Hands-On: The Habring² Erwin Scientific Dial

For those in the know, Habring² is one of the more interesting watchmaking outfits of the last decade. Husband and wife duo Richard and Maria Habring create relatively under-the-radar watches in Austria, with interesting complications like split-seconds chronographs and jumping seconds mechanisms. This is high taste level stuff. The couple’s latest creation, the Erwin, has an in-house movement and a jumping seconds mechanism, a first for the brand, and, just a few months after the watch’s release, U.S. distributor Martin Pulli gives us a great new aesthetic option with the Erwin Scientific Dial. 

Back in October, Habring² introduced the Erwin as a sort of hybrid of two previous creations, the in-house Felix and the earlier ebauché-based jumping seconds models. The Erwin starts with the same in-house base caliber as the time-only Felix but with the addition of Habring²’s own jumping seconds mechanism. The resulting movement is the A11S and the watch, at first glance, looks like an extremely simple three-hander with nothing too exciting going on. And that’s certainly not a bad thing. I’ve long been a fan of Richard and Maria Habring’s restrained aesthetic and quietly awesome watchmaking.

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The Erwin starts with a 38.5mm stainless steel case that’s very slim at just 9mm top to bottom. Everyone has their own perfect size, but for me 38.5mm is spot on. It’s not quite small enough to feel vintage, but is restrained enough to sit nicely on my small wrist. The flat, polished bezel frames the dial nicely, but is slim enough so as not to distract from the main event. The crown is easy to operate – important, since this is a manually-wound watch – and the domed sapphire crystal adds an extra touch of three-dimensionality.

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With this edition though, it’s all about that dial. The two-tone silver dial has a straight-grained center section and a circular-grained outer edge, so, despite the color not being different, you get two totally different effects. The styling is sort of a modified sector dial, with the sector being rendered in black, along with the chapter ring at the outer edge. Arabic numerals in bright red sit between the two at the five minute increments, adding a little levity. Finally, there are the bright blue numbers marking the hours at the poles and matching blued steel hands. In particular, the curvature of the jumping seconds hand adds a lot of elegance to the overall look. It’s those tiny details that really matter on a watch like this and you get a lot of attention to detail for the $5,900 asking price.

habring2 erwin scientific dial movement a11s

Turning the watch over, you get another interesting view in the A11S caliber. This is a fully in-house movement by Habring², which used exclusively ebauché movements with in-house complication modules before releasing the Felix (and thus the A11B caliber) in 2014. It’s a hand-wound movement with an a-magnetic escapement beating away at 4 Hz and a 48-hour power reserve. The finishing is nice, including bevels on the edges, perlage on the mainplate, and nice brushing and engraving throughout. But what really makes this movement special is the architecture. Mounted on the three-spoked bridge at the center is the jumping seconds mechanism, which you really get to see doing its thing. I really appreciate that the movement so thoughtfully displays its function through the sapphire caseback instead of just showing a more generic view.

habring2 erwin scientific dial felix

This new Erwin has a brother as well – the Felix Scientific Dial. While the Erwin comes with center seconds, the Felix has a small seconds display positioned at nine o’clock. Here we get the same color scheme, same dial finishing, and same hands, just with an oversized sub-seconds register sitting on the left side of the dial. Also, remember, this one does not have jumping seconds, just a normal running seconds mechanism. It does also have an open sapphire caseback, showing the A11B movement, Habring²’s first in-house caliber. Personally, I like sector dials with less clutter and the jumping seconds complication makes a ton of sense here, but the Felix is still a nice alternative and a little less expensive at $4,900.

Habring² x TimeZone Erwin Jumping Seconds, ref. TZ21

Alright, there’s one other watch I have to bring up here. And that’s the Habring² x TimeZone Erwin Jumping Seconds, ref. TZ21. This watch is the forum’s second collaboration with Habring² (the previous being a crown-activated chronograph) and it’s also in the style of a vintage sector dial. However, while the so-called Scientific Dial models are totally new designs inspired by older watches, the TimeZone watch is directly inspired by a particular Patek Philippe ref. 96 Calatrava. While there are a lot of similarities between these two sector dial Erwins, I think most people will have a clear favorite between the two and the watches won’t end up competing with one another in any real way. Let us know which you like better down in the comments.

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Maybe it’s a part of the bigger trend toward vintage design in modern watches that we’ve seen chugging along for years now, or maybe it’s its own little micro-trend, but whatever the reason, sector dials are hot right now. Everyone from Laurent Ferrier to Jaeger-LeCoultre is onboard, and I’m certainly not arguing with them. The Erwin Scientific Dial is a fantastic watch with an interesting complication, a unique-looking movement, and great styling, all at a reasonable price. There’s just not much to argue with here at all.

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The Habring² Erwin and Felix Scientific Dial watches are not limited editions but are limited production coordinated by U.S. distributor Martin Pulli. They retail for $5,900 and $4,9000, respectively. For more, visit Habring² online.


12 Times Rihanna and Her Niece, Majesty, Were the Most Adorable Duo on Social Media

If there’s one person who could make a self-proclaimed bad gal like Rihanna show her softer side, it’s her 2-year-old "niece," Majesty. The Unapologetic singer often shares snaps of herself enjoying aunty duty with the adorable toddler, whom she lovingly refers to as her "lil oxtail" (a popular meat dish that originated in the Caribbean). Majesty is the daughter of Rihanna’s cousin, Noella Alstrom, and despite the technicality of not being an official aunt, Rihanna is so sweet with the little one. Keep reading to see all of RiRi and Majesty’s bonding moments that are almost too cute to handle.


Sex Chat for Christian Wives Has Launched!

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Osaka Pour-Over Coffee Dripper with Wood Stand


Osaka’s handsome pour-over coffee dripper w/ wood stand is a full set that has everything you need to make manually brewed pour-over coffee at home. It includes:

  1. A wire stand with a stainless steel drip plate and water-resistant wooden trim, which comes in your choice of mahogany, natural, or black. Features non-slip grips underneath.
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Get the stand in your color of choice for $40 at Amazon. They also offer a larger 27 oz. version (which sports a gold titanium-coated cone filter) for $50.

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Is Pregnant!

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Pregnant With First Child

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Is Pregnant!

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Jason Statham are going to be parents! The couple announced the exciting news with a sweet photo on Rosie’s Instagram page on Thursday. “Very happy to share that Jason and I are expecting!! Lots of love Rosie x ❤?? Photo by @jasonstatham,” the model captioned the beautiful shot of her showing off her baby bump in a bikini on a beach. Jason and Rosie have been dating since 2010 and became engaged in January 2016. Congratulations to the growing family!

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Can Compassion Training Help Physicians Avoid Burnout?

All of us want our doctors to treat us with care. But the rigorous, high-stress training provided by medical schools seems to zap students of empathy for patients and well-being, making it less likely that these students will morph into compassionate caregivers later on.

Now, a new study suggests a potential remedy for overly stressed medical students: compassion training.

Caregivers Learn Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT)

Researcher Jennifer Mascaro and colleagues from Emory University randomly assigned volunteer second-year medical students to either 10 weeks of Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT) or to a waitlist.

The training, based on the Tibetan Buddhist practice of lojong, consists of cognitive exercises that strengthen students’ attention and explore the nature of suffering—how it arises in ourselves and others, of human interdependence, and of the randomness of labels that we assign to other people (e.g., friend vs. enemy vs. stranger). Ideally, the exercises inspire compassion: a naturally emerging desire to do things to help others relieve their suffering.

Before and after the training, students were asked to fill out various questionnaires related to their compassion levels, personal health, and well-being.

Results showed that students on the waitlist experienced declines in compassion similar to those found in past studies. However, students in the CBCT training did not experience reduced compassion, and they reported less depression and loneliness than students on the waitlist. In fact, those students who entered the year with the highest levels of depression seemed to benefit most from the compassion training.

According to Mascaro, these results lend support to the idea that CBCT could help physicians to stay compassionate toward their patients while maintaining personal well-being.

“It’s not the ability to be empathic or compassionate that leads to suffering depression or burnout in physicians; it’s the opposite—the blocks to compassion and empathy—that lead to suffering,” she says.

There’s a “hidden curriculum” in medical school endorsing the idea that physicians need to harden their hearts and not get too close to the suffering around them or they’ll burn out, says Mascaro. But teaching compassion is a powerful antidote, because it allows physicians to keep their hearts open without becoming overwhelmed.

How Managing Stress Improves Care

Interestingly, students in the study who went through the program did not report decreased levels of stress, suggesting that CBCT is not about stress reduction, per se, but about a more sustainable way of managing it. Also, some of the medical students reported that CBCT didn’t seem effective for them, even though their survey results showed reduced depression and loneliness and increased compassion, says Mascaro.

CBCT is different from other meditation strategies like loving-kindness meditation, where compassion is trained more directly, or mindful breathing practices directed at stress reduction. Mascaro believes CBCT allows physicians to not simply reduce stress or decrease emotional contagion with suffering patients, but to specifically increase their motivation to care. In the Buddhist tradition, compassionate emotions naturally arise when you understand the meaning of suffering and our connection to all human beings.

In other words, CBCT could benefit doctors-to-be without them even realizing it.

CBCT is different from other meditation strategies like loving-kindness meditation, where compassion is trained more directly, or mindful breathing practices directed at stress reduction. Mascaro believes CBCT allows physicians to not simply reduce stress or decrease emotional contagion with suffering patients, but to specifically increase their motivation to care. In the Buddhist tradition, compassionate emotions naturally arise when you understand the meaning of suffering and our connection to all human beings.

“It’s clear from existing research that physician empathy (caring concern) impacts patient outcomes, impacts patient adherence to treatment plans, and decreases malpractice suits,” says Mascaro. “Our expectation is that if we assessed patient outcomes for these medical students who’ve been through CBCT, we would find really positive downstream effects.”

There is a lot more research needed to tease out these claims, though, and Mascaro is interested in further studying CBCT’s potentially unique impacts. She thinks it’s important when researching meditation-like programs to see how they interact with other aspects of a healthy lifestyle (like exercising, which actually decreased among CBCT participants in this study) and to rule out other explanations of the results. For example, she can’t say for sure if simply meeting regularly with a group of other students seeking compassion training or being part of an institution that clearly values compassion could have played a role in this study’s positive outcomes.

For those reasons and others, Mascaro would not yet recommend CBCT for everyone in medical school. But she does see it as a potentially useful intervention that could be part of a buffet of wellness programs intended to maintain wellness and to fight off compassion decline in medical students.

“Almost half of the student population voluntarily enrolled in this study,” says Mascaro. “That suggests to me that there is a hunger for alternative programs that impact well-being.” And, it seems, offering these to our future doctors could be a winning proposition for patients as well.

This article originally appeared on Greater Good, the online magazine of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, one of Mindful’s partners. View the original article.

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Dwayne Johnson Remembers the Late John Hurt: “A Real Honor to Act and Learn From This Man”

Dwayne Johnson Instagram Tribute to John Hurt

Dwayne Johnson Remembers the Late John Hurt: “A Real Honor to Act and Learn From This Man”

John Hurt passed away on Friday after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015. In the wake of his death, Dwayne Johnson — who costarred alongside John in 2014’s Hercules — shared a shot of the two shooting the film on Instagram on Saturday. Along with the photo, Dwayne penned a touching tribute that reads as follows:

“RIP my friend. Legend John Hurt.
For months, we spent very long days and nights together in Budapest, while shooting Hercules – very tough shoot. A real honor to act and learn from this man and even better than that, become buds.
There’s nothing that invaluable OG insight, and I’ll always be grateful for the wisdom he shared w/ me. One time in London, we had an epic convo over lunch. John broke it down to me, on what my responsibilities are in Hollywood now after becoming, in his words, ‘the boss’. I’m laughing right now as I type this, because I can still hear him and his iconic British accent just droppin’ those OG pearls. Legend.
Prayers, love, strength and light to the Hurt family during this time of loss.
Thank you, brother. For everything.”

John was an Oscar-nominated British actor, who was best known for his role as wandmaker Garrick Ollivander in the Harry Potter films. He also starred in 1984 and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and was even knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2014.

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