Alongside his professional work, Kari Voutilainen, the famous Finnish watchmaker residing in Môtiers, Switzerland, has devoted himself to developing the ultimate perfection of new and unique mechanisms, which are represented in his highly elegant watches.
Scintillante (Sparkling) is a luxurious jewellery piece and a great Haute Joaillerie timepiece available in just one timepiece. Pre-selected for this year’prestigious GPHG-prize – The Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG), the Voutilainen Scintillante Pièce Unique is decorated with 423 gemstones with 9.65 carats of sapphires and 0.55 carat of F-G if-vvs diamonds. The middle part has been enhanced by 131 navette cut, pear cut, oval or round stones of varying sizes and colours.
The challenge presented by the lugs was to respect the specific geometry which gives Voutilainen timepieces their unique identity while still retaining their distinctive curved shape. Hence the choice of the invisible setting technique, using stones cut specifically for this purpose, with a rounded top to obtain a smooth shape and scissor cut culets, which impart an exceptional sparkle to the 36 rubies.
Voutilainen Scintillante bezel also features 58 closed set rubies with scissor cut culets and half rounded tops.
The dial is a prowess of micro-machining with 12 indexes in navette cut rubies, orange and yellow sapphires set from below, circled by 84 diamonds in a paved setting with an engine-turned and grey enamelled central rosace. The crown is set with a closed ruby cabochon. The buckle mirrors the sides of the middle part with 101 sapphires and rubies of varying sizes and diameters.
Kari Voutilainen started an independent watchmaking business in 2002, building a limited number of handmade timekeepers.