Friday, March 27, 2015

Voutilainen 28 Oukamon

World renowned Swiss watchmaker Kari Voutilainen offers Voutilainen 28 Oukamon created in association with Unryuan, one of the greatest lacquer studios of Japan.

One of the greatest lacquer studios of Japan, Unryuan, under the guidance of Mr. T. Kitamura, create 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.
The dial shown here, using the techniques of lacquering with Saiei Makie and Somata zaiku takes several months 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). This symbiosis of Japanese tradition with the 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.

Technical details
Model: Voutilainen 28 Oukamon
Limited to 1 unique example

Unique, in house designed movement with hours and minutes
New direct impulse escapement with two escapement wheels
Dimensions: 30mm x 5.60mm with pure German silver main plate and bridges
Wheels in rose gold
Jewels: 21
Free sprung balance (wheel diameter 13.60mm) with Grossman interior curve and Philips exterior curve, beating at 18,000 vph

Unique art piece created by the legendary Japanese lacquer studio Unryuan
Hands: gold and steel, hand made
All manufacturing, construction, fabrication, hand finishing and assembly in the Voutilainen workshop

Case and strap
37.00mm x 10.80mm
Sapphire glass front and back, with anti reflection treatment
In 18K white gold with matching tang buckle and alligator strap

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