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This Voutilainen 28PI puts the watchmaker's skill front and centre with its inverted movement, placing the escapement and balance wheel on the front. Only 10 pieces were made in platinum, making this piece as elusive as it is attractive.
Kari Voutilainen, after studying at The Finnish School of Watchmaking in the 1980s, enrolled in WOSTEP’s complicated watch course in Neuchatel in 1989. Before building his own atelier, he would go on to work at the legendary restoration workshop of Michel Parmigiani, the finest watches from the last three centuries.
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 at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, the most prestigious award ceremony in the watch industry.
The Design of the 28PI
Building on his time-only Vingt-8, the "inverse" series flips the movement, inverting the calibre to show the escapement and large balance wheel on front. In total, 28 watches were produced, with 10 in platinum, 10 in tantalum and 8 in titanium.
The 28PI - short for “platinum inverse” - has a very similar construction to the caliber 28, though it was reworked for both aesthetic and functional purposes. Additional gearing allows for the hands of the 28PI to travel clockwise around the dial, and for hand-setting to occur through the winding crown. The open dial displays design cues and finishing which are typical of Kari’s watches, but with an unconventional arrangement of the indications. A testament to watchmaker's thoughtful approach to watchmaking, it brings to the fore something that is usually hidden; a desire which we'd like to believe all too often preoccupies the mind of Voutilainen collectors.
The hours and minutes are displayed on the front of the watch, with Breguet-style hands and blued-steel rings to enhance legibility. On the left corner, the watchmaker's oversized balance wheel is revealed, with two blued escape wheels placed discretely beneath.
Turning the watch over, the caseback shows both the style and exceptional level of finishing usually concealed beneath the dial of the Vingt-8. Open-worked bridges for the seconds and power reserve indications complete the reverse side of the 28PI, adding a hidden complicated element. This skilled adaptation creates an overall sense of balance and uniformity with the dial side.
Through the combination of a unique balance-spring system, with a typical Phillips overcoil and a Grossmann interior curve, and the 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 anglage and a mixture of polished, brushed and frosted surfaces. The watch has a 50-hour power reserve.
This Voutilainen 28PI is accompanied by its outer box, inner box, leather pouch, cloth, manual and certificate of origin. It comes on one of our grey grained leather straps, and also comes with its Voutilainen alligator strap and platinum buckle.
This Voutilainen 28PI is in excellent condition, remaining in close to unworn condition. It is guaranteed for authenticity, and comes with a two-year warranty from A Collected Man.
We stand by the quality of all of our pre-owned watches and mechanical objects. If something goes wrong, we’ll always strive to remedy the situation in a timely manner and to the best of our ability. The satisfaction and trust of our clients is of the highest importance, to everyone at A Collected Man.
All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough, non-invasive mechanical inspections and have been serviced, if appropriate, to ensure that they meet our highest standards of timekeeping and functionality.
Our pre-owned watches, unless stated otherwise, are covered by either a full or a limited twenty-four month warranty. This excludes any damage sustained due to improper use or accident. Due to their age, some pre-owned watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when new.
Any of our pre-owned watches which have been serviced by their respective manufacturer, will carry the manufacturer’s servicing guarantee. This is separate and supersedes, the standard warranty offered by A Collected Man. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information. You can write to us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, for further clarification.
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