Founded by husband-and-wife duo Richard and Maria Habring in the small town of Völkermarkt, Austria, Habring2 produce some of the most understated and technically impressive timepieces on the market for their relatively affordable price points. Taking this clear and concise design language to another level, Habring2 collaborated with watch publication SJX in 2021 on a timepiece that celebrates SJX's 10th anniversary; the Habring2 Erwin Star. With a modest physical construction, a competent movement, and a unique dial unlike what we see on the market today, Habring2 and SJX have created a timepiece that signifies both brands' unique twists on their respective industries.
Inspired by the galaxy dial wristwatches of the 1940s and 1950s, the Habring2 Erwin Star is a charismatic timepiece that certainly makes a point of forging its own identity and not relying on contemporary design influences to appease collectors. With a deep blue dial, gold star-shaped hour markers, and a set of large gold hands, the Erwin Star is legible, symmetrical, and absolutely beautiful as its dial and blue leather strap complement one another.
Beyond its dial, the Habring2 Erwin Star sports a wonderfully classical 38.5mm stainless steel case with an entirely-polished surface that combines with the Spolished star-shaped hour markers to reflect light in a dazzling display of understated luxury. With a sizeable winding crown at 3 o'clock and downturned lugs, the overall design remains rooted in the classic aesthetic from which the Habring2 Erwin Star's dial is inspired.
Known for their ability to create watches with unusual complications, Habring2 has taken on one of watchmaking's most notoriously tricky complications, the deadbeat seconds. Seeking to convey their, and SJX's, unique twists beyond just the design, Habring2 has redesigned the legendary Valjoux cal. 7750 movement so that it now ticks once per second, giving it the appearance of a quartz watch. Of course, the Habring2 Erwin Star is indeed mechanical and displays its unique movement from behind an exhibition caseback where its distinct construction can be admired.
Limited to just 50 pieces and rooted in watchmaking history, the Habring2 Erwin Star reimagines classical watchmaking with true decorum as it blends modern watchmaking with classical ideals that result in a watch that is truly unique in today's market.