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The Compact Habring² Doppel38 Cut up-Seconds

Austrian unbiased watchmaker created by couple Maria and Richard Habring, often known as Habring², has been constructing quite a lot of watches/actions, most of them with a bit of twist for the show – reminiscent of a deadbeat seconds or a foudroyante seconds. But, their most emblematic mannequin is, indubitably, the so-called Doppel, or split-seconds chronograph. Provided in varied generations, the most recent being the Doppel-Felix, it has at all times been a moderately giant mannequin. However, after discovering out the “small is gorgeous”, the watchmaking couple has determined to return again extra compact, following the present pattern for downsizing. And the result’s this interesting new Habring² Doppel38.


The story of the Habring² Doppel begins in 2012, with the Doppel 2.0 watch… the idea; utilizing a widely known mechanical base (a 7750) and modifying it with a rattrapante (or split-seconds, or doppelchronograph) operate, but with a worth that was nearer to a typical chronograph. A yr later, Habring² launched the Doppel 3.0 (see right here for the assessment) with some main technical enhancements, together with the transfer from a basic pusher structure to a extra interesting mono-pusher model.

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The basic Habring² Doppel-Felix in a 42mm case

However in direction of the mid-2010s, Maria and Richard determined to go deeper into their watchmaking independence. The results of this new technique first took the form of a moderately glossy watch, the time-only Felix mannequin, which got here with the model’s first in-house conceived and assembled motion. 2016 noticed the launch of the model’s second in-house motion, utilizing certainly one of Habring² signature shows, the Erwin with Leaping Seconds. The identical technique will then be utilized to the Felix Foudroyante and the Chrono-Felix (in 2018). However extra attention-grabbing for right this moment’s context is the 2017 Doppel-Felix, a watch that took Richard’s acclaimed split-seconds idea and merged it with the model’s in-house chronograph motion – the calibre A11R.

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The basic Habring² Doppel-Felix in a 42mm case

For lengthy, Habring² has supplied its Doppel watch in comparatively giant circumstances – on this occasion, with a central case of 42mm, and a good bigger bezel. Nonetheless, as we’ve seen with the current (and fairly superb) Chrono Felix Perpetual, the model has determined to maneuver in direction of extra compact fashions. And right here we’re right this moment, with one thing I feel is superb information, a compact version of the model’s DoppelChronograph, the brand new Doppel38.

The brand new Habring² Doppel38

So, what’s to know right here… Mainly, we’re nonetheless speaking about the identical base motion however now built-in inside a extra compact case, with a streamlined look and cleaner dials. As defined by the Habrings, “the pattern in direction of downsizing may be hardly ignored even within the watch world,” and the demand right this moment is unquestionably shifting again to extra wearable, extra discreet watches. The brand new Habring² Doppel38 is thus housed in a case that measures 38.5mm (central case) and 41mm (bezel) in diameter – and no, this isn’t small and such dimensions have in sure intervals of time been thought of outsized. The brand new Doppel38 is simply accommodating the will of the model’s collectors for extra compact watches.

Habring² Doppel38 Split-Seconds Chronograph

Volumes have been diminished on all points of the watch, with now an 11.5mm (excl. sapphires) or 13mm (incl. sapphires) top, which is about 1mm lower than the Doppel-Felix. The case combines brushed surfaces on the perimeters with polished components – high of the lugs, pushers and bezel. It’s framed by sapphire crystals on each side and is waterproof to 30 metres – a bit mild, in the event you ask me, but in addition the results of the downsizing course of. It’s worn on a 20mm strap, accessible in quite a lot of kinds.

Habring² Doppel38 Split-Seconds Chronograph

Speaking about kinds, the Habring² Doppel38 can be accessible in 4 totally different dial designs. All share the identical want for simplification and sleekness – in truth, the dials are a lot cleaner than that of the Doppel-Felix. The fundamentals are a pair of central arms for the time, two central seconds for the rattrapante operate, a sub-counter at 9 o’clock for the operating seconds and a sub-counter at 3 o’clock for the 30-minute totalizer. All fashions characteristic a slopped internal flange with a precision seconds monitor.

As stated, 4 editions are supplied proper from the introduction of this new Doppel38:

  • silver-coloured, granular texture, black printings, matching sub-counters, blued metal leaf arms and chronograph arms
  • silver-coloured panda, brushed texture, white luminous Arabic numerals, black sub-counters, silver/white luminous arms, blued chronograph arms
  • silver-coloured panda, brushed texture, beige luminous Arabic numerals, black sub-counters, silver/beige luminous arms, blue and crimson chronograph arms
  • salmon-coloured, brushed texture, white luminous Arabic numerals, matching sub-counters, silver/white luminous arms, blued chronograph arms

Underneath the hood, it’s a well-recognized motion, which has been conceived and assembled in-house by Habring² utilizing self-made elements or parts sourced from native suppliers. We’re speaking about the identical base mono-pusher chronograph motion as the Chrono-Felix (and our MdS 1 for that matter) on high of which is the all-important split-seconds operate. The motion runs at 4Hz, is manufactured and completed manually and has a number of enhancements over the basic 7750 structure – although it nonetheless depends on its tried-and-tested cam system. This motion comes with an amagnetic escapement with Carl Haas steadiness hairspring, a KIF shockproof gadget and a tangential screw wonderful adjustment. It’s embellished throughout, with brushing, perlage and bevelling.

Habring² Doppel38 Split-Seconds Chronograph

Availability & Value

The Habring² Doppel38 is now accessible for orders (not restricted) and is priced at EUR 9,250. And whereas I can’t name that accessible, it stays a correct “worth proposition” watch contemplating the complication inside… It certainly is without doubt one of the most accessible rattrapante watches available on the market – and one which has a particular motion (not a generic calibre) and the soul of unbiased watchmaking.

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