AkriviA, the young Swiss luxury watch brand based in Geneva is specialised in the manufacturing of exceptional haute horlogerie timepieces. Founded by master watch maker Rexhep Rexhepi, the brand now unveils their first timepiece: the Tourbillon monopusher chronograph.
It was during his apprenticeship at Patek Philippe at the age of 14 that Rexhep Rexhepi first felt an intense desire to express a personal philosophy of watchmaking with an approach that would push the boundaries of execution and mechanism to new levels. A decade of experiences after that daydream about the future would see AkriviA become a reality. AkriviA’s goals are simple: uniting the heritage of the Geneva watchmaking traditions with a contemporary approach that interprets timekeeping for the 21st century.
For the first masterpiece from the brand, Rexhep Rexhepi has chosen a stunning combination of two complications:-
- Tourbillon –Most beautiful and complex mechanism in horology and also the most challenging complication to create.
- Monopusher Chronograph – Chronograph is most desired watch function that suited to the typical timing tasks of everyday life. The Monopusher Chronograph has a history that dates back to 19th century and is rare and one of the oldest among various types of chronographs available.
The watch maker has combined the Tourbillon and monopusher chronograph complications in an elegant manner for a contemporary watch design and result is a high end complication watch integrated with a useful function.
AkriviA Tourbillon Monopusher Chronograph is equipped with Caliber AA-01, a manual winding movement developed in Geneva. The movement which has a power reserve of 100 hours boasts functions such as tourbillon mononpusher chronograph, with hours, minutes, running chronograph minutes and seconds and power reserve indicator.
The chronograph mechanism is built up on the dial side, which is quite rare in the world of watchmaking. All of the bridges, springs, plates and the tourbillon cage, the balance with its gold timing screws, the chronograph wheel and many more details – have all been re-designed and for this reason many new parts were created from steel, which allows a high level of finishing as well as providing extensive longevity regarding wear and tear.
Some of these changes were purely visible in order to follow all the codes for the Geneva Seal; others were undertaken in order to optimize the monopusher chronograph functions for perfect chronometric results and the elimination of backlash when stopping and starting the mechanism.
The case of the watch, which is available in Steel or 18K 5N red gold, is inspired by the classical traditions; however, it is not copy of particular look or style of case design from the past. The case design recalls the elegant cases of the past only by indirect inference, yet its design is firmly rooted in the more dynamic lines of the 21st century.
And with an eye to the user, in order to make the watch comfortable to wear, a lot of attention was paid to such details as the creation of a streamlined, ergonomic case form and outline, the shape of the pusher as well as the angle and direction in which the fingers touch the case when using the chronograph functions. The anti-glare treated sapphire glass front and back provide the perfect window on the movement’s key features and the attention given to each detail.
With a philosophy identical to that used in the movement, the case is extremely finely finished in every detail as well as complex in its realization with more than 30 separate parts.
Model: Tourbillon Monopusher Chronograph
Manual winding movement, Caliber AA-01
Tourbillon mononpusher chronograph, with hours, minutes, running chronograph minutes and seconds and power reserve indicator
Diameter: 30.00mm / Thickness: 7.40mm
Number of parts (Complete movement) : 286 parts
Number of parts (Tourbillon cage): 63 parts
Number of jewels: 33, Olive-domed and plate jewels
Power reserve: 100 hours / with chronograph engaged: 72h
Frequency: 21,600 vph
• Engages directly with the Tourbillon cage
• Snail type gear-trains design by AkriviA
• Steel parts decorated by inward angles and sinks
• Chronograph wheels and parts decorated by hand
• Interior and exterior flanks finished with angles and sinks polished by hand.
• Manual circular graining
• Rhodium finish
• Interior and exterior flanks decorated with 10 inward angles created and polishedby hand.
• Angles and sinks with hand graining and polishing by hand
• “Côtes de Genève” decoration
• Manual circular graining even on non-visible parts
• Finishing of all steel parts with handmade blocked and facet polishing
• All inscriptions engraved by hand (“AkriviA”; N°, “Manufacturé à Genève”, logo)
• Nickel-rhodium finish
• Hand-engraved inscriptions finished in 3N gold
• Cage pillars in Titanium
• Bridges in hand blocked and facet polished steel
• Eight handmade and polished inward angles
• Swiss anchor escapement
• 60-second rotation
• Weight of the cage: 0.45g
• Gold timing screws
• Diameter 9.60 mm
Hour and minute
Chronograph minutes and seconds
Segmented power reserve (100 hours)
Available in Steel or 18K 5N red gold
Front sapphire glass crystal with anti-reflective treatment (both sides)
Lateral tab at 9 o’clock provides optimal ergonomic positioning of the fingers when engaging the chronograph
Case composed of 30 parts
Transparent back of sapphire glass with anti-reflective treatment (both sides)
Hand engraved inscriptions placed on the circumference
Case dimensions: Diameter: 43mm/ Thickness: 12.90mm
Water resistance: 3 ATM (30m / 100ft)
In steel or 18K 5N red gold with engraved and polished AkriviA logo
Engraved circumference with “clous de Paris” decoration
Black PVD–coated German silver base
Silver pigments for the hour and minute markers (steel version) or blue pigments (red gold version)
Brushed and rhodium finished minute and seconds display
Brushed and rhodium finished power reserve sector
Hand engraved, blocked and facet polished decorative inset at 12 o’ clock
Hand engraved, blocked and facet polished decorative insert around the tourbillon cage in steel
Sword shaped hour, minute, seconds and chronograph minute hands in AkriviA design
Hands with Rhodium finish
Power reserve in brushed German silver with rhodium finish and red lacquer
Strap and Clasp
Hand-sewn black alligator
Choice of 18K, 5N red gold deployant clasp or pin buckle, both with hand-engraved AkriviA logo and hand stitched alligator strap