Independent watchmaker, Kari Voutilainen, has released a preview of his latest timepiece – featuring a GMT function and retrograde power reserve indicator – that he will be debuting at Baselworld next month.
The movement plates and bridges made in rhodium-plated German silver, with Côtes de Genève and hand-chamfering finishes. The manually wound movement is based on the caliber which powers the Vingt-8 GMT. However, instead of adding a module for the power reserve, the function has been integrated into a new movement (which is better than an add-on module).
The balance is free sprung (with Grossman interior curve and Philips exterior curve, beating at 2.5Hz). The balance wheel is large (at 13.60 mm in diameter) and is supported by a long, traversing balance bridge.
Notably, the in-house made GMT mechanism allows for the second time zone (located at 6 o’clock, and indicated by the small red hand) can be adjusted by the crown in one hour increments – but not by turning the crown, instead you push the crown.
The dial is made of solid silver and engined turned by hand (guilloché-work). It has a galvanic coating in a very dark shade of green, with red accents.
The Roman numeral hour markers are hand applied and the hands feature Voutilainen’s oversized Breguet-style open tipped design. The flange is printed with white dots, with silver dots at 12, 3, 6 and 9.
The Voutilainen GMR comes in a 39 mm case, with a anti-reflective sapphire crystal (front and back), that is available in 18K white gold, 18K red gold or platinum. Limited to 12 pieces. Hand-stitched crocodile strap with Voutilainen buckle.