Rexhep Rexhepi Introduces the Chronomètre Antimagnétique

For Only Watch 2023.

One of the most anticipated creations by an independent watchmaker at Only Watch 2023 is the Rexhep Rexhepi Chronomètre Antimagnétique. Almost certainly amongst the most valuable watches in the sale, the Chronomètre Antimagnétique (RRCA) is a time-only wristwatch in stainless steel containing a Faraday cage to protect the against magnetism. It is the third timepiece created by Rexhep Rexhepi, founder of Akrivia, for the biennial charity auction.

Though the specifics of the watch remain under wraps, a few facts have been revealed in the announcement. The dial will be “sector” or “scientific” style, while the case is stainless steel and made by the workshop of Jean-Pierre Hagmann.

Classically proportioned in the typical Rexhep Rexhepi style, the case measures 38 mm by 9.95 mm. Interestingly, the case features a double back comprised of an inner sapphire back and an outer back that can be unscrewed by the wearer.

And most importantly, the movement is a new construction. While the Chronomètre Contemporain I and Chronomètre Contemporain II that Rexhep Rexhepi created for past instalments of Only Watch were variants of standard models, the RRCA is equipped with a calibre developed from the ground up for the model.

The RRCCII calibre inside the timepiece made for Only Watch 2021

While I can’t say any more about the watch, I can state that the RRCA deftly combines historical inspiration drawn from the magnetism-resistant watches made by the great watchmakers of Geneva with the distinctive style of Rexhepi Rexhepi, particularly in the dial design and movement execution. The movement is instantly recognisable as a Rexhepi Rexhepi construction, while also being evidently an entirely new construction.

I expect that the appeal and tangible qualities of the watch will easily result in a hammer price of seven figures, compared to the estimate of CHF100,000-150,000.

In addition to the unique watch, the winning bidder will also receive a tour of Geneva’s Old Town followed by a lunch with Mr Rexhepi.

Conducted by Christie’s, Only Watch 2023 takes place on November 5, 2023 at Palexpo in Geneva.


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