William Massena is one of those inevitable names in the watch business. A previous top of a closeout house, Managing Director of one of the biggest watch gatherings, he is most importantly an ardent watch authority and a genuine connoisseur. Habring² is a little, autonomous watchmaker from Austria with sublime craftsmanship and fascinating (yet not overrated) complications. So what happens when you blend these two? The Habring² Erwin LAB01 Bronze, the aftereffect of William’s new venture, the Massena LAB.
Before we move to the subtleties of this coordinated effort between Massena and Habring², a touch of foundation is necessary.
William Massena & The Massena LAB Project
William is one of those powerful characters in the watch business. He’s a functioning member in the realm of horology as a gatherer, expert and previous barker. He was a retailer with stores in Miami and New York City, and later turned into the Chief Operating Officer of Antiquorum in Geneva. He found the watch collectors’ discussion TimeZone in its soonest days in 1995 and has been partnered with the site from that point onward, first as an arbitrator, and now as its Managing Director.
The watch you’re going to see isn’t his first endeavor. Effectively in 2014, he started a coordinated effort with Richard and Maria Habring to build up the TimeZone 20th Anniversary Habring² Chrono COS, ref. TZ20. In 2016, William started the second joint effort with Richard and Maria Habring to build up the Habring² x TimeZone Jumping Seconds, ref. TZ21, with a pleasantly planned sector dial and bouncing seconds complication.
Today, William dispatches his new undertaking named Massena LAB, “a imaginative outlet to enjoy his energy to work with a portion of the world’s most innovative autonomous watchmakers to make novel watches of modern character.” Habring² Erwin LAB01 Bronze is the principal model to come out of this new venture.
The Habring² Erwin LAB01 Bronze
The “Massena” contact is clear in this new Habring² Erwin LAB01, a watch that stays close in soul to the Habring² x TimeZone Jumping Seconds TZ21. Same base watch, same complication, same thought for the dial, anyway here with an extra contemporary touch, brought by another case and its “trendy” material.
The instance of this new cooperation watch has similar extents as the “standard” Erwin , estimating a reasonable 38.5mm in breadth and just 9mm in stature. Nonetheless, while the steel Erwin has a level, cleaned bezel, the Habring² Erwin LAB01 highlights a ventured bezel that outlines an enormous dial – a tribute to 1930s “Calatrava” watches. For this first Massena LAB watch, bronze was picked for the case – an Aluminum-Bronze combination to be exact, with a cleaned wrapping up. The crown is done in a similar metal and the metal ring around the sapphire caseback is covered in a bronze tone as well (yet for security reasons, it isn’t made of strong bronze).
The dial of the Habring² Erwin LAB01 is in accordance with the vintage motivation of the case. It has a run of the mill “sector” format, with four concentric sections. The markings and numerals of each fragment are brought and wrapped up in bronze for profundity. Another disposition of the dial is that the external rail line minute divisions are completely lined up with the bouncing seconds hand. The leaf hands are gold-plated metal to coordinate the dial. Inside and out, the Habring² Erwin LAB01 is an ideal illustration of a “sector/gilt” dial – something that should satisfy more than one collector.
Powering the watch is the in-house calibre A11MS, planned, created and produced in Austria by Habring² and a couple of nearby accomplices. The hopping/deadbeat seconds are the chronicled heralds to the chronograph. The complication is known by numerous different names, for example, seconde morte (French) or dead seconds. Alongside the rattrapante chronograph and the foudroyante, it is one of Habring’s signature complications. Created by Jean Moïse Pouzait, the free dead seconds system adds a different stuff train with the goal that the seconds hand could be halted and begun autonomously of the hours and minutes hands.
The hand-twisted calibre A11MS of the Habring² Erwin LAB01 is actually equivalent to different versions of the Erwin model, which means pleasantly designed plates and scaffolds (brushed surfaces, perlage and blued screws), a 48h force hold and a 4Hz frequency.
The Habring² Erwin LAB01 is worn on a nectar brown Italian calfskin lash with a bronze tang clasp. It will be delivered in 50 pieces and just accessible through massenalab.com at a cost of USD 5,995.