Retrograde Date 217QRS | platinum

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Retrograde Date 217QRS | platinum

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This Voutilainen 217QRS combines a striking blue dial with a subtle platinum case. The model integrates a discrete retrograde date function, building on the watchmaker's existing Calibre 28, which will only ever be produced in 30 examples, across three different case metals.

The Story

After a period spent restoring some of the finest watches from the last three centuries, Kari Voutilainen set out as an independent watchmaker. His work has been welcomed with great acclaim, on account of its unique aesthetic and quality. Every component in his watches, from the bridges to the smallest of screws, involves manual labour, from adjusting tolerances to polishing and angling.

His efforts have been recognised with more than a half dozen awards the GPHG (Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève), the most prestigious award ceremony in the watch industry. Building on his classic, time-only Vingt-8, the 217QRS collection brings the added functionality of a retrograde date indicator, which the watchmaker subtly integrates into the design. Only 30 pieces will ever be made, spread out evenly across platinum, white gold and rose gold cases.

The Design

This 217QRS has three different engine-turned patterns on the dark-blue, solid-silver dial. Each pattern reflects light differently, giving the dial a mixture of tones and fantastic depth. The applied Arabic numerals and Breguet-style hands are the standout features of the dial, while the retrograde date arc at the centre of the dial displays white numerals, showing the days of the month. Kari Voutilainen's newly designed case, with more angular, sculpted lugs finish off this timepiece; showing both the watchmaker's uncompromising attention to detail and craftsmanship.

The retrograde date indication is displayed on a 240-degree arc, situated between 4 and 7 o’clock, connected to the sub-seconds. The date function is almost concealed, owing to its precise and neat integration. It’s advanced by pressing the crown, moving the pointer forward by one day, with each engagement. The retrograde date mechanism itself, enables the indicator of the 217QRS to slowly return from the 31st to the 1st day of the month, avoiding any possible inaccuracies or “bouncing”, which can occur with instantaneous retrograde mechanisms. The dial of this 217QRS is made from solid-silver and engine-turned by hand in the Voutilainen workshop.


While the inspiration for the 217QRS movement comes from the Vingt-8, the retrograde date mechanism is entirely integrated within the Calibre 28. The movement features Voutilainen's direct impulse-escapement with two escape wheels. The exceptionally large, free-sprung balance beats at 18,000 vph, held in place by a long steel bridge with rounded arms.

On the reverse, the sapphire crystal exhibits the movement in full view, revealing the in-house Cal. 28, manufactured from German silver and titanium. Through the combination of a free-sprung balance, with Breguet over-coil and Grossmann interior curve, and signature direct impulse escapement with two large escapement wheels, a high degree of engineering ingenuity is accomplished. One of the hallmarks of Voutilainen as a manufacture is their superlative hand-finishing; with expert rhodium-plated German silver bridges, classically finished with Cotes de Genève and perlage on the base plate, for this QRS. The watch has a 65-hour power reserve.

The Set

This limited series, 217QRS in platinum comes with its original outer blue box, inner wooden slide box, "Horlogerie d'Art" hardback book, polishing cloth, manual and original papers. The watch comes on our Zürich taupe grained calfskin strap, as well as its original navy alligator strap and and platinum buckle from Kari Voutilainen.

A Collected Man is the exclusively approved reseller of pre-owned Voutilainen watches.

Brand: Voutilainen
Model: 217QRS Retrograde Date
Movement: mechanical, hand-made manual-winding
Functions: retrograde date, hours, minutes, sub-seconds
Features: dark-blue engine-turned dial, Arabic numerals, Breguet hands, display back
Case: 39 mm platinum
Crystal: sapphire front and back
Bracelet: Zürich taupe grained calfskin strap with platinum tang buckle and navy Voutilainen alligator strap
Lug: 20mm
Year: 2018 
Box & papers: original outer blue box, inner wooden  slide box, "Horlogerie d'Art" hardback book, polishing cloth, manual, original papers
This Kari Voutilainen 217QRS is in very good condition, with a few superficial marks consistent with wear. Though all the functions work as expected, it comes with a complimentary service with Voutilainen. It is guaranteed for authenticity and comes with a two-year warranty from A Collected Man

All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough mechanical inspections, including being ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and resealed if appropriate and tested for at least four days, to ensure they meet our highest timekeeping standards. Our pre-owned and vintage watches, unless stated otherwise, are covered by a full or a limited twenty-four month warranty. For example, due to their age, some vintage watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when they were new. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information. 

All of our new watches are covered by the warranty from the original manufacturer. Please contact us for further information.

We offer complimentary worldwide delivery on our watches. If ordering from overseas, delivery will depend on the value of the timepiece and the destination. All import taxes and duties are the responsibility of the buyer.

If ordering from the UK before 1 PM, your watch will be sent the same working day. The courier will depend on the value of the watch, with all watches delivered the next working day.

Please note that pre-owned goods (in the United Kingdom) are subject to a marginal rate of VAT, which can not be reclaimed. For further information, please see here

You can cancel your order without giving any reason, within 14 days from the day the watch has been delivered to you.

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