In September 1989, the probably first Austrian tourbillon was presented to the amazed public. Since then, fifteen tourbillon-equipped wristwatches and pocket watches, bearing the signature “Richard Habring”, left the family workshop in Eberndorf. Meticulously made by hand, all of them were technically different and thus highly exclusive.
Among these spectacular Habring timepieces, the first continental European double-axis tourbillon (1996) takes a special place. Additionally complicated chronograph mechanisms, also with split-second (rattrapante) function, are part of the workshop’s range, which is specialized on the production of prototypes and unique pieces.
The custom-made timepieces, which need up to two years to be realized, are highly demanded on nearly all continents. Not only collectors from Europe, but especially American and Asian customers appreciate state-of-the-art horology “Made in Austria” as valuable addition to their collections.
In 2004, just in time to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the Austrian tourbillon, Maria Kristina Habring and Richard Habring started a new chapter in Austrian horological history by launching HABRING² watch brand.
A “time only” watch with three hands, powered by a modified ETA/Unitas 6498-1 movement, marked the starting point of the new watch series; a decent and highly elegant design.
Contrary to competitors’ products, however, the “HABRING²” hides a small secret: For the first time in the history of watchmaking, movement and case are already prepared from the beginning for an upgrade with the most desirable and exclusive complication, a tourbillon, hand-made according to the customer’s wishes, at a later time. Yet also other, simpler ‘complications’, like date or power reserve displays can be added later.
Some specifications of the “HABRING² Time Only”: Water-tight screwed case made of three stainless steel parts with display back, 42mm diameter; sapphire crystals; silver-plated metal-base dial with applied, gold-plated hour-markers and numerals, gold-plated and polished hands in slim design, recessed seconds subdial at 6; hand-winding movement with screw balance wheel and “Triovis” regulator, adjusted to chronometer specifications and prepared for later integration of a custom-made minute tourbillon; hand-sewn strap made from saddle-leather, individually numbered 01/2005 to 12/2005.
The “HABRING²” is delivered in a useful travel pouch, made from natural saddle-leather, which is closed by means of the integrated spare strap and buckle. The packing is completed by a handmade three-part wooden box, made from brushed and oiled Oregon-pine. In its integrated compartment, a spare crown, complete set of gaskets and a set of three hands are included with the watch.
All parts are made by Austrian family-owned manufacturers. The materials used are chosen according to ecological principles, and are disposable or recyclable without any harm to the environment, which is another premiere in the segment of high-end horology.