Baselworld kicks off once more on Thursday of this week and despite all the many changes and brand no shows, Kari Voutilainen, one of the world’s most accomplished watchmakers, will be in attendance.
This year he has produced the 39mm Voutilainen 28 E watch from titanium. The philosophy behind his watchmaking is to combine respect for longevity and precision with classical watchmaking tradition. The VOUTILAINEN 28E, made entirely in the VOUTILAINEN workshops, which includes the case, dial, movement, and all finishing, helps to further epitomize his credo.
The movement is unique, with a large balance wheel and a balance spring that uses a typical Phillips overcoil on the exterior and the little-known Grossmann curve on the internal curve.
Within the movement, there are two synchronized escapement wheels, which give a direct impulse to the balance through the impulse roller, a system that uses less energy and has greater stability than traditional lever escapements. The movement is finished by hand, and the dial is grand feu enamel over gold, with stylized Arabic numerals and large pomme-style hands. The movement has a 65-hour power reserve.
According to Voutilainen, this system makes the escapement extremely efficient and requires less energy than a traditional lever escapement, thus conferring benefits in terms of longevity and stability to the watch for day-to-day use. The movement’s balance wheel bridge is designed to offer an unimpeded view of the escapement and balance through the sapphire caseback.
The dial is made from gold and is completely covered with “grand feu” enamel. As with all entirely handmade watches, this watch will remain as a limited edition; each one is crafted according to specific requirements and has its own individual and personal qualities.
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