Hanhart Pioneer TwinControl

If there is one historical watch brand we do not hear enough about it is the German company Hanhart! The brand was founded in Switzerland in 1882 (before moving to Germany 20 years later) so it will celebrate its 140th anniversary this year.

Today I’m reviewing the Pioneer TwinControl, a watch released after Baselworld 2011 and based on the historical chonographs produced by Hanhart.

The specs

MOVEMENT

  • Automatic chronograph movement HAN3809
  • Basis: ETA7750 with La Joux-Perret module
  • Asymmetrical button arrangement
  • 28,800 vibrations per hour, 4 Hz, 28 jewels
  • Power reserve of min. 42 hours

DIAL

  • Off-white or black
  • Super-LumiNova® coated numerals and hands

STRAP

  • Calfskin or stainless steel

FUNCTIONS

  • Small second
  • 30-minute counter
  • Date

CASE

  • Stainless steel
  • Diameter 42 mm, height 15 mm
  • Large crown and red button
  • Flat bezel or fluted rotating bezel
  • Anti-reflective convex sapphire glass
  • Screwed-down case back
  • Water-resistant to 10 bar/10 ATM

The case

The case of the Pioneer brings back the codes of the Calibre 41, especially with its 2 assymmetric pushers. The Pioneer TwinControl also features the famous red pusher (to reset the chronograph) and the fluted bezel with its red marker at noon.

Apart from these “historical” codes, the case is made of stainless steel with a brushed finish. The lugs are slightly curved to offer a more comfortable position on the wrist. The crown is very easy to handle thanks to its large proportions. Although it is not screwed, Hanhart still indicates a water resistance of 10ATM.

Finally, a sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating protects the dial and offers optimal legibility, even under direct light.

The dial

The dial of the Pioneer TwinControl, while being a bit busy, is still quite easy to read. This was indeed an essential pre-requisite for these watches used as instruments by pilots.

The subdials are located at 3h (minutes of the chronograph) and 9h (small second) and the central second is animated by the chronograph. The date window is located at 6am, which I particularly like since it makes the dial perfectly balanced. The large digital indexes are covered with Super-LumiNova, as are the cathedral style hands, allowing easy reading even in the dark.

The movement

The Pioneer TwinControl is equipped with a movement renamed HAN3809. It is in fact an ETA7750 base to which a La-Joux-Perret module has been added. Unlike the classic 7750, there are only 2 subdials here at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock, rather than the traditional 6/9/12 locations.

Apart from this details, you can expect everything else to be the same as on a classic 7750. The movement is hidden behind a screwed-in caseback.

The strap

The Pioneer is available on either a stainless steel bracelet or on calf leather, the option I preferred. The strap, although a bit stiff at first, turns out to be rather comfortable. One should note that it exists in several sizes, everyone should be able to find an appropriate length. Regarding alternative bracelets, it will be a bit more complicated because of the “non-standard” lug width of 21mm. I might add a bund sooner or later 🙂

On the wrist

After some days the bracelet becomes more flexible and the watch sits perfectly on the wrist. It becomes then a real pleasure to wear. The red pusher catches people’s attention and has already raised a few questions, which is rare enough to be highlighted.

Conclusion

The Pioneer TwinControl is a watch with a strong history and a genuine identity. It looks solid and the finishes are good, which I appreciate a lot. This is my first Hanhart, but since it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite watches, I’m pretty sure it won’t be my last Hanhart 🙂

Hanhart Pioneer collection: https://shop.hanhart.com/en/collection/pioneer/

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