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  • Manufacturer: Voutilainen
    Year: Circa 2008
    Movement No: C26069
    Case No: C26069
    Model Name: Observatoire
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Manual, Pesseux cal. 260, 21 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Voutilainen deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 38mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Voutilainen certificate dated 7th December 2009, guarantee booklet, instruction manual, purchase invoice, Vichard guarantee booklet, two additional straps, fitted Vichard wooden presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Without hesitation, Kari Voutilianen is one of the most talented living legends of master watchmaking today. Staying true to the essence of independent watchmaking, Voutilainen’s iconic expression of teardrop lugs and superlative handmade finishing captured the hearts of connoisseurs. The Observatoire introduced in 2007 was awarded “Best Men’s Watch” in the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève and is estimated only around 50 examples were made, making this an exceptional sought after piece.

    A truly special timepiece, the present limited edition variant features a rich caramel brown guilloché dial with a mixture of techniques emits incredible depths and tones. Decorated with elegant applied Roman numerals and highly appealing blue steel Breguet-style hands, the timepiece speaks of exquisite sophistication. Powered by the cal. 260 from Pesseux, an observatory grade caliber from the mid-20th century, it is estimated only 3,300 examples of the caliber was ever produced, and were not available for public purchase. With heavy modification of the caliber by Voutilainen, the result is a breathtakingly beautiful and accurate movement with extreme attention to detail perceived.

    Offered by the original owner, the present Observatoire is preserved in excellent overall condition and is complete with its full set of accessories. Furthermore, as an impressive finishing touch, the presentation of the fitted box is crafted with high quality solid Swiss Maplewood from Guyanne palm tree. All in all, the present example is a stunning acquisition of quintessential ingredients from the illustrious Voutilianen atelier.

Property from the Original Owner

Σ843

A very rare and attractive limited edition white gold chronometer wristwatch with tear drop lugs, small seconds, guilloché dial, Roman numerals, brown dial, certificate and presentation box

Circa 2008
38mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$310,000 - 620,000 
€34,400-68,800
$39,700-79,500

Sold for HK$1,827,000

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021