Habring Uhrentechnik OG
Habring Uhrentechnik OG is located in Völkermarkt in Kaernten, halfway between Vienna and Venice, in a light-flooded 242m² studio on the fourth and fifth floors with views of the surrounding lakes and mountains. This is where Maria & Richard Habring – husband and wife and equal partners in the business – and their four employees find the peace and muse to slip into the microcosm of precision mechanics every day.
The first Habring² was presented in 2004; around 100 units of the watch so coveted by collectors were manufactured during 2012.
The watches made by Habring² are available from selected partners in other locations.
Maria & Richard Habring see themselves as bespoke tailors of the art of watch-making. The unique modular system of the Habring² invented by them enables the fulfilment of customer wishes that no other manufacturer can grant – very much in keeping with the premise that "everyone deserves their own very special and unique timepiece".
Exclusiveness and technical perfection are not the only things they hold dear: they are successfully fighting the all-powerful throwaway society with their exclusively mechanical watches and minimum lifetime warranty of 3 years.
Whether an individual piece or a mini-series manufactured in cooperation with partners, every Habring² is made to order. Customers appreciate in particular the personal attention lavished upon them by the lively and creative couple.
The focal points among the products are the tourbillons, the much-copied jumping second and the chronographs. All share the classic, timeless design and are characterised by reliability and suitability for everyday use. Every year Habring² proves that the development of the mechanical watch is far from over by introducing clever, innovative detailed solutions such as the "Crown Operation System" (COS – a watch that does completely without push-buttons), or the "Foudroyante" introduced in 2010 - the first ever combination of a hand and a foudroyant second hand.
A true bombshell bestowed previously unheard of attention on Habring² in 2012: the chronograph with a split-seconds hand (rattrapante) – bearing the name Doppel 2.0 – introduced in that year brought the international watch Oscar (Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève) to Austria for the first time. The international jury of experts gave the Doppel 2.0 preference above the products of world-famous brands.
It was both an honour and an incentive for the young brand to achieve further milestones: after all, nothing less than complete self-sufficiency will mark the first small anniversary in 2014. Basic movements and highly complex sub-assemblies such as the escapements (regulators) will then be produced independently with the assistance of small family-run businesses in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.