Remember the name Habring2 the next time you’re in the market for a new chronograph. Maybe even write it down because, despite their reputation for quality, this small husband and wife operated Austrian brand has managed to fly pretty much under the radar. That is until now at least. After unveiling their new Doppel 2.0 Doppelchronograph earlier this year they have quickly captured the attention of aficionados everywhere and with good reason, this is one seriously slick timepiece.
Although the Doppel 2.0 delivers superbly in the looks department, it’s the impressive backroom mechanics that have got watch lovers everywhere reaching for their wallets and for one reason in particular. You see this timepiece features a double-chronograph mechanism, the same mechanism (albeit with some improvements) that the brand’s founder and namesake, Richard Habring, first developed for his employer IWC over twenty years ago.
Instantly recognizing the value of this invention, IWC patented the mechanism ensuring it would only feature exclusively in their timepieces, including the Pilot Doppelchronograph as well as versions of the Portuguese Chronograph amongst others. Well now that patent has expired, giving Mr. Habring the opportunity to reclaim what was once his.
Of course the real winners out of all this are us. At just 6,000 Euro the new Doppel 2.0 represents incredible value for money and the limited production numbers (estimated output is around 12 pieces per variation a year) guarantees a level of exclusivity that the big brands simply can’t offer in this price bracket.
Presented in a 42mm stainless steel case the beautifully balanced dial will be offered in your choice of grey, blue or brown with matching strap. Personally I am torn between the gray and the blue but judging by the amount of attention this timepiece is garnering I’m not sure one can afford to be too picky. Like they say, if you wait too long you might miss out altogether!
The Final Word
I know it sounds cliché but it really is wonderful to hear about these small, family-run brands succeeding in what is in reality a very competitive industry. The Doppel 2.0 demonstrates once again that you don’t have to do anything over the top to stand out, you just have to love what you do and do it well.