The Austrian boutique brand Habring has introduced a new perpetual calendar monopusher rattrapante chronograph that builds on their expertise in creating split-second timers. The new Perpetual-Doppel is the most complicated Habring watch to date.
Fronted by the husband and wife duo of Richard and Maria Habring, the eponymous watch company has a history with split-seconds chronographs that goes back a long way. Richard developed the split-seconds chronograph as a module atop a Valjoux 7750 movement for IWC Schaffhausen more than 25 years ago. It was the first split-seconds chronograph to use a cam system for the chronograph and rattrapante function. The movement first debuted in the Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Ref. 3711.
And IWC alum, Richard would go on to start his own watch brand and then after the patent on the system he developed for IWC expired, in 2012 Habring introduced the Doppel 2.0, a split-seconds chronograph based on a Valjoux 7750 chronograph movement. It would go on to win the Best Sport’s Watch Prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève that year. Last year, the brand unveiled the Doppel-Felix, a split-seconds monopusher chronograph based on a movement developed in-house. This watch would bag the Petite Aiguille award at GPHG 2018.
The new Perpetual-Doppel builds on this timepiece with the addition of a perpetual calendar module to the mix. The watch uses a stainless steel 43 mm wide case, Habring says it sources the metal from fellow Austrian brand Böhler Steel. The three-part case is 12 mm thick and is waterproof up to 30 meters. It is fitted with a domed sapphire crystal coated with anti-glare on both sides and features a double sealed stainless steel crown and a sapphire crystal caseback. This is a mono-pusher chronograph, so a pusher at 2 is used to start, stop and reset the chronograph while the second at 11 is engaged to activate the rattrapante function.
The silver watch face has four sub-dials to display the calendar functions. It uses red-gold Arabic numerals to mark the hours using the “par epergne” technology. Diamond-cut red gold hands indicate time. The indication for date, day of the week, month with leap year display, is spread across the dial; a moonphase indication is placed at 12 o’ clock and includes a 30-minute chronograph counter.
This watch is powered by Caliber A11P – which is essentially the in-house movement A11R developed for the Felix layered with a perpetual calendar module developed by Swiss specialists Dubois-Depraz. A 4 Hz movement with a 40-hour power reserve, the movement is finished by hand with polished bevels, and decorative flourishes like perlage. The watch is priced at €21,500.