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Kari Voutilainen Wins The 2014 Gaïa Award For Artisanal CreatioN


by Elizabeth Doerr

In the world of complicated watchmaking, that which might appear simple when seen from the dial may often be quite complicated when you turn a watch over and peer into its depths.

In Kari Voutilainen’s case, not only does his style comprise an uncommon sort of complicated simplicity, it is also riddled with the thing that eludes many watchmakers: near perfection.

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From WOSTEP to Parmigiani, and now in Môtiers (Neuchâtel) where he works, the Finnish watch artist has always been widely appreciated. Three words sum up his watchmaking: independence, true calling and modesty, like all great watchmakers have.

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