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The journey of master watchmaker Kari Voutilainen


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July 2021

Finnish master watchmaker Kari Voutilainen has come a very long way from southern Lapland, where he was born and raised, to the vertiginous eyrie known as Le Chapeau de Napoléon (Napoleon’s Hat) where he has recently installed his new workshop. There, perched at the very top of a sheer mountain face, he has a panoramic view over the Val de Travers and Fleurier, with their assorted watch manufactures: L.U.C Chopard, Parmigiani, Vaucher Manufacture and, almost exactly opposite in the distance, the chateau above Môtiers where Bovet resides. It’s enough to give any fine watchmaker a Napoleon complex. But that’s not Kari Voutilainen’s style. A portrait.