The HABRING² “Carinthian” collection comprises of “Time Only” watches equipped with mechanical movements hand-engraved by Florian Güllert, a master engraver, specialized on the ornamental decoration of exclusive hunting weapons.
When Maria Kristina and Richard Habring, after four years of development, presented their revolutionary modular system of the HABRING² in October 2004, they could not have dreamed of their idea’s immediate success among the collectors on three continents.
The first watch in the HABRING² line, known as “Time Only”, was followed by the “Jumping Second” in 2005 and the “Automatic” in 2006. Both were made using a limited number of rare watch movements from the 50s. In 2006, the brand introduced HABRING² “Carinthian” collection.
While the focus was on the further development of the modular system with higher complexity and additional functions to give watch lovers the opportunity to realize their individual “pièce unique” from a new base model presented every year, also the existing models should be improved. One issue specifically important for the proud owners of a HABRING² was the decoration of the “Time Only’s” movement.
When custom-ordered tourbillons were made on the base of the “Time-Only”, the movements of course received more elaborate decorations: sun patterns on the winding wheels, bevelled edges and most finely executed concentric stripes on the bridges. Still, this somehow appeared simple, compared with the famous “Geneva” or “Glashütte stripes”; although the creation of the term “Wörthersee waves” would have established a relation with the geographic origin of the HABRING².
Florian Güllert, living in Carinthia’s capital Klagenfurt, is a master engraver, specialized on the ornamental decoration of exclusive hunting weapons. While the southernmost Austrian province Carinthia has no tradition in watchmaking, it is nonetheless one of the oldest manufacturing sources for finely decorated hunting weapons. Since the 17th century, Carinthian master engravers adorned weapons with marvelously executed ornaments. Consequently, Florian Güllert should add the final component to the uniqueness of the HABRING² products, the movement decoration.
For HABRING², he designed the new logo on the main wheel bridge and on the winding rotor of the “SHH Grand Reserve 2006” special edition watch. The decoration is completed with rosettes around the bearings of the central minute wheel and the screw of the balance cock, the latter’s ornamental engravings, and the double framings of the bridges’ outlines.
These elements underline the unique design of the ETA 6498-1 in the chronometer version, which is the well-known and reliable heart of the “Time Only”.
Some specifications of the HABRING²- “Carinthian”: Production limited to twelve pieces per year; water tight stainless steel case with 42 mm diameter, made from three parts; sapphire crystals on front and back; dial with either high-gloss enamel lacquer or galvanized metal surface; applied, gold- or rhodium-plated hour markers and numerals; polished gold- or rhodium-plated hands; recessed subdial for the small second at 6; hand-winding movement, regulated to chronometer specifications and decorated by a master engraver, balance wheel with screws and “Triovis” fine adjustment mechanism. Cases and movements are prepared for the later modification with additional functions, engraved serial numbers from 01-200X to 12-200X (X = manufacuring year).
Paying tributes to its name and origin, the HABRING² – “Carinthian” comes with a leather strap and travel pouch, produced by the renowned strap manufacturer Hirsch from Klagenfurt. The Hirsch Armbaender GmbH – known for being the prime strap supplier for watch manufacturers worldwide – thus perfectly complements the activities of local manufacturers.
Also the new travel pouch made from structured calfskin is closed by a spare watch strap that has already become a trademark of HABRING² watches. Additionally, the watch comes with a wooden box made from hand-treated Oregon-pine with integrated compartment for spare parts, including an additional winding crown, a complete set of gaskets and a set of hands. All materials used are chosen according ecologic principles, and – a novelty in the market of fine mechanical watches – can be disposed or recycled environmentally friendly.