It is highly unusual for a watchmaking brand to equip its premier model with a highly demanding complication such as a tourbillon, as it is the case with AkriviA Saturn Tourbillon Monopusher Chronograph. The initial watch by the Genevese company AkriviA is additionally supplied with a column-wheel monopusher chronograph feature whose functioning can actually be observed through a skeletonized dial. AkriviA Saturn timepiece is hand-crafted by master watchmaker Rexhep Rexhepi and it is opulently decorated by the series of highly demanding hand-performed finishes. The watch is available in 30-part steel or red gold casing and both of these versions are restricted to just ten models. While steel Akrivia Saturn Monopusher Chronograph costs around $176,000, the price tag of the golden version measures to about $220,000.
Impressive Watchmaking Background of the Brand’s Founders
AkriviA, named after the ancient Greek word for precision, is only in its first year of existence and has just one model in its offer. However, the timepiece in question is quite admirable since it incorporates a tourbillon, one of the most demanding or major horological complications. Behind this new quality-oriented brand that opted to enter the market with a tourbillon watch, Rexhep Rexhepi stands backed up by Etienne Deschamps. The duo that heads AkriviA can pride itself with very impressive references and respectable watchmaking background, despite their relatively young age (both of them are still in their twenties). While the former used to be employed by Patek Phlippe and likewise collaborated with Francois-Paul Journe, the latter learned the tricks of the trade whilst working for Chopard.
As it was decided, AktiviA made a very notable entrance to the watchmaking stage by creating the watch that has its tourbillon complication supplemented with a monopusher chronograph (where single push-piece is used to start, stop, as well as to reset the chrono function) and skeletonized face. Furthermore, its charm is additionally enhanced by the fact that the timekeeper is hand-made with its entirety ornamented with manually-performed finishes, which, when considered altogether, clearly classifies the watch as a true example of Haute Horlogerie.
A Complex Neo-Classical Case with Modern Ergonomics
When the design of the case is concerned, Rexhepi reveals that he was looking to make a creation that would use a “neo-classical vocabulary” enriched with streamlined contours and modern elements that are meant to increase the functionality and ergonomics, for example the shape of its pusher that allows handling at a convenient angle. The case is quite complicated and consists of no less than 30 parts. It takes more than five whole days of dedicated work just to conclude the making of the single case and to completely finish it by hand, in the same high-end manner as it is done with the movement. The round housing is 43 mm wide and 12.9 mm high which is pretty subtle, especially since the watch includes a tourbillon. On both front and the back of the watch, there are sapphire crystals with glare-proof coatings on both sides, while the rear side likewise incorporates hand-executed engravings. It should also be said that AkriviA Saturn possesses waterproofness of 30 meters and includes a crown with the brand’s logo and Cloue de Paris serrated motif. Initially, the watch was only available in a steel casing. However, AktiviA has recently launched the additional version of the watch with a housing made from 18K red gold.
A Skeletonized Silver Dial
The skeletonized dial of Saturn timepiece which features an aperture for its tourbillon carriage on the bottom is made with the base of German silver that received black PVD treatment. It includes only two central hands (for hours and minutes) which are in the shape of a sword and with rhodium finish, while the seconds are indicated with the use of its tourbillon with the rotation interval of one minute. Despite the fact that this is a chronograph watch, it does not include a central chronograph hand. In this instance, chrono seconds are indicated with the use of a sub-dial at the upper half of the face which likewise makes the watch stand out. There is an additional minute chrono dial next to the one used for seconds and both of them are with brushed and rhodium finished finishes, as is the power reserve indication which sits at the nine o’clock position and which includes a red lacquer accents. On the periphery of the dial, we can notice hour and minute markers which are either in silver o blue shade, depending on the version. Additional ornaments on the dial are hand engraved, faceted and blocked insets that surround the steel tourbillon cage, as well as the one of the same kind that sits at the top.
Proprietary AA-2301 Caliber with a Tourbillon and a Column-Wheel Monopusher Chronograph
Finally, we have reached the most important component of the watch – its in-house manually wound mechanical chrono tourbillon movement AA-2301. This caliber is 30 mm wide and 7.4 mm thick. It includes 33 jewels in its construction, while the overall number of its parts measures to 286. Caliber AA-2301 is a column-wheel chronograph which includes specially designed and patented snail gear trains. Its power reserve can last for up to 100 hours if the wearer does not use the chrono function, or three days if he does use it. The most admirable trait of the movement is its large 9.6 mm wide one-minute tourbillon with cage pillars in titanium and steel bridges. This complication by itself includes 63 parts and weighs exactly 0.45 grams. It utilizes a Swiss anchor escapement, while the frequency of its regulating organ is 21,600 vph.
Demanding Hand-Finishes on Both Sides
The caliber of AkriviA Saturn Tourbillon Monipusher Chronograph displays a real bonanza of demanding finishes visible at both dial and movement sides. The multitude of decorative procedures, including engraving, chamfering, matte finishing, circle graining, mirror polishing and others are naturally all performed by hand and considerably contribute to the steep price of Saturn Tourbillon Monopusher Chronograph by AkriviA. Its base-plate possesses flanks polished on the flanks, as well as circular graining and rhodium coating. When the bridges are concerned, they show off 10 inward polished angles (this is a type of finishing that can only be made by hand and it should be said that there are 36 decorations of this type in total which are visible on the caliber) and beveling that secures rigidity and improved accuracy of the caliber (a type of design inspired by old marine chronometers). Moreover, we can observe graining and polishing and Cotes de Geneve motif, engravings, nickel-rhodium coated surfaces and inscriptions. Its steel components are with faceted and blocked polish. More high-end decorations are notable on the tourbillon cage which is graced with ten inward angles and has its steel bridges facet polished and blocked. Another notable detail is a balance wheel with circular graining and yellow gold plating.
At the end, it should be said that the attachment chosen for the watch is a hand-sewn alligator strap which can be paired with either a pin buckle or a deployment clasp. The clasp is manually engraved with the brand’s logo and made in the material that matches the case. The first watch by by AkriviA is highly exclusive, not only just because of its six figure price ($176,000 for the steel model and $220,000 for the gold version), but also because of the mere fact that it is produced in a highly restricted issue that includes only ten copies in each of the available materials.