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SIHH 2019 sneak preview: Kari Voutilainen | Quill & Pad

SIHH 2019 sneak preview: Kari Voutilainen | Quill & Pad

Greetings from Geneva! As consistently for our little gathering of devotee authorities from Northern California, SIHH week 2019 began with our appearance in Geneva and our conventional supper with autonomous watchmaking wizard Kari Voutilainen and his significant other Terttu.

It’s consistently a night of chuckling, narrating, and making up for lost time with occasions of the previous year just as an opportunity to see a significant number of the watches that Voutilainen will show at the show; and with the watchmaker’s benevolent authorization I’m capable indeed to share a portion of those here with you.

Voutilainen Vingt-8 with guilloche dial and 37.5 mm case

This time around, Voutilainen’s attention will be on variations of his set up Vingt-8 line that grandstand an assortment of materials, sizes, and dial-production strategies. The watch appeared above draws on every one of the three strings as it’s a platinum-encased piece with a sensational guilloche dial in a truly wearable 37.5 mm case measurement. I especially loved the completely blued hands and the guilloche design that substitutes vertically and evenly striped boxes that steadily tight fit as a fiddle as the example moves toward the edges of the dial.

Vingt-8 in 37.5 mm with splendid red guilloche dial from Kari Voutilainen

The next piece that overwhelmed me was another 37.5 mm watch with an incredibly finished, splendid red guilloche dial. By and by, the hands are a champion component of this watch with their red circles coordinating the dial tone and rhodium-plated icing on their other surfaces.

In the more standard Vingt-8 width, Voutilainen tests this year with case materials; the watch beneath is in titanium, giving actual softness to a piece that likewise shimmers with brilliant blue on its plated guilloche dial and gets the attention with spiral guilloche ribs between the hour markers.

Kari Voutilainen Vingt-8 in cleaned titanium

I was truly satisfied to see this next watch with its red gold case, completely made pure black finish dial, and applied Breguet files. Voutilainen brought up that his expectation with the Breguet numerals was to utilize a fairly compliment (yet in my view, still pleasantly dimensional) through and through shape than we find in pieces like the Patek Philippe Reference 5950 to give his watch a more contemporary look; for me the methodology works very well.

Voutilainen Vingt-8 in red gold with lacquer dial and Breguet numerals

The look of the watch appeared underneath was practically holographic, with the brilliant orange-red tone and operation craftsmanship guilloche surface combining to grab the watcher’s eye. I enjoyed the moderate methodology that Voutilainen took with the remainder of the dial to guarantee that the guilloche work is the star here, including the sensitive printed spots showing the seconds.

Wavy sauce: hallucinogenic orange dial, Voutilainen Vingt-8 for SIHH 2019

It appears to be that every year, Voutilainen additionally presents a “major kid/young lady” watch with an emotional dial treatment, and 2019 is no special case as his collection incorporates a profound 44 mm platinum piece with a fabulous mother-of-pearl dial. Terttu Voutilainen disclosed to me that a decent arrangement of work went into choosing precisely what direction to situate the plates of characteristic material on the dial to catch the most extreme shading assortment and luminance as seen by the wearer. Indeed, even in faint café lighting this piece truly popped, and its size and weight added to the statement.

Statement piece: 44 mm Voutilainen Vingt-8 in platinum with mother-of-pearl dial

Voutilainen will have extra watches at the show, including either of the lone two excess unsold instances of 2018’s great retrograde date schedule watch. I’m anticipating seeing the complete presentation, yet these watches were an extraordinary start!

Parting shot: dial detail, Kari Voutilainen Vingt-8

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