Retrograde Date 217QRS | platinum
It has two different engine-turned patterns on the light-grey, solid-silver two-tone dial. Each pattern reflects light differently, giving the dial a mixture of tones and fantastic depth. Applied Roman numerals and steel, Breguet-style hands make up the front view, while the retrograde date arc at the centre of the dial is decoratively filled in blue, showing the days of the month. Kari Voutilainen's newly designed case with more angular, sculpted lugs finish off this fantastic 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 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. The 39 mm case is platinum, and features Voutilainen's sculpted lugs, flaring outwards from the case.
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 ruthenium-plated German silver bridges, classically finished with Cotes de Geneve and perlage on the base plate, for this QRS. The watch has a 65-hour power reserve.
This limited series, 217QRS piece comes as a full-set, with its original box and papers. The watch comes on our La Rochelle grained calfskin strap, as well as its original black alligator strap from Kari Voutilainen.
A Collected Man is the exclusively approved reseller of pre-owned Voutilainen watches. Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.
|Model:||217QRS Retrograde Date|
|Movement:||mechanical, hand-made manual-winding|
|Functions:||retrograde date, hours, minutes, sub-seconds|
|Features:||light-grey, two-tone engine-turned dial and Breguet hands, display back, ruthenium-plated movement|
|Case:||39 mm platinum|
|Crystal:||sapphire front and back|
|Bracelet:||La Rochelle calfskin strap with platinum tang buckle and black Voutilainen alligator strap|
|Box & papers:||full set - box and papers|
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