Rexhep Rexhepi - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XVII Hong Kong Friday, November 24, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rexhep Rexhepi
    Year: Circa 2019
    Reference No: RRCC01
    Movement No: 12R
    Case No: 12
    Model Name: Chronomètre Contemporain
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. RR-01, 19 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold pin buckle
    Dimensions: 38mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Akrivia certificate dated 30th October 2019, letter signed by Rexhep Rexhepi, Observatoire de Besançon Chronometer Certificate, The Besançon Observatory guidebook, cloth, Akrivia Inca case, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Walking up to the tranquil rock paved road on Grand Rue in old town Geneva, you would find yourself peeking through a shop with large windows. An open and inviting space with watchmaking machineries, burgundy coated watchmakers populate the workbenches at Atelier Akriva. Lead by 36 year old Rexhep Rexhepi since 2012, the creations that comes out of the Atelier is now one of the world’s most sought-after timepieces by an independent watchmaker.

    “Our name, Akrivia, is taken from the Greek word for precision, and it is precision that defines the beauty and functionality of all our timepieces.” — Rexhep Rexhepi

    From small beginnings to today’s success, from the premiere in 2013 of the tourbillon monopusher chronograph AK-01 to the first Rexhep Rexhepi signed Chronomètre Contemporain, Rexhepi’s timepieces capture the heart of discerning collectors with a unique approach which differentiates their creations from others.

    Highly regarded by industry titans such as Philippe Dufour and Kari Voutilainen, Rexhep Rexhepi has become a key player among the new generation of young independents, sending shockwaves across the world of horology with his mastery of the craft. At the age of 15, the young talent began his horological career with an apprenticeship at Patek Philippe, focusing on tourbillons, before continuing to make an impact with a watchmaker role at F.P. Journe where he advanced quickly by assembling their most complex and sophisticated timepieces.

    Hard work paid off as the young talent strive for constant breakthrough for himself and for his creations, the industry recognized his success at the same time. Named the Men’s Watch of the year at GPHG in 2018 with the Rexhep Rexehpi Chronomètre Contemporain 1 (RRCC01), from there on, wildfire attention puts Rexhep’s name on the map for global audience.

    A design that takes a completely different approach from Akrivia’s futuristic timepieces in the AK series, the RRCC01 impress with simplicity. Proudly flaunting the “Rexhep Rexhepi” name on the dial, the RRCC01 is a time-only watch like the present example features a dial glazed with rich black Grand Feu enamel with pink gold accents that goes perfectly with its 38mm pink gold case balanced with brushed and high polish finishing. The case lugs are curved and elongated desirably reminds those found on Vichet cases from Patek Philippe.

    Strongly symmetrical in design, this language transfer towards the artisanal movement RR-01 and is truly, the star of the show. The entire movement’s visible and non-visible parts have been hand finished to the highest traditions of Geneva watchmaking. Each using classical techniques such as anglage black polish, perlage, côtes de Genève, hand graining, polishing and engraving with rhodium treatment crafted behind the workbenches at Atelier Akrivia. Satisfying for not only those who designed and brought them to reality, it was sensational to all who laid eyes on it.

    And for those who know what Akrivia stands for, precision is the very core of the RRCC01. Equipped with hacking-second and zero-reset function, mechanism that allows the small seconds hand to pause and revert to zero when the winding crown is not in place. This function is rarely incorporated into wristwatches and maximizes precision when time is being set via a heart-shaped cam beneath the small seconds hand, akin to the resetting mechanism in a chronograph. Also notable is the traditional barrel click, which draws attention to the single barrel holding a whopping 100 hours of power reserve. Assembled with patience and dedication, the ticking of the RRCC01 starts the birth of extraordinary.

    Making its debut in auction in Hong Kong Watch Auction: XVI, a staggering 5.7 million HKD bid brought down the gavel, resulting a world record price for the model of 7.39 million HKD. A true honor for PHILLIPS to offer a second opportunity for collectors to obtain an incredible chapter of Rexhep Rexhepi’s journey. Numbered 12R of the limited edition of 25 pieces from the collection, the RRCC01 is accompanied with its full accessories and a copy of The Besançon Observatory guidebook that documents the history of precision instruments.

Property from the Original Owner


Ref. RRCC01
An impressive, exceptionally rare and highly attractive limited edition pink gold wristwatch with small seconds, black Grand Feu enamel dial, zero-reset function, certificate and presentation box, numbered 12 of a limited edition of 25 pieces

Circa 2019
38mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$1,600,000 - 3,000,000 

Sold for HK$6,985,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XVII

Hong Kong Auction 24-25 November 2023