In 2018, independent Swiss luxury watch atelier AkriviA celebrated its 6th anniversary. Its founder Rexhep Rexhepi has chosen the same year to launch classically inspired watch collection bears the founder’s name, Rexhep Rexhepi, to distinguish it from the more visually futuristic AkriviA series of timepieces.
The Chronomètre Contemporain, the first watch from Rexhep Rexhepi collection unites the classical form of the officers’ watch with the contemporary aesthetic codes of existing AkriviA timepieces, such as the AK-06 launched in 2017.
The Chronomètre Contemporain watch is available within white or in black grand feu enamel dial with Art Deco inspired asymmetrical gold or blue lines. These lines frame and segment the Roman numbers in a rhythmic fashion, providing the traditionally handmade enamel dial with a contemporary touch. The large diameter of the sub-seconds counter at 6 o’clock is a tribute to the officer’s watch.
The novel case of the Chronomètre Contemporain creates a fascinating visual tension through the deliberate interweaving of symmetrical and asymmetrical forms, as well as concave and convex details visible in the case sides and lugs. These aspects are enhanced by the alternation of brushed and polished surfaces. Following the purest tradition, the delicate and elongated lugs have been hand-soldered to the case in order to highlight the beauty of this expertly detailed and hand-finished case design. The ergonomically designed case and lugs along with breathable leather strap ensures comfortable wearing on large or small wrists.
The Chronomètre Contemporain is an hour, minute and second chronometer featuring hacking seconds and automatic zero-reset to allow precise and easy time setting. The new caliber RR-01 embodies all the values in watchmaking: the attention to every visible and invisible detail, purity, symmetry and functional reduction to the essential. The movement of the Chronomètre Contemporain relates directly to the essence of chronometrical timekeeping instruments. The stop seconds mechanism has been developed from the ‘all or nothing’ function used in the Grande Sonnerie where the mechanism must release either completely or not at all, using one motion. In this way, the seconds hand resets to the 12 o’clock position as soon as the crown is pulled out.
The winding of this watch will be a sheer pleasure for its owner thanks to the click ratchet inspired by old the pocket watches winding mechanisms. This provides a smooth winding underlined by a discreet mechanical sound. The watch delivers a very long power reserve of 100 hours with one barrel held in a jeweled pivot. This long power reserve was chosen in order to extend the period between manual windings for the ease of use by the user, as well as for exact timekeeping, which requires a steady, unwavering supply of torque to the going train.
The entire, in house designed RR-01 movement is fully embellished with handmade traditional finishing techniques such as anglage, black polish and Côtes de Genève.
The timepiece comes with the option to have each Chronomètre Contemporain certified by the Besançon Observatory with the delivery of a Bulletin de marche de chronométrie. This document will certify that the watch complies with the stringent conditions of the ISO procedures 3159 after having completed a testing procedure of 16 consecutive days.
Caliber RR-01 New in-house, manual winding movement with stop seconds and 0-seconds reset function, central indication of hour minutes and seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock.
Winding mechanism with traditional hand-polished click lever and spring
Dimension: 30.00mm x 5.20 / 7.28
Frequency: 18,000 a/h (2.5 Hz)
Escapement: Swiss lever escapement with an in-house developed variable inertia balance wheel (10.5mm) using 4 adjustable weights. Hairspring with Breguet overcoil.
Power reserve: 100 hours, one jeweled barrel which optimizes the efficiency by eliminating the frictions.
The entire movement’s visible and non-visible parts have been hand finished to highest traditions of Geneva watchmaking, using classical techniques such as: “anglage” (engaging angles) black polish, perlage, Côtes de Genève, Hand graining and polishing, hand engraving with rhodium treatment.
38mm x 9.5mm in 18k Red gold 5N or in 950Pt platinum
Made of three parts with screwed case back and alternate polished and brushed finishing
Glare proofed front sapphire; see-through case back with sapphire
Water resistance: 3 ATM (30 meters)
Traditional Black Enamel Grand Feu on 18K gold plate and 5N index printing on the Red Gold 5N version White Enamel Grand Feu with blue printing for the Platinum version
Hands: hour, minutes and second in red gold 18K “poli bercé” (round polished)
Calf leather Tang buckle either in Red gold 5N or 950Pt
On client’s request and an additional cost the watch can be Chronometer certified by the Besançon Observatory. With this option the watch is being delivered with a “Bulletin de marche de chronométrie” after a thorough testing of the complete watch during 16 days consecutive days.
3 years. Any necessary work performed under guarantee extends the duration of it by one year.