art for which every shape has been carefully thought out and executed. 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.

    With the launch of the Vingt-8 Inversé (inverted in French) in 2019, Voutilainen decided to showcase his stunning caliber 28 differently and consequently inverted the movement to show on the dial side what is habitually visible through the case back. Some modifications nevertheless were needed to do this and most visible is the indirect gear train visible on the centre of the watch.

    The 28 caliber features a complex direct impulse escapement enabling a more constant distribution of energy. Furthermore, the extra-large balance allows fine regulation of the watch using a rare balance spring system with the exterior of the spring using a Breguet overcoil, while the internal curve uses the little-known Grossmann curve.

    The movement as seen from the case back features open-worked elements with seconds and power reserve indicator adding an extra element of technicality to an already complex timepiece.

    The Vingt-8 Inversé was made in only 26 examples, 10 in tantalum, 8 in titanium and 8 in platinum. The present example is even rarer and more collectible as it is a prototype cased in platinum.


An extremely attractive and rare open dial platinum prototype wristwatch with guarantee and presentation box

39mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF70,000 - 140,000 

Sold for CHF352,800

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV

Geneva Auction 5 & 7 November 2021