The chrono rattrapante or double (or split-seconds) chronograph gets its name from a double seconds hand anchored at the centre that during normal operation runs synchronously with the normal seconds hand. It kicks into action when the characteristic third pusher at the top left of the watch case is pressed.
Whilst the chronograph’s seconds hand moves continuously, the other one can be stopped to record intermediate times. Pressing the pusher again elegantly returns the split-seconds hand to its position above the normal seconds hand. This year, Maria and Richard Habring led Austrian luxury watch brand Habring² has reinterpreted the double chronograph in a future-oriented design.
The technology is not completely new to the brand; after all, Richard Habring played a major role in the development of the complication when he first started out on his career as a watch designer under his mentor, Günter Blümlein.
At the time, his completely new approach convinced not only his colleagues but also the patents office. The document published under the number DE4209580A depicts a hitherto unseen design of the fragile lever mechanism required to hold the rear-mounted split-seconds wheel.
One of the design’s special features is the omission of the traditional column wheel, which is not only complicated to produce but also requires complex adjustment in conjunction with a split-seconds function. However, the design, which integrated the functional module in an existing movement, went on to display the odd drawback here and there over the next 20 years.
The dynamic entrepreneurial couple has taken this as an opportunity to rework the design whilst incorporating some decisive improvements. In contrast to the original patent, the Doppel 2.0 is characterised by superior service friendliness.
And so ends a 20-year chapter of consistent development and improvement. This time span is the reason why Habring² is making an exception and departing from its usual annual output of 12 units per model to produce precisely 20 Doppel 2.0 at their atelier in Völkermarkt.
Of course, the A08MR calibre has all the hallmarks of the small Austrian manufacturer in addition to the ingenious split-seconds mechanism.
Accurate chronometer measurement and superior reliability are the result of small-scale manufacturing and assembly. The sub-dials have a classic east-west orientation to provide a visual counterpart to the original. The sapphire crystal base offers an unrestricted view of the manual mechanism.
There is a choice of three dial designs: blue, grey and brown, each offset in orange. The Doppel 2.0 is available exclusively in a 42 mm diameter stainless steel case at a price of € 6,000.
Model: Habring²-Doppel 2.0
Hour, minute display, small running seconds hand; stop-seconds hand and 30-minute counter; split-seconds hand
Triovis fine adjustment
Escapement parts in chronometer quality
Shock-proof in accordance with DIN and NIHS
48 hours of power reserve when fully wound
101 service-relevant individual components
Stainless steel, 3 screwed sections
Waterproof to a depth equivalent of 50 metres
Concave sapphire crystal, non-reflective coating on both sides
Double-sealed crown, sapphire crystal base
Engraved selective serial number 01 – 2012 to 20 – 2012 between the lugs at 6 o’clock
Blue, grey or brown galvanised metal dial with silver digits, rhodanised numbers and hour indexes with Superluminova coating
Polished, rhodanised, thread hands with Superluminova coating, blued counter hands, matt-lacquered chrono seconds hand and split-seconds hand