Rajamäen Kellotehdas is a Finland based watch brand established by Simo Ylitalo, a watchmaker with immense experience in traditional watch making sector. In their exclusive mechanical timepieces, the brand successfully merges both the Swiss and the Finnish watch making traditions.
Born in 1967, Simo Ylitalo is an alumnus of The Finnish School of Watchmaking and WOSTEP in Neuchatel, Switzerland. He completed his graduation from Finland’s watch-making school in 1991. He began his career in luxury watch retail sector in Finland and then moved to Switzerland where he had worked with some venerated horology firms like PIAGET (1992 to 1995) and RENAUD ET PAPI (1995 to 1998).
He then returned to Finland and became an instructor at the same Watchmaking School he graduated. Before founding his own watch brand, Simo had also worked with Kari Voutilainen workshop in Switzerland from 2006 to 2007.
In 2007, Simo Ylitalo founded his own horology workshop. Rajamäen Kellotehdas was founded with the purpose of offering watchmaking skills acquired without compromise from both Finland and Switzerland. Initially, his atelier focussed mainly on the restoration of complicated watches and the development of prototypes. In 2011, Rajamäen Kellotehdas launched its first watch. Simo still continues to teach at The Finnish School of Watchmaking located in Tapiola, Espoo.
Rajamäen Kellotehdas is based at Rajamäki, a village in the municipality of Nurmijärvi in southern Finland. This newly established watch brand’s creations are immediately recognizeable and stand out from the crowd, thanks to the original design and their unique, vibrant three dimensional dials. Presently, Rajamäen Kellotehdas offers a line named 12M. Another series called 18M is under development.
12M is an automatic watch equipped with a modified ETA 2892-2 Swiss made self-winding movement.
It comes with a 41mm diameter and 11.5mm thick stainless steel case featuring polished finish or dark grey diamond-like coating. Its front glass and transparent caseback are made from scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.
Fixed with three screws, its three-dimensional dial feature Arabic numeral embedded blocks as hour-markers and 5-minute markers. Made from Alumec with diamond-like coating, the dial of 12M model features 4 layers: the centre dial, the ring with hour-marker blocks, the ring with brand name RAJAMÄEN KELLOTEHDAS and the outer minute track. The centre dial can be a plain surface featuring the same dial color or a mesh.
The Rajamäen Kellotehdas 12M watch is available with Dark grey, Blue (Alu 6082 anodized), Orange, Green, Lingonberry Red, Purple and Bronze dial versions.
The 12M watch indicates hour, minute, seconds and date. All the three hands are embedded with luminous material. The date window is placed at 3’o clock. The 12M watch can be worn on leather strap, stainless steel bracelet or bi-material (leather/rubber) strap.
When viewing from the caseback side, you will find a colored ring that surrounds the movement. Featuring the same color of the front dial, this ring also features brand name, model number and serial number.
The decorated self-winding movement can be admired through the sapphire crystal case back. The custom rotor features five drilled holes.
The proposed 18M model features a heat-treated stainless steel with grained and polished finish. It measures Ø 40mm diameter and 11.5mm thickness. The 18M watch is fitted with sapphire crystal front and back. Movement is a modified ETA 2896 self-winding calibre made in Switzerland. This timepiece does not feature traditional watch hands; instead it comes with triangular markers and discs.