Hanhart are a Swiss-German watch company set up by Johan Hanhart in Switzerland 1882. In 1902, Johan decided to relocate his business to Southern Germany. Their first stopwatch launched in 1924 and they soon began manufacturing pocket and wrist watches. Over the years, Hanhart have developed a long-standing association with precision timekeeping and the world of motor racing; as an example, their stopwatches were used in the 1960s and 70s to record lap times. Hanhart stopwatches were also used to time a number of legendary cars including the Porsche 550 Spyder on the Nürburgring. Inspired by sporting technology, today’s Hanhart watches pay tribute to the design and beauty of vintage cars.
Every Hanhart piece is hand-crafted from the finest materials and is renowned for their reliability and precision. The sapphire glass faces are anti-reflective making them effortless to read. Continuing their tradition of precision timekeeping, Hanhart watches continue to be used at major sporting events and motor races. To find out why Hanhart has kept such reputation, take the Hanhart Pioneer Mark I as an example of the brand’s iconic designer watches.
The Hanhart Pioneer collection is a reinterpretation of the original Pioneer watches designed for pilots. The watch dial is reminiscent of early speedometer displays – with its simplistic design and arrow-shaped hands and the iconic red reset stopwatch button which features on the majority of Hanhart timepieces. The easy-to-read watch face is simple and stylish, with a focus on being a functional accessory with good design. In this sense, the Pioneer Mark 1 is emblematic of Hanhart’s sporting past and its emphasis on creating good design and quality to last a lifetime.