Cut to the Chase with Hanhart’s Primus Collection

Hanhart Primus Series

It is said that good things come in threes, and here you’ll find that to be true with Hanhart’s Primus Collection.

This trio of vintage-inspired chronographs together allow you to master land, sea and air; they’re a sight to behold, even better to wear and more so to collect, so it’s time you knew more about them…

The Primus Pilot, Primus Racer and Primus Diver watches were launched as recently as Baselworld 2011, yet traditional touches from 1939 are deliberately visible on all three Hanhart watches, distinguishing them from all other brands available to you and imbuing them with a sense of shared heritage.

One such detail is the red anodised aluminium stopper, intended to prevent pilots from accidentally resetting the watch, which immediately draw your gaze. While adding a pop of colour to an otherwise modest looking timepiece, they serve to link the past with the present of watchmaking, connecting the Primus Collection to Hanhart’s first stopwatches and chronographs.

The Primus Racer pays homage to the hand-wound stopwatches used to record times at major motor races, while the Primus Pilot draws inspiration from the original Hanhart Flieger Chronographs of 1939. Both feature a traditional red inset on their stainless steel 44mm cases in tribute to the brand’s early innovations.

Page and Cooper Hanhart Primus

While their cases are grooved to mimic a bezel, the Primus Diver actually has a concave uni-directional rotating fluted bezel, inlaid with a red anodized aluminium design; a feature borrowed from Hanhart’s 1938 chronographs. It has a great turn-feel, satisfyingly clicking into place as you set it before heading into the water. 

All three Primus chronographs have another inlaid red marking on the stainless steel clasps on their straps, which is also engraved with the Hanhart name. This type of fastening serves to give you additional security while wearing it and to help the watch fit more comfortably around your wrist.

They are incredibly practical and comfortable timepieces to wear, whether you opt for the leather calfskin strap with stylishly contrasting top-stitching, or the vulcanised rubber strap subtly moulded with the Hanhart name. The Primus will fit your wrist, no matter your size, because you can adjust the flexible lugs to a suitable angle.

Page and Cooper Hanhart Primus

Even the large screw-in crown embossed with a Hanhart ‘h’ harks back to the design of their early precision watches, which pilots operated while wearing flying gloves. Making the entire timepiece more waterproof and ensuring the screw-in crown can’t be adjusted accidently.

These traditional elements inspired by previous Hanhart Chronographs are cleverly combined with state-of-the-art technology and modern design. All three sporting watches of the Primus Collection are renowned for their toughness, not only because of the Amorphous Diamond like Carbon (ADLC)-coated stainless steel they’re housed within.

All three watches have a bicompax display with a date display at 6 o’clock, a second sub-dial at 9 o’clock and a 30-minutes counter at 3 o’clock; which required Hanhart to modify their Valjoux 7750 movement to accommodate this.

They use a self-winding automatic HAN3809 chronograph movement with a minimum power reserve of 48-hours. Although you can feel the movement of the Primus Pilot and Primus Racer beating while you move, its best admired through the watches’ clear case backs, giving you a window to see the intricacies and some of the movement’s 28 jewels. 

Hanhart Primus Series

While the Primus Pilot has a bold minute scale gradation around the outside of the dial for clear and easy reading in cockpits, the Primus Racer has a finer minute scale around the internal rim of the dial, creating an uncluttered sleek design.

Moreover, the Primus Pilot, available in silver or matt-black, has a PVD-coated rotor. When combined with the two sub-dials, the overall effect is something of a racing car dashboard. This is just another of the collection’s fine details that aren’t entirely apparent until you fasten the watch to your wrist for the first time, which really mark the timepiece as something carefully and beautifully made with precision and style in mind.

Of the three Primus watches, the Primus Diver is quite apparently the odd one out with its navy blue and crème hues and anti-clockwise turning bezel. As you’d expect, it is ideal for water sportsmen wanting to time their dives to 100-metres.

Hanhart Primus Series

The convex, anti-reflective sapphire glass makes reading the collection’s dials all the easier, while the superluminova pigments on the Arabic numerals and hands make your time legible in the dark and in murkier waters.

All in all, these three Swiss-made German-engineered watches of The Primus Collection are unmistakably Hanhart by design, style and functionality. Yours will arrive in a Hanhart branded leather travel roll with pop button bands neatly holding it in place.

Hanhart Primus Series

Should you have any further questions about the range, feel free to get in touch.