Habring2 is the brainchild of Richard and Maria Habring. Richard created his first timepieces in the 1980s at the acclaimed watchmaking school at Karlstein an der Thaya. He continued to mastermind and handcraft tourbillions and complicated chronographs throughout the 1980s and 1990s, under his own name and for brands under the umbrella of Les Manufactures Horologères (LMH). In 2001, after the death of Richard’s mentor Günter Blümlein, Richard met Maria who would become his partner in both business and life. Habring2, founded in 2004, is a perfect and equal marriage of two minds, as well as an exercise in sustainable and affordable watchmaking.
The Habrings produce no more than eighty timepieces in a year. One would think that this equates to a high priced watch, as it does for many other independent watchmakers or for the brands that Richard Habring used to work for–namely, IWC or A. Lange & Söhne. However, the Habrings price their pieces with the intent to provide access to high-quality mechanical timepieces at an affordable price point. There’s also another motive in pricing their watches so low: to offer a counterpoint to the more economical, but less environmentally-friendly, quartz watches. In the Habrings’ minds, mechanical movements last longer than quartz movements and lack the harmful chemicals that quartz movements contain; therefore, what results are carefully-constructed timepieces that are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the wallet.