Thursday, March 7, 2013
When 2.0 becomes 3.0: Habring² Doppel 3.0
When Maria & Richard Habring presented their Doppel 2.0 in the spring of 2012 they had no idea of the response the model would trigger from the press and consumers. The Doppel 2.0 was so well received by the aficionados of reliable and affordable Haute Horlogerie that the intentionally strict limitation of just 20 units was gone in a flash. The ultimate achievement for the young brand and therefore the highlight of 2012 was winning the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, the international Watch Oscars, in the "sports watch" category.
It came as a great surprise for the protagonists, even though some jury members commented the victory as "well earned" and "about time". It is the first time in the history of the award that it has travelled across the Swiss border to the neighbouring alpine country.
Jury, press and, last but not least, the customers have made a clear decision, and Maria & Richard Habring do not want to object. Have intensely fathomed out the options they have decided to integrate the Doppel in the company's existing small range. The Doppel 2.0 has therefore found a successor:
The Doppel 3
Whilst the Doppel 2.0 was the logical further development of the original Doppel from the year 1992, the Doppel 3 takes things a step further. The Doppel 3 is even closer to its roots, namely the sports stopwatches of the 1960s. The dials in silver, grey and black with silver coloured sub-dials and red appliqués are even easier to read. The Doppel 3 is also a step further than its immediate predecessors with regard to technology. Reduced to just one button for the chronographs start-stop-zero functions, it bridges the gap to the pocket watches with timing functions and rattrapante that were the benchmark in the pre-electronic age.
Of course, the A08MR-MONO calibre has all the hallmarks of the small manufacturer in addition to the ingenious proprietary split-seconds mechanism. Chronometer precise measurement and superior reliability are the result of small-scale serial production and assembly. The Doppel 3 will be shipped starting in the early summer at a price of €6.750. The quantity will be in line with the limited edition of Doppel 2.0, namely 20 units per year.
In addition to the Doppel 3 the split-seconds function will be included in the Habring² modular system with immediate effect. It is now available on request, for instance in combination with the recently introduced centre-based minute counter (3.1) or the full calendar.
Visit the Habring² website