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Habring2 by Benzinger 5-Minute Repeater for Define Watches

 

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Two years ago, Peter Petzold, owner of Define Watches, conceived the idea of creating a Limited Edition Collection of
5-Minute Repeaters that combine technical handmade horological perfection and aesthetic beauty – at an affordable price.

Two names instantly came to mind: Habring2 for the technical know-how and skill of owners Richard and Maria Habring and Jochen Benzinger, renowned master ennobler.

Upon initial presentation of the idea, both parties were apprehensive, given the polar opposite of their approach to watch making and design.

The Defining Times – 5 Minute Repeater SpecialRichard Habring, co–developer of IWC’s patented Doppel Chronograph, is an absolute purist with regards to the technical functionality of a watch. At Habring2 even an engraving on a crown is seen as an unnecessary complication on a mechanical timepiece. Habring2’s watches are strikingly understated, clean, clear lines and exceptional functionality underlie each timepiece produced by Maria, Richard and the small team at the manufactory in Austria. The prospect of an affiliation with a watch ennobler was both novel and challenging for a company that has built its reputation on understated design and technical functionality but both Richard and Maria rose to the occasion and realised that their core competence was exactly what would underpin the collection.

The Defining Times – 5 Minute Repeater SpecialJochen Benzinger, world-renowned watch ennobler having worked for such companies as: Lange & Söhne, IWC, Original Glashütte, and Chronoswiss was enthralled with the potential of the project and design opportunities. Jochen’s work is painstakingly produced by hand on vintage machines that facilitate the creation of his highly bespoke designs.

Each piece Benzinger creates is unique and truly hand-made, no CAD, no laser-cutters just artistic genius and hand-drawn sketches. Whether he is refining a 100 year old Piaget or engraving an exclusive Grieb & Benzinger ($200,000+) Jochen devotes months to each project to ensure the end result is as aesthetically perfect and balanced as it is functional.

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So, despite the differences of execution, the philosophy of excellence unites the two and makes for a very exciting collection of FIVE 5-Minute Repeaters created and built by Habring2 and ennobled by Jochen Benzinger. Such collaborations between independent watchmakers are not common and do rank themselves worthy of mention in the world of Horology.

The repeater complication was developed in the 1670s, in a time before luminous clock/watch dials or electricity to power lights. The idea behind the repeater function was to provide a way for people to know the time, at any time, by simply triggering a mechanical bell that sounded out the hours/minutes. The 5-Minute Repeater complication was first made in 1710 by Samuel Watson. Five-minute repeaters strike the hours and then the number of elapsed, five-minute periods following the hour. The Habring2 by Benzinger sounds a single tone for the hours and a double-tone for the ensuing 5 minute intervals. For example, 2:15 would be struck as: "ding, ding, ding-ding, ding-ding, ding-ding". In general, the sound on repeaters is only audible when manually activated by the wearer.

Define Watches take great pleasure in presenting their 5 piece Limited Edition of Habring2 by Benzinger 5-Minute Repeaters.

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No 01 - Engine design

No 02 - Floral design

No 03 - Engine design

The short video below shows the repeater function in operation and allows you to hear the clarity and beauty of the repeater tone.

How to operate the repeater function:
The repeater function can be activated at any time by engaging (pressing) the pusher positioned on the top left of the case. This allows you to ‘hear’ the time whenever you like.

How to interpret the tone:
The initial single tones indicates the hour, the ensuing double-tones indicate the number of 5 minute intervals. For example 5.35 would sound with 5 single tones and 7 double-tones.

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Technical Details

Collection: Define Habring2 by Benzinger 5-Minute Repeater

Edition: 5 pieces worldwide

Movement: Habring2 in-house manual calibre A11 and a Dubois Depraz Repeater Module

Ennobling: Hand skeletonised, hand engraved and guilloched by Jochen Benzinger to order

Case: Grade 5 Titanium, matt finished case, 42mm diameter, polished bezel, 5 bar water resistance, specially designed & manufactured pusher and crown

Hands: Manually flame-blued by Maria Habring

Features: Due to the hardness and quality of the titanium case the tone of the repeater is crisp and clear enough to allow the case to be sealed (normally cases must be left unsealed to allow the tone to resonate). This has allowed Habring2 to seal the case and provide a 5 bar water resistance – unusual for a Repeater and another point of excellence and note.

Design: The design of each timepiece is individual and produced individually.

  • Engine design (more contemporary and technical): $54,300
  • Floral design (more classical and filigre): $55,250

Availability: The first pieces are in the Floral and Engine designs are sold. Piece 3 is finished in the Technical Design and available immdeiately. Pieces 4 & 5 can still be customised in either design and are still available, allow approximately 6 months for finishing and delivery.

 

The creation process - Initial concepts

Following months of discussion between Peter Petzold, Richard & Maria Habring (movement developers) and Jochen Benzinger (ennobler) to ascertain the optimal synergy between functionality and design, in particular how the 5-Minute Repater module could be integrated and ennobled to retain functionality and a balanced form, the design process began.

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Initial movement parts and dial sections

 

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Dial set up and contours – creative technical process

 

Images of the ongoing manufacturing process of piece No 01/5

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Sections of the Habring2 A11 calibre: Ground plate, bridge and module parts before Jochen Benzinger starts his work

Final bridge design and sketches

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Dial used to finalise design of plate and bridges

 

All movement parts for the frst two pieces arrived at Benzinger together with special dial and bridge holders that Richard Habring built to insure a 100% match between the A11 calibre, repeater module and skeletonized & ennobled parts, once they come back from Benzinger to Habring2 final assembling.

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Marking the perfect position for the ground plate...

...and placing it on a special holder provided by Richard

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As a result of Habring2’s foresight and Benzinger’s exacting workmanship, the lines of the A11 small second can be perfectly integrated into the bridge design

Next steps – the fine detail

Jochen Benzinger continues to ennoble & skeletonise individual parts according to his designs while Richard and Maria commence the titanium case manufacture, flame blue hands and prepare for assembly.

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Jochen Benzinger hand engraving parts for the “Floral” design on the bridge

 

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Designs for the "Engine" motive

 

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...turning the module parts into beautiful pieces

 

Maria Habring flaming the hands personally under 300 degree C to achieve the beautiful characteristc blue look, only hand-made watch hands possess.

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Cut hands ready for flaming process

Maria Habring working her magic

ASSEMBLY – The sound of a successful partnership between Define Watches, Habring2 and Jochen Benzinger!

Peter Petzold, owner Define Watches:

“We could not be more pleased with the Repeaters. To be able to bring such beautiful and technically brilliant 5-Minute Repeaters to our customers has been a dream for a long time. It gives me such pleasure to present this notable limited edition and to have been part of the concept and development. Jochen and Maria and Richard have my full respect – their dedication, attention to detail and commitment to perfection is a rare find.”

Richard Harbring:

“Working on this project has been a great joy. The combination of our in-house A11 calibre and the Dubois-Depraz repeater module works very well. After much research, the decision to set the movement in a titanium case paid off because the clarity and definition of the chime is surprisingly good, especially for a fully water-sealed repeater case. The many months devoted to solving the technical challenges involved with reassembling the finer, ennobled parts was well worth the while and Maria and I are proud of the resulting 5-Minute Repeaters.”

Jochen Benzinger:

“First and foremost I’d like to thank my partners. Without the foresight and support of Mr Peter Petzold, this groundbreaking Australian-German-Austrian timepiece project would never have come to fruition. His backing and initiative gave Richard and I the freedom and scope to create something truly wonderful. The beauty and functionality of the resulting 5-Minute Repeaters speak for themselves. Thanks also to Richard Habring, one of the best watchmakers I know. Without his input the heart of our repeater simply would not beat. Through our collaboration on this project, Richard allowed himself to deviate from his strict adherence to the Bauhaus motto‚“more is less“ – I am proud that my handiwork and ennobling opened up another perspective.

As any watch enthusiast understands, the less componentry in a movement the better the view of the mechanical heart within. My role was not only to free the heart of the movement for all to see, by hand engraving, skeltonising and guilloching, but also to give each piece a unique and individual soul embued with Benzinger DNA.

To that end, I sincerely thank the whole team – I’d be hard-pressed to think of another job that offers such satisfaction and enjoyment!“

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A stunning collection – Define’s Habring2 by Benzinger 5-Minute Repeaters, watchmaking history in the making.

All enquiries to Peter Petzold pp@definewatches.com.au

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