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Collector’s Series – Vancouverwatchguy and his Kari Voutilainen Vingt-8

At this time we return with a brand new instalment of The Collector’s Sequence, and with one of the crucial fascinating gown watches you possibly can think about. A collector’s dream, made by one of the crucial revered impartial watchmakers. And it’ll be courtesy of @vancouverwatchguy, who lives in… you guessed it, Vancouver, Canada. This 63-years-old monetary entrepreneur might be speaking elaborately about his ardour for his Kari Voutilainen Vingt-8. Sure, it’s a surprising watch, which appears quite easy at first, however clearly isn’t. And his unbridled enthusiasm for this marvellous watch is catchy, so bear in mind!

Frank Geelen, MONOCHROME – When did you first hear about Kari Voutilainen?

Vancouverwatchguy – It was in 2015 that I began to perform a little research into impartial watchmaking. I had already owned watches from numerous the mainstream manufacturers, and I used to be a fairly seasoned collector by this time. I owned watches from Omega, Panerai, Rolex, JLC, Cartier and two items from Patek, together with a Patek Grand Complication. By some means although, I had this gnawing feeling that one thing was lacking, and this one thing was a watch from an impartial watchmaker. After studying many articles on the web and watching Youtube movies, I used to be about six to 9 months into my examine of impartial watchmaking and the title that I saved coming again to was Kari Voutilainen. It was on my birthday in January 2016 that I made a decision to order the Vingt-8. In truth, I might describe it as my “superb impartial horological piece of artwork.”

What made you determine you needed considered one of Voutilainen’s watches? 

My resolution to amass a Voutilainen was made after a lot deliberation. Proper from the beginning, I admired nearly every thing in regards to the model and this watch. To start with, the story of  Kari Voutilainen is a formidable one, which is every thing from his horological schooling, his background with different manufacturers after which lastly launching his eponymous model about twenty years in the past. His meteoric rise over that point to what he’s at present is an admirable feat. I love the truth that Kari Voutilainen has remained true to his roots, a watchmaker that has by no means left doing what he’s finest recognized for and actually does an incomparable job at it. Lastly, I love the truth that not solely has Voutilainen remained utterly impartial, nevertheless it has finished so by making a really small amount of watches the place every watch is a person masterpiece in its personal proper.

As beforehand talked about, after doing in depth analysis, and realizing that I needed to go down the route of buying a watch from an impartial, I narrowed my selection down to a couple watchmakers and my closing resolution was arrived upon due to a couple elements. The primary was that Voutilainen made solely a handful of watches, at the moment lower than forty a 12 months. The implications concerning the exclusivity of a Voutilainen watch as a result of this reality weren’t misplaced on me. The second was the truth that, aside from a number of elements which can be extremely specialised of their manufacture,  the watch was developed and made utterly in-house. Lastly, and most significantly, the motion ending is amongst one of the best in all of watchmaking, the watch being handmade and meticulous. Because of this of those elements, I knew this was the one. What lastly tipped me over the sting was that I used to be leaping into the deep finish, with out compromise or settling for something much less, and this reality had large enchantment to me.

The Collector's Series vancouverwatchguy Kari Voutilainen Vingt-8

Are you able to inform us some extra in regards to the acquisition course of?

That went very easily. After I stumbled throughout Voutilainen, I contacted him and labored with him over the telephone for a couple of month. I selected the steel, the dial and the ending. About 9 months later, the watch was prepared for me. Kari and I stayed buddies and that’s what makes this entire endeavour of amassing watches worthwhile.

Are you proud of the consequence?

The watch is completely superb. The dial is good as you possibly can see. The case and the ending are incredible. And the motion of the Vingt-8 is among the finest in all of watchmaking. The dimensions at 39mm and the heft of the white gold are near excellent. I really feel such pleasure each time I strap the watch on. Many have stated that it’s the “excellent “ watch, however that’s so subjective. I simply know that if I needed to put on just one look ahead to the remainder of my life, this one can be the one.

The Collector's Series vancouverwatchguy Kari Voutilainen Vingt-8

Largely because of the private relationship you have got with Kari Voutilainen, I presume…

There was so much stated and written in regards to the relationship that an individual types with an impartial model that transcends the mere acquisition of a timepiece. All I can say is that’s utterly on level, given the expertise I’ve had in buying the Vingt-8. It’s a actually exhilarating and satisfying course of. There are retailers who carry Voutilainen, and that’s one solution to purchase his watches. Coping with Kari Voutilainen himself is an expertise that I’d not commerce. He’s a real gentleman and one of many actually good guys on this enterprise.

Might you elaborate on what makes this watch so particular?

As my watch amassing journey has continued, and over the passage of time, I’ve discovered that my tastes have developed. Whereas at one time the grail was a watch that was difficult, and the extra so the higher, I’m now extra interested in time-only watches. This watch is the epitome of a time-only watch.

The Collector's Series vancouverwatchguy Kari Voutilainen Vingt-8

Why is that, you suppose?

The enchantment of a watch to me and the main focus of my want record are actually very completely different from what they was. I search for superlative ending at the least requirement. Though a motion doesn’t should be proprietary and neither does it should be distinctive, I do need it to be attention-grabbing and mechanically stunning. The one factor that’s most necessary to me is the dial. Usually I do know instantly whether or not a dial speaks to me or not, and the dial should seize my coronary heart.

The Voutilainen Vingt-8 ticked all of the containers for me. With out going into the small print and technicalities of the motion, suffice it to say that it’s ingenious. Devised and utterly manufactured by Voutilainen, it’s certainly a masterpiece. The hand ending is completely good, amongst one of the best within the enterprise. The anglage is gloriously finished and the varied surfaces mix collectively as a cohesive entire.

The Collector's Series vancouverwatchguy Kari Voutilainen Vingt-8

It’s the sunshine, isn’t it?

Sure, the way through which the sunshine performs off the varied surfaces, the ending of which had been beneficial by Kari to me personally,  is a pleasure to behold.

Let me briefly describe the dial as effectively. With my want to stay to a monochromatic look, I labored with Kari himself to design the dial. Each element, together with the three engine-turned guilloche patterns, had been mentioned. The top product is one which I really feel was uniquely created for me, and each time I put it on my wrist, I’m crammed with awe, marvel and pleasure. Certainly, it’s unimaginable to ask for extra.

The Collector's Series vancouverwatchguy Kari Voutilainen Vingt-8

Nice, are you able to describe the aesthetics of the watch?

The case of the Vingt-8 that I commissioned is manufactured from white gold. On the time that I acquired this watch my selections had been white gold and platinum. White gold has at all times been my favourite steel as I like the slight off-white hue. I supposed this to be a watch that I’d put on so much, and I felt that the lighter weight of gold can be a better option. For sure, the craftsmanship and a focus to element of the case are unparalleled. The signature tear-shaped lugs additionally outline the great thing about this watch and the case, lugs and dial all come collectively as a cohesive and good entire.

So, you put on the watch so much?

Because of the sturdy attachment I’ve for this watch, it’s at all times a deal with for me after I strap it on my wrist. I don’t purchase watches that I cannot put on. I type an emotional reference to all my watches and I attempt to put on all of them so much. Nonetheless, this piece will get greater than its justifiable share of wrist time. It’s definitely my go-to gown watch, however I discover it to be extraordinarily versatile, and in addition applicable for informal occasions. Briefly, I put on it any time I really feel prefer it.

The Collector's Series vancouverwatchguy Kari Voutilainen Vingt-8

And the way do individuals react to it?

As one would possibly anticipate, nearly no one ever is aware of this watch or acknowledges a Voutilainen. That is simply how I prefer it; it’s nearly at all times my little secret and that fits me simply nice. When I’m within the firm of different collectors or at a watch occasion, the Vingt-8 is an enormous hit. Even seasoned collectors are wowed by the sweetness and splendor of the piece, and I get many requests from individuals who wish to take a look at it up shut and look at this horological piece of artwork. Naturally, I beam with pleasure!

Would you ever think about promoting it at an honest value?

I wish to be discreet about issues like price and value, however for sure, this isn’t a reasonable watch. If I can assist it, I don’t ever plan to promote or half with this Voutilainen.

The Collector's Series vancouverwatchguy Kari Voutilainen Vingt-8

And it has a lot historical past to it, for you…

Sure, I bear in mind the day I took supply of the watch. I caught the practice from Geneva to Yverdon-les-Bains, a good looking journey partly alongside Lac Leman and thru beautiful Swiss countryside. Kari picked me up and we drove to his workshop in Motiers, one other pretty drive to the mountainous area north of Lac de Neuchatel. Motiers is near Fleurier, a city with nice horological significance. In a placing and enormous constructing, which served as Kari’s dwelling and workshop, I had the pleasure of assembly Kari’s gracious spouse and his household. Kari personally took me by way of his workshop and gave me the grand tour. I used to be additionally privileged sufficient to satisfy the one that had finished the vast majority of the work on my watch. I used to be additionally delighted to be taught that Kari himself had been instrumental within the manufacture of the watch and had a hand within the meeting. He and I then went to a captivating village shut by, the place we sat exterior on a patio and had a scrumptious lunch. Kari then drove me again to the practice station. I can truthfully say that this was essentially the most memorable day I’ve had in my watch amassing journey. It couldn’t have been extra joyous.

Inform us extra about that journey…

I’ve gone by way of a number of phases of watch amassing. After about 40 years of being a watch fanatic, I began to consolidate my assortment over the previous couple of years as I felt that I had so as to add solely watches that actually stirred my soul. Because of this, I pared every thing again to the naked minimal and am now beginning to rebuild once more. It was a troublesome course of as a result of, like many passionate collectors, I used to be actually connected to my watches. Nevertheless it was obligatory with a view to discover readability. I now perceive my amassing fashion and what I want to focus upon. For essentially the most half, I want to give attention to artisanal, impartial watchmaking and fashionable haute horology.

So which watch is subsequent in your record?

There are a selection of watches that I’m contemplating buying at current. These come principally from smaller independents, but additionally from bigger manufacturers. The next is just not an exhaustive record. At current, I’m engaged on a long run venture with Bradley Taylor, a superb younger watchmaker who additionally occurs to be based mostly in Vancouver, Canada. I’m including a Charles Frodsham to my assortment, and am additionally talking to a couple different impartial watchmakers.

Bradley Taylor Paragon Independent Watchmaker CanadaAn instance of Paragon watches by Bradley Taylor

Do you have got basic ideas for individuals who wish to begin amassing watches?

I don’t think about myself an knowledgeable by any stretch of the creativeness, so I can solely converse to my very own amassing philosophy. I solely purchase watches that I actually love, and at this stage of my amassing journey, I attempt to decide watches that I don’t intend to half with. I typically attempt to not go after unobtainable watches and want to give attention to watches that I can really purchase.  When a chunk is wanted by nearly everybody on the market, I discover that I shortly lose curiosity. In that vein, I attempt to not ever pay greater than the retail value of a watch. I really feel that you will need to attempt to purchase watches that transfer the horological needle in some little approach, and I actually give attention to this as I attempt to determine what so as to add subsequent. Lastly, I don’t want my assortment to get out of hand when it comes to dimension, as I want to have the ability to put on my watches as usually as attainable.

And why do you gravitate in the direction of impartial watchmaking?

Though the bigger manufacturers have economies of scale and nice technical prowess, It appears to me that the true creativity in watchmaking comes from independents. When it comes to bang for the buck, the true worth is offered by these watchmakers. Lastly, I really feel that each time I purchase a watch, I’m voting… I’m voting with my pocketbook and my actions for the kind of watchmaking I wish to see forge a path into the long run. If I can influence that in an infinitesimal approach, I be ok with my tiny little contribution to the world of horology.

The Collector's Series vancouverwatchguy Kari Voutilainen Vingt-8

Are you in contact with different collectors?

I’ve made numerous good buddies and met many wonderful individuals by way of this ardour for watches that your readers and I share. It’s superb how this love for watches has a approach of bringing individuals collectively and permitting them to have an instantaneous bond. For that, I’m very grateful.