Salon QP: Habring2 previews the Doppel-Felix, their new own Split Seconds chronograph!

Nov 15, 2017,09:10 AM
 

Maria Kristina and Richard Habring surprised me at Salon QP with their  new model, the Habring2 Doppel-Felix, which (i) unsurprisingly is a split seconds chronograph, and (ii) aptly demonstrates the future proof construction of their in-house calbre A11:



Building on the success of their (almost) entirely Austrian-made Felix watch (see here; and its jumping seconds brother Erwin, here) and the aesthetics of the latter, the new Habring2 Doppel-Felix comes at what I think is the most admirable instance of Habring2's recently rejuvenated offerings, available in a dark and a bright silver dial, and with either a telemeter scale (left) or a (pointer) date indication (right):



Both watches share the same 42mm stainless steel case, the same brushed/circular grained dial plate and the same base calibre (more on this later). For simple aesthetic preference, I chose the dark version with telemeter scale for my shooting:



The dial plate made of silver galvanised metal features three different finishes: circular brushing at the outer bezel, printed with either the telemeter or with a date scale, the central part with a vertical brushing, and finally the sunken registers with circular finish. The hour markers are plated in rose gold as are the polished hands:



The dial design is dangerously attractive; and just to mention one nifty and superbly executed detail, please take a close look at minute and the telemeter scales, and the groove which separates the two. That makes me almost overlook the fact that the colour combination of the hands is not consistent: the split seconds hand comes in the same colour as the hours hands, whereas otherwise time and timing functions are strictly separated. That's a small issue that will bother only a tiny minority amongst the interested buyers, and one that is also easily address (heat blued hand, anyone?).

The surface treatment, in other words the finishing of the dial elements, creates lots of visual interest and permutation, such that the watch might appear as its own negative, just with a tiny bit of different light:





It wears also superbly on the wrist, with a good size for the complication. It looks sophisticated, with the right mix of complicated and simple, juicy but not exuberant.



It is a watch for many occasions, which makes it even more attractive, one which I could very, very well see on my own wrist.



Finally, you might be surprised why I did not include a movement shot. Well, I don't want at this time... (here as base calibre for their 5-minute repeater watch):



I mentioned the follwoing in my inaugural article on the Felix watch (see link further above):

"Maria and Richard decided to design their (A11) movement such that the existing functional modules, e.g. the jumping seconds, the foudroyante, the split-seconds chronograph etc. can still be used without further modification. This requires that the dimensions as well as the interfaces are identical to the Valjoux movement."

Dang! There you have it. I don't think its necessary to spell out the obvious, its clear what will be shown soon... just one thing: patience is a virtue, and spring is a lovely time to look forward to... ;-)



Congratulations and well done, Maria Kristina and Richard!

Cheers,
Magnus






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Such a great looking watch. Really well done.

 
 By: vitalsigns : November 15th, 2017-09:32
I look forward to seeing the production version. Thanks for posting. Cheers, John

For me the most stunning watch so far from Habering!!!

 
 By: MCG (Markus) : November 15th, 2017-10:41
What a beauty! Thanks a lot Magnus for the report. Perfect as always! The color of the hands issue is not an issue at all - for me. Because in my opinion it IS consistent in 95% of all cases ;-). Ok the rattrapante hand is also golden, but it is behind th... 

Wow...

 
 By: g_schroder : November 15th, 2017-10:56
That's a nice little chronograph! I expect they will get some push back from folks around the (pointer) date indication version, as it sort of defeats the purpose of the chronograph not to have a scale, but I do see the inner scale marks, and frankly thin... 

I don't think I've ever seen a chrono without a scale either

 
 By: g_schroder : November 15th, 2017-13:03
Though, there are markers on the inner-ring on that version, so I suppose you can at least time in 60 second increments. I'm just surprised there is no scale given it is a split second chrono, which places extra emphasis on the chronograph portion of the ... 

Nice pair

 
 By: 111forza : November 15th, 2017-11:57
Got to try both of them and I really like the date pointer ...  

Very sharp! [nt]

 
 By: g_schroder : November 15th, 2017-13:01

habring is a genius

 
 By: Gelato Monster : November 16th, 2017-03:10
awesome

Great read-up & pics, Magnus !.. I love this one a lot from Habring2.. Am sure I will have a look at it on my next visit to them

 
 By: hs111 : November 17th, 2017-06:47
.. which however only will be next summer.. Excellent presentation & product !.. Bravo to both Habrings !! A great afficionado tic-tac.. Best, hs

Excellent, thorough report, Magnus.

 
 By: DruidPadj : November 17th, 2017-06:55
This is a real looker.

Love the grey dial!

 
 By: NT931 : November 18th, 2017-05:33
I own an Erwin so I am also a fan of the Habrings. Btw what is the thickness of this new model?

Wowsers... this one looks great!

 
 By: andrewluff : November 18th, 2017-14:34
I tried to see them at QP, but every time I walked past they were already talking to people... If I had known that this is the result... I would have hung around a bit longer! I can't wait to see one in the flesh. Great report and pics Magnus. Cheers Andr... 

thanks Magnus! How thick is the watch, if i may ask?

 
 By: wisPete : January 25th, 2018-09:28
for me, 42mm is the absolute max i can wear on my wrist. the thickness of the doppel 3 is the only reason why i don’t own it yet. if the doppel felix is thinner, i think my wallet is in trouble...