Introduced in 2014, the Habring² Felix was powered by the A11, a proprietary movement designed in-house that is loosely based on the reliable Valjoux 7750 but made up of custom-made components from specialists. Now the calibre has been repurposed as the base for Habring²‘s signature split-seconds chronograph, creating the Doppel Felix.
Based on the streamlined and affordable rattrapante mechanism Richard Habring helped design while he was at IWC in the early 1990s, the original Habring² split-seconds was based on a 7750 and brought the complication to the masses, priced at just under US$10,000. The Doppel Felix remains a strong value proposition, retaining the signature “bullhead” chronograph pushers as well as a similar movement construction.
The A11R movement inside the Doppel Felix is hand0wound and features the trademark split-seconds mechanism in its traditional position in the middle of the movement. It’s decorated slightly more elaborately than earlier generations of the Doppel, with several blued steel components as well as brushed or pearled finishes on various surfaces.
Notably, the Felix Doppel is also available with a date display, a first for Habring². It’s indicated via a central pointer and an extra-large date track on the periphery of the dial. And the base model without a date has a telemetric track on the outer ring instead.
Besides the date, the other option is the dial: either brushed silver or black, both matched with rose gold hour markers and hands.
The steel case is 42mm, and like most of the rest of the watch, made in Austria.
Price and availability
The Doppel Felix rattrapante chronograph is priced at €7750 without date, or €8,250 with date pointer.
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