One of the most closely watched independent watchmakers of new generation, he uses traditional tools to craft one innovative mechanism after another.
Born 1964 in Emmental in the Swiss canton of Berne, Beat Haldimann comes from a long line of Swiss watchmakers that started in 1642. After graduating from a watchmaking school, he served an apprenticeship as a watchmaker in a movement manufacturer and then a well-established watch shop until he qualified as a watchmaker/watch repairer in 1985. In 1991, he established his company and started making watches of his own as well as developing mechanisms for other watch brands. In 1993, he obtained the ultimate certificate of Master Watchmaker. He patented the Haldimann escapement in 2000, and held his first exhibit at Basel World the same year. At Baselworld 2002, he unveiled the H1 Flying Lyra Central Flying Tourbillon which features a flying tourbillon positioned in the center of the dial, and went on to be selected as one of the world's 20 most prominent watchmakers by the German specialist watch magazine Chronos. He has since created a continuous line of complex watches that feature innovative mechanisms of his own design, such as the resonance regulator, an innovative system that regulates the oscillation of two pendulums in resonance, or a unique minute repeater, that have led to international awards and acclaim. Beat Haldimann is one of the most closely watched independent watchmakers of the new generation. Honoring the centuries-old tradition of watchmaking, he holds unshakable faith in the traditional tools and methods of his craft, which is part of the reason he commands a loyal following.
H12 Central Balance Pure (2013 release)
Only the owner can see the heart of this ultra-minimalist watch,
which is the opposite extreme of the H1.
The H12, launched in 2013, is a hand-wound model with a minimalistic design featuring a small second-hand display. It is the antithesis of the Haldimann H1, the flagship Haldimann model announced at Basel World in 2002.
Unlike the H1, where the watch dial takes center stage in the dramatic representation of time, the H12 keeps the balance wheel hidden from view—it is revealed only by taking off the watch. In other words, watching the balance in motion is a pleasure reserved solely for the owner.
Thus, the watch face displays the current time, while the rear of the watch conveys the flow of time and encourages us to contemplate the effervescence nature of time.
Once they achieve a profound understanding of horology, both watch connoisseurs and watchmakers alike are driven by the urge to pursue increasingly complicated watches with hundreds of parts as their "dream" watch. But eventually, they are also drawn to the appeal of the opposite extreme - the simple and minimalistic time-piece. Although the concept is quite different, the pursuit of the endless mystery of time remains the same. Throughout history, most watchmakers known as masters of complicated watches have produced purist models with extremely simple mechanisms.
Breguet-style hour hand and small second hand; classic dial with delicate Roman numerals; onion crown. The case and lug are the ultimate in simplicity.
The words SWISS HANDMADE at the bottom of the dial are testimony to Haldimann’s dedication to handcrafting.
As with the H1, the balance wheel that measures the time occupies prime position in the center of the movement.
The H12 features a simple mechanism and simple design aesthetic. Together with the H1, it is an important work that speaks volumes about the genius of master craftsman Beat Haldimann.
H12 Central Balance Pure
This watch is available for viewing in the gallery
*Gallery viewings by appointment only
Case diameter 39 mm
Case thickness 10.8 mm
Power reserve 38 hours approx.