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Karin Voutilainen 28 Sarasamon with dial from Unryuan studio in Japan. The Saiei Makie and Somata zaiku lacquering of this dial takes months to complete and uses gold dust), gold leaf, great green turban (a snail) shell and abalone shell from New Zealand

Kari Voutilainen Wins The 2014 Gaïa Award For Artisanal Creation

In the world of complicated watchmaking, that which might appear simple when seen from the dial may often be quite complicated when you turn a watch over and peer into its depths.

In Kari Voutilainen’s case, not only does his style comprise an uncommon sort of complicated simplicity, it is also riddled with the thing that eludes many watchmakers: near perfection.

In fact, in the very taciturn press release that the Gaïa committee published ahead of the actual ceremony to be held at the MIH on September 18, 2014, it is stated that the reason for awarding Voutilainen with the coveted prize is as follows: “For his research into perfection in creating novel, unique horological mechanisms and realizing them within prestigious timekeepers.”

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