Louis Vuitton x Akrivia LVRR-01 Chronographe à Sonnerie | The First of Jean Arnault’s Passionate, Ambitious Watch Prize Collaborations

In the wake of the prestigious Louis Vuitton Watch Prize for Independent Creatives in 2023, the brand, headed by Jean Arnault, is embarking on a series of collaborative timepieces with prominent independent watchmakers. The first fruit of this venture is the LVRR-01 Chronographe à Sonnerie, created in collaboration with Atelier Akrivia, the independent watchmaker created by Rexhep Rexhepi. This timepiece represents the essence of both Maisons, a double-faced chronograph with a chiming complication.

The LVRR-01 Chronographe à Sonnerie comes in a reinterpreted Louis Vuitton signature Tambour case. Through the lens of Rexhep Rexhepi, the case takes on a streamlined form with a tall, sloping bezel. It features sculpted lugs, a hand-hammered seven-sided crown, a chronograph pusher, ‘Louis cruises with Rexhep’ hand-engraved on the case back, and a 30-meter water resistance. It comes with a natural calfskin leather with a platinum ardillon buckle.

Unique to the LVRR-01 Chronographe à Sonnerie is the double-faced dial. The front dial sports a smoked translucent sapphire dial, six gold cubes filled with translucent Plique-à-jour, fired enamel, and a 3N Gold railway and logo. While the Chronograph dial features a traditional Grand Feu enamel on a palladium-gold base. The enamel dial features twin scales for hours and minutes.

Powering the new LVRR-01 Chronographe à Sonnerie is the new LVRR-01 caliber tourbillon movement developed from the ground up by Atelier Akrivia. The manual winding movement features central hours and minutes, a 5-minute tourbillon at 6 o’clock, 391 components, 41 jewels, and a 72-hour power reserve.

The most distinctive aspect of the movement is the Chronographe à Sonnerie, a pair of complications that have never been integrated in this way in a wristwatch. The chronograph functions, controlled by the pusher at two o’clock, are enhanced by an acoustic reminder of elapsed time – a single chime for each passing minute, produced by a black-polished steel hammer striking a tempered steel gong.

Each LVRR-01 comes with a unique Louis Vuitton traditional trunk, hand-painted with a motif inspired by the chronograph scales on the enamel dial. It displays the ‘AKRIVIA’ logo, an individual serial number for the watch, and the signatures of Rexhep Rexhepi, Jean-Pierre Hagmann, and Nicolas Doublel, the skilled artisans behind this masterpiece.

Only ten Louis Vuitton x Akrivia LVRR-01 Chronographe à Sonnerie examples will be made, carrying a retail price of around $498,575 before taxes. For more details, please visit the Akrivia or Louis Vuitton websites.


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