Hands-On – Kari Voutilainen Vingt-8 ISO with a different way to read time

By rolex
April 7, 2021
10 min read

Over the years we became acquainted with Kari Voutilainen as the modest Finnish watchmaker, who makes the most perfect hand-completed watches. In the whole universe of watchmaking there are just rare sorts of people who convey a particularly level of “finesse”. Kari Voutilainen’s most recent watch isn’t just a plan accomplishment, and furthermore not an exceptional model made in a joint effort with an expert specialist ( like for example this one made in cooperation with the unbelievable Japanese veneer studio Unryuan ). What we have here is Kari Voutilainen’s signature watch, the Vingt-8, with a special method to show time. It’s called the Vingt-8 ISO and the whole thought behind it is somewhat remarkable, and is mean to make a more private and intelligent relationship with your watch… (indeed, we’ll clarify it)

Now from the start you may perceive a ‘normal’ Vingt-8 (not that there’s anything typical about a Voutilainen Vingt-8.) After some respecting, slobbering maybe, gazing at that delightfully completed development, you discover that the hour hand and moment handhave not moved in a manner you would expect, however you can likewise not pinpoint what precisely is unique. Allow me to begin by bringing up the external ring that surrounds the dial. That’s where to peruse the minutes, demonstrated continuously hand… (sounds typical, however it’s not, accept me)

While that sounds entirely typical, actually the hour hand and moment hand have an alternate connection, or distinctive point towards one another, than on some other watch. Later more about that… The thought stems from Daniel Kahneman, who is an incredibly famous analyst and Nobel Prize laureate in financial aspects. He is notable for his work on the brain science of judgment and dynamic, just as conduct financial aspects. In his work he portrayed two frameworks, that additionally apply on read time on a wrist watch (or clock besides). Generally telling time by taking a gander at a watch is a consequence of a System 1 action: a look does the trick on the grounds that the ‘code’ is recognizable to the point that in a moment you know the time without reconsidering. The situation of the hands is quickly perceived and converted into the time, without taking a gander at the numbers close to the hands.

However, there’s likewise a subsequent framework, which suggests that you need to take somewhat additional time and really read the time. Since you can not peruse the time, you need to change to System 2. This creates a more private and intelligent relationship with the watch and it requires a couple of moments currently to know the time. So indeed, it takes additional time, anyway you currently know the time better, on the grounds that you read the time with more consideration. Enough foundation, presently back to the Vingt-8 ISO…

I enlightened you concerning the more close connection that you get from perusing time on watches that can’t be perused by Kahneman’s System 1. Think for example URWERK or Hautlence . You generally need to take a second look and with consideration, to truly see and know the time. Framework 1 stands for being ready to perceived the situation of the hands initially, and making an interpretation of this visual engraving to knowing the specific time. Presently System 2 is about watches that expect you to look twice… At the above photograph of the Vingt-8 ISO you see that the hour hands focuses towards the 9, or a digit over 9 to be explicit. This implies it’s somewhat after 9 o’clock. Once more, no issues up until now. When perusing time as per System 1 you would think it’s 9:05 and you may ask why the hour hand isn’t nearer to the 9, and has rather moved to approx. 1/3 between the 9 and 10 o’clock position. That’s on the grounds that the Vingt-8 ISO is anything but an ordinary 3-hand watch. The time on the Vingt-8 ISO presented above is 9:18h.

How to peruse time on the Voutilainen Vingt-8 ISO?

The answer is in reality exceptionally straightforward, in particular by taking a gander at the hands and the numerals they highlight. The hour hand is simple, and can be perused by Kahneman’s System 1 (which means precisely how you would anticipate that it should show the hours), anyway the moment hand does things another way. The ring around the dial pivots, and makes one full turn in 12 hours. Like the hour hand. The moment hand focuses to the genuine minutes on the external, pivoting, circle. On the watch presented underneath the time is 1:31h.

When you require the hour hand as beginning stage, the moment hand is in a right around 180 degree point. That isn’t legitimate when you read the time on a ‘normal’ watch. On a typical watch the moment hand would highlight the 6 o’clock position when the time is 1:31h. Here the external moment ring turns, and in such way that the point between the hour and moment hand bodes well in an unexpected manner in comparison to we’re used to. The point of the moment hand is actually 31 minutes ‘later’ than where the hour hand is. As such, the moment hand shows the minutes comparative with the hour hand.

When you’re completely mindful of that, you really needn’t bother with the external moment ring for a gauge of the time. Despite the fact that the external moment ring is fundamental for exact perusing. How might this all affect the situation of hands?

  • at the entire hour, the moment hand covers the hour hand.
  • at each half hour, the moment hand and hour hand are 180 degree point, or precisely opposite.
  • the minute hand’s point towards the hour hand, is like the moment hand towards the 12 o’clock position on ordinary watches.

After some training it becomes very simple to peruse the time, despite the fact that you positively need to take out your impulse that comes alongside System 1 sort of perusing the time.

Dial and hands

Kari Voutilainen is notable for the staggering motor turned dials. More brands are utilizing Voutilainen’s dials nowadays. The hardware for making these hand motor turned dials, purported rose motor machines, are quite uncommon and Kari claims a couple. All the more significantly, the workmanship, or craftsmanship, of making these dials is considerably more uncommon and a couple genuinely ace this technique.

The dial is made in silver, as said motor turned by hand, and comes with applied gold hour markers. Kari Voutilainen offers his customers a really bespoke dial, and they can pick the ideal example and can even add clear lacquer in a decision of colours.

The hands gold are completely made by hand, and the long shaft, the circle and little triangle/bolt are totally cut and made by hand. In the wake of cutting the shape, all parts will be carefully cleaned and sloped by hand. After this, the little circle is heat blued, and patched to the hand’s shaft, and to the triangle/bolt on the opposite side. Making a particularly set of hands by hand is very tedious, and effectively costs a couple of long periods of work!

Case and strap

The case is somewhat of a mark for Voutilainen’s watches. The round case, consistently executed in valuable metals, consistently include the adjusted ‘teardrop’ hauls. The three-section round case, in 18K white gold, measures 39.00 x 12.30mm. Albeit the Vingt-8 isn’t actually just about as slim as you would anticipate from a dress watch, I can say for a fact that it wears entirely comfortable and rich, and can likely measure up to for example the Laurent Ferrier Galet case regarding class and comfort. On my wrist, presented beneath with the dark dial and red numerals, is an additional enormous 44mm Vingt-8 ISO in platinum. The normal size, here with a silver dial, can be seen on the wrist of Monochrome’s overseeing supervisor, Brice Goulard.

On both side of the case is a sapphire precious stone and the one securing the dial comes with anti-reflection treatment. Kari Voutilainen doesn’t possess a gator ranch in Môtiers, Switzerland, so the hand sewn croc lashes are one of only a handful few pieces of the watch that are not made in-house. The tang clasp coordinates the material of the case.

Movement type 28

Now we come to the part that likely all Kari’s customers appreciate most: the perfectly completed development. Where Kari used to depend on N.O.S. Peseux 260 ébauche that was done to marvelous degrees of yummie-ness. Mid 2011 Kari Voutilainen presented his altogether in-house created and made development, type 28 or vingt-8. Furthermore, again the completing is simply heavenly, and that’s only one reason why there a sitting tight rundown for Kari Voutilainen’s timepieces.

The primary plate and scaffolds are made in German silver, and all the completing (pèrlage, côtes de Genève, angling and cleaning) is obviously done by hand. All wheels of the stuff train are in rose gold. The single heart provides 65 long periods of self-rule, when completely twisted, and that may seem as though a ton for a solitary fountainhead. Anyway when you consider that the new in-house type 28 highlights a special self-created escapement that is very energy-effective and needn’t bother with any greasing up oils.

The balance gets immediate driving forces from the two escapement wheels; a licensed framework created by Kari Voutilainen. The equilibrium is held set up by a brilliantly completed equilibrium connect. Inside the equilibrium vibrates the free sprung offset that comes with a Breguet overcoil and an internal Grossmann bend. The equilibrium, prepared with rose gold planning loads, and vibrating at 18,000 vph, has an exceptionally huge distance across of 13.60 mm.

The watch is done to the best expectations. The surfaces of pinions and wheels are completely level and profoundly cleaned to especially uniform resistances. All completing work on the principle plate and scaffolds is finished by hand to accomplish the most elevated potential degrees of surface completion. Screws and all steel parts are done and cleaned by hand.

Final Thoughts on the Voutilainen Vingt-8 ISO

This is a particularly superb piece that words to portray the pre-owned materials, the completing and other specialized determinations come short. Kari Voutilainen’s work is of the greatest level you can envision. I think it’s extremely amazing that Kari Voutilainen built up his own development, and now come with another complication dependent on his Caliber 28.

The movement’s escapement is incredibly proficient and requires significantly less energy than customary escapements, and along these lines it benefits as far as life span and solidness in everyday use. The plan and theory of the development combines regard for life span and exactness with old style watchmaking tradition. That’s perhaps not the best promoting motto to sell rather exorbitant watches, anyway for those aware of everything this works just fine.

The complication may likewise not be something for the group, anyway for any individual who genuinely values his (or her) watches, it will be a welcome interruption. Not checking the time to peruse the time in a negligible part of a second. No, Kari Voutilainen made a watch that will make you take a second look, or if nothing else somewhat more than a negligible portion of a second. Regardless of whether this, or the breathtaking hand-completed development, makes a solid connection between the proprietor and the watch is guaranteed. In particular however, is that you can appreciate both the front just as the back (or inward works) of the watch. Furthermore, it won’t be a discipline to take a gander at it longer than a small part of a second!

Starting cost for a Vingt-8 ISO is simply under CHF 90.000 Swiss Francs and the exact cost obviously relies upon the decisions you make for the dial and material of the case and clasp.

More info:  www.voutilainen.ch