An Indie Watchmaker Releases a New In-House Movement with a Rare Complication

Husband-and-wife watchmaking team Richard and Maria Habring reveal their latest creation, an in-house movement with a dead-beat seconds hand.

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Habring², an independent watchmaker based in Austria and headed by husband-and-wife team Richard and Maria Habring, has just released its latest timepiece, the Erwin. The Erwin features a new movement from the brand, called the “Jumping Seconds.” Watch enthusiasts know this as a dead-beat movement which, though it’s mechanical, is designed to tick once every second, similar to a battery-powered quartz watch.

Habring² already has a Jumping Second watch in their lineup, but what’s remarkable about the new Erwin is that, while the standard Jumping Seconds from Habring² used a modified ETA/Valjoux caliber, the new movement in the Erwin instead uses a modified version of the in-house A11 movement found in the brand’s Felix watch. The best part? The Erwin will go on sale for $6,200 — for reference, that’s nearly $3,000 less than the similar Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second. Considering this is a rare complication from an award-winning indie manufacturer, we’d say that’s a solid deal.

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