Habring2 has presented a next step in the development of a chronograph – Doppel 3 piece. After the success of Doppel 2.0 rattrapante chrono watch which won the best sports watch laureate at the GPHG 2012, the brand headed by Richard and Maria Habring is now launching a successor which includes an additional mono-pusher feature. These combined features make the model unlike any other timepiece on the market. In the Habring’s common practice, each copy of the newcomer will be made by hand which greatly contributes to its exclusivity. This kind of production process means that there will be no more than around 20 Doppel 3 watches per year. Despite the amazing properties and the rarity of the new chronograph, Habring2 will be selling its new type of retro-styled automatic watch at the surprisingly low price of around $9,360, thus offering a great price to quality ratio.
The Supported Features Explained
We should start the story about new timekeeper with clarification of its features. As its accolade winning predecessor, Doppel 3 is a rattrapante chronograph, otherwise known as double or split seconds chronograph. This major complication means that the watch can be used to measure two successive or separate events since it actually has two central chronograph second hands, even though this is not immediately visible. The simple reason for this is that they are actually superimposed, or to put it in simpler terms, one is on the top of the other. In the specific example of Doppel 3 timekeeper, there is a visible red chrono seconds hand, as well as a hidden white one beneath it. When you activate the stop watch feature, these two hands move in unison. If you, for example, want to measure a lap time without interfering with the elapsed time, you should press a pusher that sits at the ten o’clock position and the lap time will be shown with the white hand. Another press of the same pusher on the left side of the case band makes the rattrapante white hand to catch up and continue its movement together with the basic red chrono hand.
What Is New
This feature was likewise present in the previous iteration of the Habring2 chronograph. However, there is an important difference among Doppel 2.0 and Doppel 3. The watch from two years ago had two pushers at the left side of the case, one for activation of the chronograph feature (the top one), as well as the additional one for its stopping and resetting. The latest Habring2 product is a mono-pusher chronograph which means that it uses the same pusher for each of these three procedures. This combination of split seconds and rattrapante chronograph features makes Doppel 3 so unique.
How to Make a Split Seconds Chronograph Worth under $10,000
The man who stands behind the creation of this special chrono watch is Richard Habring who came into the spotlight of the watchmaking public after he devised Doppelchronograph (which is the German term for rattrapante) during his stint at IWC Schaffhausen. Just like this initial creation, as well as Doppel 2.0 watch, and new Doppel 3 model by his own brand (which he runs together with his wife Maria) is also made from a modified Valljoux 7750 base movement.
This is certainly among the major reasons why Habring products are so affordable, despite including such a complex feature as rattrapante chrono. In this instance, the precise name of the caliber is A08MR-MONO and it is almost like the one used in Doppel 2.0 with the exception of the mono-pusher feature. The caliber with 23 rubies features chronometer quality of escapement components, it possesses Triovis fine adjustment and it includes shock resistance in accordance with DIN and NIHS standards. This self-winding mechanical movement is made with a power reserve which lasts for two days.
Silver, Black or Gray Dial
As Habrin2 intended, Doppel 3 is styled as sport timekeeper from the 1960s. It is available with three dial colors: black, silver and gray. Regardless of the basic color, the dial is made with two silver chrono counters – for 30 minutes and small seconds. The watch’s face likewise includes chapter ring with bar-shaped hour markers and two Arabic numerals (on top and bottom) and a railroad track which surrounds them. Furthermore, there are square polished, rhodiumized and luminous coated hands.
Habring2 Doppel 3 timekeeper is placed inside a round and 42 mm wide stainless steel housing which is comprised of three components. It has a double sealed crown, as well as domed sapphire crystal with double glare-proof treatment. On the back of the case there is a transparent section that reveals the movement, while the water resistance measures to 50 meters. For the strap, the watchmaker headed by the Habrings has chosen an extra supple brown leather strap with red stitching.