10 years Habring2 . Maria and Richard Habring celebrate their first decade with Felix.

2014 Habring2 in-house calibre A11

Felix is the name of a new wristwatch fitted with the first Habring2 in-house calibre. Listen to my interview with Richard Habring and see first exclusive pictures of the calibre A11 and Felix.

I am sure many of you know Richard Habring. He successfully worked as a movement developer for IWC in Schaffhausen and later for A. Lange & Söhne in Glashütte. During his time with IWC he developed the legendary Doppelchronograph-mechanism. The IWC Doppelchronograph was one of the very first real big chronographs ever presented to the markets and kicked off the size development of watches after being a huge success for IWC.

Whilst working for A. Lange & Söhne Richard met charming Maria. The two married and decided to start their own business: They named the brand Habring2 . This was end of September 2004.

 

Maria, Richard and "Mickey" Habring
Maria, Richard and “Mickey” Habring

 

Since then Maria and Richard presented a variety of watches all based on the gear train of the ETA 7750/7760 and Valgranges-calibres.

But it is not what you might think!

Richard Habring just used the ETA-calibres as a base for his own developments. Amongst them a Foudrayante, a jumping second, a chronograph operated only by one crown called COS (Crown Operated System), a split second chronograph and several tourbillons.

Habringonly sells 12 watches per model a year, so the total output today is about 150 watches per year. Exclusivity is guaranteed!

Habringproduces in Austria, since Richard Habring is Austrian. Habringtoday is the only active watch manufacturer in Austria. Habringalso is the biggest trainee for watchmaker apprentices in Austria. Actually three apprentices are trained in Völkermarkt in Carinthia at the HQ of Habring2.

 

Before I show you Felix and the new Habring2 calibre A11 let me look back and highlight the last ten years of Habring2

 

I invite you to listen to Richard Habring. In our conversation he will tell how everything started

 

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These are the watches Richard talks about…

 

2004 Habring2 presents Time Only

2004 Habring2 Time Only
2004 Habring2 Time Only
2004 Habring2 Time Only
2004 Habring2 Time Only

 

2005 A jumping second (Seconde Morte) built on a Chezard-calibre from the 1950s

2005 Habring2 jumping second (Seconde Morte) built on a Chezard-calibre from the 1950s
2005 Habring2 jumping second (Seconde Morte) built on a Chezard-calibre from the 1950s

 

2007 The Habring2-calibre A07 with jumping second replaces the Chezard-calibre. It is based on an ETA-Valgranges calibre

2007 Habring2-calibre A07 with jumping second
2007 Habring2-calibre A07 with jumping second

 

2008 Chrono COS operated only through its crown

2008 Habring2 Chrono COS
2008 Habring2 Chrono COS

 

2009 Time Only presented in a new execution with Habring2-calibre A9

2009 Habring2 Time Only
2009 Habring2 Time Only

 

2010 Habring2-Foudroyante

2010 Habring2-Foudroyante
2010 Habring2-Foudroyante

 

2011 The jumping hour is now offered also with various complications such as date, power reserve, second zonetime function, moon phase, calendar functions and even with tourbillon. More and more essential parts for the calibres A07, A07M, A09S and A09MS are now produced in-house.

2011 Habring2 jumping hour is now offered also with various complications
2011 Habring2 jumping hour is now offered also with various complications
2011 Habring2 jumping hour is now offered also with various complications
2011 Habring2 jumping hour is now offered also with various complications

 

2012 Chronograph Doppel 2, a split-second chronograph-function fully developed in-house and based on a ETA-Valgranges-calibre.

2012 Habring2 Chronograph Doppel 2. The watch won the first price at GPHG in Geneva.
2012 Habring2 Chronograph Doppel 2. The watch won the first price at GPHG in Geneva.

 

2013 Chronograph Doppel 3 and Jumping Second Pilot

2013 Habring2 Chronograph Doppel 3
2013 Habring2 Chronograph Doppel 3

2013 Habring2 Jumping Second Pilot

2013 Habring2 Jumping Second Pilot. The watch won the first price at the GPHG in Geneva.

 

2014 To celebrate the first ten years of Habring2 Maria and Richard will present Felix.

2014 Habring2 in-house calibre A11
2014 Habring2 in-house calibre A11

 

 

>>>  Discover the new watch Felix on page 2 >>>

 

 

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6 Comments

  • Great achievement! Movement lay-out is very similar to the new Bremont ‘in-house’ movement…..

  • A perfect example of what is achievable with passion and adherence to the simple things that matter. Congratulations to the Habrings. Unique, simple pieces but very elegantly made. These will be modern classics.

  • My honest congratulations to the Habrings!

    As you portrayed in your presentation of the brand and the likeable couple behind it there has been a continuous development to the status of today. They always went their very own way. And although they have a remarkable reputation and they already produced pioneering functionalities in their watches they still are very humble and open to feedback.

    Well, my feedback to the new models: Just great! Simple, clean, but nontheless independent. And all that for a very reasonable price.

    What a coup to call these novelties Felix (lucky). The Habrings can definitely be lucky about what they have achieved.

  • Nothing captures the magic of mechanical watches quite like this article. A charming young couple working in a beautiful environment turning out a limited amount of highly crafted watches. The photos of the making of these watches is quite riveting and is reminder of “you pay for what you get”…..actually these are amazingly fair prices…nobody could pay me enough to assembly those tiny parts without going bonkers.

    A somewhat similar outfit in the States and worth a look at is Dfremont watches, marvellous bargains, with COSC certified automatics, and fully customable on request, and no exchange rate nightmares.

    I like this Watchinsider site!

  • I was expecting far more than 4,450 Euro for the Felix, especially given the limited production, in-house movement and all. Quite an attractive watch.

  • Beautiful, classy and not a crazy price for the Felix considering it is inhouse developed by a small team. Alex may also want to investigate Damasko, a small German brand that also makes an inhouse movement for their top range.

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