Habring2 Doppel 3 Split-Second Chronograph Limited Edition Watch

Habring2 Doppel 3 Split-Second Chronograph Limited Edition Watch

Habring2 Doppel 3 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition Watch   watch releases

Habring2, the watch brand founded by the man behind the movement used in the IWC Doppelchronograph, has announced a very limited run of their Doppel 3 split-second monopusher chronograph. Made especially for the French language watch forum Horlogerie-Suisse, this limited edition run is comprised of just five pieces and bears a distinct dial design that will set it apart from the already exceedingly rare "standard" Doppel 3 chronograph.

Habring2 Doppel 3 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition Watch   watch releases

Like the standard version, this limited Doppel 3 utilizes the A08MR hand wound monopusher chronograph movement. Based on a Valjoux movement, the A08MR incorporates a specialized module designed by Richard Habring that significantly changes the movement to offer the split-second capability and monopusher operation. The pusher at two can start, stop and reset the chronograph measure while the pusher at ten activates the split function.

Habring2 Doppel 3 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition Watch   watch releases

The Doppel 3 has a 42mm stainless steel case and a dual anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The Horlogerie-Suisse special edition features a white dial with beautiful blued steel hands and markers, easily my favorite combination on any Doppel chronograph to date. The white and blue coloring gives the already-vintage design of the Doppel 3 chronograph the look of a marine chronometer, which works nicely with the bullhead-ish look of the case and pushers.

Habring2 Doppel 3 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition Watch   watch releases

Given that only twenty Doppel 3s are made per year, the term *limited* is in good use, especially as only five are allotted as Horlogerie-Suisse limited editions. Any Habring2 is collectable but a special edition that offers an attractive variation on dial coloring and subtle limited edition markings on the case back will likely make this model a collector forum darling. Rarity and innovation such as this does not come cheap and the Habring2 Doppel 3 Horlogerie-Suisse LE has a list price of 5900 EUR excluding VAT (~$7950 USD). habring2.com

7 comments
nateb123
nateb123

Not a big fan of the lack of finishing on this movement.  The majority of the parts seem to have been stamped out of a sheet and little else aside from a few bits of perlage.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

Love the bluing.  It could be heat bluing; the more skilful the craftsman the more even it tends to look.  I balk when it's uneven.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

The blue looks more like ion plating than heat bluing of steel (sure is bright and evenly colored). Either way, looks nice. Habring is on my grail list. Hand crafted, technically advanced feature, limited production and reasonably priced. What's not to like?

JonnyD
JonnyD

@MarkCarson  

Agreed. They are somewhat difficult to get your hands on though, unless you visit Volkermarkt, Austria. Their distributors don't seem to carry all models.