Unless you are deeply into the European watch scene, you may not be aware of Austrian watchmakers Habring2. But if you love clever, minimalist, rare, quality timepieces at a great price, it’s probably about time you got to know this boutique brand’s in-house Felix line.
This husband-and-wife team at home in Völkermarkt, Austria has been making handfuls of innovative watches with clean styling together since 2004, include bespoke timepieces for discerning clients and mechanical creations for other brands. Ten years after founding their workshop together, Maria and Richard Habring introduced their first made-in-Austria, in-house watch: Felix. This cleanly styled, easy-to-wear timepiece won a prize at the 2015 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, the watch world’s “Oscars.” Not only was its movement the first to be developed and assembled in Austria (right at the Habring workshop), this watch’s case has been manufactured using Austrian steel from the Böhler smeltery in Kapfenberg.
Doppel-Felix, a split-seconds chronograph based on the looks and styling of Felix, has just been shortlisted by the 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. And now Chrono-Felix joins the collection as the latest member of the Felix family. And this Austrian monopusher chronograph remains almost as svelte as the time-only Felix at only 38.5 mm in diameter and 10.5 mm in height.
And while Chrono-Felix’s styling is not much different from the previous two members of the Felix family, the bicompax arrangement of the subdials together with the stark look of the blued hands and red 12 against the silvery dial background make this one very attractive watch – inside and out and from a price perspective too.
Habring2 makes only a couple hundred timepieces per year, so each one is quite rare. Felix retails for €4,450 while the new Chrono-Felix can be purchased for €6,250. And any watch can be tailored to fit the needs of a customer’s wishes. For more thoughts on why Habring2 is worthy of further consideration, please see In Praise Of Habring2: A Collector’s View.
Elizabeth Doerr is the editor-in-chief of Quill & Pad, an online publication that keeps a watch on time.
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