Voutilainen - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV Hong Kong Friday, May 27, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Voutilainen
    Year: Circa 2017
    Movement No: 280’080
    Model Name: Vingt-8 Hisui
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 28, 21 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Voutilainen pin buckle
    Dimensions: 39mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Voutilainen certificate stamped A l’Emeraude dated 7th October 2017, guarantee booklet, instruction manual, additional watch sleeve, fitted wooden presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    "Handmade" is not a term that Kari Voutilainen takes lightly. 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.

    The present stunning Vingt-8 Hisui is not only a piece unique by Kari Voutilainen, it is also a winner for the GPHG Artistic Crafts Watch Prize in 2014. A well-deserved title, the attention falls onto the intricately decorated dial and bridge. In collaboration with one of the greatest lacquer studio in Japan, Unryuan and under the guidance of Master Tatsuo Kitamura since 2011. The beauty of the Vingt-8 Hisui is the pinnacle of passion, craftsmanship and spirit of Japanese hand-made tradition. Truly one of a kind, the masterpiece represents dedication, patience and commitment expressed through the sparkles of the mosaic canvas. Meticulously selected according to colour and quality, the dial is crafted with natural elements including Kipun (gold dust), Jyunkin-itakane (gold leaf), Yakou-gai (Great Green Turban shells) and Awabi-gai (Abalone shell found from New Zealand). Taking the essence of Hisui (Emerald and Jade), breath-taking shades of green and blue encapsulated by fragments of gold rays on the periphery of the dial with and explosion of energy. It is also worth noting that the chameleon like dial is ever-changing in shades from various angle, while viewed in its frontal manner the dial shines in green and blue, on the other hand when viewed from its profile, the dial can changed into a stunning blue only shade.

    Operated by the Cabochon emerald set crown, the in-house movement is the very same calibre found in the Vingt-8 series. Featuring a complex direct impulse escapement enabling a more constant distribution of energy, the extra-large balance also 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. Holistically crafted, the movement is finished with the stunning works by Unryuan. Bespoked for swiss retailer A L’Emeraude, the name is engraved on a plate sitting just above the balance.

    The present timepiece is certainly a rare treat for connoisseurs who appreciate uniqueness and tradition. A perfect harmony that unites the artisan from the East and horology excellence from the west, this is an uber rare opportunity to bring home a masterpiece.

Property from the Original Owner


A unique and superbly decorated platinum wristwatch with tear drop lugs, Japanese lacquering, cabochon emerald, certificate and presentation box, made for Swiss retailer A L’Emeraude

Circa 2017
39mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$780,000 - 1,560,000 

Sold for HK$4,410,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022