At the time of mass-produced everything, one of the hidden gems of Only Watch 2019 is a creation by Kari Voutilainen, one of the most revered craftsmen in the entire watch industry. The Voutilainen TP1 stands out for being a pocket watch and … the first collaboration between Kari Voutilainen and his daughter, Venla, 20 years old, freshly graduated from watchmaking school. The design of the case and dial was made by Kari; Venla chose the colours and the decoration of the movement.
The Voutilainen TP1 Only Watch 2019 is a beautiful, surprisingly modern open face pocket watch. Its TV screen case is fashioned out of titanium. It is 50.3mm by 50.3mm and it features cool three-hole security screws. Made from solid silver, the beautiful engine-turned dial is engraved with different geometric patterns. It comes in dark/light blue with contrasting orange accents.
The exhibition caseback offers a superb view of the movement framed by a blue guilloché ring with the caption ‘Kari & Venla – Voutilainen’. The movement is based on a vintage LeCoultre ébauche. As you have come to expect with any Voutilainen work, it is hand-finished to a level that is seldom seen. A veritable feast for the eyes, it features wonderful details including a large Guillaume balance wheel (a bimetallic thermo-compensating balance wheel) with Phillips overcoil hairspring.
The stylish and superbly crafted Voutilainen TP1 Only Watch 2019 comes with a brown hand-sewn leather fob with a titanium screw. Given that Kari Voutilainen manufactures only some 50 watches per year, we expect it to sell higher than its pre-auction estimate of CHF 50,000 to CHF 70,000. For more information please visit www.onlywatch.com and www.voutilainen.ch
Only Watch is a biennial fundraiser for research on muscular dystrophy – Association Monégasque Contre les Myopathies (AMM). Organized under the patronage of HSH Albert II de Monaco, the watches of the 8th edition will be auctioned by Christie’s on Saturday 9 November 2019. More details at www.onlywatch.com.