Voutilainen GMT Six O’Clock Watch Hands-On

Voutilainen GMT Six O’Clock Watch Hands-On

Voutilainen GMT Six OClock Watch Hands On   hands on

We unfortunately don't cover Kari Voutilainen's timepieces as often as we'd like, though admittedly his creations are rare. In fact the brand's own website doesn't even mention this new GMT Six O'Clock watch yet. Each of his watches are completely handmade and his small production studio churns out a scant 50 or so timepieces each year. That truly isn't much. Kari has been quickly rising to semi-superstar status over the last few years as one of the insider watch community's preferred independent watch makers.

Voutilainen has recently worked with MB&F on the Legacy Machine LM1 and LM2 models. Together with Jean-Francois Mojon, Voutilainen produced and finished the Legacy Machine movements while Mojon was responsible for their design. Originally from Finland, Voutilainen brings a special aesthetic to watchmaking that is just as carefully conceived as anything Swiss, but with a unique flair. Also known for his meticulous movement finishing, his timepieces are among the best an enthusiast can hope for.

Voutilainen GMT Six OClock Watch Hands On   hands on

Voutilainen GMT Six OClock Watch Hands On   hands on

This new piece is a simple GMT. The Caliber 28 (28-089) movement contains the time with subsidiary seconds and a 24 hour disc in the sub dial that further contains a day/night indicator. The GMT function is almost hidden because the 24 hour disc is so neatly integrated it barely looks like a moving part. Of course you'll notice that meticulous amount of hand engraving all over the dial. This extends into the GMT function as the day and night regions are engraved to look like a sun (in gold) or moon.

The GMT Six O'Clock doesn't just offer a slightly innovative approach to applying a GMT complication, but also a very pretty one. Voutilainen is to be highly commended for his effort on a piece such as this. What he really succeeded at (which is remarkably hard to do), is create something new, complex, and yet so simple it barely registers in your mind.

Voutilainen GMT Six OClock Watch Hands On   hands on

12 comments
MarkCarson
MarkCarson

Hmmm, looks like the photos of the case's  hunter back (with the engraved ladies) seems to have disappeared from the post. Sure wish the world would get over most of the political correctness crap.

electrominds
electrominds

I think it'd be suitable for a woman to wear since it's not a large piece and the figurines do appear to be a little feminine.

Frauss
Frauss

Interesting pins on the strap bars. Look like quick release. Wonder if this is standard or a prototype trial thing?

Fraser Petrick
Fraser Petrick

$50,000 here or there, were I ever to choose or be able to choose an "objet d'art" for a watch, it would be a Voutilainen. Truly, truly gorgeous.

vmarks
vmarks

50 units a year is pretty substantial for handmade work. 


THAT BALANCE BRIDGE. 


It's gorgeous.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

I'm a big fan of KV watches, but this one just doesn't ring my bell. Which is fine, you can't like 'em all (certainly a good thing).


The brand will come back next time and wow the shit outta me I'm sure.

DG Cayse
DG Cayse

Wonder of wonders...."4" rendered as " I V " and not " IIII "

A lovely timepiece.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

Voutilainen never fails to impress.  My first impressions were that this was a little plain, based on a thumbnail.  It turns out that, as usual, it contains all manner of delightful details and unique flourishes that make all his watches stand out from the crowd.  His GMT implementation is so subtle you might easily miss it.  Those concentric discs are so finely finished they almost look like one solid piece.  My usual bugbear are the Roman numerals which in this particular case stand out very starkly and are not really in keeping with the subtle elegance the rest of the watch exudes.  I'd be happier if they were swapped out for something more appropriate.  I like birds and I like plants so the dial is perfect for me, though it may not be masculine enough for some, but I don't think that's what this watch is about.  Here the focus is more on pure, unpretentious beauty that comes with doing simple things but doing them better than anyone else.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

Priced at "XXXX", I love it. If you have to ask, you can't afford it (which is me). I met Kari at BaselWorld and he is a very modest and low key guy. This is a gorgeous piece. I think the 24 sub-dial may be a bit hard to read, but so what. The detailing on the watch blows my mind.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@electromindsIf it was commissioned by a (straight) lady, perhaps she would have asked for Chippendale dancers instead of naked ladies. I know there are lady truckers, but somehow I don't think they are the ones with the chrome mud flaps with naked ladies on them. Maybe I'm wrong...

electrominds
electrominds

@MarkCarson Funny when I shared this on my weibo (its like the Chinese version of twitter) , most of my female friends agreed that it was a little bit feminine mainly bc of its figurines. Several had asked about where to get this piece. And most of them are straight. I guess women, at least Chinese ones just go for that look.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@electrominds Straight women who like looking at naked women? Sounds like the sort of gals you could take to a strip bar. Works for me!