The 28 HISUI is a unique mechanical timepiece created by Switzerland based master watch maker Kari Voutilainen in association with Unryuan, a world renowned lacquer studio from Japan.
One of the greatest lacquer studios of Japan, Unryuan, under the guidance of Mr. T. Kitamura, create works of lacquer art that stand at the pinnacle of Japanese tradition, bringing a craft that has existed for hundreds of years into the present, exemplifying the passion to preserve the soul, spirit and identity of traditional Japanese culture as expressed in the Edo period.
This superlative work engages us immediately on a physical level and one can only stand in awe at the commitment, patience and dedication required to create these works of art. The work of Art shown here, using the techniques of lacquering which takes far more than thousand hours of work to complete the dial and bridges. The raw materials for its creation are: Kinpun (gold dust), Jyunkin-itakane (gold leaf), Yakou-gai (shell of great green turban) and Awabi-gai (abalone shell from New Zealand). This bespoke watch made especially to A L’Emeraude has been inspired from precious stones Emeralds and Jades, what the name Hisui signify.
This symbiosis of Japanese tradition with the Swiss haute horlogerie creations of Kari Voutilainen represents an all-embracing mechanical and visual work of art that unites the East and West in perfect harmony.
Model: Voutilainen 28 Hisui
Unique, in house designed movement with hours and minutes
New direct impulse escapement with two escapement wheels
Movement: 30mm x 5.60mm with pure German silver main plate and bridges made from German silver and titanium with Art decoration made by the legendary Japanese lacquer studio Unryuan
Wheels in rose gold
Free sprung balance (wheel diameter 13.60mm) with Grossman interior curve and Philips exterior curve, beating at 18,000 vph
Dial: Unique art piece created by the legendary Japanese lacquer studio Unryuan
Hands: gold and steel, hand made
All manufacturing, construction, fabrication, hand finishing and assembly in the Voutilainen workshop
Sapphire glass front and back, with anti reflection treatment
In 18K white gold with matching tang buckle and alligator strap
Limited to 1 unique example