Perhaps one of his lesser known forays in the watchmaking world, Kari Voutilainen has had a watch collaboration history with Finnish brand Leijona. Now, the latest product of this partnership has come to fruition.
The Heritage 1907 collection now has four different models – the Oiva Classic, Jalo Sport, Urho Chrono, and the latest, the Försti Diver. The first two are time only, and the Chrono name speaks for itself.
The Försti Diver is the first diving watch involvement for Kari Voutilainen, and the inspiration for which is a quartz diving watch made by Leijona in the 1970s to 1980s. It had a black dial, rubber strap, and red bezel.
One of these two new diving watches also sports these colours, with the second having a white dial and blue bezel. The dials are manufactured by Voutilainen’s dial making company Comblémine SA.
They are pretty standard looking divers. The two iterations are either a white galvanised dial or a galvanised black dial. Both have indices and hands that are filled with Super-LumiNova. Both come with a rubber strap as well as a stainless steel bracelet, as well as second (differently coloured) replacement bezels, which is an interesting touch. The white dial model comes with a two coloured second bezel and the black dial model, a black bezel.
Inside is the automatic Sellita SW200-1, which beats at 28,800 VPH and has a power reserve of 38 hours.
The 41mm (Swiss made) stainless steel case has a thickness of 12.75mm with a screw-down crown, a screw-down case back with an engraved Leijona logo, and a water resistance of 200m. The cases are hand-finished and the watches assembled, at Voutilainen & Cattin SA.
You can see the rest of the Voutilainen x Leijona collection at the Leijona Heritage 1907 website.
[Photo credit: Voutilainen x Leijona]