Kari Voutilainen is perhaps one of the most reserved an unassuming master watchmakers today, and yet, the mere mention of his name, let alone the sight of one of his watches, will draw the attention of the watch purists. For SIH, Voutilainen turned rather philosophical, and has, in a way, created a timepiece for those who want a perpetual excuse for missing their next appointment. It’s not that the watch doesn’t work, far from it, but the way it displays time is unique. The basic premise is that once every hour, the hours and minutes hands are superimposed, regardless of what time it is. Yes, you need to think about this; while this happens on a “normal” watch as well, it’s not precisely every hour – if we start with 12 o’clock precisely, the next time the two hands will be superimposed is at 1:06 or so, then at 2:12, and so on. For the Vingt-8 Iso, the hands will always be perfectly superimposed at the top of the hour. What you have to understand though is that the top of the hour is not, in effect, fixed, as the outer track rotates as well. In a way, this is the perfectionist’s watch, because the angle between the hours and minutes hand will always be dictated exactly by the number of minutes that have passed, i.e. 15 minutes equates to 90 degrees, 30 minutes to 180 degrees, 45 minutes to 270 degrees, or -90 degrees if you prefer. At least the point of reference for the hours is fixed, or you’d probably go stir crazy trying to read the time, and you might only resort to admiring the superlative finishing that Voutilainen is well-known for.