Habring Jumping Second Date

Angus Davies provides an in-depth review of the Habring Jumping Second Date, a self-winding watch featuring dead-beat seconds and a date display. This Austrian timepiece grants individuality, courtesy of the brand’s limited production capacity, and offers outstanding value for money.

This detailed review of the Habring Jumping Second Date contains live images, specification details and pricing.

Habring Jumping Second Date - in-depth watch review by ESCAPEMENT

Many years ago, I would live for holidays. I can recall the feeling of being near the point of desperation, yearning for two weeks away from a job I didn’t particularly enjoy. It felt like I was metaphorically underwater, frantically propelling myself upwards, yearning to breathe fresh air.

Holidays punctuated periods of occupational oppression, where my life, at times, seemed blighted by a need to maintain income levels merely to cover the financial obligations I had amassed as a married, father of two. Moreover, as I approached the end of a well-earned vacation, I would begin to worry, anxiously predicting an overflowing in-tray and countless potential catastrophes awaiting my return to the dreaded office.

Thankfully, now I perform a job I adore. Every day I am able to handle fine watches and receive adequate remuneration for waxing lyrical about my obsession for haute horlogerie. The change of career I made a few years ago is something I have never once regretted. To make a living for embracing one’s hobby is the highly fortunate position I now find myself enjoying. Nevertheless, I still need to take time out, leaving my computer behind at home and recharging my ageing batteries.

I have recently returned from ten days in Madeira, relaxing with my family. There is nothing better than a holiday with loved ones to reflect on life’s experiences to date and formulate future plans. Escaping from the frenetic merry-go-round of daily occupational duties and taking time to ponder, whilst luxuriating beneath sunny skies, is highly recommended. Indeed, this cathartic process allows one to differentiate between the important and the inconsequential.

Invariably, I come to the same conclusion. Too much time is wasted on the extraneous and too little time is allocated to my relationships and those aspects of life which are truly precious. Lounging by the swimming pool, attired in over-sized trunks, I am reminded of my advancing years. My middle-aged paunch and lined face are telling indications that I am getting older.

Habring Jumping Second Date - in-depth watch review by ESCAPEMENT

The fact is, with increasing age, time has greater importance, every second is precious and highly prized. Perhaps, Habring², the small independent watch brand from Austria, has produced the ideal timepiece for individuals who share my opinion. I now attach increasing gravitas to each passing second. The Habring Jumping Second Date features a dead-beat seconds, where the second hand of this self-winding watch moves in clearly defined steps. This complication invites the wearer to appreciate the value of each passing second. The action of the central seconds hand moving in one-second stages is no small technical feat. The seemingly simple advance of this slender hand belies the additional complexity necessary to bring it to fruition.

The dial 

The central area of the galvanised metal dial on the Habring Jumping Second Date features a satin-brushed motif which runs vertically from north to south. Applied Arabic numerals feature at noon, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock. They exhibit a glorious blue-purple tincture which is highly attractive.

Habring Jumping Second Date - in-depth watch review by ESCAPEMENT

An hour ring, featuring contrasting circular satin-brush, includes applied rectangular-shaped hour markers, exhibiting the same aforementioned blue-purple hue.

A minute track, tastefully presented in black, is marked with triangular indexes adjacent each hour marker.

At 3 o’clock, a date aperture resides within the previously mentioned hour ring, presented in a black font sans serifs.

Habring Jumping Second Date - in-depth watch review by ESCAPEMENT

There is nothing flamboyant about this dial, it beguiles with its muted air and becoming decorum. Indeed, it is the effortless ease by which the dial configuration converses with the wearer that makes this watch so remarkable. It eschews the garish and delivers a seemly mien which should confer a lifetime of ownership enjoyment.

The case

The case on the Habring Jumping Second Date is stainless steel and of three-part construction. All surfaces are highly polished, save for the case back which is satin brushed. I particularly appreciate the double stepped bezel which delightfully engages with light, creating an interesting series of reflections on its shiny steel surfaces.

Habring Jumping Second Date - in-depth watch review by ESCAPEMENT

The lugs of the case, gently arc downwards, tapering ever so slightly near their leading edge. Nevertheless, I found the strap and case ensemble caressed the wrist with a tender, comfortable embrace, yet always according a secure fit.

Habring Jumping Second Date - in-depth watch review by ESCAPEMENT

Habring² has not adorned the vertical flank of the crown with a logo or nomen, reinforcing the perception of restrained styling.

Habring Jumping Second Date - in-depth watch review by ESCAPEMENT

An exhibition case back graces the Jumping Second Date, allowing some of the inner beauty of this timepiece to be revealed .

The movement

Creating movements is costly. Indeed, such is the profound expense of creating movements it often precludes small companies from embracing the concept of being a manufacture. Habring² has found a third way.

On one hand, the Austrian watch brand has cleverly enjoyed economies of scale by using the gear train of an ETA/Valjoux 7750. However, it has also imbued the movement with a laudable degree of individuality, creating its own bridges and mainplate. The result is a handsome movement, delightfully finished and encapsulated within a relatively accessible timepiece.

Habring Jumping Second Date - in-depth watch review by ESCAPEMENT

The design of the movement is particularly attractive. Perlage adorns the mainplate, a central bridge features circular satin-brush and the oscillating mass is adorned with grand colimaçon.

Closing remarks

With an asking price of £3550, this watch is an attractive proposition. It delivers an abundance of individuality, refined aesthetics and fine finishing. Moreover, it is a highly wearable watch making it ideal for daily wear.

Habring Jumping Second Date - in-depth watch review by ESCAPEMENT

Habring² Jumping Second Pilot

I am not alone in my appreciation for this model, its similarly styled sibling the Jumping Second Pilot won the GPHG 2013. It shares much in common with the Jumping Second Date, save for the absence of a date display, different case finish and alternative dial colour. However, I personally favour the Jumping Date model with its blued hands and hour markers.

The action of the jumping second hand is enchanting and invites eyes to dwell on its uniform onward advance. This is a watch which encourages the wearer to savour time. Indeed, Habring² reminds us all that every second counts.

Technical Specification

  • Model: Habring² Jumping Second Date
  • Case: Stainless steel; diameter 42.00mm; height 13.00mm ; water resistant to 5 bar (50 metres); sapphire crystal to front and case back.
  • Functions: Hours; minutes; dead-beat seconds; date.
  • Movement: Calibre AO9S (base ETA/Valjoux 7750) gear train, self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4Hz); 24 jewels; power reserve 48 hours.
  • Strap: Brown stitched leather strap supplied on a steel pin buckle
  • Price: £3550 (RRP as at 4.8.2014)
  • Acknowledgement

I would like to thank Stewart’s The Watch Company, for kindly providing access to this remarkable timepiece.

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