EAST MEETS WEST KARI VOUTILAINEN – 28 SARASAMON

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Voutilainen col­lab­o­rated with Ja­panese lac­quer stu­dio Un­ryuan to cre­ate this out­stand­ing, one-piece-only watch that mar­ries the Fin­nish watch­maker’s tech­ni­cal in­no­va­tion with stun­ning lac­quer art. In­side the timepiece is Voutilainen’s in-housedesigned move­ment, fea­tur­ing his in­no­va­tive di­rect im­pulse es­cape­ment. On the dial is an equally fas­tid­i­ously crafted mas­ter­piece made of gold dust, New Zealand abalone and great green tur­ban shell. To form the iri­des­cent flo­ral mo­tif, crafts­men filled up en­graved chan­nels with gold dust, ap­plied tiny bits of shell by hand, then lac­quered and pol­ished the dial mul­ti­ple times. The re­sult, which took months to achieve, is a stun­ningly rich and colour­ful work of dec­o­ra­tive art.

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