AkriviA is one of the newer independent watch brands out – but then again you probably already know that as we have been following it closely over the last few years. Established in 2012, it was founded by master watchmaker, Rexhep Rexhepi, who himself has just turned 29 years old. Furthermore, the great Kari Voutilainen even singled Rexhepi out as one of the young watchmakers to keep tabs on now. Their latest piece, to be released at Baselworld 2016 this year, is the AkriviA Tourbillon Barrette-Miroir which joins the growing stable of tourbillons by the brand, but with some notable aesthetic changes and a largely new movement.
The new Akrivia Uhren Replica Tourbillon Barrette-Miroir builds on the brand’s tourbillon watch collection which includes the Tourbillon Heure Minute (hands-on here) and the Tourbillon Regulator (hands-on here), but has changes to distinguish itself from the pack. In essence, it really is a study in different finishing techniques – at that, it is one that promises to illustrate how beautifully these various textures can complement one another.
First of all, it features a larger tourbillon aperture than the previous versions, allowing the wearer a better view of this key design element. Its barrette-style bridge is polished to a mirror-finish – hence the French word for mirror, Miroir, in the watch’s name. Black mirror finishing can only be achieved by hand finishing, as the component’s surface has to be polished to be extremely flat and smooth – when that is done and the light hits it at the right angle, this perfectly even surface will appear pitch black.
Second, it has a two tone dial to better accentuate the arabic hour markers. Speaking of which, these markers are given a laborious black polish treatment as well, with beveled edges and some old-school heat-blueing. They are also attached to the dial in the old-fashioned way, meaning holes are drilled into the dial and then the two feet on the hour markers are used to fasten the markers to the dial.
The two tone effect of the dial is the result of matte-polishing, a specialty of Rexhepi, as it creates a grainy texture that is genuinely difficult to achieve, especially on relatively large surfaces such as a dial. According to Rexhepi, the dial of each Tourbillon Barrette-Miroir will take him over a week to make.
For some of you, who might have read my article on tourbillons here you already know that this movement complication can marginally increase the time precision of the timepiece, although not as effective as on a pocket watch. And as Akriveia Therapeutics Location Replica indicate precision right in the name to stay up with it the brand’s first watch already explores that notion by bringing together 2 traditional complications: tourbillon and chronograph, equally aimed to make the time precise.I understand that now in the watch world there are lots of new entrants on the market, many new watches and it is occasionally hard to understand what’s worthy taking a look at and what’s not. My gut feeling told me that this view is definitely something intriguing and I decided to take a closer look at it in person, meeting together with the creators of the new, who’ve started it — Rexhep and Etienne, two guys behind AkriviA both have very extreme horology history for such youthful entrepreneurs.Rexhep Rexhepi is the main brain behind it he spent 4 years studying and working watchmaking at nonetheless than Patek Philippe, manufacturer known for technical perfection, and enormous history behind it. Apart from working there Rexhep additionally has collaborated and aided such famous watchmakers such as Francois Paul Journe with a few of the pieces, and has definitely learnt from the best, judging from the outcome of the brand new AkriviA piece. Etienne has also helped AkriviA begin and make the first watch, using his years at Chopard.Now a little bit more about the Akrivia Tourbillon Monopusher Chronograph — both the origins and inspiration for the piece came in the classical and conventional round casings, that were widely popular across the whole horology history, however together with AkriviA it is not merely that — the case is made from 30 different metal parts, combined with each other to create an extremely futuristic yet tasteful design. Combining the matte appearing finishing, very modern dial and a traditional strap top this particular feeling. The mixture surprisingly works very well, and not just on the photos but in fact too, since the watch is actually smaller than it seems; it’s another oversized monster, in spite of the case diameter of 43mm.
Finally, we come to the movement. The new AK-05 manual winding movement is made up of 167 components, it operates at 21,600 vph (or 3 Hertz) and has a power reserve of 100 hours. The one-minute tourbillon’s bridges on the back have an elegant and rather unusual shape, featuring polished inward angles – that is what you are looking for when it comes to truly hand-finished movements, as machines cannot bevel and polish sharp inner angles (like those near around the jewels). The rest of the movement is finished to high standards as well, featuring beveled bridges, Côtes de Genève striping, polished screw heads, polished wheels, anglage and more.
The 42.5mm wide case provides 30 meters of water resistance and consists of over 30 parts and sports beveled edges throughout. AkriviA’s unique design of the case is fast becoming associated with the brand and that is certainly not a bad thing as I find them to be just beautiful – at the time of their debut they did promise some mixes of different materials in the case, thanks to its modular construction and we’d like to see some two-tone models soon. As for straps, the watch will be available on grey or blue alligator, but I doubt they wouldn’t deliver it on a custom strap if that’s what the buyer wanted. We are excited to see this piece in person at Baselworld 2016 and share some hands on photos and thoughts. Pricing for the AkriviA Tourbillon Barrette-Miroir will be made available during Basel, we’ll update the article as soon as we hear from the brand. www.akrivia.ch