Habring2 Doppel-Felix (by the man who created the IWC Doppelchronograph)

By rolex
June 9, 2021
9 min read

In 2012 Habring² presented the Doppel 2.0 , a moderate split-seconds chronograph dependent on a Valjoux 7750 chronograph. This was the very formula that Richard Habring once created for IWC Schaffhausen, which at first joined this development in the Pilot Doppel Chronograph and later in different watches. At the point when the patent terminated, in 2012, Richard Habring was allowed to utilize this complication in watches with the Habring² name on the dial, and that prompted the Habring² Doppel 2.0. In 2013 the Doppel 3.0 was presented and last year Habring² introduced the new Doppel-Felix that comes with an in-house split-seconds chronograph from Austria. Here’s the Habring² Doppel-Felix! 

The Doppel 2.0 was a quick achievement when it was dispatched. It sold out right away and won the Sports Watch Prize at the 2012 GPHG . A year later, Habring² presented the Doppel 3.0 (see here for the review ) – once more, an extraordinary accomplishment for Maria and Richard Habring. Presently, with the Doppel-Felix, they have added something that’s just too great to even think about passing up… the split-seconds chronograph is currently founded on a development that has been created in-house and made in Habring²’s environmental factors in Austria! This implies that Habring² outfits their watches with a movement that we could (nearly) call “in-house” (or a restrictive development, in the event that you like); adequate for me!

That’s a colossal accomplishment for Richard and Maria Habring, the couple group who run Habring² from the humble community of Völkermarkt, in the south of Austria. Felix was their first ‘in-house’ watch , made locally in Austria, followed by  Erwin, with a focal hopping seconds hand (additionally alluded to as bum seconds or seconde morte) and now, one of Richard Habring’s best turns of events, the rattrapante or Doppel Chronograph. The fact is that building up your own development is something major; it takes a great deal of time and cash and for a little watch brand that’s a huge venture. Possibly an inconceivably huge venture, however an awesome speculation as the whole line-up of new models with in-house developments looks good great, is valued sensibly and comes with fascinating complications (little seconds, split-seconds chronograph and bum seconds).

Background

For numerous years, the idea of the split-seconds chronograph included a profoundly complex (read ‘expensive’) development, depending on a couple of section wheels. While the advancement of a chronograph development is complex in itself (large numbers of the best watchmakers will disclose to you that it is definitely more complex than a tourbillon, because of the huge number of switches, pinion wheels and springs required to initiate the chronograph work), the rattrapante is a more complicated monster by far.

While actually working at IWC, Richard Habring found a straightforward answer for make a twofold chronograph. Around then – in 1992 – IWC  actually depended intensely on remotely sourced developments and, on account of chronographs, this implied Valjoux 7750 ébauches. The central matter of interest of this development is notable: it utilizes a worked on cam component to initiate the chronograph rather than a complex and difficult to change segment wheel. The virtuoso thought of Richard was to add an improved on cam-worked rattrapante module to the generally straightforward cam-worked Valjoux 7750. Solid, easy to change and to gather, utilizing remotely sourced parts… The thought was acceptable to the point that IWC protected it in 1992 and utilized it on a few watches, including the Pilot Doppelchronograph (ref. 3711), the Portugieser Rattrapante Chronograph (ref. 3712), the Ingenieur Doppelchronograph and the Da Vinci.

Richard Habring left IWC in 1996, at this point the patent for this simplified Doppelchronograph was as yet in the possession of IWC. Richard, meanwhile, made his own watch company with his significant other Maria – subsequently the Habring² name – and following 20 years, in 2012, the patent for this 7750-based cam-worked rattrapante terminated and was not liable to copyright any longer. Richard was allowed to utilize his own creation again.

The Movement of the Habring² Doppel-Felix

For a change, we’re going to begin this review by taking a gander at the development. Not that the actual watch isn’t intriguing – it is a significant shocker – however the development of the Habring² Doppel-Felix is the thing that makes our in-your-face watch enthusiasts’ hearts thump quicker. On the whole, a specialized point must be clarified.

While Richard and Maria Habring were at that point popular for the improvement of a worked on Doppelchronograph module adjusted on a Valjoux 7750 – which they did on the Doppel 2.0 and the Doppel 3.0 – the new Felix-Doppel pushes the idea various advances further. Not exclusively is the module created and produced by them or by sub-workers for hire situated in the locale, yet so is the development. To be sure, the Doppel-Felix isn’t furnished with an out-sourced Valjoux 7750 any longer yet by the restrictive calibre A11R and A11RD (same development with the expansion of a pointer date complication, not shown here).

What is the calibre A11R? All things considered, in light of the fact that the Doppelchronograph was intended to be adjusted on a cam-worked Valjoux development, the primary thought when building up this restrictive type was flexibility. This is the reason, when he was making the A11 base development, Richard ensured that it very well may be fitted with all his extra modules – jumping seconds, foudroyante, and obviously, the split-seconds chronograph. Therefore, the type A11 imparts large numbers of its particulars to the non-copyright-ensured Valjoux 7750 – measurements, position of the hand hub, position of the stuff train to adjust the grasp and effectively make the association between the base development and the Doppelchronograph module.

On the other hand, this development varies on numerous focuses. The base development itself – as you can find in our review of the 3-hand Felix – utilizes a particular 3/4 plate and has a lot slimmer profile than the 7750 or its 3-hand variations. Additionally, the completing and embellishment are totally extraordinary. In fact, the A11 type utilizes an enemy of attractive escapement just as a KIF hostile to stun framework (for the most part Incabloc on Valjoux) just as the manual gathering of anchors, the tallying of hairsprings and the manual creation of development wheels. Concerning the particulars, nothing amazing here with its 4Hz recurrence and 48-hour power save (despite the fact that Habring utilizes an alternate heart). In general, if the underlying foundations of the 7750 are as yet present, the type A11 is a broadly improved adaptation, with developments and redesigns on most parts. Besides, it is acceptable to realize that the vast majority of the parts are delivered by Richard and Maria, or by neighborhood providers – additionally situated in Austria.

As for the Doppelchronograph, no advancement on this side. A similar module is connected on top of the development and predominantly covers the base type. The actuation of the chronograph is done gratitude to two cams and the rattrapante is constrained by a conventional (yet rearranged) pair of braces. As consistently with this development (this is additionally valid for IWC models), the look is specialized, practically utilitarian. In any case, if the visual glory isn’t equivalent to a Patek split-seconds model, the outcome is a wonderful development which does precisely what it claims: splitting the seconds. The enhancement is lovely, with perlage on the rattrapante connect, blued cams and different completing strategies (soleillage, straight graining, bevelling…)

The Habring² Doppel-Felix (the watch)

There was nothing amiss with the Doppel 2.0 and the Doppel 3.0. They were pleasant watches. However, altogether decency, the new Habring² Doppel-Felix is substantially more alluring as far as plan. Not as moderate as Felix and Erwin, not actually vintage however with some 1940s codes, the watch is adjusted and profoundly alluring. A genuine winner.

Considering what ticks inside the case – the Doppelchronograph isn’t a little development – the watch is generally huge, with a 42mm breadth and rather long drags. It is a serious thick watch as well, some place in the middle of 14.5mm and 15mm. In any case, the plan is sharp, with thin and brushed case groups combined with a distending bezel and case back – both constrict the thickness. The watch wears well however as usual, a test on the wrist will scatter any questions in regards to the comfort (for the record, the watch is worn here on a 19cm wrist).

One thing to note on the Habring² Doppel-Felix is the shortfall of markings/inscriptions, except for the dial. Neither the case, the case back or the crown have a logo or an engraving, something that adds to the smooth look of the watch and to the impression of selectiveness – the sensation of having a specially designed item instead of a mass extravagance item that necessities to tell the reality where it comes from. By and large, the instance of the Habring² Doppel-Felix is all around completed and amassed and feels strong. On top sits a domed sapphire gem, which again assists with constricting the sensation of thickness and adds to the appeal of this watch.

As any remaining Doppelchronographs by Habring², the Doppel Felix has the signature and particular “bullhead” style, with the pushers situated at 2 and 11 o’clock. In addition to the fact that this gives the watch a novel look this design is additionally easy to use – one pusher set off by the forefinger, the other by the thumb.

As for the dial, the Habring² Doppel-Felix is accessible in two adaptations – silver or anthracite dark – nonetheless, this is something beyond an alternate tone. The silver one (not appeared here) highlights a pointer date on the fringe of the dial (with a long focal hand), while the dark variant (seen here) feels somewhat sportier with a tachymeter scale on the internal flange.

Despite the various signs, the Doppel-Felix stays spotless and simple to peruse. The decision of a bi-compax design (with little seconds at 9 o’clock and a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock) adds to the vintage appeal of this watch and its normal visual equilibrium. Likewise, it a warm and enchanting watch with its gold-shaded lists and hands, except for the 30-minuter counter and the fundamental chronograph hand, which are silver-coloured.

Conclusion

Overall, wearing the Habring² Doppel-Felix has been a genuine delight. It is outwardly significantly more engaging than the past Doppel watches and the expansion of the restrictive development absolutely is a colossal in addition to for gatherers. Nothing unexpected concerning the split-seconds work, as obviously, we didn’t expect less from the one who made this improved yet profoundly useful module. Evaluated at EUR 7,750 without date and EUR 8,250 with date, it is even perhaps the most open split-seconds chronographs accessible available – and with a selectiveness that standard brands can’t offer. More subtleties on www.habring2.com .