Kari Voutilainen

Widely renowned for his superlative fine finishing, Kari Voutilainen took his first steps to becoming one of the most innovative and influential independents of our time in the early 1980s, when he qualified as a watchmaker at the respected Tapiola watchmaking school in his native Finland.

Work as a repairer and restorer of antique timepieces followed before he came to Switzerland in 1989 to complete the WOSTEP Complication course. His talent was quickly recognized by Michel Parmigiani, and Voutilainen spent nearly 10 years restoring some of the world's rarest timepieces and creating bespoke pieces for Parmigiani.

Voutilainen then headed WOSTEP's department of complicated watchmaking before setting up as an independent in 2002, when he created, among others, a collection of decimal repeaters and Observatoire timepieces, for which he was awarded the 2007 Grand Prix de Gèneve award for Best Men's Watch and his new Vingt-8, featuring his completely in-house movement.

The complex proprietary movement for Maîtres du Temps' Chapter Three Reveal is the first caliber Voutilainen has developed for another brand. Karin Voutilainen developed the complete movement architecture, including the gear train and complications, designed the bridges and plates, specified the decoration, and is responsible for the high-grade finishing of the movement.

Daniel Roth