In 2018 Akrivia proposes a new line, which embodiesthe first chapter of a new collection in more classiq tones and which bears the name Rexhep Rexhepi. The Chronomètre Contemporain is the first work in this collection, this timepiece is added to the existing Akrivia collection which retains a more contemporary aesthetic approach. The lines of the case are dictated by the purity and finesse of the horns which also bring great comfort to the wearer. I would like to create a rather persoal rereading of the classic round watch, with certain details that leaves no doubt its DNA.
The new Chronomètre is available with in 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, the very first watch of the new Rexhep Rexhepi collection, creates a fascinating visual tension through my 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. I have also given special attention to the strap, so that it follows the fine lugs, to allow the design of the case to ‘breathe’ on the wrist. Last but not least, with an eye to modern lifestyles, the case and lugs have been specifically designed to be ergonomic, easy to wear and equally comfortable on large or small wrists.