Exclusive Video: The Craftsmanship Of Akrivia – Beveling & Polishing

Exclusive Video: The Craftsmanship Of Akrivia – Beveling & Polishing

In fine watchmaking, watch collectors look for excellence at every level. Traditional decorations are of utmost importance — Akrivia masters each one of them in-house.

By Benjamin Teisseire
Editor & Business Development

Rexhep Rexhepi’s goal from the start was to master every skill of watchmaking himself. He understands perfectly their importance and the amount of work they require. In the following video, he explains how two important ones are performed: beveling and mirror polishing.

Watchonista's Exclusive Video

The art of beveling

The beauty of a caliber stems from its architecture and Akrivia is already renowned for the symmetry the Atelier applies to their movements. But there is more. Finishing has to be stellar at this level of fine watchmaking. And hand beveling of angles on plates and bridges are the stepping stones because they are everywhere to be seen when you gaze into a sapphire caseback. It requires painstakingly long hours of work by hand.
 

The gesture has to be precise and follow multiple steps, as Rexhep explains in his workshop. It starts with a file, and then specific sandpapers are used – from the coarse to fine – to help obtain the smoothest of surfaces. A watchmaker can spend hours on just one angle – but Akrivia’s calibers sometimes have 20, 30 or 50 different facets, both inwards and outwards. As Rexhep says: “You have to be strong mentally to achieve that level of excellence on every single one of them."
 

A work of patience

The same applies to mirror polishing a.k.a “poli bloqué." The final result requires multiple steps to end with a perfectly polished surface where one can see his reflection like in a mirror. The last step is on the pewter bloc with diamond paste, a surface soft enough not to scratch the final work. It adds beauty to the whole and enables light to shine all over. It is a crucial aspect that collectors around the world inspect thoroughly.
 

Akrivia Chronomètre Contemporain caseback

As you can see, Akrivia’s Atelier has built a strong reputation for their outstanding finishing. Rightfully so!

Exclusive Video: The AK-06 – A Synthesis Of Akrivia’s Philosophy

By Benjamin TeisseireEditor & Business Development
Each of the most famous independent watchmaker has his trademarks that can be identified in their creations and immediately recognized. It did not take long...

Exclusive Video: How Akrivia Exquisitely Finishes Their Watches

By Benjamin TeisseireEditor & Business Development
Finishing is everything in fine watchmaking. The hands of master watchmakers express the emotions they want to transmit through their creations. Since its...

Exclusive Video: The Craftsmanship Of Akrivia: Part II

By Benjamin TeisseireEditor & Business Development
The métiers d’art in fine watchmaking are on both sides of the dial. Akrivia's Rexhep Rexhepi explains two other techniques and skills mastered...

Video: Inside Akrivia – Rexhep Rexhepi’s Vision

By Benjamin TeisseireEditor & Business Development
The rising star of independent watchmaking, Rexhep Rexhepi, speaks without filter about his vision of craftmanship. Rexhepi is blending traditional methods,...

Introducing Watchonista’s Exclusive Video Series, Deep Inside The World Of Akrivia

By Benjamin TeisseireEditor & Business Development
Now more than ever, independent watchmaking is on the rise. Rexhep Rexhepi, the founder of Akrivia, is steadily making his mark in this world. In our six-...

Baselworld 2019: Stepping Into Rexhep Rexhepi's World Of Akrivia

By Benjamin TeisseireEditor & Business Development
Launched in 2017, AK-06 was Akrivia's first creation not integrating a tourbillon. Today, this timekeeper and others embody the philosophy of Rexhep...

Photo Gallery: An Intimate Collector Dinner With Akrivia In New York City

By Josh ShanksManaging Editor US
Last week, Watchonista joined forces with our friends at EsperLuxe to host watchmaker Rexhep Rexhepi and his eponymous brand Akrivia.