Haldimann
H11 | platinum

Regular price £48,000

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Haldimann
H11 | platinum

Regular price £48,000

This Haldimann H11 presents a true vision of independant, artisanal watchmaking, having been assembled entirely by hand, with the use of traditional tooling. From his workshop in the peaceful Villa Nussbhül, Beat Haldimann works away at fulfilling a vision of watchmaking which has long disappeared almost everywhere else.

Creating Traditionally

Beat Haldimann has been producing timepieces for nearly two decades, according to the most traditional, artisanal methods. Having made his first clock that harnessed résonance in 2000, Haldimann has become renowned for mastering the phenomenon in his work, alongside his more complex flying tourbillons. After starting his career as a watchmaker in 1991, he made the surprising discovery that watchmaking was a family tradition stretching back to 1642. In respect of this lineage, he still restores and services all watches which bear the Haldimann name, completely free of charge.

The watchmaker works and lives in the peaceful Villa Nussbhül, which overlooks the River Aare. Tucked away from the world, George Daniels himself used to visit Haldimann here, describing it as the ideal setting in which to work. From his workshop, he engages in forward-thinking watchmaking, whilst remaining tied to traditional techniques. Only making a few dozen pieces a year, Haldimann’s workshop is one of the few remaining ones to produce and restore almost everything by hand.

The H11

Best known for his central flying tourbillons, the H11 Central Balance Pure is Haldimann’s first watch not to integrate the complication, introduced in 2013. Time is given priority on this piece, with only the hour, minutes and subsidiary seconds hands appearing on the dial side, complemented by a pared back, monochromatic design. This is one of the earliest pieces ever made, having been completed in 2013. 

If you turn the watch over, only the frosted main plate, crown wheel, ratchet wheel, and the iconic Haldimann central balance are visible. The central location of the movement’s balance wheel not only offers a unique visual element, but is also a first for a wristwatch with centrally mounted hour and minute hands. The oscillations of the balance are maintained by a unique modified Swiss lever escapement for improved isochronism - the cross shaped sprung anti-shock system, developed by Haldimann.

The Design

The movement is entirely hand-finished, displaying a frosted effect, echoing the finishing of the dial. This meticulous details and finishing is all the more remarkable, considering it was created without the assistance of any electronic equipment. Indeed, Haldimann forgoes the use of CNC machinery in favour of antique tooling, continuing the legacy behind his name.

The overall design of the case, dial and hands are retrained, yet characterful. The 39mm case is made out of platinum, which gives a satisfying heft when worn on the wrist. The striking textured dial is crafted from a silver plate, with the indexes being hand engraved and then filled in with lacquer. The dial is delicately brushed with silver powder, to finish the surface. As for the hands, these are inspired by an 18th century Haldimann Frères pocket watch.

The Set

This Haldimann H11 is accompanied by its outer box, inner wooden box, Certificate filled out by Beat Haldimann and a book dedicated to the watchmaker. It is fitted to one of our Tokyo straps, and also comes with its original Haldimann strap.

If sold within the United Kingdom, this H11 will be subject to 20% VAT.

 

Brand: Haldimann
Model: H11
Movement: in-house calibre H11
Functions: hours, minutes, off-set sub-seconds
Features: hand-frosted dial, Roman numerals, central balance wheel, display back
Case: 39 mm platinum 
Crystal: sapphire crystal front and back
Bracelet: blue alligator leather strap with steel Haldimann buckle
Year: 2013
Box & papers: outer box, inner wooden box, Certificate filled out by Beat Haldimann, book dedicated to the watchmaker
This Haldimann H12 watch is in excellent condition and has perfectly mechanical functionality. Like all Haldimann watches, it is guaranteed for life by Beat Haldimann, with complementary service offered by the watchmaker. 

All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough mechanical inspections, including being ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and resealed if appropriate and tested for at least four days, to ensure they meet our highest timekeeping standards. Our pre-owned and vintage watches, unless stated otherwise, are covered by a full or a limited twenty-four month warranty. For example, due to their age, some vintage watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when they were new. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information. 

All of our new watches are covered by the warranty from the original manufacturer. Please contact us for further information.

We offer complimentary worldwide delivery on our watches. If ordering from overseas, delivery will depend on the value of the timepiece and the destination. All import taxes and duties are the responsibility of the buyer.

If ordering from the UK before 1 PM, your watch will be sent the same working day. The courier will depend on the value of the watch, with all watches delivered the next working day.

Please note that pre-owned goods (in the United Kingdom) are subject to a marginal rate of VAT, which can not be reclaimed. For further information, please see here

You can cancel your order without giving any reason, within 14 days from the day the watch has been delivered to you.

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