HALDIMANN H9 Reduction: where is the time?

HALDIMANN H9 Reduction: where is the time?

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I promised to write and present every day until Baselworld a new watch at least.  Not only that, I want to present watches, that have some unique characteristics, that are different, unusual, maybe even questionable.  So here I continue with the new timepiece from Beat Haldimann.

Beat Haldimann, one of the grandest watchmakers in Switzerland, is presenting two new timepieces for Baselworld 2012.  One is called the H2 Resonance which I will describe in another blogpost, and then he is introducing the H9 Reduction.

From everything I have been able to read about this new timepiece, it is measuring time, but not displaying it.  Why would anyone create such a watch?  Well, you better ask Mr. Haldimann.  Meanwhile, I found a quite interesting article written by a gentleman in Switzerland, and he has described his musings about this watch in a very interesting manner.  Enjoy the read, and click here.


HALDIMANN H9 Reduction
Art with a capital A. The H8 from Beat Haldimann displayed none of the conventional watchmaking functions at all and celebrated the beauty of the complication in a manner entirely in harmony with historical techniques. It also raised the issue of the necessity of showing the time. The H9 goes much further by actually answering this question. While the hours and minutes are displayed and combined with a superb complication – a proprietary central triple-barrel flying tourbillon – they are nonetheless not visible. Concealed by an opaque glass, time can thus be imagined, dreamed, invented. Independent watchmaker Beat Haldimann thereby raises his H9 to the rank of a truly exceptional creation testifying to the ephemeral nature of time.
Movement Hand-wound, H.Zen-1 calibre, proprietary central triple-barrel flying tourbillon, 18,800 vib/h, hand-engraved
Functions Hours and minutes
Case 950 platinum, 39 or 42 mm
Cambered and opaque sapphire crystal
Sapphire caseback
Water-resistant to 30 m / 3 ATM
Dial Black
Central flying tourbillon
Bracelet/Strap Hand-sewn black alligator with folding clasp or buckle in 950 platinum (Text and picture courtesy of Swisstime)


Update to this article:

This forum contribution is very much fun to read.  Boils down the attitudes and thinking of watchenthusiasts towards a controversial timepiece like the H9.  Controversy is sometimes good marketing, even though it may be unwanted, it may still be useful…

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