Kari Voutilainen is unanimously recognised as one of the most talented and devoted-to-perfection independent watchmakers. But, as Voutilainen himself remarks, "No one is born with skills...". In fact, the Finnish watchmaker developed his own skills through hard work and application.
Born in 1962, he first attended the renowned watchmaking school of Tapiola to then move to Switzerland in 1989 and join the International Watchmaking School, where he completed the WOSTEP complicated watch course, a post graduate course focused to restoration of complicated, high quality rare watches.
The following ten years at Parmigiani were dedicated to the restoration work of some of the world’s rarest pieces as well as to the creation of unique Haute Horlogerie pieces. He finally established his own business as an independent Artist Watchmaker in the village of Môtiers in 2002.
Last year Kari won the Best Men's Watch Prize at the Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix with his V-8R model featuring a proprietary two escapement wheels system.
This year, at BaselWorld 2014, one remarkable novelty from Kari Voutilainen is the new Tourbillon-6 with its large tourbillon cage visible on the dial side at 6 o'clock.
The beautiful movement beats at 18,000 vibrations per hour and adopts the direct impulse escapement with two wheels previously seen on the V-8R model. Made of pure German silver with a grey colour treatment, this movement is entirely manufactured and hand-finished in the Voutilainen workshop.
The 39 mm white gold case protects the precious silver dial, engine-turned by hand and enriched by gold hour indices.
The Kari Voutilainen Tourbillon-6 is a limited edition of just six pieces.