The Atelier AKRIVIA was founded in 2012 by Rexhep Rexhepi, who started as an apprentice at Patek Phillipe aged 15, just three years after arriving from Kosovo, having fled the war there. Rexhep’s time at Geneva’s grandest watch brand has shaped his vision for AKRIVIA, which is essentially a disciplined reliance on the artisanal methods widely practised by watchmaker before the Quartz Crisis of the 1970s. 

A particular specialty of AKRIVIA is finissage, or movement finishing - perhaps the singular element that elevates watchmaking from mechanical engineering to art. At the Atelier AKRIVIA, this is done almost entirely by hand, resulting in movements with an ethereal, metallic glow widely acclaimed as amongst the best in the industry. 


Rexhep’s ambition is to expand every step of creating a timepiece.


AKRIVIA’s old-fashioned approach to horology is unquestionably a reason behind its swift ascent, illustrated by the Chronomètre Contemporain taking the Men’s Watch Prize at the 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve (GPHG), an annual award judged by luminaries of the watch industry. 

in 2019 Rexhep recruited the octogenarian Jean-Pierre Hagmann, who came out of retirement to join AKRIVIA, recognising a kindred spirit in Rexhep. 

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