It’s good to see a collection of chronographs where you can actually figure out what it is you’re supposed to be reading; Hanhart’s popular Primus series has just been updated with three new models, the Racer, Diver and Pilot.
Now based in Germany, Hanhart was originally founded in Switzerland in 1882 and has continued to produce a broad range of traditionally styled analogue watches. When Thomas Morf took the reins at Hanhart, he began the shift to today’s Hanhart which defines itself as a Swiss/German watch making firm combining the best of both ideals.
The new models in the Primus collection are being launched by Hanhart just in time for Baselworld 2011. The brand has developed a reputation for its high-precision, 100% reliable and robust instrument watches for use in the air, on the ground and in the water. The Racer, Diver and Pilot models are now being introduced with black ADLC-coated cases.
Reminders of Hanhart’s heritage are deliberately recognisable on all three models in the Primus collection: one of the brand’s most distinctive features, the red button, underlines the relationship between Hanhart’s first pilot’s chronographs, its mechanical stopwatches and the new collection.
It has been a distinguishing characteristic of Hanhart watches ever since 1939 and was originally intended to prevent pilots from unintentionally resetting the stop time. Even the crown harks back to the design of the early precision watches.
Chronographs need to be precise and to have sufficient timing features, and above all they need to be clear and legible. The Hanhart Primus Racer, Pilot and Diver collection scores top marks in each of these categories.
These watches are big, bold and easy to use, the screw-in configuration not only prevents unintentional adjustment of the time but also ensures that the watch case is water-resistant to 100m.
The watches come on a calfskin leather strap with contrasting top-stitching or with a black strap made from vulcanised rubber with a moulded Hanhart logo and an adjustable folding clasp, also made from ADLC-coated stainless steel, with inlaid red marking.