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.

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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.

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