Exclusive Video: The Craftsmanship Of Akrivia: Part II

Exclusive Video: The Craftsmanship Of Akrivia: Part II

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 internally in their Geneva workshop – hammering and flame-coloring.

By Benjamin Teisseire

There are many métiers d’art used in watchmaking. Both on the movement and on the dials or cases. True 360° watchmakers should master them all. Rexhep Rexhepi does.

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Micro precision

For all watch collectors in love with Akrivia, the hand decoration of their dials is a talking point. The micro-hammering of the AK-06 dial has earned the talented watchmaker many praises. Rexhep explains and shows his technique at his bench. It takes ultra-precision to create the desired effect. It takes great concentration. He needs to get himself in a rhythm. And once he gets started…he would rather not stop for a full day, so that he achieves the homogeneity he aims at.

Watching him work is fascinating. It shows the intensity he puts into every operation. No wonder the final result generates so many emotional reactions from the happy owners. It is a work of art. Different every time, yet the same in its masterful gestures.

Flame bluing

Another trait referring to watchmaking tradition: blue-flamed hands. It seems simple. But it requires precise know-how and technique. On the intensity of the fire, the height at which the flame is held, the amount of iron fillings inside, the ‘cooking’ time. It is a delicate process that only experience helps to acquire.

The Akrivia Atelier is a world of precision at every workbench.

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