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Lot incorporates material from endangered species … Read more PROPERTY FROM THE CHAMPION COLLECTION


Movement: Manual
Dial: Silvered
Case: 39 mm.
With: 18k pink gold Voutilainen buckle, Voutilainen Certificate, cleaning cloth, additional black Voutilainen CROCODILE strap, presentation box and outer packaging
Special notice

Lot incorporates material from endangered species that is not for sale and is shown for display purposes only. The endangered species strap shown with the Lot is for display purposes only and is not for sale.Upon sale, the watch will not be supplied to a buyer outside Hong Kong with any watch strap.

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Alexandre Bigler Vice President, Head of Watches, Asia Pacific

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Lot Essay

Three extremely fine wristwatches (Lot 2286, 2287, 2288) with Voutilainen Direct Impulse Escapements, including two important and unique fine art pieces hand-decorated by the most respected artists in the tradition of Japanese art:

Lot 2286:
Launched in 2011, the Vingt-8 is the classic model from Voutilainen and one of the best known watches to emerge out of independent watchmaking. The in-house movement with direct impulse escapement with two escape wheels is housed in a 39 mm. 18K rose gold case and fitted with a hand made solid silver dial with hand guilloche. Finished to the highest standards, the Vingt-8 is the watch that is largely responsible for Voutilanen’s cult following. A must for the connoisseur of independent watchmaking, this watch exemplifies the Voutilainen philosophy and will doubtless become even more sought after as demand for the work of independent watchmakers becomes ever more appreciated.

Lot 2287:
The stunning hand engraved dial for this unique piece in 18K white gold was made by the famous Neuchatel artisan engraver Eddy Jaquet whose extraordinary skill has realized the beauty of the Japanese geese flying in moonlight. The small dial with 24-hour numerals for the second time zone has a hand engraved gold sun for the day and moon and stars for the night.

Lot 2288:
A breathtakingly beautiful work of art, the dial and movement of this unique platinum two time zone wristwatch is decorated with Japanese lacquer by the legendary Unryuan Studio under the guidance of Mr. T. Kitamura.
Using the techniques of lacquering Saiei Makie and Somata zaiku for the dial and bridges of this watch, it takes over 1000 hours of work to complete. The raw materials for its creation are: Kinpun (gold dust), Jyunkin-itakane (gold leaf), Yakou-gai (shell of great green turban) and Awabi-gai (abalone shell from New Zealand).

In the words of the Voutilainen manufacture: ‘One of the greatest lacquer studios of Japan, Kitamura studio, under the guidance of Mr. T. Kitamura, creates works of lacquer art that stand at the pinnacle of Japanese tradition, bringing a craft that has existed for hundreds of years into the present, exemplifying the passion to preserve the soul, spirit and identity of traditional Japanese culture as expressed in the Edo period. This superlative work engages us immediately on a physical level and one can only stand in awe at the commitment, patience and dedication required to create these works of art. This symbiosis of Japanese tradition with the most innovative Swiss haute horlogerie creations of Kari Voutilainen represents an all-embracing mechanical and visual work of art that unites the East and West in perfect harmony.’

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