If you followed our coverage from last year's Baselworld, you might remember that when asked to choose my "grail watch" of the fair, I picked the Akrivia Chronométre Contemporaine without a moment's hesitation. I had never really given much thought to the small independent brand before seeing that watch, sort of by accident I might add. I knew they did objectively good things, but it wasn't really in my wheelhouse. However, the Chronométre Contemporain is a watch that has haunted my dreams for a full year now and when it came time to make our Baselworld 2019 schedule, booking my appointment with Akrivia was one of the first things I did.
Stepping into the booth this morning, I immediately noticed something interesting on the wrist of Rexhep Rexhepi, the brand's founder and the man whose name sits at 12 o'clock on the watch's grand feu enamel dial. Paired with a light colored strap was the lone stainless steel prototype of the Chronométre Contemporain. This watch, in steel? Give me a break. It truly doesn't get any cooler than that. Rexhep, being the extremely warm and nice guy that he is, took it off his wrist, handed it to me, and told me to enjoy. Here are a few photos of the watch that got my heart racing:
The Chronométre Contemporain is a classically-inspired watch but with an idiosyncratic personality.
The blue markings looks absolutely gorgeous on the white grand feu enamel dial.
The hour hand has spear-like shape and is a tiny sculpture on its own.
I mean...have you ever seen a movement quite like this?
The symmetrical architecture is a key part of the CC's caliber.
The man himself: Rexhep Rexhepi.
For some context, a few things have changed from the prototype to the final production Chronométre Contemporain. Most notably you'll see a metallic track around the sub-seconds dial and there are a few variations in the movement finishing too. Here is what the watch looks like in platinum with that same stunning white and blue dial.
To learn more about this watch and Rexhep's other work, visit Akrivia online.