At Baselworld in 2018, a well-respected yet relatively unknown 31-year-old watchmaker named Rexhep Rexhepi debuted the Chronomètre Contemporain, an elegant time-only watch with a completely mesmerizing grand feu enamel dial. When I first saw photos of the Chronomètre hitting the internet, my heart started racing.
Not expecting a reply, I submitted a form email on the website of Rexhepi’s brand, Akrivia, to inquire about purchasing one. The Chronomètre isn’t cheap ($60,000 for the platinum version)—however, it was clear to me that this watch had a quality you can’t put a price on. It has an insane movement—which boasts a 100-hour power reserve, among other innovations—and a case design that is smarter and more considered than any I’ve ever seen. It gave me a feeling that no big-name five-figure watch has in a long time.
To my surprise, I received a reply, offering me the last platinum Chronomètre available for preorder.