The independent horological watch space has matured well over the last decade or so, and there are now quite a few small brands out there that offer high-quality products and are well recognized within the enthusiast community. Austrian brand Habring² is one of them, and today, we give you a sneak peek at their latest sporty take on the Chrono Felix.
The Habring² Chrono Felix is the more complicated coursing of the brand’s popular entry-level offering, the Felix. Featuring a 38mm stainless steel case that is just 10.5mm thick, the Chrono Felix has been designed to offer the wearer maximum wrist comfort, an important detail that is often overlooked by even some of the more established players out there. From a design standpoint, the case has a simple round shape with nice downward curving lugs that feature drilled lug holes to make strap changing easy. The right side of the case is flanked by a single pusher for starting, stopping, and resetting the chronograph functions, and a well-sized crown that should make winding the movement a joy.
Speaking of the movement, the Habring² Felix Chrono is powered by Habring’s in -house hand wound A11C-H1 calibre. The movement operates at a frequency of 4 Hz and offers a power reserve of around 48 hours. It comes equipped with an anti-magnetic escapement with a Carl Haas hairspring in chronometer quality, KIF shock protection according to DIN and NIHS, and more. The movement can be viewed through the exhibition case back and has been decorated using hand-polished bevels, blued screws, and perlage.
On the dial side, you get a familiar highly legible bi-compax layout that is seen on previously released versions of the Chrono Felix. However, the folks at Habring have made some great design and color choices to give this new variant a sporty feel. To begin with, the base dial has been presented in a mix of salmon and black, which is offset by the two silver counters and a bright red spiral tachymeter scale at the center. The hour markers are a combination of batons and Arabic numerals at 12 and 6 and have been coated with luminous paint to aid low light legibility. An elaborate minute/chronograph seconds track runs on the outer periphery. The lume filled syringe style hour and minute hands combined with the red arrow tipped chronograph hand accentuate the sporty vibe of the watch, whereas the blued hands on the sub-registers bring in a dash of elegance.