Maria and Richard Habring founded Habring² in 1997 in Volkermarkt, Austria. Richard Habrings career started as a watchmaker at IWC under the mentorship of Günter Blümlein. He had a major role in the development of the double chronograph. With help from his wife, they are creating watches that continue the remarkable horology of Austria.
Here we have a 2018 Habring² Doppel Felix Split Seconds. Its 42mm round stainless steel case has tapering curved lugs. The polished and brushed surfaces capture the light perfectly as you rotate your wrist. On the right side, we have a single pusher at 2 o’clock with a screw-down crown double-sealed just below at 3 o’clock. On the left side the split-seconds pusher at 10 o’clock. A slim bezel holds the domed sapphire crystal with AR coating on both sides to help with reflections. The anthracite grey dial has an outer telemeter with an inner minute ring. Rose gold plated Arabic 12 with rose gold plated baton indexes mark the hours. Its hour and minute hands are rose gold plated as well. Rose gold plated split-second hand sits below the white chronograph hand. Sunken registers at 3 ‘o’clock 30 minute and at 9 o’clock continuous 60 seconds. On the reverse an exhibition case back with sapphire crystal. Inside an in-house Manually Wound Habring Cal. A11R 27 Jewels. The movement has hand-applied perlage finishing.
In 1993, IWC introduced its Doppelchronograph, with its modern version of the split-seconds complication, designed by Richard Habring, this new version replaced the delicate, traditional column-wheel-controlled mechanism with a robust cam-controlled mechanism, built into the Valjoux/ETA 7750. It was an immediate success for IWC, and when the patent expired in 2012, Habring was able to manufacture his own, updated version of his complication: the Habring² Doppel 2.0. The Doppelchronograph (Double Chronograph) was first introduced in 1831 by Joseph-Thaddeus Winnerl, who went on to develop a split-seconds mechanism heart cam in 1838. In 1923 Patek Philippe made one to fit inside a wristwatch. Today they still make the smallest Rattrapante chronograph in the world in the Ref: 5959. To activate the split seconds you push the pusher at 10 o’clock this stops the lower hand, while the top chronograph continues on, when released the lower hand catches up with the top hand and when you reset you reset both hands at the same time. This mechanism consisting of a heart cam and roller acts as a memory for the split-seconds wheel which allows it to instantly catch up to the top chronograph hand.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its original Habring2 Box & Habring2 Paperwork, as photographed. The watch comes paired with its Habring2 leather strap and unsigned buckle. The watch is from March 2018 and is in worn condition, however as you can see from the photos it is in great overall condition with few signs of wear. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
One of the main things I absolutely love about Habring2 is their attention to detail, from the intricacies of the dial down to the layout and unusual execution of the movement, Habring2 really do pay attention to the important details that turn a watch from a machine that tells time to an emotional object. The example is a true piece of art and, as you can no doubt see, I had so much fun photographing it and getting up close with the macro lens.