Winner of many prestigious awards, Kari Voutilainen is participating once again at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. His new Aki-No-Kure model, a magnificent watch with a lacquered dial, is presented in the Métiers d’Art (Artistic Crafts) category.
Since his arrival at the Gallery, Kari Voutilainen has accustomed us to watches with exceptional technical quality. We know, however, that he also excels in crafting pieces that explore various artistic universes. He proves this once again by taking part in the 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève with a Vingt-8 model boasting a spectacular, entirely lacquered dial.
Our Finnish watchmaker went to Japan to seek out the expertise required for decorating this timepiece. Located in the coastal town of Wajima, the Unryuan studio is one of the most renowned for this ancestral craft, an art representing the summit of Japanese tradition.
Comprised of gold leaf and dust, shells of the great green turban and iridescent Abalone shells from New Zealand, the lacquered design, inspired by a late autumn scene, required more than one thousand hours of work by specialists working under the supervision of master lacquerer Kitamura Tatsuo. The patient, meticulous work on the dial, bridges and inside of the back cover is an aesthetic masterpiece, the fusion of Swiss fine watch-making and Japanese tradition, which will exist exclusively in one unique timepiece, known as Aki-No-Kure.
It is thus only natural that this 39mm-diameter, white-gold Vingt-8 watch with hand-wound movement be presented in the “Métiers d’Art” category at the 2017 GPHG.
The prize-winning ceremony will take place on 8 November 2017 in Geneva.