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

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  • Manufacturer: Voutilainen
    Year: 2019
    Movement No: 0
    Case No: Caseback engraved Unique Piece
    Model Name: Vingt-8 ISO
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual wind, cal. Vingt-8 ISO, 33 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k pink gold Voutilainen pin buckle
    Dimensions: 44mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Voutilainen guarantee dated November 2019, leather travel pouch, polishing cloth, fitted box, outer packaging and copy of the book Kari Voutilainen Horlogerie d'Art by Theodore Diehl
    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’s Vingt-8 ISO takes the horological master’s classical design and adds a dash of playfulness, resulting in a mesmerizing and novel manner of reading time.

    The peculiar time display on the Vingt-8 ISO takes inspiration from the work of world-renowned psychologist and Nobel Prize laureate Daniel Kahneman. Kahneman describes the two different ways our brain forms thoughts: System 1 and System 2. Telling time by looking at a regular wristwatch is a result of a System 1 activity; a glance suffices because the ‘code’ is so familiar that in an instant you know the time without having to think twice.

    The Vingt-8 ISO counters System 1 and requires System 2 thinking where time-telling becomes more than just thoughtlessly recognizing the position of hands. More thought and time must be expended to tell time. The idea is that this helps create a more intimate relationship with the watch.

    As such the hour hand rotates on a normal 12 hour speed whereas the minutes hand rotates 13 times every hour. As such to perfectly read the time one must look at the number the minutes hand is pointing to on the rotating ring in the outer part of the dial.

    Even if it can seem complicated one can rapidly used to reading time without referring to the minutes scale on the outer ring.

    • at the full hour, the minute hand overlaps the hour hand.
    • at every half hour, the minute hand and hour hand are on 180 degree angle, or exactly opposite.

    The present example measures 44mm in diameter, making it truly unique - as proudly engraved on the caseback. Technically, the ISO is everything one can expect from Voutilainen - the incredibly hand decorated 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 dial furthermore features Voutilainen’s intricate hand guilloché work.


A unique, incredible attractive pink gold wristwatch with alternative minutes display, guarantee and presentation box

44mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF70,000 - 140,000 

Sold for CHF151,200

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI

Geneva Auction 5 - 6 November 2022