“When you are working independently as I am, then you have to also think long term. Because not everything you require to make watches the way you want may be available in the future.

The old factory they came from was amazing. The wooden floor planks between the machines were worn out in grooves from the employees walking back and forth all those years.

They exported the cutters made by these machines all over the world, but never made the transition to modern retailing techniques and they ended up having to close their doors.

But I am happy at least these machines were saved; they are fantastic things, they will still be here after I am gone.”

Kari Voutilainen