Habring² Doppel 2.0 Watch

Habring² Doppel 2.0 Watch

Habring² Doppel 2.0 Watch   watch releases

I don't know why it took me until now to cover Habring² here on aBlogtoRead.com. You've heard about German watch makers, but what about Austrian ones? Well now you have. These guys are pretty cool - and certainly unique. Imagine if Sinn and Tutima had a cousin across the border. Similar but different, that German speaking cousin regularly wore bowties. That would be Habring². I mean all is good except for the little mathematical "squared number 2" numeral next to the name. I get that it is a team of Maria Kristina Habring and Richard Habring - but did they need to choose a character that requires like 10 minutes to figure out how to enter into a text document?

If Habring² was a mathematical equation I think the result would be Germanic mechanical sentiments times nouveau design classicism equals whatever you see here. That makes sense right? I never did very well in abstract math. With highly limited production numbers, the best pieces are watches like this Doppel 2.0 (redundant) chronograph watch with what I believe is an in-house movement and slick design.

Habring² Doppel 2.0 Watch   watch releases

The Doppel 2.0 watch celebrates the split seconds chronograph in a basic, stripped down way that is not overly minimalistic or boring. Split second chronographs are also called rattrapante chronographs - and their purpose is to offer an additional one minute chronograph that can run while the main chronograph is marking time. This is done with a dedicated "split" hand that usually activates a second chronograph seconds hand located under the main hand. It is an ideal mechanism for those who want to measure short durations while measuring something else. While uncommon in mechanical chronographs today - most digital stopwatches feature a "split time" function that evolved from the split second mechanical chronograph.

Inside the Habring² Doppel 2.0 watch is a new movement that I believe was developed and produced in-house by Habring². Actually, the precise nature of the movement is unclear to me. What I think is more likely is that Habring² - at their workshop - modifies and decorates a base ETA chronograph (or otherwise) movement. The result is the Habring² caliber A08MR manually wound split second chronograph with 48 hours of power reserve and regulated-to-chronometer specs. The movement can be admired through the sapphire crystal caseback.

Habring² Doppel 2.0 Watch   watch releases

The watch itself will come in a 42mm wide steel case. Attractive, the design is rather low-key with vintage style plunger pushers. The split second pusher is on the left side of the case. The case is water resistant to 50 meters and has a sapphire crystal. According to Habring², the case has the watch serial number engraved on the case between the lugs.

The dial design is sexy and clean, with an obvious retro appeal. Colors are modern however, and the watch feels more Madison Avenue than it does "history book find". Habring² used larger silvered subdials which look more modern, as does that clean look of the dial - which still feels instrument panel like. Hands are pretty well sized and legibility is high. The thin hands and hour markers are coated with luminant.  How do you feel about the aviator style "12" and "6" Arabic hour numerals? I rather like the touch.

Habring² Doppel 2.0 Watch   watch releases

Habring² will offer three dial color options - being blue, brown or gray. The attached leather strap with lighter brown/orange contrast stitching feels very "Louis Vuitton" in hue. Each color version of the Doppel 2.0 feels well-executed and I think Habring² will do well with this range. According to them, they will produce only 20 pieces of the Doppel 2.0 watch each year. That is pretty Austrio-exclusive. Price is 6,000 Euros.

14 comments
aBlogtoRead
aBlogtoRead

@onthedash What sort of dial would better suit your tastes?

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

Tons of want here - I am all over that brown-dial variant. You just don;t see enough nice brown dial watches. For 6k Euro, it;s a layup, and as already mentioned, that number will get even better as the euro plummets.

Unfortuantely, I'm not great at waiting in line and I don't care about LE's, so unless I happen to be able to just buy it when I'm ready, I might never get it. I won't wait around on a list for it; when I'm ready to buy a watch, I'm buying. If this is not available at that time, I'll move on right away.

village idiot
village idiot

defintely will look twice if and when I see one of the beauties in my travels.   Unfortunately there are zillions of under a hundred buck quartz watches that try to imitate a thoroughbred such as this.  Although to steal from Porsche;   "The real thing - there is no substitute."

Scott A
Scott A

If I had to put a word to each colour I would say,  "classic, exquisite/ rich(in colour), and  elegant"  for - blue, brown, and grey.

Scott A
Scott A

This is a masterpiece! I understand it's all ready sold out but there will be future editions. When I do get my future edition, hopefully in 2013 I will also put on a custom strap. Look forward to working with Kris C on that one.

Thanks for reviewing this Ariel!!!!!

cshepley
cshepley

As jtambor mentioned, Richard Handing originally designed the IWC doppelchronograph modification to the eta 7750 but could not implement it in his own watch until the patents expired. I believe he offers it with or without automatic winding since it is based on an automatic ebuache.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

The blue variant is gorgeous. 

CG
CG

Nice classic design with tremendous legibility... Nice on the eyes, with many 42mm watches you are squinting to see the tiny chrono but this design is great in a modest normally sized watch. 6K Euro? I'd wait on paying that price since the Euro will be crashing soon...

AA_AlMutawa
AA_AlMutawa

@aBlogtoRead i am on vienna right now..I would like to check it out..where are they?

CoffeeTime
CoffeeTime

Hi Ariel,

I'm a long time newsletter subscriber, however for the last 2-3 days the newsletters have only consisted of a title and a small blurb instead of the full story with pictures like they used to be.  Why the change?  

I miss my daily read on my smartphone as i save reading your email for when I'm traveling and don't have signal...so clicking through to the website isn't an option.  I think it would be similar for people who read emails at work who wouldn't click through to your site due to software monitoring them.  

If you need to load the emails with some adverts to increase revenue I'm all for that, in fact I'd like to see adverts for more fine watches tempting me to buy, but the emails as they stand currently are not worth subscribing to with just a title and paragraph.

Keep up the great work otherwise, I really want to see you and this site flourish even more than have you done since I found you in 2008ish.

Regards,

Tom.

jtambor
jtambor

The story goes that Habring was instrumental in the production/design of the IWC Doppelchronograph and had to wait 20 years  for the patents to expire before the version 2...

IvanGopey
IvanGopey

@jtambor

Yeah, i'm very surprised by Ariel words about new movement.

"Richard Habring was many years ago employed by IWC Schaffhausen where with his genius he developed an innovative split-seconds mechanism.   At the time, this mechanism was patented (held by IWC) and monetized to great effect by the brand, as we all know.  But in time, Richard Habring moved on, starting Habring² in Austria with his wife, Maria Kristina.  Fast forward to today and the aforementioned patent (having lapsed earlier this year) has enabled Richard Habring to use his original split-seconds mechanism in watches bearing his own name." ( via Perpetuelle blog).