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History

Kari Voutilainen chose Môtiers, the village where he both lived and worked, to make his name as an independent watchmaker as from 2002. The quiet beauty of the Val-de-Travers region lends itself naturally to the watchmaker's craft. Already in the nineteenth century, the area was home to specialist production of watches destined for a Chinese clientele.

Kari Voutilainen had his sights set on perfection and this, together with a patiently accumulated knowledge and experience of antique, high quality and grandes complications timepieces, would unlock the door to innovation and creativity. Not content to simply imagine what could be, Kari Voutilainen produces each of his watches himself. Like a sculptor or an artist shaping every detail, be it a technical feature or an aesthetic trait, nothing is left to chance. His purpose is to make classic timepieces built on solid technical foundations that will be passed from generation to generation. As with any hand-made watch, their number is limited. Each has specific characteristics and functions, and therefore its own personal, individual qualities. It goes without saying that only precious metals are used to encase these technical marvels. For all these reasons, a watch by Kari Voutilainen is a collector's joy.



Key dates

The first watch signed Kari Voutilainen is a pocket watch with tourbillon and power-reserve mechanism. Entirely hand-made, it has a silver case and a hand-guilloché dial.

Kari Voutilainen Artisan d’Horlogerie d’Art established. The first watch to be made by the new company is a decimal minute repeater with power-reserve mechanism.

The business moves to a manor house set in its own gardens at 2, Rue de Comblémine in Môtiers, offering a peaceful atmosphere in which to work.

Launch of the Vingt-8, the first movement to be made from start to finish at the Kari Voutilainen workshop. The Voutilainen Vingt-8 wristwatch captures Kari Voutilainen's philosophy to perfection. The movement, manufactured entirely within the workshop, is distinguished by a rare and highly efficient escapement that requires less energy than a lever escapement.

Dialtech, a dial manufacturer also in Val-de-Travers, becomes part of the company and is renamed Comblémine SA. This acquisition gives Kari Voutilainen complete control over the manufacturing of its dials.

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