Introducing the Akrivia Chronomètre Contemporain “Only Watch”

By Rexhep Rexhepi and J.P. Hagmann.
akrivia Chronometre Contemporain Only Watch

Akrivia’s entry for Only Watch 2019 is a unique variant of its critically acclaimed Chronomètre Contemporain but with an added bonus – the platinum case is made by storied case specialist Jean-Pierre Hagmann.

The first outing at Only Watch for Akrivia and its founder Rexhep Rexhepi, the unique Chronomètre Contemporain is equipped with a dial made of grey-blue fired enamel featuring white enamel markings.

But the dial is unusual for having a hand-hammered finish, a decoration typically only applied to gold dials, giving it a granular surface.

akrivia Chronometre Contemporain Only Watch enamel dial

The view from the back of the 38mm platinum case is identical to that of the standard model, save for the “JHP” hallmark on the lower right lug.

akrivia Chronometre Contemporain Only Watch back

It’s short for Jean-Pierre Hagmann, a semiretired case maker who was responsible for some of the most exquisite watch cases of the 1980s and 1990s. Amongst his work is the incredibly complex case of the Patek Philippe Star Calibre 2000 pocket watch.

The Chronomètre Contemporain “Only Watch” is the first watch to emerge from the recently inked collaboration between Akrivia and Mr Hagmann. Stay tuned for more on this.

akrivia Chronometre Contemporain Only Watch JHP

The Chronomètre Contemporain “Only Watch” has an estimate of 40,000-60,000 Swiss francs, and will go under the hammer on November 9, 2019 at Christie’s in Geneva.  The complete Only Watch 2019 collection can be seen on onlywatch.com.


 

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Patek Philippe Debuts the Grandmaster Chime “Only Watch” in Stainless Steel

The top lot of the charity auction, and the year.
patek philippe Grandmaster Chime only watch 6300A steel

The subject of rumour since Baselworld 2019, the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime ref. 6300A-010 in stainless steel is finally official.

Almost certainly on track to become the most expensive watch sold at auction in 2019, the ref. 6300A is a one of a kind watch variant of the most complicated Patek Philippe wristwatch ever made that was created for Only Watch, the biennial charity auction of unique timepieces sold to benefit a medical charity.

Aside from the steel case – the Grandmaster Chime is ordinarily available only in white gold – both dials on each side of the watch are also unique.

patek philippe Grandmaster Chime only watch 6300A steel 1

The dial on the front is made of 18k rose gold, and features a hobnail guilloche centre and blackened 18k gold Breguet numerals. “The Only One” is printed within the 12 o’clock sub-dial just to make it clear that this is, well, the only one for Only Watch.

Also made of 18k gold, the reverse dial is black with rose gold-plated hands.

patek philippe Grandmaster Chime only watch steel 6300A 1

patek philippe Grandmaster Chime only watch steel 6300A 2

The rest of the watch is identical to the standard version. The enormous 47.7mm case is reversible, but being in steel will be significantly lighter than the gold model.

patek philippe Grandmaster Chime only watch steel 6300A 3

The case band is decorated with a hobnail guilloche engraved by a hand-operated rose engine

Inside is the cal. 300 GS AL 36-750 QIS FUS IRM, a hand-wound movement with 20 complications, including a grande and petite sonnerie, alarm, date repeater, and instantaneous perpetual calendar.

patek philippe Grandmaster Chime only watch steel 6300A 4

Slated to go on the block on November 9, 2019 at Christie’s Geneva, the Grandmaster Chime “Only Watch” has an estimate of 2.0-2.5m Swiss francs, but on an average day it should comfortably top 7.0m Swiss francs, or even 10m francs on a great day.

That will include not just the watch, but lunch with Patek Philippe president Thierry Stern, and a visit to the company factory as well as its museum.

The rest of the Only Watch 2019 line-up can be found on onlywatch.com.


 

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