Founded by Rexhep Rexhepi, AKRIVIA is an independent watchmaker based in Geneva. In September 2019, AKRIVIA has announced its partnership with Jean-Pierre Hagmann, the celebrated watch case maker.
Born in Geneva and trained as a jeweller, Jean-Pierre constructed watch cases – all signed with the distinctive “JHP” hallmark – for some of the greatest names in watchmaking. His clients included Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin, Franck Muller and Roger Dubuis.
After a career that spanned some five decades, Jean-Pierre retired in 2017. Fortunately, Jean-Pierre has returned for an encore with AKRIVIA, a young brand destined to be a watchmaking great of tomorrow. Jean-Pierre now produces watch cases exclusively for AKRIVIA, though he will still execute specialist restoration of vintage watch cases for international auction houses.
At AKRIVIA, Jean-Pierre plays two crucial roles. The first is tangible: design and manufacture of watch cases, with an eye towards vertically integrating all of AKRIVIA’s case production in time. But the second is perhaps more important – nurturing a new generation of case makers.
Already set up in a brand new workshop equipped with old school tools, located just a few minutes’ walk from AKRIVIA’s workshop in Geneva’s historic Old Town, Jean-Pierre has already begun work on his first project – constructing the platinum case for the one-of-a-kind Chronometre Contemporain made for Only Watch, the famed, biennial charity auction of one-off timepieces.
Once that is complete, Jean-Pierre will build cases for AKRIVIA’s current models, as well as future timepieces, including the highly anticipated successor to the Chronometre Contemporain that will be launched next year.