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Model name: Chronomètre Contemporain II
Case: Platinum
Dial: Grand feu enamel dial
Calibre: RRCC II
Bracelet: Leather
Dimensions: Diameter : 38 mm / Height 8.75 mm without sapphire
Specificities: The unique, layered enamel dial is first finished in opaque, grand feu enamel, and then in champagne-hued, translucent flinque enamel.
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Lot Essay

This is the very first Chronomètre Contemporain II, a watch that preserves the style of the original model, but with an entirely new calibre featuring an additional complication.

The original Chronomètre Contemporain was a perfect gentleman’s watch, providing the perfect starting point for its successor, the Chronomètre Contemporain II (RRCCII), which remains focused on chronometric performance – certified by the Besançon observatory - while being elegantly executed to highest possible quality in finishing and construction.

Both the dial and movement of the RRCCII retain the distinctive aesthetics of the original, but it was constructed from the ground up as a completely new timepiece. The RRCCII is paradoxically very much the same, yet entirely different.

The dedication to quality means that one element of the RRCCII “Only Watch” remains unchanged. Made up of 14 components, the platinum case has been hand made by the legendary Jean-Pierre Hagmann.

Having retired in 2017 after some five decades as an artisanal case maker who supplied the very best brands, Jean-Pierre picked up his tools once again in 2019 to join Akrivia, with his first creation being the case for that year’s RRCC “Only Watch”.

For Only Watch 2021, Jean-Pierre returns for an encore performance. He carefully fabricated the RRCCII case by hand, including soldering each of the elegantly arched lugs to the case band, one of which bears his “JHP” hallmark.

The owner of the unique timepiece will be invited to discover and visit the Besançon Astronomical Observatory.

AKRIVIA was founded in 2012 by Rexhep Rexhepi, who was born far from Geneva but has spent a lifetime steeped in its watchmaking culture. He moved to Switzerland as a 12-year-old from his birthplace of Kosovo, and soon after arriving embarked on an apprenticeship at Patek Philippe - aged just 15. The experience at the venerable Geneva Manufacture gave Rexhep an insight into the grand history of haute horlogerie in Switzerland, and a realisation of his destiny: pursuit of horology at the highest level. He then spent a few years at F.P. Journe before establishing Akrivia to realise his vision of watchmaking. In 2018, Rexhep accomplished what he had first set out to do – seamlessly blend the past and future of Swiss watchmaking – with Chronomètre Contemporain, which won the Men’s Watch Prize at the 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève.

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