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.