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News: Habring² And Massena LAB’s New Perpetual Calendar Chronograph

If you’re looking for an independent brand that makes some intriguing and relatively affordable watches, you could do a lot worse than Habring².

Possibly the best thing to come out of Austria since Mozart, the company comprises Maria Kristina Habring and her husband Richard (hence the ‘2’ incorporated after the brand name), as well as a couple of other employees, surely making it one of the smallest watch companies around.

Yet you’d never think it from the variety of its watches. What Habring² lacks in annual production—around 250 pieces—it makes up for with variety. Habring²’s catalogue includes minute repeaters to chronographs, vintage-style pilot’s watches to minimalist GMTs.

Its latest watch, a perpetual calendar and chronograph with monopusher, is a collaboration with Massena LAB, a kind of boutique microbrand/watch-creation studio run by industry insider William Massena. It features a brand-new manual-winding calibre, the A11CP, which improves on the previous A11P that powered its flagship Perpetual Doppel model.

Credit to Habring² for making this technically tricky combination of complications is, especially as they’ve fitted everything into a modestly sized 38.5mm case with a thickness of 12mm.

It’s a classic and beautiful dial design, too. Anyone familiar with classic Patek Philippes, like the 1518, as well as Universal Geneve’s Tri-Compax, will recognise the influence.

If you’re not familiar with the brand, do check out its other models. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Case | Steel

Dimensions | 38.5mm

Dial | Black

Crystal | Sapphire Crystal

Water Resistance | 30M

Movement | A11CP, manual winding

Power Reserve | 48 Hours

Frequency | 28,800 vph

Strap | Black alligator

Functions | Seconds, minutes, hours, chronograph, perpetual calendar, moonphase, leap year indicator

RRP | $24,995