Rising Star Akrivia brings to the DWW the first watch to ever combine a tourbillon, jumping hours and a repeater
Fresh-faced Rexhep Rexhepi came to the DWW and was on hand at the Opera Gallery to show off his latest masterpieces for Akrivia, an independant brand of watches with contemporary design that pay hommage to the best traditions of watchmaking. Still only 30 years old, Rexhepi’s rise has been rapid. Born in Kosovo, he moved to Geneva in 1998 and started out as a watchmaker’s apprentice at Patek Philippe at the tender age of 14. “I’ve always been seeking to evolve and increase my knowledge, so after Patek Philippe I went to BNB Concept where I had the chance to be responsible for a complication workshop, managing more than 10 people. After that I was hired as a watchmaker for François-paul Journe. Then I worked as a chime prototypist and finally in 2012, I decided to create Akrivia and focus fully on my personal approach to watchmaking.” A finalist of the 2016 GPHG, Akrivia’s 210,000 USD Tourbillon Chiming Jump Hour model represents a pivotal moment for the brand, as it is the first movement developed and produced entirely inhouse. This line (presented in 2015) is distinguished by a somewhat unusual association of horological complications: a tourbillon, jumping hours as well as a mechanism striking the hours in passing with a silent function. It embodies a choice inspired by traditional watchmaking yet entirely in tune with the times through its minimalistic good looks.