Haldimann H12 | 39 mm | steel

Ref. H12

Regular price £21,500
Only making several dozen watches a year, Haldimann Horology is a true independent manufacture. Honing the horological arts since 1642, Haldimann watches are crafted entirely within the watchmakers’ workshop in the Swiss town of Thun. One of the last remaining ateliers in the world capable of producing and restoring almost everything by hand, the essence of Beat Haldimann’s approach to his work, is the synthesis of art and technology.

Beat Haldimann is best known for his work on the resonance phenomenon, and his dramatic and philosophical approach to the tourbillon complication. The H11, first presented in 2013, represented a dramatic departure from Haldimann’s typical timepieces. This example of the H12 in steel, with subsidiary seconds and a blue dial, was first shown at Basel World 2017.

The exhibition case-back of the H12 allows the owner to admire the almost ascetic minimalism to the design and function of the watch. Only the frosted main-plate, crown wheel, ratchet wheel, and the legendary 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 wrist watch with centrally mounted hour and minute hand. 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 movement is entirely hand-finished, displaying a frosted effect, echoing the finishing of the dial. This superlative hand-manufacture and finishing is all the more remarkable, without the assistance of electronic equipment – forgoing the use of CNC machinery in favour of antique tooling, continuing the Haldimann legacy.

This Haldimann H12 is cased in a 39mm steel round case, crafted from a material used for the first time by Haldimann. The striking ‘grené’ blue dial is crafted from a silver plate with hand-engraved recesses for the indexes - which are then filled with lacquer. The dials are delicately brushed with silver powder to finish the surface. The hands of the watch are inspired by an 18th century, Haldimann frères pocket watch.

This watch comes with an original blue alligator strap, and Haldimann tang buckle.

Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.
Brand: Haldimann
Model: H12
Movement: in-house calibre H12
Functions: hours, minutes, off-set sub-seconds
Features: hand-frosted dial, central balance wheel
Case: 39 mm stainless steel 
Crystal: sapphire crystal, display back 
Bracelet: leather strap, Haldimann buckle
Year: 2017
Box & papers: papers
This Haldimann H12 watch is in mint condition and has perfectly mechanical functionality. Like all Haldimann watches, it is guaranteed for like by Beat Haldimann. Servicing is complimentary.  

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 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 worldwide delivery on all of our watches.

If ordering from the UK or Europe 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.

If ordering from outside Europe, delivery will depend on choice of courier and destination. 

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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