Purity, an absence of the unnecessary and an emphasis on the essential… That’s what Beat Haldimann has been making progress toward with the watches that he makes by hand. Furthermore a high dosis of dynamite wrapping up. As of late Haldimann revealed his first tempered steel watches with new forms of the no-ruffle H11 & H12: two wonderful blue dialed watches emanating valid, uncompromising craftsmanship. We investigate these uncommon objects.
In these seasons of Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) and CNC machines, watchmakers with a worldwide mastery, prepared to do completely planning, making and handcrafting their watches are an uncommon variety. Beat Haldimann is one of them. These expert skilled workers put a piece of themselves into their manifestations. It is just with such skill and aptitude that an item become unique.
Beat Haldimann is most popular for his work on the reverberation wonder and his momentous tourbillon watches, anyway his H11 and H12 watches, without any complications, are regardless extraordinary. First introduced in 2013, these quintessential dress watches are presently accessible (remembering that a couple of units are produced every year inside Haldimann’s workshops) in steel for the first time.
The Haldimann H11 and H12 are controlled by eponymous types. The presentation case backs permit you to respect the amazing (evident) straightforwardness of these developments. The solitary noticeable components are an enormous plate, the crown wheel, ratchet haggle, in addition to the equilibrium wheel in the middle. It isn’t recessed in the development yet floating over it, kept up by an open-worked chicken. The term ‘Toning it down would be best’ has infrequently been so suitable. Regardless of whether everything appears to be stripped down to the fundamentals, the work done is exceptional, with the most extreme consideration paid to the subtleties. The motions of the equilibrium are kept up by a special adjusted Swiss switch escapement for improved isochronism. The counter stun framework with its cross-formed spring is a restrictive development.
The development finish is immaculate, with hand-icing on the plates (repeating the completion of the dial) and snailing on the crown-haggle wheel. The gem sinks are finely cleaned. This amazing work is even more exceptional in light of the fact that Beat Haldimann’s developments are produced (in the genuine etymological importance – made by hand) without the help of any CNC machines. Each component has been created, molded, completed and collected by hand inside Haldimann’s workshops in Thun.
The H11 and H12 development are cased in a 39mm round case (likewise accessible in 42 mm upon demand) created in steel, a metal utilized interestingly by Haldimann. The plan includes no contrivances, not all that much, simply unadulterated fundamental functionality.
The sublime ‘grené’ dials are created from a silver plate. Their iced surface with superb profundity, sparkle and granularity is the consequence of a tedious cycle. The records are engraved and the breaks are loaded up with finish. The dials are then calmly brushed with a silver powder to complete the surface. The strikingly flimsy, hand-made hands are made of steel. Their straightforward, exquisite plan are motivated by a pocket watch from Haldimann frères from the 18th century.
The H11 and H12 are amazing perfectionist watches. Their fierce straightforwardness leaves nothing to risk. Their immortal magnificence emanates trustworthiness, immaculateness and usefulness. Some kind of common endpoint?
Retail costs are separately of CHF 30,000 and CHF 31,000. Beat Haldimann offers a lifetime complimentary servicing on his watches. For more data, visit www.haldimann.swiss .
Technical determinations Haldimann H11 (no seconds) & H12 (little seconds at 5 o’clock.
- Case: 39 mm x 10.8 mm – hardened steel – sapphire precious stone with antireflective covering – transparent case back with sapphire gem water impervious to 30m.
- Movement: H11 or H12 with manual winding – 38h power hold – 21’600 vibrations/h – 19 gems – hours, minutes (and little seconds for H12).
- Strap: hand-sewn crocodile cowhide tie, pin or collapsing clasp.
- Price: CHF 30,000 (H11) and CHF 31,000 (H12)