Voutilainen - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVIII Geneva Friday, November 3, 2023 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Voutilainen
    Year: 2012
    Movement No: 28-033
    Case No: 280033
    Model Name: Vingt-8
    Material: 18k pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 28, 25 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k pink gold Voutilainen pin buckle
    Dimensions: 39mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Voutilainen fitted box, guarantee, service log, box maker certificate, polishing cloth, extra strap 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

    Kari Voutilainen is one of the most talented living watchmakers of our time, his signature elements being complex mechanisms with superlative hand finishing - no easy feat. Every component within his watches, from the bridges to the tiniest of screws, involves manual labor, may it be adjusted tolerances, polishing, angling and so on. His talent is not limited to the mechanics that power his watches, however. "Handmade" is not a term that Kari Voutilainen takes lightly. Even each set of hands takes almost two full days to make,

    With the launch of the Vingt-8 line, which the present piece belongs to, Kari Voutilainen entered the exclusive club of artisans having fully developed an in-house movement. This apparently simple movement 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 present Vingt-8 in pink gold features many of Voutilainen's signature elements: a tear drop lugs case, superbly finished movement with its large balance and exquisitely tapered balance bridge. However, the present example is one of the rarer variants where the client opted for a smooth dial as opposed to a guilloché dial.

    Presented with all original accessories, including an exquisite, numbered presentation box made by Vichard, this sublime Voutilainen from 2012 is imbued with all the talent and passion of one of the greatest creative forces in modern horology.


A very rare and attractive pink gold wristwatch with direct impulse escapement, guarantee and box

39mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF80,000 - 160,000 

Sold for CHF88,900

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVIII

Geneva Auction 3 - 4 November 2023