On the 7th of November this year, the 6th iteration of the Only Watch charity auction will take place in Geneva instead of Monaco and it will be held by Aurel Bacs from Phillips Auctions. For this biennial charity auction, the independent watchmaker, Mr. Kari Voutilainen, has prepared its unique timepiece named Kari Voutilainen GMT-6. This exquisite watch is just one of 43 unique timepieces that will be auctioned off and the entire sum will be donated to the support of research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
When it comes to the type of hand-made timepieces as we get from someone like Kari Voutilainen and his workshop, they are distinguished by great attention to detail with high level of finishing, movement design and stunning dials. This unique watch is no exception.
Kari Voutilainen GMT-6 is housed in a stainless steel case which measures 39mm in diameter. The watch features an exceptional white gold Grand-Feu enamel dial which is partially covered with translucent blue enamel in the central part, thus revealing a concentric wave motif.
The hour circle displays a more classical Clou-de-Paris pattern on which some gold Roman numerals are applied. The second time-zone counter has the same finish. The rotating disc has two different functions: the first one is an independent 24-hour counter to show a second time zone and the second one is a night/day indicator. These are shown on two distinct zones, one with a sun pattern and a yellow translucent enamel on the top and one with a moon motif covered with blue translucent enamel.
The heart of the Kari Voutilainen GMT-6 is finished to the highest standards possible, with large and shining polished bevelled angles and hand-crafted frost surfaces on the bridges. The magnificently finished and technically advanced movement has a special escapement that features two escapement wheels. The single main spring is capable to store enough energy to keep the watch ticking for approximately 65 hours when fully wound.
Each part of the movement is painstakingly designed, assembled and completed in Kari Voutilainen’s own workshop, including wheel spokes bevelled, inward angles, screws-heads and slots highly polished and the balance wheel bridge black polished on a round shape.
I have one more information for the end. The reverse side of the watch reveals the engraved inscriptions “Only Watch” and “Unique Piece”.