Ris­ing Star Akrivia brings to the DWW the first watch to ever com­bine a tour­bil­lon, jump­ing hours and a re­peater

Bespoke - - THE CRE­ATIVE SPACE -

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.

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