Habring2, the watch brand founded by the man behind the movement used in the IWC Doppelchronograph, has announced a very limited run of their Doppel 3 split-second monopusher chronograph. Made especially for the French language watch forum Horlogerie-Suisse, this limited edition run is comprised of just five pieces and bears a distinct dial design that will set it apart from the already exceedingly rare “standard” Doppel 3 chronograph.
Like the standard version, this limited Doppel 3 utilizes the A08MR hand wound monopusher chronograph movement. Based on a Valjoux movement, the A08MR incorporates a specialized module designed by Richard Habring that significantly changes the movement to offer the split-second capability and monopusher operation. The pusher at two can start, stop and reset the chronograph measure while the pusher at ten activates the split function.
The Doppel 3 has a 42mm stainless steel case and a dual anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The Horlogerie-Suisse special edition features a white dial with beautiful blued steel hands and markers, easily my favorite combination on any Doppel chronograph to date. The white and blue coloring gives the already-vintage design of the Doppel 3 chronograph the look of a marine chronometer, which works nicely with the bullhead-ish look of the case and pushers.
Given that only twenty Doppel 3s are made per year, the term *limited* is in good use, especially as only five are allotted as Horlogerie-Suisse limited editions. Any Habring2 is collectable but a special edition that offers an attractive variation on dial coloring and subtle limited edition markings on the case back will likely make this model a collector forum darling. Rarity and innovation such as this does not come cheap and the Habring2 Doppel 3 Horlogerie-Suisse LE has a list price of 5900 EUR excluding VAT (~$7950 USD). habring2.com