Grand Master

Kari Voutilainen

“Achieving your dreams takes a lot of effort and tenacity. Only through hard work you get to truly appreciate your own achievements.

Leijona has been the first watch for numerous Finns - also for myself - and therefore has its own special place in their hearts. With the rise of mechanical watches it has been Leijona´s dream to make their comeback as a manufacturer of these fine timepieces. I am gladly a part of this vision with this Heritage 1907 Collection collaboration.”

Grand master and watchmaker Kari Voutilainen.
Dials of the Voutilainen x Leijona watches, the Oiva Classic and Urho Chrono.

About Kari Voutilainen

Kari Pekka Voutilainen (born 1962) is probably the best known contemporary independent watchmaker from Finland. He embodies craftsmanship, practical innovation and handmade artistry in his work.

He completed his initial watchmaker’s training at the world renowned watchmaking school of Tapiola in Espoo, Finland between the years 1983 and 1986. During that time Kari got familiar with Leijona watches while working as a summer intern at Oy Perkko Ab, the manufacturer company of Leijona.

After his studies Kari Voutilainen worked for Parmigiani Mesure et Art du Temps between 1990 and 1999 restoring some of the most complicated and rare watches of the world. For the following three years he gave back to others much of the fruit of his experience by teaching at the WOSTEP School of Watchmaking.

Following his teaching years Kari Voutilainen founded in 2002 his own company, Voutilainen Artisan d´Horlogerie d’Art. His aim from the beginning was to create annually small amounts of horological works of micromechanical art in the Swiss village of Môtiers. Today the atelier of Voutilainen employs 15 skilled artesans and together they craft and manufacture approximately 45 watches yearly (2018).

Currently Kari Voutilainen has two subsidiaries: Comblémine SA is a manufacturer of dials and Voutilainen & Cattin SA is a manufacturer of watch cases.

Over the years he has been repeatedly noted and highly awarded by the industry and his peers for his creations.

Awards and nominations

GPHG 2020 Men´s Watch Prize - 28SC

GPHG 2019 Artistic Crafts Watch Prize - Starry Night Vine

GPHG 2019 Men´s Watch Prize -  28ti

GPHG 2017 Artistic Crafts Watch Prize – Aki-No-Kure

Watchfair 2016 – Scintillante

Watchfair 2015 Classic Watch Prize  – VINGT-8 BGR

GPHG 2015 Men´s Watch Prize – GMR

Suurmestari (Grand Master) 2014

GAIA 2014 Award

GPHG 2014 Artistic Crafts Watch Prize – Hisui

GPHG 2013 Men´s Watch Prize – V-8R Power Reserve

GPHG 2007 Men´s Watch Prize – Observatoire