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Release: Akrivia Chronomètre Contemporain II (RRCC02)
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As AKRIVIA approaches its 10th anniversary, Rexhep Rexhepi is proud to unveil the Chronomètre Contemporain II (RRCC02). As the follow-up to the award- winning Chronomètre Contemporain I of 2018, the RRCC02 is entirely new yet reassuringly familiar. At first glance, the Rexhep Rexhepi Chronometre Contemporain II may easily be mistaken for its predecessor. However, the RRCC02 is the culmination of three years of development and is an entirely new release proudly featuring a new caliber.

When thinking back of the RRCCI, the RRCC II is clearly built in the same principles, yet according to Akrivia ‘taken to the next level’. Akrivia states that the RRCC02 preserves “the refined guise of the first edition”, and I would say that is more than accurate. The face of the watch features grand feu enamel again and the dial retains the chapter ring characterised by alternating Roman numerals. Two dial versions have been created: The platinum case is paired with a fired enamel dial in piano black and a white enamel dial is found on the rose gold model.

As per Akrivia “the enamel dial is produced the old-fashioned way – with a skilled hand and a fine paintbrush – and then fired in an oven, a process that has to be repeated several times to achieve the glossy, indelible finish that defines true enamel. Once perfect, the enamel dial is lapped with an abrasive paste to hone the surface until it is almost glassy in its smoothness. One of the subtle refinements of the dial from the first to second generation literally lies in between the two parts – the dial now does away with the gold retaining ring around the seconds register, allowing the sub-dial to join seamlessly with the main section of the dial”.

The RRCC02 caliber boasts an entirely new construction which combines twin barrels and going trains, along with an independently-driven jumping seconds that boasts a hacking and zero-reset function, all of which are features not found in the original model. One barrel supplies energy to the balance wheel, the beating heart of the watch responsible for keeping the time. And the other drives the jumping seconds, allowing the seconds hand to leap forward crisply in one-second steps without impacting the movement’s precision. This twin-train construction is novel and stands in contrast to the conventional, single-going train setup of the first edition.

Dial and caliber are clearly upgraded over the RRCC I, but let’s not forget about the case here. It is worth reminding everyone that Akrivia has one of the coolest partnerships in the industry (the coolest perhaps) with none other than case-maker Jean-Pierre Hagmann. The case is made up of 15 parts, including lugs individually soldered to the case middle, the case has been refined in ways that are significant but subtle over that of the first edition.

CALIBER RRCC II SPECIFICATIONS

The RRCC02 is equipped with twin gear trains and barrels arranged symmetrically, a unique construction that ensures consistent, exact motion of the jumping seconds hand. The dead-beat, or jumping, seconds is driven by a star and flirt, and powered by its own gear train. Since the seconds has its own energy source, the construction eliminates any energy drain on the regulating organs of the movement, resulting in superior chronometry.

Positioned adjacent to the twin barrels, the stop-work mechanism for the barrels takes the form of a black-polished, bar-shaped spring with an integral pawl. The construction was designed to prevent the over-tensioning of the main springs and backlash, while also preserving the pronounced symmetry of the movement. The manufacturing of the components required a substantial degree of handwork due to the use of traditional equipment such as turning lathes and precision milling machines.

The main plate and bridges are made of environmentally-friendly, unleaded German silver, also known as maillechort, an alloy that boasts ideal mechanical and physical properties, making it the perfect material for functional stability and decorative treatment. The movement is decorated with traditional techniques that are all executed by hand to the highest standards of the traditional Genevan watchmaking. The techniques include: Côtes de Genève; perlage; circular graining; anglage with polished inward angles; polished countersinks for jewels and screws; black-polished steel parts including screws and balance bridge. As an example, the quality of finish is illustrated by the wheels of the going trains, which are finished with hand-polished bevels on their spokes and inner edges, resulting in 140 inward angles across the wheels of both trains. All markings on the movement bridges are engraved by hand in a serif font.

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