Voutilainen - The 2021 New York Watch Auction New York Saturday, December 11, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Voutilainen
    Year: 2015
    Movement No: GMT-R-02/12
    Case No: Unique Piece
    Model Name: Vingt-8 GMR “Unique Piece”
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, in-house caliber, 28 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum
    Dimensions: 39mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, strap, and buckle signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by original warranty certificate dated April 2015, watch display box numbered certificate, service booklet, polishing cloth, fitted wooden presentation box made from American walnut and black-stained pear, dust cover, and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Kari Voutilainen is not only an extremely gifted watchmaker but also a talented designer who controls every aspect of the creation of his watches. Not only are all the movement components (other than hairspring and jewels), dials and hands developed in house, but also made, finished and assembled by Voutilainen and his small team of watchmakers.

    The Kari Voutilainen Vingt-8 GMR was introduced in 2015 as an update to the GMT-6, adding a power reserve to the already aesthetically powerful, overbuilt, and beautifully finished watch. With the quintessential hand-guillochéd dial wrought in solid silver, the power reserve is added above the oversized pomme hands at 12 o’clock, in this execution with striking red accents. The dial is a matte anthracite grey with applied white gold Roman numerals, and the red accents are subtle yet distinctive against the cooler tones of the platinum case and grey dial.

    The new caliber with integrated GMT and power reserve function is made from German silver and rhodium-plated, with Cötes de Genève and beveled chamfers all finished by hand. The 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 employing a Breguet overcoil, while the internal end uses the little known Grossmann curve.

    All this is hidden behind a hinged caseback, decorated spectacularly with a unique vitreous blue enameled artwork depicting the splendors of the circus. With lithe figures engraved in platinum depicting the different trademark events of the circus, they hover almost above the actual caseback, suspended in the beautiful enamel. The intricate hand engraving is likely done by Eddy Jaquet whereas the enamel work, also called pique à jour, is done by Inès Hamaguchi, two respected artists having worked with the greatest brands in the creation of unique bespoke pieces.

    This unique piece Voutilainen is offered with all its original accessories, in a spectacular handmade and limited edition presentation box, and in superb overall condition. It is a must-have for the connoisseur of daring independent timepieces.


A unique, artistic, and innovative platinum dual time wristwatch with power reserve, engraved and enameled hinged caseback, accompanied by certificate and presentation box

39mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, strap, and buckle signed.

$60,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $258,300

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The 2021 New York Watch Auction

New York Auction 11 - 12 December 2021