Hanhart is known for their chronographs and mechanical timers, but until now did not offer a non-chronograph watch in the "traditional Hanhart style".
We began discussing with Hanhart our desire to produce a three handed watch in the classic Hanhart style almost three years ago, and we specified that this watch should have the traditional Hanhart fluted bezel and other design cues from their Pioneer Series.
The designers and watchmakers at Hanhart went to work spending quite a bit of time in their own museum reviewing earlier and now iconic Hanhart watch designs from the 1940’s and 50’s.
Their work paid off and this watch is a true showpiece for the brand.
The DNA of the Hanhart Pioneer One
The Hanhart Pioneer One offers a healthy dose of Hanhart history with a contemporary case size and other important design elements.
For example, in choosing the hands, we revisited Hanhart's 417 ES flyback chronograph series from the 1950's.
Hodinkee has written an excellent article
about that watch and the famous actor who wore it while biking. And if you are really interested in Hanhart timepieces from this period, be sure to read this article
and view the similarities to the design of this new watch.
The large crown was also important in early Hanhart designs, allowing the pilot to use the crown while wearing gloves, and that crown is fitted on this watch.
What was also very important in the development of this watch was the highly bead blasted stainless steel case, which in certain light takes on an almost gray gun metal finish.
Visitors to our Road Shows in Orange County and New York were treated to viewing this watch in person, and the case finish, coin bezel and matte black dial all received high marks.
A note about the case - we worked hard to make it appropriate for almost all wrist sizes. Although the case diameter is 42 mm, we shortened the lug to lug distance to only 49.5 mm, appropriate for almost all wrist sizes.
Other Hanhart watches have used and continue to use 42 mm cases, but only on the Hanhart Pioneer One Limited Edition is this case size matched with shorter lugs which articulate down to maximize wearing comfort, even on smaller wrists.
This case design and the subsequent revisions that we made when developing the prototypes resulted in a more expensive production and more labor hours to construct, but the end result is a case unique among all watches in the Hanhart Collection.
Other features of this watch include:
- SuperLuminova in Light Old Radium color
- Fluted friction bezel with red ceramic inlay
- Slightly domed sapphire crystal on front
- Solid case back with engraved serial number
- Brown riveted calf skin strap with tang buckle
- Water resistant to 100 meters
- Matte black dial
- Oversized crown
Because of our long-term history and interest in this project, we were fortunate that Hanhart allocated almost the entire collection of 150 pieces to us as sponsors of this project.
We are very proud that what started out as a conversation at dinner in Germany three years ago turned out to be a true classic.