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Habring Foudroyante and Dead Seconds

December 9, 2011

The founder of Austrian watch brand Habring was at my hotel bar in Dresden, Germany a few nights ago and I had a chance to sit down with him to learn about the brand and shoot a short video clip (below) of the Habring Foudryante and Dead Seconds timepiece.

The foudroyante function, which is constantly running as opposed to being actuated by an on/off pusher, is displayed in a subdial at 9 o'clock. The dead seconds function makes it so the central seconds hand tics like a quartz timepiece, instead of the smooth sweeping that is typical of a mechanical timepiece. Both are complicated functions.

What is maybe more amazing than watching the full-time foudroyante, or the contrasting dead seconds hand, is the price. It is under five grand and has an open caseback and nicely finished movement. Plus, these are rare timepieces, and according to Richard Habring, they currently produce no more than 300 per year. Needless to say, the value is undeniably good.


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