Habring² x Massena LAB Chrono Felix Perpetual, LAB-CFP

Creative horological studio Massena LAB presents Habring² x Massena LAB Chrono Felix Perpetual, the LAB-CFP, a monopusher chronograph and perpetual calendar, a rare combination and a technical accomplishment from Maria and Richard Habring.

The LAB-CFP marks Massena LAB’s fourth official collaboration with Habring² following 2018’s ERWIN LAB01, 2020’s ERWIN LAB02, and, most recently, the ERWIN LAB03, released in 2021. Significantly, this is Massena LAB’s first collaboration with Habring² to feature the brand new reference from Habring², the Chrono Felix Perpetuel.

Habring² x Massena LAB Chrono Felix Perpetual, LAB-CFP

The dial of the Habring² x Massena LAB-CFP is inspired by the Patek Philippe reference 1518, an iconic perpetual calendar chronograph first introduced in the 1940s.

The influence of this “grail watch” is particularly visible in the use of applied, Arabic numerals for the hour markers on the dial of the Massena LAB-CFP. Inspired by the film negatives used in the analogue photography, the monochromatic, black-and-steel dial of the LAB-CFP is striking, high-contrast, and easily legible.

Habring² x Massena LAB Chrono Felix Perpetual, LAB-CFP

The LAB-CFP is a monopusher chronograph perpetual calendar which displays hours and minutes, day of the week (at 3 o’clock), month and leap year indicator (at 6 o’clock), day of the month (at 9 o’clock) and moonphase (at 12 o’clock). Also at 12 o’clock is the chronograph’s thirty minute counter.

The LAB-CFP is powered by an all-new, in-house caliber from Habring². The manual-winding A11CP caliber offers a power reserve of 48 hours. This 21 jewel movement beats at 28,800 half oscillations per hour.

Habring² x Massena LAB Chrono Felix Perpetual, LAB-CFP

Monopusher chronograph with a perpetual calendar is both a rare watch complication and a technical feat. Apart from Patek Philippe, Habring² is the only manufacture to produce timepieces that combine these two complications.

The LAB-CFP features an original, Massena-LAB-designed, stepped case made from 316L stainless steel. It measures 38.5mm diameter. The stepped case was chosen not only to reference past vintage models, but also to disguise its three correctors, which are pushed to manipulate the date, day of the week, and moon phase.

Habring² x Massena LAB Chrono Felix Perpetual, LAB-CFP

Paired with a black, nubuck alligator strap made by Jean Rousseau Paris exclusively for Massena LAB, the Habring² x Massena LAB Chrono Felix Perpetual (LAB-CFP) will be delivered in a wooden presentation box made from Douglas fir, a sustainable material, along with a Massena LAB NFC card, and a two-year guarantee. The Habring² LAB-CFP is priced at $24,995 USD.

Technical details

Model: Habring² x Massena LAB Chrono Felix Perpetual (LAB-CFP)

Functions
Hours, minutes, monopusher chronograph with thirty minute counter, perpetual calendar (day of month, day of week, month, moonphase, leap year indicator)

Movement
Manual-winding, Habring² caliber A11CP
28,800 half oscillations per hour (4Hz)
Power reserve of 48 hours
21 jewels

Dial
Black with steel, applied Arabic numerals and silver indices
Hands: Stainless steel

Case
Massena-LAB-designed stepped case in 316L stainless steel
Dimensions: 38.5mm case; height: 13mm
Lug Width: 20mm
Crystal: Sapphire with anti-reflective coating on both sides.
Case back: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides
Water resistance: 30 meters

Strap
Black nubuck alligator leather straps made exclusively for Massena LAB by Jean Rousseau Paris
Polished stainless steel pin buckle

Habring² Chrono Felix Perpetual with Salmon Dial

The Habring² manufactory in Carinthia, Austria presents Chrono Felix Perpetual, a petit-sized wristwatch with perpetual calendar and a single button chronograph.

The Chrono Felix Perpetual is smaller than the iconic Habring² Perpetual Doppel, which is the double chronograph with perpetual calendar. The 38.5mm case of Chrono Felix Perpetual houses the Habring² in-house calibre A11CP.

Habring² Chrono Felix Perpetual with Salmon Dial

This manual-wound mechanical movement incorporates a perpetual calendar module made by the famous Swiss manufactory Dubois Depraz from the Vallée de Joux.

Inspired by the iconic ETA 7750 chronograph movement, Habring² A11CP is a finely finished and decorated calibre with a 45 hour power reserve.

Habring² Chrono Felix Perpetual with Salmon Dial

This Habring² Chrono-Felix Perpetual model has a salmon colored dial. The chronograph minute counter comes through the moon display and counts a maximum of 30 minutes.

Habring² Chrono Felix Perpetual with Salmon Dial

The date, day of the week and the moon phase are displayed, as well as a leap year. Date, month and moon phase can be adjusted via three correctors. The fourth corrector is dispensed with because the chrono pusher also needs its “workplace”. The day of the week is simply corrected via the hands.

Technical details

Model: Habring² Chrono-Felix Perpetual

Movement
Habring² A11CP Calibre
Diameter 30 mm, height 7.3 mm
28,800 half oscillations per hour (4Hz)
Manually wound
Fine adjustment via tangential screw
Amagnetic escapement with a Carl Haas balance spring in chronometer quality
KIF shockproof pursuant to DIN and NIHS
21 jewels
Power reserve: approx. 45 hours
Elaborately refined by hand with polished bevels, decorative grinding, perlage, etc

Functions
Indication of hours and minutes
Indication of day, date, month, leap year and moon phase
Monopusher chronograph with 30 minute counter at 12h

Case
Stainless steel watchcase made of three parts
38.5 mm diameter, 12 mm high
Water-protected equivalent 30 meter depth
Domed sapphire crystal coated with anti-glare on both sides
Solid double sealed stainless steel crown, sapphire crystal back
Consecutive serial number between the lugs at 6h

Dial
Galvanized metal with rhodiated numerals and black print

Habring² Perpetual Doppel

Habring², an award winning haute-horlogerie brand founded by Maria and Richard Habring, presents Perpetual Doppel, a high complication mechanical watch equipped with a perpetual calendar and a monopusher split second chronograph.

In 2014, on the occasion of the brand’s 10th anniversary, Habring² developed its own in-house movement. In 2019 Habring² is celebrating its 15th anniversary and presents a brand new creation, the Perpetual Doppel.

Habring² Perpetual Doppel

Base model of this new creation is the winner of last year’s GPHG, the Doppel Felix, which is now literally being crowned with a perpetual calendar. To create the perpetual calendar + monopusher split second chronograph movement, Habring² has partnered with the well-known manufacturer, Dubois-Depraz, from the Vallé de Joux.

The Habring² Perpetual Doppel offers an excellent readability of date, day of the week, month with leap year display, and moon phase, in addition to the time display and an intermediate stop function with 30-minute counter. The stainless-steel case made of Austrian Böhler Steel nestles discreetly on the wrist despite its stately 43mm diameter.

The silver dial with its red-gilded Arabic numbers produced using the “par épargne” technology is classically subtle. Diamond-cut, red-gilded hands for the time display and additional hands made of blued steel for the stop function provide clarity and a good overview.

Habring² Perpetual Doppel

Despite manually wound, the future owner doesn’t need to be afraid of having to correct the perpetual calendar. A total of four hidden corrector devices ensure that the display is corrected in the shortest possible time if necessary.

The retail price of Habring² Perpetual Doppel is €21,500.

Technical details

Model: Habring² – Perpetual-Doppel

Movement
Habring² A11P
Diameter: 30 mm, height 8,7 mm
Indication of hours, minutes,
Indication of day, date, month, leap year and moon phase
Monopusher split second chronograph with 30 minute counter at 12h
28,800 half oscillations per hour (4Hz)
48h power reserve; manually wound
Fine adjustment via tangential screw
Amagnetic escapement with a Carl Haas balance spring in chronometer quality
KIF shockproof pursuant to DIN and NIHS
27 jewels
Power reserve after being fully wound: approx. 45 hours
Elaborately refined by hand with polished bevels, decorative grinding, perlage, etc.

Case
Stainless steel watchcase made of three parts with 43 mm diameter, 12 mm high
Water protected equivalent 30 meter depth
Domed sapphire crystal coated with anti-glare on both sides
Solid double sealed stainless steel crown, sapphire crystal back
Consecutive serial number between the lugs at 6h

Dial/hands
Silver galvanized metal with rose gold numerals and black/red print
Sunken register
Diamond cut rose Gold plated hands and blue steel hands

Habring²

Habring² is an independent luxury watch brand based in Austria. Eponym for Habring² and, of course, the driving force behind each project is Maria & Richard Habring. Married couple and working couple at the same time. Both, Maria and Richard Habring are associates of Habring Uhrentechnik OG which was founded 2007.

Based in Völkermarkt in Carinthia, just about halfway between Vienna and Venice, more precisely an atelier located at Hauptplatz 16, suffused with light and with a wonderful view onto lakes and mountains.

Maria & Richard Habring

The first Habring² was presented 2004 and first delivered 2005. By the end of 2007 the maximum capacity of the family business from total about 50 watches a year has been reached. In the production process a Habring² is only touched by two pair of Hands: Maria and Richard Habring’s.

Habring² watches are available at selected partners worldwide: Frankfurt/Main in Germany, Lucerne in Switzerland, San Francisco, Singapore, and Tokyo and directly in the atelier in Völkermarkt in Austria.

Maria & Richard Habring understand themselves to be the custom tailor of watch making art. Customer requests are highly welcome. Whether single or very limited pieces in cooperation with the partners – each Habring² will be built to order. Individual projects can take up to 18 months of development time.

Main focus is set on Tourbillons, the exclusive jumping second and on chronographs. The classic and timeless design and the elegant restraint is what they all have in common. With smart and innovative solutions such as the jumping second, the Tourbillon or the „Crown Operation System“ (COS) Maria & Richard Habring are proving each year anew that the development of the classical mechanic wristwatch is still not to an end. Environmental care and careful consideration with resources are a matter of course.

 

Address
HABRING Uhrentechnik
Hauptplatz 16
9100 Völkermarkt
AUSTRIA
Official website: www.habring2.com

Habring² X TimeZone Erwin Jumping Seconds

In 2015, the famous online watch community TimeZone celebrated its 20th anniversary by launching in a limited edition watch in collaboration with Austrian luxury watch atelier Habring.

Habring² X TimeZone Erwin Jumping Seconds

To celebrate its 21st birthday in 2016, TimeZone collaborated again with Habring² to present the Erwin 21 Jumping Seconds, reference TZ21.

Habring² X TimeZone Erwin Jumping Seconds watch

This timepiece is equipped with an in-house mechanical hand-wound movement. It features a 316L stainless steel case measuring 38.5 mm diameter. The Habring² X TimeZone Erwin Jumping Seconds is a limited edition of 21 pieces.

Technical details

Model: Habring² X TimeZone Erwin Jumping Seconds

Movement
Caliber A11S mechanical hand-wound movement
Manufacture in-house
Diameter: 30 mm
Height: 5.7 mm
Centre-mounted hour hand, minute hand and jumping second hand
28,800 half oscillations per hour (4Hz)
48 hours of power reserve
Fine adjustment via tangential screw
Amagnetic escapement with a Carl Haas balance spring in chronometer quality
KIF shockproof pursuant to DIN and NIHS
21 rubies
Elaborately refined by hand with polished edges, decorative grinding, perlage, etc.
65 service-relevant individual parts (126 parts in total)

Dial
Galvanized metal
Dial markings and numerals printed in midnight blue
Hand brushed center dial
Silvery-gray hour sector dial
Polished stainless steel divider ring
Silvery-gray minutes railway five minute divisions
Polished and heat-blued steel feuille (leaf-shaped) hands

Case
Diameter: 38.5 mm
Height: 9 mm
316L stainless steel in three parts with brushed and polished finish
Stepped bezel with brushed and polished finish
Flat sapphire glass coated with anti-glare on both sides
Double crown seal, sapphire base
Water-resistant to 5 bar (50metres)

Strap
Blue calf leather strap with tang buckle

Edition
Limited edition of 21 pieces, each individually numbered
Presented in a handmade Oregon-pine box with papers and spare parts (caseback and extra hands)

Habring² Chrono COS TimeZone 20th Anniversary Edition

This timepiece was created to mark the 20th anniversary of the online watch discussion forum TimeZone.

TimeZone was founded in 1995. It is internationally recognized as the world’s oldest and largest online watch community. In 2015 to mark its 20th anniversary, Time Zone collaborated with the independent watchmaking team of Maria and Richard Habring of Habring² to create a limited edition watch.

Habring² Chrono COS TimeZone 20th Anniversary Edition

Based on the Habring² Chrono CS, the TimeZone 20th Anniversary watch is a limited edition of 20 pieces. It is equipped with a mechanical hand-wound chronograph movement.

It has a 42mm diameter case made of stainless steel.

Technical details

Model: Habring² Chrono COS TimeZone 20th Anniversary Edition

Movement
Caliber A08MCOS mechanical hand-wound chronograph movement based on the ETA Valgranges wheel train
Indication of hours, minutes and seconds at 9h; indication of chrono-seconds and chrono-minutes (30) at 3h
Patented COS chronograph operation by rotating the winding crown to start, stop, or reset
Tangential screw fine regulation system
Antimagnetic escapement with Carl Haas hairspring and balance wheel in chronometer quality
Hand finished detailing
Incabloc shock protection pursuant to DIN and NIHS
Hand-wound 17 jewels, 84 component parts, 28,800 beats per hour and with a 48-hour power reserve

Dial
Rhodiated galvanized metal
Sunken registers with circular finish
Telemeter scale in blood-red
Hour markers in dark navy blue
Grained center dial is coated with a special filter to minimize reflections
Polished and heat-blued steel feuille (leaf-shaped) hands
Polished and heat-blued steel baton hands

Case
42mm 316L stainless steel in three parts with brushed and polished finish
Flat bezel
Domed sapphire glass coated with anti-glare on both sides
Double crown seal, sapphire glass base
Solid stainless steel caseback, individually numbered
Unique translucent blue sapphire crystal display black with silver TimeZone logo, Habring² and “20thAnniversary”
Water-resistant to 5 bar (50metres)

Strap
Bespoke super supple deer skin strap with tang buckle

Edition
Limited edition of 20, each individually numbered
Presented in a handmade Oregon-pine box with papers and spare parts (caseback and extra hands)

Habring² – Time Date Pilot & Time Only Pilot

Austria based luxury watch maker Habring² unveils new and sportier Time Only Pilot and Time Date Pilot models inspired from the Jumping Second Pilot timepiece, which won the prestigious Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve.

The dial with its characteristic illuminated numbers coupled with a fully satinised stainless steel case is reminiscent of the service watches of the 40s and 50s.

Habring² Time Date Pilot

Whilst the Time-Date Pilot with its matt-black dial and easily readable large date at the three o’clock position remains loyal to the design of its grandfathers, the two new variants of the Time-Only with galvanized dials in grey and blue are completely new interpretations of the “everyday watch”.

Habring² Time Only Pilot

All share the same Habring² “tractor” in the form of the tried and tested A09 calibre available both as a hand-wound model (A09M) and the exclusive, double-effect, automatic winding system (A09).

Habring² Time Only Pilot

The pilot’s watch models are sportier versions of the classic Time-Only and Time-Date models that remain in the program.

Technical details

Movement
Habring² A09 or A09M movements
Hours and minutes, small second at 9h (A09D with date at 3h)
Manual (A09M) or automatic winding mechanism (A09)
Shock-proof pursuant to DIN and NIHS
15 rubies (A09M) or 21 rubies (A09)
48-hour power reserve when fully wound
64 (A09) or 57 (A09M) service-relevant components

Case
Matt stainless steel, three screwed parts, titanium case available on request
Waterproof to the depth equivalent of 50 metres
Concave sapphire glass, non-reflective coating on both sides, negative pressure protection
Double-sealed crown, sapphire glass base
Engraved selective serial number 01 – 2013 (year of manufacture) to 12 – 2013 between the lugs at 6 o’clock

Dial/hands
Matte black galvanized silver dial with appliqué numbers and hour indices with Superluminova coating or galvanized blue or galvanized grey dial with appliqué numbers and hour indices with Superluminova coating
Polished, galvanised thread hands with Superluminova coating

Strap/packaging
Choice of various leather and micro-fibre watch straps
Three-part wooden case made of brushed and oiled Douglas pine (”Oregon Pine”)with built-in spare parts holder and spare parts set
Booklet

Prices
Time Only Pilot, hand-wound: 2,850 Euros
Time Only Pilot, automatic: 3,150 Euros
Time Date Pilot, automatic: 3,550 Euros

Habring² Jumping Seconds Collection (New Versions)

Models with a jumping seconds device have fought hard since 2005 to gain a fixed place in the small but exclusive Habring² collection. The rather unusual small complication does, after all, stand more than any other for the real core values of Habring²: reliable everyday technology but with that certain something.

Whilst Chezard calibres from the 1950s were used back in 2005, the in-house development of the calibre A07 based on the predecessor ETA-Valgranges formed the backbone of the range with the atypical movement of the seconds hand from 2007 on.

Habring² Jumping Seconds watch with moon phase and calendar

The standard of the Habring² introduction line since 2009, the so-called “Time”, will in future apply to the jump seconds hand. Namely: the in-house manufacture of mainplate and bridges. The previous calibres A07 and A07M will become the A09S and A09MS, recognisable by – among others – the new finish.

Habring² Jumping Seconds movement

The modularity of the A09S and A09MS will remain unchanged. Alongside manual and automatic winding the calibres also offer a classic date display, power reserve display, second time zone, moon phase display or even a calendar. All of these displays are available for retrofitting to existing Habring² watches.

Even the inclusion of a tourbillon visible on the rear is possible. The moon phase display with an enlarged moon at 6 o’clock is completely new.

Habring² Jumping Seconds watch with date and moon phase

The visual appearance has also changed: the new black dial with its characteristic illuminated numbers coupled with a fully satinised stainless steel case is reminiscent of the pilots’ watches of the 40s and 50s. Although today’s standard fortunately no longer needs to include the magnetic field protection required in those days, it is nonetheless available on request.

This is made possible by a development that will be incorporated in the Habring² manufacture movement coming in 2014. The components of the anti-magnetic escapement designed in accordance with the Swiss anchor escapement will be made of non-ferrous metals. They render conventional magnetic field screening unnecessary and therefore allow an untarnished view of the movement through the standard sapphire crystal back.

Technical details

Model: Habring² Jumping Seconds

Movement
Habring² A09S and A09MS movements
Base ETA/Valjoux 7750 train gear
Hour hand, minute hand, patented exact jumping second hand at centre
Hand-wound or automatic
Triovis fine regulation
Shock-proof pursuant to DIN and NIHS
20 rubies (A09MS) or 24 rubies (A09S)
48-hour power reserve when fully wound
70 (A09S) or 81 (A09S) service-relevant components
Optional supplements: date display (A09SD), power reserve display (A09SG), world time display (A09SW); moon phase display (A09SL) or calendar (A09SK)

Case
Stainless steel, 3 screwed sections
Waterproof to the depth equivalent of 50 metres
Concave sapphire glass, non-reflective coating on both sides
Double-sealed crown, sapphire glass base
Engraved selective serial number 01 – 2013 (year of manufacture) to 12 – 2013 between the lugs at 6 o’clock.

Dial/hands
Various galvanised metal dials with appliquéd numbers and hour indices (Superluminova coating on request)
Polished, galvanised thread hands (with Superluminova coating on request)

Habring² Doppel 3

Maria & Richard Habring presented their Doppel 2.0 in the spring of 2012 and the new model was well received by the aficionados of reliable and affordable Haute Horlogerie . This innovative timepiece was produced in intentionally strict limitation of just 20 units and was gone in a flash.

The ultimate achievement for the young brand and therefore the highlight of 2012 was winning the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, the international Watch Oscars, in the “sports watch” category. It is the first time in the history of the award that it has travelled across the Swiss border to the neighbouring alpine country.  This year, the innovative Austrian watch brand goes a step further by unveiling the Doppel 3, a wealthy successor to its award winning Doppel 2.0 timepiece.

Habring² Doppel 3

Whilst the Habring² Doppel 2.0 was the logical further development of the original Doppel from the year 1992, the Doppel 3 takes things a step further. The Doppel 3 is even closer to its roots, namely the sports stopwatches of the 1960s. The dials in silver, grey and black with silver coloured sub-dials and red appliqués are even easier to read.

The Doppel 3 is also a step further than its immediate predecessors with regard to technology. Reduced to just one button for the chronographs start-stop-zero functions, it bridges the gap to the pocket watches with timing functions and rattrapante that were the benchmark in the pre-electronic age.

Of course, the A08MR-MONO calibre has all the hallmarks of the small manufacturer in addition to the ingenious proprietary split-seconds mechanism. Chronometer precise measurement and superior reliability are the result of small-scale serial production and assembly.

Habring² Doppel 3

The Doppel 3 will be shipped starting in the early summer at a price of €6,750. The quantity will be in line with the limited edition of Doppel 2.0, namely 20 units per year.

In addition to the Doppel 3 the split-seconds function will be included in the Habring² modular system with immediate effect. It is now available on request, for instance in combination with the recently introduced centre-based minute counter (3.1) or the full calendar.

Technical details

Model: Habring² Doppel 3

Movement
Habring² A08MR-MONO movement
Hour, minute display, small running seconds hand
Stop-seconds hand and 30-minute counter, split-seconds hand
Manual winding
Triovis fine adjustment
Escapement parts in chronometer quality
Shock-proof in accordance with DIN and NIHS
23 rubies
48-hour power reserve when fully wound
101 service-relevant individual components

Case
Stainless steel, three-part, screwed, 42 mm diameter
Water-resistant to the depth equivalent of 50 metres
Concave sapphire glass, non-reflective coating on both sides
Double-sealed crown, sapphire glass base
Engraved selective serial number 01 – 2013 bis 20 – 2013 between the lugs at 6 o’clock

Dial/hands
Silver, grey or black galvanised metal dial with rhodanised numbers and hour indexes with Superluminova coating
Polished, rhodanised, thread hands with Superluminova coating
Oxidized counter hands, lacquered chrono seconds hand and split-seconds hand

KudOkTourbi – KUDOKE Meets Habring²

Stefan Kudoke joins with Austrian watch making brand Habring² to unveil an extra ordinary timepiece: KudOkTourbi. Both watch making brands have been creating fine mechanical luxury timepieces over the last years.

The unusual KudOkTourbi  timepiece  can be admired from all angles through two sapphire glasses of the 42 mm case made of stainless steel. The Alligator strap and folding clasp holds it firmly at the wrist.

KudOkTourbi - KUDOKE Meets Habring²

Octopodes are rumored to be quite intelligent. Following this, they like to explore their environment. In doing so the “KudOkTourbi” discovered its preference for Habrings’ flying one minute tourbillon, not willing to release it from its rose gold tentacles. Fascinated by almost 100 high precision components rotating every minute around its own axis, “KudOkTourbi” enjoys new insights that constantly vary. After feeding it keeps the movement running for 44 hours.

KudOkTourbi - KUDOKE Meets Habring²

According to Octopodes’ natural habitat the remaining movement is featured all black – just like the depth of the sea. Besides, the “KudOkTourbi” has a special gift: with its two tentacle tips filled with blue ink it is able to exactly determine time.

Its eight tentacles also represent the exclusive limitation number of this shy maverick. You can give “KudOkTourbi” a lovely new home at a price of 29,900 Euro (incl. 19% VAT). This unique timepiece will be unveiled at Basel world 2013.

Habring² Doppel 2.0

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.

Habring² Doppel 2.0

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.

Habring² Doppel 2.0 with blue dial

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.

Habring² Doppel 2.0 with brown dial

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.

Habring² Doppel 2.0 with grey dial

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.

Technical details

Model: Habring²-Doppel 2.0

Movement
Habring² A08MR
Hour, minute display, small running seconds hand; stop-seconds hand and 30-minute counter; split-seconds hand
Manual winding
Triovis fine adjustment
Escapement parts in chronometer quality
Shock-proof in accordance with DIN and NIHS
23 rubies
48 hours of power reserve when fully wound
101 service-relevant individual components

Case
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

Dial/hands
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

Habring² Chrono COS

Austrian manufacture Habring Uhrentechnik presents a chronograph watch featuring the innovative COS system. The Crown Operation System, Short COS stands for Habring²’s exclusive patented world novelty. It means a Chronograph which is operable completely without pushers, buttons or other operating devices.

Habring² Chrono COS

In order to activate the classic stop-function the well known and well tried crown is sufficient – the crown only needs to be turned around against easily felt resistances. The advantages are obvious: less drill-holes in the housing minimise the risk of ingress of water; no more possible damages of the usually very exposed pushers; no unintentionally starting or stopping by simple movements of the wrist; no more hard-steering or even completely frozen pushers due to staining; just a Chronograph with the reliability of a simple three-hand watch.

Habring² Chrono COS

The COS is based on the newly implemented calibre A08 which again is based on the wheelwork of the ETA-family 7750/7760. Additionally the already well known Habring² improvements are implemented: the Triovis fine regulation, Echappement and balance wheel in chronometer quality as well as appropriate decor.

Habring² Chrono COS

The Chrono COS is presently available in titanium only with ruthenium-coloured dial.

Technical details

Model: Habring² – “Chrono COS”

Case
Screwed titanium watchcase made of three parts with 42mm diameter
Water-protected equivalent 50 meter depth
Spherical domed and double sided antireflective coated sapphire crystal
Solid double sealed stainless steel crown
Individually engraved serial number 01 – 200X till 12 – 200X (year of production) between the lugs at 6 o’clock

Dial/hands
Rhutenium plated metal dial
Rhodiated applied numerals, hour markers with Superluminova coating
Rhodiated hands with Superluminova coating

Movement
Calibre A08COS, manually wound, patented crown-operation-system (COS) for operating the chronograph function by turning the crown
Indication of hours and minutes, small seconds at 9h, chronograph-function with indication of seconds from the center and 30-minutes counter at 3h
Shock-protected according DIN and NIHS
17 jewels
Power reserve after being fully wound: approx. 48 hours
84 maintenance relevant parts

Straps/packing
Grey microfibre strap in “Carbon”-design with deployment buckle
Handmade three-part wooden box made from brushed and oiled Oregon-pine with integrated spare part compartment with a set of spares
Certificate/warranty card

Habring² Jumping Seconds Watch with A07M Manual Wound Calibre

Introduced at Basel-world 2008, this version of Jumping Seconds Watch houses the in-house A07M movement developed by Habring².

A07 can be seen as the „family name“ and indicates the relation to last year’s automatic calibre with jumping second. „M“, however, simply means „manually wound“.

Thus, the A07M bridges the gap which arose from the discontinuation of the jumping second from the year 2005. But unlike the model 2005 which reverted to the rare calibre Chezard 116, the new A07M is, like it’s automatic A07 calibre from the own manufacture. This means Habring² is the only manufacture worldwide which offers an in-house-developed and currently produced movement with jumping second as „simple“ complication.

Habring² Jumping Seconds Watch

The small but nice series A07 (short for Austria 2007) already included complications like the indication of power reserve (A07G), second time-zone (A07U), calendar (A07K) and the Tourbillon (A07T).

The model of 2008 only differs due to a slightly modified logo and the double anti-reflective coated and domed sapphire glass from the ancestor. The timeless stainless-steel housing still measures 42mm in diameter, the metal dial in combination with the applied hour indications, the Breguet numbers and the hands shows elegant restraint.

The sapphire-glass caseback allows insight into the very heart of the watch: concentrically stripes, Parlage or other ornamental engravings, the manually polished Habring² logo or the also manually polished screws are the decorative parts. These are completed by technical intricacies like Chronometer-parts and Triovis fine regulation.

The now even softer and manually produced calf-leather-watch strap strikes immediately. Another small novelty 2008 is the even more compact box made of Oregon pine. What certainly remained is the assortment of spare parts which enables world-wide independence for each Habring² once delivered.

The dead beat jumping second was invented in the late 1950’s, most probably for so called „doctors watches“. It is much easier to follow the process of the second hand compared to the classic central second while concentrating on and counting the pulse of a person.

Even the technical function of a jumping second is quite simple, a top-quality wristwatch, however, requires a high degree of reliability. A small feather is pre-tensed through the wheelwork and relaxes suddenly, dependent on the frequency of the balance-wheel, at each 6th (21,600 A/h) or at each 8th (28,800 A/h) of the escape wheel ( =1 second).

In doing so, the second-wheel (on which the second hand is fixed), gets carried along one pitch. The time needed for such a jump only a few hundredths of a second. That is why the course of movement seems much more precise than at every electronically operated watch.

The largest and best known manufacturer of movements with jumping second was the manufacture Chézard, named after the location of the company, with its calibers 115/116 and the more simple 7400. Chézard has been a Member at Ebauches SA from 1937 until 1969 as the production was closed down.

Habring² has had access to a limited amount of brand new movements of the caliber 116 for the realisation of the jumping second 2005. Due to the surprisingly great success of this model and the continuously increased demand for this simple complication, Habring² has set the focus on the very same complication while developing the own automatic movement A07. This movement was presented at Baselworld 2007 and is meanwhile available with even more additional functions.

During summer 2008 the automatic movement A07 with jumping second and large date will be accompanied by the very puristic hand-wound movement with only three hands in the centre of the dial. This so called A07M calibre is developed in order to replace the Chézard 116 which is no longer available.

Habring² Jumping Seconds Watch movement

Habring² is with its calibres A07 and A07M presently the only manufacturer worldwide which newly produces movements with jumping second as “simple complication” out of proprietary development.

Technical details

Model: Habring² “Jumping Second”

Calibre A07M, “Triovis” fine regulation system, escapement parts in chronometer quality, hand engraved Habring² logo on the top bridge visible through sapphire crystal caseback, indication of hours, minutes and in-house developed dead-beat-center-second device. 24 jewels, power reserve after being fully wound: approx. 48 hours, 68 maintenance relevant parts. Available in stainless steel with 42mm diameter. Double sided antireflective coated sapphire crystal. Metal and mother-of-pearl dials in several colour combinations.

Habring² Jumping Second with Chézard 116 Hand-wound Calibre

Introduced in 2005, this particular version of the HABRING² “Time only” watch is a highly exclusive classic timepiece equipped with jumping seconds complication.

The cal. Chézard 116, an 11½ lines hand-winding movement, which has the unique and rare complication of a jumping centre second, replaces the ETA 6498-1 base movement in this particular model.

In addition to the exceptionally precise second display, the Chézard 116 features a standard hack second mechanism by pulling the crown, as well as a very peculiar function that assists in the exact setting of the time: slight pressure on the crown stops the second hand, until the pressure is relieved again, while the movement itself continues running. By this, the balance is not forced to restart and regain its former amplitude, inevitably resulting in a certain loss of accuracy.

Each “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.

Technical details

Model: HABRING² “Jumping Second”

Watertight stainless steel case with 42mm diameter, consisting of three parts; sapphire crystal, silver-coated metal-base dial with applied, gold-plated hour markers and numerals, polished gold-plated hands in slim design; hand-winding movement with screw balance wheel, adjusted to chronometer specifications; hand-sewn strap made from saddle-leather, individually numbered 01/2005 to 12/2005.

Habring² – “Automatic Jumping Second UTC” & “Automatic Jumping Second Triple Calendar”

In 2007, Habring² introduced the A07 automatic movement featuring Jumping seconds complication. Utilizing the modular technology, Habring² has also created the variations of A07 movement to accommodate included complications like the indication of power reserve (A07G), second time-zone (A07U), calendar (A07K) and the Tourbillon (A07T).

In this article, I would like to highlight two Habring² Automatic Jumping Seconds models enhanced with additional complications: Automatic Jumping Second UTC and Automatic Jumping Second Triple Calendar.

Habring² Automatic Jumping Second UTC

Habring² Automatic Jumping Second UTC

Features: Calibre A07U, “Triovis” fine regulation system, escapement parts in chronometer quality, hand engraved Habring² logo on the winding rotor , indication of hours, minutes and in-house developed dead-beat-center-second device, big date at 3h, adjustable 24h indication, 24 jewels, power reserve after being fully wound: approx. 48 hours, 82 maintenance relevant parts. Available in stainless steel with 42mm diameter. Double sided antireflective coated sapphire crystal. Metal dials in several colour combinations.

Habring² Automatic Jumping Second Triple Calendar

Habring² Automatic Jumping Second Triple Calendar

Features: Calibre A07K, “Triovis” fine regulation system, escapement parts in chronometer quality, hand engraved Habring² logo on the winding rotor, indication of hours, minutes and in-house developed dead-beat-center-second device, date, weekday, month and moonphase. 24 jewels, power reserve after being fully wound: approx. 48 hours, 96 maintenance relevant parts. Available in stainless steel with 42mm diameter. Double sided antireflective coated sapphire crystal. Metal dials in several colour combinations

Habring² Automatic Jumping Second Sport

The first watch in the HABRING² line was “Time Only”. It was followed by the “Jumping Second” in 2005 made using a limited number of rare mechanical hand-wound movements from the 50s such as Chezard Calibre 116. In 2007, Habring² presented an automatic edition of “Jumping Second” watch equipped with an in-house developed A07 (short for Austria 2007) caliber based on ETA “Valgranges” movement.

Habring² Automatic Jumping Second Sport

This watch is available in a 42mm diameter stainless steel case with silver, copper, galvanic blue or galvanic black plated metal dial.

Habring² Automatic Jumping Second Sport

Technical details

Model: HABRING² Automatic Sport

Case
Screwed stainless steel watchcase made of three parts with 42mm diameter
Water-protected equivalent 50 meter depth
Double sided antireflective coated sapphire crystal
Solid double sealed stainless steel crown
Individually engraved serial number 01 – 200X till 12 – 200X (year of production) between the lugs at 6 o’clock

Dial/hands
Silver, copper, galvanic blue or galvanic black plated metal dial
Applied gold plated or rhodiated numerals and hour markers with Superluminova coating
Polished and gold plated or rhodiated hands with Superluminova coating

Movement
Base ETA “Valgranges” automatic wound
Indication of hours and minutes, dead beat center seconds, big date display at
3h
Triovis regulation system
Escapement parts in chronometer quality
Shock protected according DIN and NIHS
24 jewels
Power reserve after being fully wound: approx. 48 hours
81 maintenance relevant parts

Straps/packing
Various straps of leather or microfibre material
Travel pouch with integrated spare strap
Stainless steel bracelet on request
Handmade three-part wooden box made from brushed and oiled Oregon-pine with integrated spare part compartment with a set of spares
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HABRING² “Carinthian”

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.

HABRING² “Carinthian”

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.

HABRING² “Carinthian”

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.

HABRING² “Carinthian”

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.

HABRING² Carinthian watch movement

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 = manufacturing 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.

Habring² Time Only

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.

Habring² Time Only watch

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.

Habring² “SHH-Chrono” 2007- Special Series Chronograph Collection in Cooperation with Sincere Haute Horlogerie

In 2007, in co-operation with Sincere Haute Horlogerie Singapore, Habring² created SHH-Chrono 2007, a limited series of chronograph watches equipped with historical movements.

Maria Kristina and Richard decided to base their chronograph on an historical movement that is no longer produced. This movement had to be equally as robust as any modern movement. The result is a limited series of the SHH-Chrono 2007 with Valjoux 7733, the Valjoux 7734 or the Valjoux 7737 movement.

With the SHH-Chrono 2007, Maria Kristina and Richard have succeeded in creating a modern chronograph with loving attention to technical finesse and tradition. The Chrono SHH is reminiscent of the elegance of classic chronographs without being a mere copy.

The size of the small indicator dials makes them easy to read. The customer has the choice of three different models, each with different dial-colour: galvanic black with orange luminous, transparent brown or galvanic blue. All three variants have applied rhodiated hour-markers which are coated with Superluminova in order to ensure easy legibility in the dark. The polished, rhodiated (rhodium-plated) baton hour and minute hands are also fitted with Superluminova.

Habring² SHH-Chrono 2007

Although – or perhaps because – Maria Kristina and Richard opted for an historical chronograph calibre, they wanted to be sure that the owner could wear his watch practically all the time and everywhere. This entailed a very careful selection of the necessary components at the development stage. The large three-part stainless steel case of the SHH-Chrono 2007 guarantees adequate protection for the movement.

The doubly sealed massive stainless steel crown and the push-buttons are easy and safe to operate. And as Maria Kristina and Richard deliberately chose to do without screw-locked buttons, it is possible to stop the time of any event at all times without any lengthy preparations. The sapphire crystal, reflection-free both inside and outside, ensures excellent legibility in all light conditions. A massive stainless-steel back is standard on the SHH-Chrono 2007.

If Maria Kristina and Richard present a chronograph for everyday use, it must above all be robust and reliable. It is therefore only logical if they revert to an old chronograph caliber, a particularly robust and reliable movement, for their SHH-Chrono 2007.

Their decision to use the reputed Valjoux calibre 773-serie, which especially valued by experts for its quality and dependability, was understandable not only because of its excellent time-keeping qualities but also for its outstanding technical specification.

Habring² SHH-Chrono 2007

A bone of contention for many collectors is the so-called “Kulissenschaltung”, or cam-shift mechanism. In spite of its poor reputation, this mechanism is not only inexpensive to produce and to assemble, it also functions faultlessly, precisely and reliably. With this mechanism the function of the column wheel is replaced in the 7733 by a specially shaped cam-disc below the hammer, the so-called “Kulisse” or cam-shift.

In technical terms, it fulfills the function of a curved cam-disc although it does not rotate but simply swivels slightly around its arbor. Precisely calculated curves create protruding cams and pits into which the various levers of the chronograph mechanism engage.

This determines whether the chronograph is activated, de-activated or stopped. In the Valjoux 7733 this cam-shift is riveted from below to the hammer and thus supports the function of the cam-disc. The hammer is shaped in such a way that it controls the function of the clutch by means of a small hatchet-shaped extension.

The great advantage of the cam-shift mechanism over the pillar wheel is of a mainly technical nature. Whereas the pillar wheel must be milled with great precision and almost always requires subsequent machining, the cam-shift can simply be stamped and so can be manufactured in quantity with constant precision and quality.

The tolerances are so minute that no subsequent machining is necessary. Should any deviations arise, they can easily be compensated by adjustment through the eccentric screws. Production costs can be further reduced by the springs which in most cases can also be pressed rather than having to be formed in a complex operation. Seen against this background it is clear that the development of the 7733 was a step in the right direction: wristwatches, including chronographs, were never status symbols, but timepieces.

The 773 caliber family was by no means a completely new construction. The roots of this chronograph caliber are to be found with Venus SA, a firm which also belonged to the Ebauches SA. This manufacturer of watch movements specialized in the production of large-volume chronographs.

Venus was taken over by Ebauches in 1966 and closed down. But some of the Venus calibers continued to be produced by the Valjoux SA firm, also part of the Ebauche group. In that way the modern Venus caliber 188 lived on as the Valjoux calibre 7730. With the introduction of the Valjoux 7733, the movement underwent constructive modernization.

One technical detail of the caliber 7730 was maintained. It retained its classical amplitude of 18 000 A/h. Chronograph experts may well be surprised at this decision since at about the same time the much more traditional pillar-wheel caliber Valjour 23 and Valjoux 72 were adapted to 21 600 Ah. Nevertheless, in spite of the comparatively slow beat of 2.5 Hertz, the Valjoux 7733 keeps remarkably good time.

The 7733 and 7734 calibers had a standard 30-minute register but they could also be supplied with a 45-minute register. Two of the three HABRING² SHH-Chrono 2007 are available with the 45-minute version. The advantage of this version is that the wearer can make better all-round use of his chronograph.

For example, the football fan can stop a whole half of the match. He can then read off the added-time without having to make any calculations. The version with the rare 7737 – which used to be designed to carry a 15 minutes count-down function for sail races – underwent a major modification at Habring² and turns out in it’s new version with a digital 30-minutes counter at 4h position.

Technical details

Model: HABRING² ”SHH-Chrono 2007”

50 Meter water resistant stainless steel case with 42mm diameter, consisting of three parts, slightly domed and double side antireflective coated sapphire crystal.
Hand wound movement with a power reserve of approx. 44 hours, adjusted to chronometer specifications.
Individually numbered 01/06-2006 to 06/06-2007.
The hand-cut and hand-sewn strap made from Austrian ”saddle-leather” is closed by the stylish stainless steel buckle.

Habring² SHH Grand Reserve 2006 Special Edition in Collaboration with Sincere Haute Horlogerie Singapore

In 2006, Maria Kristina & Richard Habring launched a special edition Habring² automatic watch model designed in collaboration with Sincere Haute Horlogerie (SHH) Singapore.

The”SHH Grand Reserve 2006” commemorated the beginning of an exclusive partnership – a milestone in short history of the brand.

The Habring² automatic in its base version allows the owner to add further complications and functions. By doing so, this timepiece sets a new functional benchmark of the small Habring² collection. Its exclusive Swiss ETA 2892-A2 automatic movement unifies both reliability and precision. The additional power reserve indication at 6h and the outsized date display at 12 o’clock position accomplishing hour, minute and center-seconds indication.

Habring² SHH Grand Reserve 2006

The serial sapphire-crystal back allows the owner to adore its technical and aesthetical engineering at its very best condition: decorative ribbings, blued screws and the new Habring² logo on the oscillating weight, free hand cut by famous Carinthian master engraver Florian Güllert.

The exclusive new dial design highlights the “black and white beauty” of this watch. The highly polished white artificial enamel surface of the dial contains up to 15 layers. The black print and the galvanic black treated hour markers and steel hands maximising the contrast while underlining it’s very pure look.

Technical details

Model: Habring² ”SHH Grand Reserve 2006”

50 Meter water resistant stainless steel case with 42mm diameter, consisting of three parts, slightly domed and double side anti-reflective coated sapphire crystal and sapphire crystal caseback.
Self-winding movement with a power reserve of approx. 44 hours, adjusted to chronometer specifications.
Individually numbered 01/12-2006 to 12/12-2006.
The hand-cut and hand-sewn strap made from Austrian” saddle-leather” is closed by the stylish stainless steel buckle or the brand new deployment buckle.

Habring² Automatic Watches with Felsa 690 and 760 Movements

In 2006, Habring² launched limited series of watches equipped with rare automatic movements: the Felsa cal. 690 and cal. 760.

While the Felsa 690 as a basic version shows the clear geometry of a watch with hands for hour, minute and second only (it therefore looks like the “Jumping Second”), the Felsa 760 is a bit more refined: the watch connoisseur will highly value the power reserve display at 9, the classic screwed balance with the free-sprung hairspring, “Incastar” regulator and the optional date window at 4.

Habring² Automatic Watches with Felsa 690 and 760 Movements

Here are some specifications of the HABRING2 – “Automatic”: Watertight stainless steel case with 42mm diameter, consisting of three parts (precious metal cases on specific demand); sapphire crystal, silver- or copper-coated, or black galvanized metal-base dial with applied, gold-plated or rhodinised hour markers and numerals, polished gold-plated or rhodinised hands in slim design; self-winding movement with screw balance wheel, adjusted to chronometer specifications; hand-sewn strap made from saddle-leather, individually numbered 01/2006 to 12/2006.

Habring² Automatic Watches with Felsa 690 and 760 Movements

Of course, the “Automatic”, too, is integrated into the modular concept, offering several additional functions as option. First of all, a pointer date and a full calendar are offered on customers’ demand. Also new are dial variants in copper with rhodinised hour markers and hands, and in galvanised black with rhodinised and luminous markers and hands. These dial variants are also available for the “Time Only” and the “Jumping Second”.

Habring² Automatic Watches with Felsa 690 and 760 Movements

The “Automatic” thus perfectly complements the small, but exclusive HABRING2 collection. Like its preceding “Time Only” and “Jumping Second”, movement and case of the “Automatic” are prepared already from the beginning to be upgraded to even higher exclusivity at a later time.

Each 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 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.

Habring² ChronoSport

Introduced in 2007, the HABRING² ChronoSport features legendary chronograph calibers such as Valjoux 7733 or the Valjoux 7734 movement.

Maria Kristina and Richard Habring decided to equip their new chronograph a historical movement that is no longer produced. This movement had to be equally as robust as any modern movement. The result is a limited series of the ChronoSport with alternatively either the Valjoux 7733 or the Valjoux 7734 movement.

With the ChronoSport, Maria Kristina and Richard Habring have succeeded in creating a modern chronograph with loving attention to technical finesse and tradition. The ChronoSport is reminiscent of the elegance of classic chronographs without being a mere copy. The ChronoSport has the advantage a clear dial, easy to read but not too plain. The size of the small indicator dials makes them easy to read.

The customer has the choice of three different dial-colours: galvanic black, galvanic blue or copper-tone. All three variants have applied rhodiated numbers and hour-markers which are coated with Superluminova in order to ensure easy legibility in the dark. The polished, rhodiated (rhodium-plated) baton hour and minute hands are also fitted with Superluminova.

Habring² ChronoSport

The large three-part stainless steel case of the ChronoSport guarantees adequate protection for the movement. The doubly sealed massive stainless steel crown and the push-buttons are easy and safe to operate. And as Maria Kristina and Richard Habring deliberately chose to do without screw-locked buttons, it is possible to stop the time of any event at all times without any lengthy preparations. The sapphire crystal, reflection-free both inside and outside, ensures excellent legibility in all light conditions.

If the customer wishes, the ChronoSport can be fitted out with a black, blue or mother-of-pearl coloured strap made of micro-fibre so that the watch does not have to be taken off for aquatic sports. The micro-fibre strap is rubber-lined and therefore extremely hard-wearing. Alternatively the ChronoSport can be supplied with a stainless-steel strap.

Habring² ChronoSport

A massive stainless-steel back is standard on the ChronoSport. It provides reliable protection for the movement at all times. Flexible production methods and customer-awareness at Habring2 make it possible to individualize the watch in accordance with the buyer’s wishes.

For the technically interested customer, who not only wants to tell the time or use the ChronoSport as a stop-watch but wants to be able to see the Valjoux calibre working, it is possible to refine the movement with an engraving.

Maria Kristina and Richard Habring’s devotion to their handicraft is reflected in the decoration (refinement) of the movement. They sought a way to give their watches a unique appearance which would be recognized immediately by the connoisseur. They made no attempt to invent a “Wörthersee”-ribbing in order to resent the customer with a supposed innovative decorative engraving.

Instead Habring sought inspiration from the traditional engraving handicraft of the region around Ferlach. With the intricate decorations found on hunting rifles in mind, Maria Kristina and Richard Habring, together with the Master Engraver and watch enthusiast Florian Güllert from Klagenfurt, developed the engraving for the “Carinthian” which can, if requested, be used on the ChronoSport.

If Maria Kristina and Richard Habring present a chronograph for everyday use, it must above all be robust and reliable. It is therefore only logical if they revert to an old chronograph caliber, a particularly robust and reliable movement, for their ChronoSport. Their decision to use the reputed Valjoux calibre 7733, which especially valued by experts for its quality and dependability, was understandable not only because of its excellent time-keeping qualities but also for its outstanding technical specification.

A bone of contention for many collectors is the so-called “Kulissenschaltung”, or cam-shift mechanism. In spite of its poor reputation, this mechanism is not only inexpensive to produce and to assemble, it also functions faultlessly, precisely and reliably. With this mechanism the function of the column wheel is replaced in the 7733 by a specially shaped cam-disc below the hammer, the so-called “Kulisse” or cam-shift. In technical terms, it fulfills the function of a curved cam-disc although it does not rotate but simply swivels slightly around its arbor.

Precisely calculated curves create protruding cams and pits into which the various levers of the chronograph mechanism engage. This determines whether the chronograph is activated, de-activated or stopped. In the Valjoux 7733 this cam-shift is riveted from below to the hammer and thus supports the function of the cam-disc. The hammer is shaped in such a way that it controls the function of the clutch by means of a small hatchet-shaped extension.

The great advantage of the cam-shift mechanism over the pillar wheel is of a mainly technical nature. Whereas the pillar wheel must be milled with great precision and almost always requires subsequent machining, the cam-shift can simply be stamped and so can be manufactured in quantity with constant precision and quality.

The tolerances are so minute that no subsequent machining is necessary. Should any deviations arise, they can easily be compensated by adjustment through the eccentric screws. Production costs can be further reduced by the springs which in most cases can also be pressed rather than having to be formed in a complex operation. Seen against this background it is clear that the development of the 7733 was a step in the right direction: wristwatches, including chronographs, were never status symbols, but timepieces.

The 7730 caliber family was by no means a completely new construction. The roots of this chronograph caliber are to be found with Venus SA, a firm which also belonged to the Ebauches SA. This manufacturer of watch movements specialized in the production of large-volume chronographs. Venus was taken over by Ebauches in 1966 and closed down. But some of the Venus calibers continued to be produced by the Valjoux SA firm, also part of the Ebauche group. In that way the modern Venus caliber 188 lived on as the Valjoux calibre 7730. With the introduction of the Valjoux 7730, the movement underwent constructive modernization.

The 7733 was fitted with a movable adjustable stud-holder so that it could be regulated better and more quickly. The small regulating-finger disappeared, as did the screw-balance too. For anyone looking at the 7733 the most obvious change was to the Chronograph bridge which had the shape of a very stable “V”. An even closer look would reveal the fact that the other bridges and the balance cock too had modified shapes.

An even closer look would show that changes had been made to the chronograph mechanism. First and foremost there is the re-shaping of the hammer. The two sides are now separated from the top and so give the cam-shift mechanism a more slender form. This technical modification has the advantage of enabling the minute-counter to be set at the zero-position. The sliding gear together with its toothed-wheel, which drives the minute-counter wheel, was also adapted. This improved engagement with the minute-counter wheel for which constant pressure is required – guaranteeing the reliable and faultless functioning of the 7733.

The most noticeable change on the dial side of the 7733 is the newly shaped setting-lever spring. It was necessary to reshape it because the 7733 has a spring-loaded setting-lever which makes it easier to install the winding-stem. But one technical detail of the caliber 7733 was maintained. It retained its classical amplitude of 18 000 A/h. Chronograph experts may well be surprised at this decision since at about the same time the much more traditional pillar-wheel caliber Valjour 23 and Valjoux 72 were adapted to 21 600 Ah.

Nevertheless, in spite of the slow beat of 2.5 Hertz, the Valjoux 7733 keeps remarkably good time. The 7733 and 7734 calibers had a standard 30-minute register but they could also be supplied with a 45-minute register. HABRING²’s ChronoSport is available with the 45-minute version only. The advantage of this for the ChronoSport is that the wearer can make better all-round use of his chronograph. For example, the football fan can stop a whole half of the match. He can then read off the added-time without having to make any calculations.

The ChronoSport, like all the other HABRING² watches, comes in a three-part wooden case made of brushed and oiled Oregon Pine. This case has an integrated drawer for spare-parts and contains a set of spares. Should the wearer wish to take off his ChronoSport when travelling, he can place the watch in a micro-fibre travel case which is included in the delivery.

This travel-case is something special too. It is fastened with a reserve strap for the ChronoSport – an unusual feature which has the tremendous advantage of ensuring that ChronoSport never has to go without a reserve strap.

Technical details

Model: HABRING²-ChronoSport

Case
Screwed stainless steel watchcase made of three parts with 42mm diameter
Water-protected equivalent 50 meter depth
Double sided antireflective coated sapphire crystal
Solid double sealed stainless steel crown and pushers
Individually engraved serial number 01 – 200X till 12 – 200X (year of production) between the lugs at 6 o’clock

Dial/hands
Galvanic black, galvanic blue or coppertone dial with silver subcounters
Applied rhodiated numerals and hour markers with Superluminova coating
Polished and rhodiated hands with Superluminova coating

Movement
Valjoux 7733, 7734 or 7737, hand wound
Indication of hours and minutes, small seconds at 9h, chronograph-function mit indication of seconds from the center and 45-minutes counter at 3h Valjoux 7734 with additional date function at 6h
Shock protected according DIN and NIHS, antimagnetic pallet fork
17 jewels
Power reserve after being fully wound: approx. 44 hours
80 maintenance relevant parts, (Valjoux 7734: 93 maintenance relevant parts)

Straps/packing
Black, blue or beige strap of microfibre material
Travel pouch of microfibre material with integrated spare strap
Stainless steel bracelet on request
Handmade three-part wooden box made from brushed and oiled Oregon-pine with integrated spare part compartment with a set of spares
Certificate/warranty card