Beat Haldimann Goes Back To The Essential With The New Steel H11 and H12

Purity, an absence of the unnecessary and a focus on the critical… That’s what Beat Haldimann has been striving for with the timepieces that he crafts by way of hand. Plus a high dosis of superb finishing. currently Haldimann unveiled his first chrome steel watches with new versions of the no-frill H11 & H12: two notable blue dialed timepieces radiating genuine, uncompromising craftsmanship. We take a palms-on examine those uncommon objects.

In these times of laptop Aided production (CAM) and CNC machines, watchmakers with a global understanding, able to completely designing, developing and handcrafting their watches are an extraordinary breed. Beat Haldimann is considered one of them. those grasp craftsmen put a part of themselves into their creations. it’s far most effective with such expertise and know-how that an object become unique.

Beat Haldimann is great recognized for his work on the resonance phenomenon and his first-rate tourbillon watches, but his H11 and H12 watches, and not using a complications, are although tremendous. First presented in 2013, those indispensable dress watches are actually available (keeping in thoughts that just a few devices are manufactured each 12 months inside Haldimann’s workshops) in metallic for the primary time.

The Haldimann H11 and H12 are powered by eponymous calibers. The exhibition case backs let you appreciate the breathtaking (apparent) simplicity of those moves. The best visible elements are a big plate, the crown wheel, ratchet wheel and click on, plus the stability wheel inside the center. It isn’t always recessed in the motion however hovering over it, maintained by way of an open-worked cock. The time period ‘less is greater’ has not often been so appropriate. even supposing the whole thing seems stripped down to the essentials, the paintings finished is exquisite, with the maximum attention paid to the info. The oscillations of the stability are maintained by way of a unique changed Swiss lever escapement for advanced isochronism. The anti-shock device with its cross-formed spring is a proprietary improvement.

The motion finish is wonderful, with hand-frosting on the plates (echoing the finish of the dial) and snailing on the crown-wheel and ratchet-wheel. The jewel sinks are finely polished. This superb paintings is all of the more high-quality due to the fact Beat Haldimann’s movements are manufactured (within the true etymological meaning – made via hand) with out the help of any CNC machines.  each factor has been advanced, formed, finished and assembled with the aid of hand inside Haldimann’s workshops in Thun.

The H11 and H12 movement are cased in a 39mm spherical case (also to be had in 42 mm upon request) crafted in metal, a metal used for the first time by way of Haldimann. The design capabilities no gimmicks, nothing unnecessary, just pure important capability.

The remarkable ‘grené’ dials are made from a silver plate. Their frosted floor with staggering depth, shine and granularity is the result of a time-eating method. The indexes are engraved and the recesses are packed with lacquer. The dials are then patiently brushed with a silver powder to complete the floor. The remarkably skinny, handmade fingers are fabricated from metallic. Their simple, stylish layout are inspired by a pocket watch from Haldimann frères from the 18th century.

The H11 and H12 are best purist watches. Their brutal simplicity leaves nothing to danger. Their timeless splendor radiates integrity, purity and functionality. some kind of natural endpoint?

A classical Haldimann H12 with silver dial

Retail costs are respectively of CHF 30,000 and CHF 31,000. Beat Haldimann offers a lifetime complimentary servicing on his watches. For greater facts, go to

Technical specifications Haldimann H11 (no seconds) & H12 (small seconds at five o’clock.

  • Case: 39 mm x 10.8 mm – stainless-steel – sapphire crystal with antireflective coating – see-via case again with sapphire crystal- water resistant to 30m.
  • movement: H11 or H12 with guide winding – 38h strength reserve – 21’600 vibrations/h – 19 jewels – hours, mins (and small seconds for H12).
  • Strap: hand-sewn alligator leather strap, pin or folding clasp.
  • rate:  CHF 30,000 (H11) and CHF 31,000 (H12)