Introducing the Habring² Felix, featuring Habring²’s own proprietary movement that is hand-finished and hand-assembled in their Austrian atelier. More-over, it is entirely developed in Austria! Maria and Richard Habring launch Felix to celebrate their atelier’s 10th anniversary and immediately announce what’s more to come from these two great people and this extremely interesting young independent watch brand. Let’s have a closer look at Felix’ specifications and price!
For the last 10 years Habring² have been making their own watches, usually based on the Valjoux/ETA 7750 (and 7760) base. Now with Felix they introduce the first in Austria developed, and largely in Austria manufactured and assembled, movement called the calibre A11. “A” for “Austria” and “11” for the start of its development in “2011”. Felix will be powered by calibre A11B, and the “B” stands for Basis. In 2015 we will also see calibre A11D (time & date), calibre A11S (jumping second) and calibre A11SD (jumping second with date). It’s very impressive to see what a small independent watch manufacture (yes, Habring² can now be called manufacture!) can realise and they’ve done this with mainly Austrian partners and suppliers.
Now I’ve just read all specifications and I’m writing my article, I’m actually slightly blown away by the news. Habring² was always one of the entry-level independent watchmakers, offering A) great quality, B) interesting products (remember the Jumping Seconds, the Foudroyante, the Chrono with central minute counter and the recently introduced Doppelchrono), and C) value for your money! The impressive factor (or I should say, ONE of the impressive factors) is that Felix is priced at just € 4,450 Euros.
The Habring² manufacture movement A11B is the basis for more calibres to come and this basis measures 30mm in diameter and 4.2mm in height. This time-only movement (central hours and minutes, and an off-centre small second hand) is a manually wound movement that, when fully wound, offers 48 hours of autonomy. The escapement vibrates at 28.800 vph (or 4Hz) and can be adjusted with a tangential fine adjustment screw.
Another impressive factor is that many parts of Habring²’s new movement are manufactured, in the very meaning of the word. Manu-factured, meaning made by hand. The wheels and pinions in calibre A11 are joined by a staking tool. Done by hand. Jewels are set by hand. The pallet are set in the anchor, and adjusted, by hand. The length of the balance spring is cut by hand, and the timing of the proprietary balance wheel is also adjusted by hand. No industrial or automated production processes here, this is a manufacture in the true meaning of the word.
Felix is a classic dress watch. both in looks and in dimensions. With a diameter of 38.5 mm and a very pleasant case height of only about 7 mm Felix wears very comfortable on the wrist. The stainless steel used to make Felix’ sleek case originates from the Austrian Alps.The raw material stems from the Böhler smeltery in Kapfenberg, in the mountains of Carinthia. The fine-grained, silver-white dial features a discreet ‘minimalistic’ print, that is reduced to the bare minimum and the hands are black-oxidised. Only two dial designs are available: with either an Arabian or Roman “12” and, on request, without the characteristic second at 9 o’clock.
Oh… and there will be another novelty: “Felix Gold” edition. No, it won’t come in a gold case, however it will contain a Philharmonic coin whose weight of 31.103 g and 24 carat corresponds exactly to the weight of its case in gold. This makes the “Felix Gold” the first “gold watch” with real investment value, especially as the coin is billed at its current value on the day of purchase and can be sold at any time without reducing Felix’ practical value. In a best case scenario Felix would therefore generate the cost of its maintenance through the increase in the value of gold forecast for the long term. Isn’t that just cool?
Concluding: a beautiful and stylish dress watch, made by hand in the Austrian Alps, with many local “ingredients”, and that for a price of just € 4,450 Euro. If you have been looking for a classic and classy dress watch, if you have been looking for an important timepiece, if you have been looking for a watch that is hand-made by a small independent manufacture… look no further because this is a superb deal!
Contact Maria and Richard Habring² via their website: www.habring2.com
Habring² Felix technical details
Specifications manufacture movement Habring² A11B:
- Hand-wound with 48 hours power reserve
- 28.800 vibrations per hour (4Hz) – tangential screw fine adjustment – anti-magnetic escapement with a Carl Haas hairspring in chronometer quality – KIF shock protection pursuant to DIN and NIHS
- 99 individual parts (50 service-relevant components) – 18 rubies
- Elaborately refined by hand with polished edges, decorative engravings, perlage, etc.
- Three-part case – stainless steel from the Corinthian mountains – diameter of 38.5 mm diameter and 7 mm in height – waterproof to 30 metres – double sealed crown
- Spherical sapphire crystal – sapphire crystal caseback
- Consecutive engraved serial number between the lugs at 6 o’clock