Voutilainen Decimal Minute Repeater GMT Watch Hands-On

Voutilainen Decimal Minute Repeater GMT Watch Hands-On

Voutilainen Decimal Minute Repeater GMT Watch Hands On   hands on

Here is watch that you won't see everyday. In fact, you will probably never see it at all. This is a totally unique Voutilainen Decimal Minute Repeater GMT watch with a semi-erotic display and a hunter-style case back that is probably one of his coveted Masterpiece watches. There are a few unique elements to the watch in addition to the artwork on the rear of the case that makes it distinct from other known watches by Kari Voutilainen. Whether or not the theme of the piece is to your taste, this is an amazing watch by one of today's best independent watchmakers. This watch once again represents the "seven daughters of atlas" (Plediade) from Greek mythology. Voutilainen produced his Masterpiece No. 7 watch in a similar theme in 2006, also with seven ladies on the rear of the case. So while I am not sure if this is technically another "Masterpiece" model, it does once again revisit the theme for a totally unique piece.

Allow us to remind you that Kari Voutilainen is Finnish, and produces all of his watches by hand. In fact, a unique design element that you'll find on some of his watches is the actual statement "Hand Made" on the dial. While I can't say for sure that this doesn't exist elsewhere, I've never see it. Kari isn't the only person out there doing hand-made watches of this variety, but I must admit that in its diminutive form on his watches it does add to the sense of class just a little bit. Any larger and the text might ruin the dials.

Voutilainen Decimal Minute Repeater GMT Watch Hands On   hands on

Voutilainen Decimal Minute Repeater GMT Watch Hands On   hands on

So where does a watch like this come from and who is it made for? The first thing to understand is that like many independent watchmakers, Voutilainen has both a small regular series of watches clients can order, or a service to provide customers with totally unique creations. These latter pieces may be normal pieces with small cosmetic changes, or contain a range of unique parts including those in the movement. This watch for example doesn't appear to be like anything else in his collection, but these are all elements we've seen before.

Voutilainen must have conversed with a customer and selected a unique arrangement of features for the creation of this Decimal Minute Repeater GMT. From the perspective of the movement a few things are different about it. The movement (made and decorated by Voutilainen) is one of his decimal repeaters. This is similar to a minute repeater but slightly more complicated. Rather than "repeat" the sound using chimes for the minutes, quarters, and minutes... a decimal repeater counts out 10 minute versus 15 minute increments in the middle. Why? Well it is meant to help make it a bit easier to decipher the chimes to indicate the time. The only other modern watch I know to do this is the Seiko Credor Minute Repeater.

Voutilainen Decimal Minute Repeater GMT Watch Hands On   hands on

Voutilainen Decimal Minute Repeater GMT Watch Hands On   hands on

Functionally, the mechanical movement offers the time with subsidiary seconds dial, day/night indicator, and minute repeater complication. I love those Voutilainen hands. Hand-made, the hands are a slight variation of traditional Breguet pomme-style hands and done in steel and gold. A unique element is not just the finishing, but the coloring. Two-tone hands on watches of this ilk are very rare. The hands are steel-colored, but the round elements at the ends of the hands as well as the base are flame-blued.

In addition to beautiful mechanics, Voutilainen watches are all about decoration - and at that he excels. You may not have noticed it but the dial is a small city of various decorative styles. The dial itself has three distinct styles of machine guilloche engraving and is solid sterling silver. The outer engraved ring has a Clos du Paris style motif, the middle ring has more elongated diamond-style shapes, and the subsidiary seconds dial is engraved with a checkerboard style pattern. This not only significantly increases the complexity of the dial, but also the value to collectors. There is also the matter of the hand-engraved sun and moon sections (in two different colors no less) for the GMT indicator on the upper sub dial. An interesting note about the GMT function is that to change the GMT time (by one hour increments) the user simply needs to press the crown in.

13 comments
Panagiotis
Panagiotis

The two ladies' faces on the top look like the cover of Aphex Twin's "Windowlicker" without the smile.

DangerussArt
DangerussArt

When I'm in the market for a half-million-dollar watch, I'll ring Kari long before I'd buy the recently reviewed Maitres du Temps monstrosity. Night and day difference between the two executions. Love the dial. I'd really enjoy seeing how all that's done in the workshop.

Fraser Petrick
Fraser Petrick

Face side: beautiful watch; Underside... well, if I were 14 and had $497,000 I'd be able to impress the guys in gym class. "You own a Subaru?" they'd exclaim. "Cool!".

Ryan B
Ryan B

All I see is naked ladies and something about a watch.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

A hands-on review and we don't get a video to hear the chimes? What a tease. I bet they go " bow-chicka-bow-wow". Which would likely be the epitome of cool.


The concept of 'erotic' watches doesn't offend me, but the execution is rarely more than comical (like the guy who did the weirdo ones, including the sex scene on a golf cart???), but this attempt is pretty well done. Just figures, no actual sex acts to have to explain, and they are done with about as much taste as having a naked lady (or 7) on your watch as can be afforded.  


I like the use of speed pins in the strap, although as a piece unique (or UNIQUE PIECE as the case proclaims - that's backwards being forwards!) I doubt the owner will be changing straps that much - that said, why does the hole cut for them look like it was made by punching at it? Offrei has a tool to make just those holes (might be Bergeron...), but at about $300 I've never felt the need to take that plunge, especially if it has results that look like this.

EranR
EranR

Ariel, you forgot to add:


>Would reviewer personally wear it: In his dreams !!!

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

I'm not crazy about it, for similar reasons I didn't really warm to the last Voutilainen featured here.  That Breguet look, while handsome in its way, is a little old and stuffy for my tastes.  Brilliant build though.  The ladies on the back look almost human unlike the abysmal attempts of a certain other manufacturer at making a lifelike human on a watch *cough*.  That wave pattern around the back cover is very attractive, and i'd be interested to know how that is made.  I could do without the women there, lest I be accused of being a misogynist.  I'm not sure how acceptable that would be to the average woman if she saw her husband/boyfriend with something tacky like that.  At least they're not getting it on.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

Sexy watch in more ways than one. Not content to have a lovely lady on his arm, the proud owner of this masterpiece will have 7 of them (not that anyone will notice unless he takes his watch off). Then they can admire the ladies and the Subaru galaxy of diamond stars, ha ha. Very Brequet looking dial and hands (which is a compliment). If the watch was for me (only in my dreams), I'd have the  GMT dial with 24 at the top instead of the bottom. Perhaps this was done at the customers request? Or maybe Kari likes the day on the top and night on the bottom. Which of my children do I need to sell for this watch?

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@DangerussArtA trip to Kari's workshop (where is that, Finland or Switzerland?) would make a killer monthly give-away. Not that anyone would expect a free watch as part of the deal :-)

Panagiotis
Panagiotis

@Kris C He is still regarded as such in many cirlces. I used to track every obscure single/ EP of his ca. 15-20 years ago. You should look up his Pitchfork DJ set in Paris in 2011.  It's a 30 minute video and I guarantee you you will not be able to look away!
That being said, the "Come to Daddy" EP is close to perfection in my eyes ;)

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

@Panagiotis The video for it is about as good as music videos get, and the woman being screaming into the ground as stuff hits her that comes flying out of the demon's mouth always makes me laugh. 

Without Aphex Twin, Amon Tobin, and probably Squarepusher, I may not consider and appreciate all music the way I do today.