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21 June, 2021
Kari Voutilainen is a Finnish watchmaker based in Môtiers, Switzerland. He learned his craft at the world-renowned watchmaking school of Tapiola in Finland before moving to Switzerland in 1989 and establishing his own watch brand in 2002. He is highly regarded among watch collectors for the meticulous craftsmanship of his mechanical movements and his use of the métiers d’art. His production is limited to only a few dozen pieces per year which sell faster than he can make them!
He also owns his own dial factory called Comblémine, and co-owns a case factory called Voutilainen & Cattin. These two manufactures allow him to ensure the highest quality dials and cases for his timepieces and experiment with different creative ideas.
Five interesting facts about Voutilainen
Kari Voutilainen often works with the ancestral Japanese lacquer artisans at the Unryuan Studio in Wajima in the creation of unique dials for his timepieces.
He has received the most wins of all time (four to date) in the men’s category of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG).
Before starting his own brand, Kari Voutilainen was head of the complicated watches department of the WOSTEP international watchmaking school.
He produces around 50 timepieces per year.
In 2016 he made a series of smartphone covers featuring an embedded timepiece.
Brand ID Card
Established: 2002 Company status: Independent Watchmaker Senior Management: Kari Voutilainen Number of employees: 27 Flagship collections:
– Tourbillons Bestseller: Vingt-8 Retail prices in USD: From USD 74,000 Annual production: 55