. . .this was a really exciting article to read. The Decimal Repeater is one of those ideas that when you hear about it you smack your forehead and wonder why you hadn't thought of that. . . it seems obvious in retrospect but it took great imagination and tremendous skill to bring off. Curtis' article by design focuses on the Decimal Repeater but there is a veritable horological feast here; wish I could see these in person!
Thanks so much for this article. His work is a treat for the eyes (and presumably the ears as well) and I very much hope to see it in person some day. I've long dreamed of a decimal repeater and I'm delighted that it's being made by someone with such a clear vision and extraordinary standards of execution. Kudos to you Mr. Voutilainen! A rising star to look out for!
Speechless....this is definitely one of the best novelties in years...
By: RT : March 25th, 2005-03:15
It is a refresh-looking watch; the movement finish is just about as good as it gets, and the repeating concept IMHO makes much more sense than the current system. Thanks very much Curtis for a great article and my best wishes to Mr. Voutilainen. This is simply amazing; what an original invention!
what I gather from the article is that he made the balance himself
By: ei8htohms : March 26th, 2005-12:24
The article indicates that the balance is a variable inertia variety made from stainless steel. Certainly not the original Audemars balance and I assume made by Mr. Voutilainen himself. The design (and that used by Volker) is not completely uncommon for handcrafted and/or one-off pieces, similar designs having been used by Anthony Randall, Derek Pratt, George Daniels and others I believe.
beg him to consider inverting the "IV" and "VIII" in the manner of older clock designs. To me this yields the most harmonious and balanced dials. I love the engraving on the back. That element in itself shows a dedication to even the finest details.
. . .I suspect that over the last couple of years I've gotten a lot more out of him than he has from me, including some very patient explanation of the technical side of horology which has often allowed me to sound like I know what I'm talking about .
There are minute repeaters, 5 minute repeaters, quarter repeaters and half quarter repeaters, but never a 10 minute repeater until Kari's watch. Kari and I were refering to it as a 10 minute repeater until Jack made his spot on suggestion.
This is THE watch at Basel this year (in my opinion). It was the absolute highlight of my trip. Mr. Voutilainen is a wonderfully patient and gracious man. It was a distinct honor to meet him and talk to him about the development and distribution of this stunning watch.
The AHCI booth was just a wonderful place to hang around.