Felix + jumping second = Erwin
Felix, the Happy One and “GPHG Petite Aiguille” award winner of 2015, continues to grow and thrive since coming into the world. Its specially developed heart – the calibre A11 movement, Austria’s first ever – has sustainably proved its worth and was entirely spared any teething problems. And so, the time came to make the technology available to its brothers and sisters.
Thanks to its intelligent design, the A11 not only enabled the replacement of previous movements, but also a number of new developments. The modular addition of the jumping second – in 2007 Habring² was the first manufacturer to present such a new design – turns the A11B (Basis) into the A11S (jumping second). And its installation in the slim 38.5 mm case means Felix has a twin brother named Erwin.
Erwin is at least as handsome and just as big as its older twin, although slightly plumper. Its movement with the jumping second is still a slim 5.7 mm and its 9 mm case fits comfortably beneath even snug-fitting sleeve cuffs. This is made possible by the new design of the jumping second that is much flatter in comparison to earlier hand-wound watch movements with this little complication.
Erwin‘s case is also 100% Made in Austria – as are those of every member of the Habring² family. The raw material is tempered in the smelter of world famous steel specialist Böhler of Kapfenberg and then processed by metalworking experts nearby.
The new silver dial with a discreet brushed metal finish and completely smooth, red gold-plated hour bars and digits is made using the covering technique applied to classic examples from the 1950s. The matching red gold-plated hands lend the two twins even more distinguished noblesse – especially in comparison to the more reserved dial/hand variants that remain available.
Erwin is available with both dial variants at a price of € 5,450. Felix remains the Habring² entry level model at a price of € 4,450, also for the new dial.