Pre-Baselworld 2016 – Introducing the AkriviA Tourbillon Barrette-Miroir
AkriviA might be a young brand (founded in 2012), managed by a young team (Rexhep Rexhepi, 29 years old, together with his even younger brother), they achieved to build an entire collection, with all watches powered by in-house movements. We’ve already seen three different watches here, here and here. And don’t expect these to feature a simple automatic movement with several modules to make different versions. No! What they have in catalogue are tourbillons and tourbillons only (and combined with a chronograph or a chiming complication). Here is the latest edition, the AkriviA Tourbillon Barrette-Miroir.
Visually, this new AkriviA Tourbillon Barrette-Miroir isn’t a huge update. The case is known and relies on a design already used in the other watches of the brand – and really, not a usually shaped case, with a very modern look, a central container and a external element with integrated lugs. Finish is exquisite, with sharp angles, large polished bevels and fine brushing. At 42.5mm, it is not a small watch, but considering the overall spirit (bold, masculine and modern), it perfectly works. Here showed in stainless steel, you’ll also have the option of platinium,18K red gold and grade 5 titanium – that’s also the very good point with such small independent brands: everything can be made on request.
Then comes the dial, which shows slight evolutions on this AkriviA Tourbillon Barrette-Miroir. Usually totally void of indexes, numerals or indications (to the exception of a minute track on the inner-flange), it now features some hand made, blued steel numbers. Then, it also features a two-tone style. the hour circle is indeed slightly lighter than the central part. Both areas are separated with a metallic circle, done with anglage, black polish treatment, and black polished inserts. The dial has the same treatment than an older version we showed to you, a matte polishing done by hand. Lastly, the hands are shaped like previous watches but are now blued, to match the indexes.
The dial shows a large aperture for the tourbillon at 6 – an opening slightly enlarged compared to previous models and framed in highly polished, mirror-like steel. A look at the upper bridge of the tourbillon shows the attention to details wanted by Rexhep Rexhepi, with many sharp and internal angles, of course done by hand. This barrette-style tourbillon bridge is a real feast. This 60-second tourbillon is inserted in a 13.80 mm cage and is composed of 63 parts. The escape wheel is hand blued. Compared to the previous watches done by the brand, the balance wheel (also developed in-house) has also evolved and now shows a variable inertia construction, with 4 regulating masses – which will probably bring some better chronometric performances.
The back of the AkriviA Tourbillon Barrette-Miroir is in the vein of the rest of the watch, with multiple new parts featuring a mirror polishing. The movement, developed, finished and assembled in-house, is executed with true haute horlogerie inspiration, even thought the look is highly modern. Sharp lines of the bridges, multiple internal (69 of them) and pointy angles, black polished surfaces, shiny chamfers on the bridges, Geneva stripes perfectly executed… All of these attributes are a testimony of hand made watches. This new movement – which probably share part with the movement of Tourbillon Chiming Jump Hour – boasts 100 hours of power reserve. Function-wise a simple movement, but clearly an impressive finisher’s work.
The AkriviA Tourbillon Barrette-Miroir will be showed during Baselworld 2016. Its price will be revealed at the same time. More details on the website of the brand.
Great watch. As I am Greek, let me tell you that Akrivia is a greek word, with two meanings: precision and expensive.