2012/11/01 - Habring² the new Chronos ZM


The elegant alternative: Chronos with a new face


When the minute comes from the centre (By Michael Brückner)

You don't have to have been bitten by the watch bug to easily recognise most chronographs. The buttons that start, stop and reset chronograph functions are just as characteristic as the auxiliary dials for displaying the stopped time.

The classic chronographs from Habring² have the familiar chronograph face with the counters on the left and right of the dial. But long live the alternative: various chronograph models from Habring2 are now available with a central minute counter (“ZM” after the german words “zentraler Minutenzähler”) in the middle. The dial has the typical Habring² design of a simple three-hand watch. The only difference: a fourth hand at the centre indicates the enhanced functionality of the chronograph.

When stopped, the minute counter hides discreetly underneath its counterpart which is responsible for displaying the stopped seconds. Together the two components,complete their revolutions to measure time intervals of up to 60 minutes in the familiar scheme of time display. The dial looks "neat and tidy" thanks to the CM and even has something of an understatement about it. The central minute counter is also easier to read. The central minute on Habring2 watches is available for the 42 millimetre chronograph with buttons, the chrono COS, and for the 36 millimetre chronograph with single-pusher.

The model COS ZM also do without another classic feature of chronographs: the buttons. Habring² introduced the meanwhile patented chronograph COS in 2008. It is the first chronograph in the world that is controlled exclusively via the crown. The COS has meanwhile proven that there is indeed room for innovative solutions suitable for everyday use in addition to the familiar – and not always unproblematic – button solutions. Thus, the COS is today one of the best-selling models manufactured by Habring2.

Austria's one and only watch manufacture then took things a step further and added the central minute counter to the COS. The COS ZM proves that a simple "chronograph complication" does not necessarily require a martial exterior and can be discreetly integrated in a reduced design concept. And this is a central theme common to the entire Habring² collection. As are the other basic values of the COS ZM: a classic, three-component case made of 316L stainless steel or titanium with a diameter of 42 millimetres; water-resistant up to a pressure of 5 bar; metal dial in silver with rhodanised, gold-plated or blue appliqués or in grey and black with rhodanised appliqués filled with Super-Luminova.

Although the company's own calibre A08MCOSZM is based on the wheel train of the ETA 7750, they share nothing in common bar their noted reliability and ease of service. Chronograph control via the crown and the central minute counter are both developments that are exclusive to Habring².

Especially noticeable is the entirely new chrono in 36mm casing. While sharing the same central minute counter with his cousins, is the chrono activation by monopusher the perfect compromise between their either traditional or progressive layout. One single button at 2h for start, stop and reset. The little chrono by Habring² is so the perfect fit for ladies as well as for gents who prefer rather gentle watches.








Technical Specifications

Movement Habring² A08MZM, A08MCOSZM and A08MZM-Mon o:

stop-seconds hand and 60-minute counter from the centre



The prices: The Chrono ZM in 42mm (2 pushers) and the ZM in 36mm (monopusher) are starting at €4.050,--, the COS ZM is €5.850,--. All models available immediately.