Sneak Peek – New Voutilainen SIHH 2016 Wristwatches With Live Photos
It’s SIHH week! And already, our California collector group was off to a splendid start with our traditional Saturday evening dinner with friend and genius watchmaker Kari Voutilainen.
Voutilainen brought along several of the watches that he will be presenting this week at SIHH and was kind enough to grant permission for us to show them here before the official start of the show.
One limitation was that the lighting in our usual dinner place is absolutely diabolical; nonetheless, with a combination of supplemental light sources, high ISO settings, and some white balance adjustment in post-processing I was able to capture decent photos of three of the new offerings.
First up: a navy-dialed Vingt-8 in white gold, seen first inside of my makeshift tabletop light tent.
And, on my wrist, wearing nicely as Kari’s watches always do.
The hit of the evening with MrsG was a unique GMT-6 in platinum with blue and orange enameled guilloche dial and enameled officer case back. Here are three shots: front and back on the table and then on the wrist of a (very happy) MrsG.
The hands and markers on these pieces are very interesting: while they look almost white, they are in fact made of gold that is “wet sandblasted” (an imprecise translation of the French-language term) and then treated with rhodium.
MrsG and I were also delighted to see a rendering of the watch that Kari is developing for Basel. I can’t say too much about it, but can reveal that it is being made with ladies in mind and will, in its own way in my opinion, rival the Hisui that won the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève for its creative use of decorative media.
There were a few other pieces, including a wonderful “all-black” Vingt-8 with a “black gold” treated frosted movement, but I’d rather let you see the official photos than my relatively un-viewable shots. I’ll leave you with one final image of a fantastic burgundy-dialed Vingt-8 and urge you to stay tuned here at Quill & Pad for more throughout the week!