Habring² Jumping Second
Deadbeat seconds. It's not a complication you come across often, but when you do, it's great to see it as well-executed as it is here. Instead of having a sweep seconds hand like most mechanical watches, the energy is stored up and released only every second, giving this piece the ticking, or "jumping" motion more commonly associated with quartz watches. However, flip the watch over and you'll see that this is a far cry from a battery-operated watch: the uniquely modified Valjoux 7750 movement from the Austrian husband-wife duo at Habring² has a utilitarian beauty that outstrips that of almost any quartz movement. This aesthetic is carried throughout the watch, with the straight-sided case and simple lugs and bezel. The dial also remains functional and uncluttered, showcasing the jumping seconds and giving you a clear, instantly readable view of the time. The whole package shows why independent watchmakers such as Habring² are worth checking out; here they deliver a beautiful piece with an unexpected and unique mechanical twist.