The Vingt-8 wristwatch, presented at Baselworld 2011, was an exceptional expression of watchmaking philosophy according to the philosophy of Kari Voutilainen. That watch marked the first release of the new in-house movement that was designed, assembled and finished in its entirety at the Voutilainen atelier in Môtiers, Switzerland. The design and philosophy of this new in house movement combined a deep respect for tradition with novel design impulses. This is evident in such details as the new double wheel escapement designed with a view towards longevity and precision. Its very large in-house manufactured balance wheel, beating at a classical 18,000 v.p.h., provides great stability whilst allowing perfect regulation of the watch within strict tolerances.
New for 2012, the 2-Eight utilizes this same exceptional movement, this time in new case dimensions of 37mm and a special dial created with a guilloché chapter ring and center field of delicately colored mother of pearl. The whole is set off with hand made and applied indexes and numerals in gold, with the famous Voutilainen hands that represent a new interpretation of classical pomme hands for the 21st century. For such an exceptional timepiece, a very rare and unique balance-spring configuration has been used with two special curves. The exterior curve of the spring uses a typical Breguet overcoil, whilst the internal curve uses the little known Grossmann curve. This is combined with the use of two escapement wheels, instead of the centuries old use of a single wheel, as ones sees in standard Swiss anchor escapement design.
This new Voutilainen movement is the first watch to use such a configuration. The double escapement wheels give a direct impulse to the balance through the impulse roller and jewel. This means the escapement is extremely efficient, requiring much less energy than traditional lever escapements, as well as offering benefits in terms of longevity and stability in day-to-day use. The sublimely elegant balance-wheel bridge befits such a unique escapement, offering an unimpeded view of the mechanical wonders below.
The watch is finished to the highest standards. The surfaces of pinions and wheels are completely flat and highly polished to within exceptionally uniform tolerances. All finishing work on the main plate and bridges is created by hand to achieve the highest possible levels of surface finish. Even the smallest parts such as screws and other steel parts are finished and polished by hand. This also applies to parts of the watch that the owner will never be able to see.