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Haldimann H1 and H11: a brief examination and review

by Peter Chong on June 15, 2014

Unbeknownst to many, the Haldimann watchmaking house harks back to 1642, with the registration by Hans Haldimann as a watchmaker in Horben, Switzerland. Beat Haldimann is a direct descendent of Hans, and today runs his workshops in Thun, specializing in tourbillons.

 

The Haldimann H1 Flying Lyra. Featuring the flying tourbillon hovering above the dial, a world premiere.

The Haldimann H1 Flying Lyra. Featuring the flying tourbillon hovering above the dial, a world premiere.

 

Personally, for me, I have been a great admirer of the H1 Flying Lyra. For many years, ever since its introduction in 2002, especially when I encountered it for the first time in a special exhibit in huge and amazing watch shop: Wako, Tokyo. When I first examined the watch, I could not understand how Beat achieved the feat of placing the tourbillon right in the center, and still don’t quite. The movement holds some secrets that Beat does not reveal.

 

Beat claims this is the world’s first central tourbillon hovering over the dial. we guess the words “hovering over the dial” is the operative phrase as in our research, we do know Omega introduced a watch with caliber 1170 in 1994 with a central tourbillon. But the Omega tourbillon is level with the dial, so with that qualification the H1 Flying Lyra is correct as claimed.

 

The tourbillon is quite mesmerising to observe. Apparently rising out of the dial on its own accord, the tourbillon is magnificently made.

The tourbillon is quite mesmerising to observe. Apparently rising out of the dial on its own accord, the tourbillon is magnificently made. The hand made tourbillon cage is hand made in steel, and looks supremely classical and elegant. Note also the custom, hand made hands in blued steel.

 

The watch is encased in a case with classic dimensions: 39mm diameter with a height of 10mm. The tourbillon itself measures a whopping 16.8mm, the balance wheel itself takes up 14.14mm in diameter. This makes for a very elegant watch, with the large tourbillon taking center stage, as Beat intended. In his words: the H1 is for the heart. Indeed, the tourbillon, large, pulsating, beating like the heart, visible, palpable. Magnificent.

 

The H1 caseback. The full plate is finished in a frosted style.

The H1 caseback. The fully inhouse caliber H-Zen-A, beating at the utterly traditional 18000 bph. The full plate is finished in a frosted style. As is clearly visible, finishing is first rate. Note the spiral finishing on the flying barrels.

 

The movement is rather interesting. As the tourbillon takes center stage in the middle of the dial, it has to be driven differently than a traditional tourbillon. Two trains from the double barrels drive the fourth pinion. The two gears are arranged in such a way that the lateral forces on the fourth pinion balance each other. Quite ingenious.

 

Haldimann H1 wrist shot. The classic proportions of the watch makes a very elegant watch. Very comfortable.

Haldimann H1 wrist shot. The classic proportions of the watch makes a very elegant watch. Very comfortable.

 

A magnificent watch, introduced in 2002, and yet unparalleled yet, 12 years later. But this exclusivity and magnificence comes at a price. CHF180,800 in platinum and CHF171,800 in gold.

 

For Basel World 2013, Haldimann also introduced the H11, Beat’s first watch not to feature a tourbillon. Very simple, classical, 2 hand watch, in the spirit of the Dufour Simplicity, yet even simpler.

 

Haldimann H11: The first wristwatch made by Beat Haldimann that does not feature a tourbillon.

Haldimann H11: The first wristwatch made by Beat Haldimann that does not feature a tourbillon.

 

The movement features a central balance, visible from the case back. Held by a skeletonized balance cock, and right smack in the middle of the frosted movement. Makes quite a statement.

 

The Haldimann H11 caseback, with the balance centrally mounted.

The Haldimann H11 caseback, with the balance centrally mounted.

 

What belies the complexity is in its simplicity. The hands are mounted in the classical method…centrally, and yet, directly below the pivot of the hands, is the balance wheel. Available at a rather more approachable, though not inexpensive CHF49800 in gold and CHF58800 in platinum.

 

 

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