Voutilainen - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI Geneva Saturday, November 5, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Voutilainen
    Year: 2009
    Movement No: 12'586'479
    Model Name: Chronomètre 27
    Material: 18k white gold
    Calibre: Manual, Longines 360 ébauche, 21 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold Voutilainen deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 44mm Length and 35.5mm Width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Voutilainen guarantee, paperwork for the fitted box, polishing cloth, fitted 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

    Kari Voutilainen came to the public eye with the creation of his “Observatoire” wristwatches, based on a Peseux 260 ebauche. A few years later, in 2008, he once again used another emblematic chronometer movement, this time based on the incredible Longines 360.

    The Longines 360 caliber was completely devised from the ground up with observatory competitions in mind - it was a rectangular movement with a cutting edge (for the time) high frequency of 36,000 VPH, which subsequently won numerous prizes at the Neuchatel Observatory trials. With a total of 498 Bulletins de Marche, calibre 360 claims the most number of successful submissions of any wristwatch-sized chronometer calibre between 1959 and 1967!

    Being movements made for competition, the aesthetics were put aside. That is where Voutilainen’s genius came to play - he disassembled each component and meticulously hand-finished them with beveling, perlage, gilding and frosting, each to the highest levels of visual and technical perfection possible. Furthermore, the Guillaume balance was fitted with a Breguet overcoil and Grosmann internal curve for maximum precision.

    Housed in a large white gold rectangular case with lugs reminiscent of Voutilainen’s tear drop lugs the watch has a regulator type dial layout with hours indicated via a central hand, hours at 12 o’clock and seconds at 6 o’clock.

    According to Voutilainen around 22 Chronomètre 27 pieces in both white and pink gold were made.


An exceedingly rare and important white gold wristwatch with regulator style display and observatory movement, with guarantee and box

44mm Length and 35.5mm Width
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF50,000 - 100,000 

Sold for CHF107,100

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI

Geneva Auction 5 - 6 November 2022