Kari Voutlianien’s New 28ti Watch Has an Inside-Out Movement Display

The unconventional timepiece features a prime view of the movement, in all its hand-finished glory.

By Victoria Gomelsky 23/05/2019

On the flip side. It’s a casual phrase that originated back when DJs actually played records. The flip side was the B side, the less popular side, the track you weren’t all that excited to hear.

But leave it to Finnish watchmaker Kari Voutilainen to flip the script on that paradigm. His new 28ti model—ti stands for titanium inverse—is powered by a new calibre that literally positions the movement inside out, with the escapement and a large, in-house balance wheel located front and centre. In the case of the 28ti, which is based on Voutilainen’s signature Vingt-8 model—designed, built, fabricated, finished and assembled entirely at the Voutilainen workshop in Motiers, Switzerland—the flip side is the main event.

Unveiled at the Baselworld fair in March, the model—which comes in a limited series of 26 pieces, eight encased in titanium (CHF 86,000, approximately $124,000), eight in platinum (CHF 98,000 or $140,000) and 10 in the rare-earth metal tantalum (CHF 118,000 or 170,000)—bears all the hallmarks of a Voutilainen special, i.e., hand-finishing details, such as a movement crafted from German silver, that make watch lovers feel faint.


Voutilainen 28ti
Courtesy of Kari Voutilainen

The watchmaker said he strove to give the piece a “very clean appearance” on both of its sides. The hour and minute display runs on the periphery of the openworked dial, while the back side houses a small seconds display and power reserve indicator (to show its 65 hours of run-time).

He said that of the three metals the model comes in, tantalum was by far the most difficult to work with, due to its hardness. He also said the model had sold out, so collectors keen to get their hands on one may want to consider secondary channels.

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