Essential Colours for Autumn/Winter 2018

AW18 colour palette Forest Green / Burgundy / Stone / Camel / Navy Blue

 

As the hottest summer in 42 years nears an end, our focus turns to Autumn and the inevitable shift in our choice of attire.  Accessories can play an important role in what we wear, often allowing a splash of colour in a way that would not be acceptable in larger item of clothes.  Fashion gurus from the catwalks of London, Paris and Milan predict that this season, we will see a selection of Greens, Burgundy, Navy Blue and darker neutrals like Camel.  The absence of black and brown on the list is quite conspicuous.  Perhaps this is because staple black and dark brown will always be a favourite, but perhaps are not the most adventurous.  Combining these colours creates a cash efficient capsule wardrobe that can be mixed and matched – a trick used by many a fashionista wanting to make the most out the current must-haves.

These are our selection of Autumnal colour watches to keep you looking ultra chic as the leaves start to fall.

For the men:

 

gents

And for the ladies:

 

ladies

 

Newport Classic – The history of the cushion shape and cut

30 years after the first Michel Herbelin Newport model was produced, 2018 sees the introduction of the Newport Classic watch. Already admired for its stylish dial with drop second feature, high spec sapphire crystal and perhaps most notably, for its distinctive cushion shaped case.

Michel Herbelin - Newport Classique - nature morte - 18264_AP05GO.

The cushion is a shape not commonly seen in the Herbelin collections, so this anniversary seems entirely the right time to reflect on the style. The cushion shape is popular as a style bridge between the harsh corners of the square and the occasionally severe geometry of the perfect round watch case.

In jewellery, the cushion cut diamond has been made popular by many high profile celebrity engagements, leading to a resurgence in recent years. Ivanka Trump sports a 6 carat cushion cut diamond in her engagement ring, while Ben Affleck proposed to Jennifer Garner with a stunning 4.5 carat cushion cut diamond in 2005.

One of the most famous (and largest) known of these most prized shaped rocks is the Hope Diamond, gifted to the Smithsonian Institution in 1958. Weighing in at over 45.52 carats, its antique cushion cut accentuates is size and vintage glamour. Coincidentally, both Garners engagement ring and the Hope diamond were cut by master jeweller, Harry Winston.

In 1962, the Hope Diamond was exhibited at The Louvre in Paris for one month and the city of and passion connected with this most romantic of shapes.

The Newport classic has a vintage 1970s vibe, giving it a welcome touch of heritage chic, but with a modern 50 metre water resistant, Swiss quartz movement. Whether the blue and tan, white and tan or all black version is more your bag, they are all worth serious consideration as a modern take on an old favourite.

 

Newport Classic:

38mm x 38mm case (widest points)

50 metres water resistant

Ronda 11 1/2 6004.B Swiss Quartz movement

RRP £440

 

Credits:

https://www.michelherbelin.co.uk/sports-watches/newport

https://www.ritani.com/diamonds/cut/cushion-cut-diamond

https://www.ivankatrump.com/articles/ivanka-trump-fashion-jewelry

https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/celebs/a9113241/a-definitive-timeline-of-ben-affleck-and-jennifer-garners-relationship/

www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/jewellery/harry-winston-bond-street/hope-diamond-history/amp/n

Trophy Automatic Divers Watches from Michel Herbelin

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Going back to their roots of quality horology and with a love of the sea, this year Michel Herbelin introduces the Trophy collection.  These are automatic divers watches launched to mark the 16th edition of the Porquerolles Classic, which the brand has sponsored for the past four years.  This high-profile regatta held from 7 to 10 June brings together superb classic yachts with a glorious history.  Battling it out on the open sea, they echo the spirit of this diver’s watch with a 300-metre water resistance.

Carefully designed to meet the exacting requirements of experienced divers, the Trophy boasts a 42-mm case carved from a solid 316L stainless steel block, with vertical brushing on the top and polished edges. Its rotating stainless steel bezel is held within softened lugs that extend to integrate seamlessly into the strap. With a 60-minute graduated scale and an indicator triangle picked out in luminescent coating, the bezel ensures safe and accurate reading of dive and decompression times. It only rotates in one direction – anticlockwise – guaranteeing that the number of minutes spent underwater cannot be increased accidentally, only reduced.

The dial, protected by an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, is meteorite grey or grained blue depending on the version, offering optimum visibility thanks to its oversized hands and easy-to-see hour markers with blue-emitting luminescent coating. At 3 o’clock the date aperture features a magnifying glass meaning you never lose track of time, even while diving in the deepest waters…

Under automatic control

With a screw-down crown and a screw-in caseback, this Michel Herbelin timepiece fulfils all the criteria of a professional diving watch and is water-resistant to 300 metres. Not many people would want to venture so far down. . . but just in case, the Trophy makes it possible!

This instrument comes on a leather strap – bringing your passion for diving into everyday life – or mounted on a stainless steel strap that adjusts over a wetsuit, and it’s equipped with an automatic mechanical movement of Swiss manufacture (Sellita). A guarantee of reliability and accuracy, this oscillates at 28,000 vibrations per hour, with 26 jewels and a 38-hour power reserve.

Drawn, designed, assembled, adjusted and inspected at the Michel Herbelin workshop that has been based in France’s Franche-Comté region since 1947, this new model is heir to over 70 years of French watchmaking know-how.

 

The Right Watch for the Job

Whatever your lifestyle, trade or vocation, it can be hard to find the perfect watch.  The choice of wrist wear can often be extensive.  There are of course practical reasons why some styles will work better than others.  For example, if you have to wear a shirt sleeve, the watch you choose may well need to have a slim case depth so that it can be hidden under the cuff.  The more chunky, sporty models may be desired if more functions are needed like a stop watch or extra time sub-dials.  Obviously the higher the water resistance, the less the wearer needs to worry about an accidental immersion in water, so it would suit the more active person.

Here are our suggestions for the perfect watch for your job:

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The Sailor or Sportsman. Newport Chronograph is the iconic sailing inspired watch – perfect for durability and accurate multi-level time keeping and measuring.

The Journalist.  The Newport Connect is a versatile watch with smart features, allowing you to set alarms, telling you when you have messages and monitoring your activity and sleep. The ideal tool to assist the busy wearer stay in on time! Also available in a larger case size.

The Journalist.
The Newport Connect is a versatile watch with smart features, allowing you to set alarms, telling you when you have messages and monitoring your activity and sleep. The ideal tool to assist the busy wearer stay in on time! Also available in a larger case size.

The Politician or Celebrity. This is the most versatile of all Michel Herbelin watches. With all the public appearances you will need to do, you can  change the strap or bracelet of this watch in seconds, allowing it to go with any outfit. Perfect!

The Politician or Celebrity.
This is the most versatile of all Michel Herbelin watches. With all the public appearances you will need to do, you can change the strap or bracelet of this watch in seconds, allowing it to go with any outfit. Perfect!

The Teacher. Cap Camarat watches are new to the collection for 2018. This model is classic, understated practical and stylish.  Also available in larger case size.

The Teacher.
Cap Camarat watches are new to the collection for 2018. This model is classic, understated, practical and stylish. Also available in larger case size.

 

The Lawyer.  This Sonates model hints at a horological heritage, with classic clear dial.  It definitely and has an air of authority about it.  Perfect for any individual that demands respect.

The Lawyer.
This Sonates model hints at a horological heritage, with classic clear dial. It definitely and has an air of authority about it. Perfect for any individual that demands respect.

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The Architect or Graphic Designer. The 2018 edition Epsilon is super sleek and the perfect professional watch for teaming with a suit and shirt. Available in smaller case size.

Charlotte and Bruno: the story behind the image

When you see an advert for a product you love, as a consumer, you really want to believe that the characters in it are real. As an advertiser, it is your job to pick convincing people to help convey your message.  Wouldn’t it be easier if the people chosen for the advert were actually just doing their job? That’s what we thought!

Meet Charlotte and Bruno. They are real watchmakers in the Michel Herbelin studio in Charquemont, France. They have worked together for years and share the same love and passion for the watches they create.

Charlotte and Bruno  Watchmakers from the Michel Herbelin studio

Charlotte and Bruno
Watchmakers from the Michel Herbelin studio

Charlotte is 23 years old and already has 5 years experience as a watchmaker. After studying commerce, Charlotte chose to move into watchmaking, attending the renowned school in the area in Morteau (Doubs).At the age of 18, she joined Michel HERBELIN as part of her watchmaking CAP, thanks to her aunt and grandfather who both worked at Maison HERBELIN. Following her apprenticeship, she was hired to work in after-sales service and at the Atelier as a watchmaker.Assembling, hands setting, control, precision and mastery of watch parts have been a part of everyday life for over 5 years.

Bruno is 45 years old with 25 years experience working as a watchmaker with Michel Herbelin. Bruno joined the workshop at Michel HERBELIN through a family connection (his brother), in 1989.He briefly left the House for new adventures at a watch manufacturer located in the region, then returned in 1995. He joined the after-sales service at Michel HERBELIN as part of a qualification contract with one year of continued education.During this time, Bruno’s workshop manager passed on to him his watchmaking craftsmanship and expertise. Bruno succeeded him to become Head of After Sales Service in 2005.

Michel Herbelin AdvertBruno now uses his 25 years of unrivaled technical and watchmaking knowledge to teach a new generation of in-house watchmakers. One of whom is his son who is, in turn, serving an apprenticeship with Michel HERBELIN.

As you can imagine, Bruno is a lover of watches, he particularly likes the J Class collection, he says it is a ”very beautiful mechanical watch that marked his time ”. The family spirit, the rigour of the job and the new challenges, such as the arrival of the Newport Connect, enliven his daily life as an expert watchmaker and Director of the After Sales Service. Charlotte particularly likes working on the Newport, especially the chronograph models for their sporty design and the new ladies skeleton created for the 30 year anniversary of the range.

Charlotte and Bruno’s own family connections to the brand, echo the ethos of the Michel Herbelin work force, keeping family values at its core. The founder Michel Herbelin handed down his knowledge to his two sons Pierre-Michel and Jean-Claude and in turn, their sons, Maxime and Mathieu have taken up the challenge, in an increasingly competitive climate, to continue to fly the flag for family values in the world of watchmaking.

Happy 30th Anniversary Newport

The iconic Newport watch, created in 1988 is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.  To mark the occasion, Michel Herbelin are issuing a Newport automatic watch with three hands and date, in a numbered limited series of 500 pieces worldwide.  This exclusive special edition timepiece is a modern reinterpretation of the Newport.

30th Anniversary Newport watch model 1668/G14CB. Limited edition 500 pieces. Recommended Retail Price: £1,120.

30th Anniversary Newport watch model 1668/G14CB. Limited edition 500 pieces. Recommended Retail Price: £1,120.

New design

The new-generation Newport harbours elements of both the original Newport watch, released in 1988, and the Newport Connect – the first French-made smart watch launched in 2017.

Faithful to the Newport code, it is instantly recognisable thanks to central horns, the wide-berth bezel, the ship’s wheel on the crown and tapered hour markers in the form of stylised hulls.

The 41mm polished steel case is faceted and a fraction larger than the previous version which was 40.3mm in diameter. Coated in anthracite grey PVD, the case has a distinguished air suggestive of the watch’s high tech influences. The bezel, also in anthracite grey PVD-coated steel, is discreetly engraved “Newport”. Five bezel screws (inspired by yacht winches) punctuate a functional, no-nonsense dial. Framed by the minute track on a circular brushed blue flange, the black carbon backdrop showcases black nickel hands specially designed for Michel Herbelin. Adding a dynamic dimension to the ensemble, the hands and imposing hour markers are partially finished with a luminescent coating for optimal readability. A date aperture is discreetly positioned at 3 o’clock. The notched crown, taking a conical form, adds the finishing touch to this timepiece.

The watch is built to last with a sturdy FKM rubber strap and meticulously finished to ensure comfortable wear. The smooth, shiny finish sets off the modern-day elegance of this limited edition.

Collectors take note: only 500 pieces will be issued worldwide.  Not to leave any client disappointed, Michel Herbelin has lined up a new-generation steel Newport with three hands and date for general release. Distinct from the anniversary edition, the watch has a blue sunburst dial and leather strap.

Automatic pilot

Fitted with a Swiss-made ETA automatic mechanical movement that clocks 28,800 vibrations per hour, this watch is water-resistant to 100 metres and offers a 42-hour power reserve. Showcasing impeccable attention to detail, the transparent caseback reveals an oscillating rotor engraved “Michel Herbelin” and decorated with a Côtes de Genève pattern, proffering a glimpse of the circular-grained bridges and frame.

As with all the brand’s timepieces, this Newport was drawn, designed, assembled, adjusted and inspected at the Michel Herbelin studio in the Jura mountains of the Franche-Comté region. Heir to a French watchmaking tradition stretching back over 70 years, it offers the assurance of stringent technical standards.

Three decades of history

In the early 1980s, when Jean-Claude Herbelin took over the reins of the company his father founded, he set his sights on launching a new collection that would encapsulate the core values and French watchmaking heritage of the Michel Herbelin brand. The Newport collection honours the family’s passion for sailing and the sea. Inspired by the yachts competing in the America’s Cup Race in Newport, Rhode Island, these timepieces take their shape from the portholes of transatlantic yachts. Capturing a spirit of adventure, the Newport charts a course for freedom and far-flung destinations.

Three decades since it was created in 1988, the Newport watch continues to be the brand’s number one best-seller and the success story shows no signs of stopping!

The Mystical Properties of Mother of Pearl

Long has mother of pearl been the dial material of choice for ladies watches. But is there more to it than meets the eye?

The dictionary definition of mother of pearl is ‘a hard iridescent substance, mostly calcium carbonate, that forms the inner layer of the shells of certain molluscs, such as the oyster.’ Made from the same outer coating as precious pearls, mother of pearl or ‘nacre’ (to give it it’s official title), is ‘secreted by the epithelial cells of the mantle tissue’ or natural inner lining that builds up on the inside of the shell of a mollusc. For such a mundane process, the beautiful results of the calcium carbonate layering seem incredible.

So why is nacre called mother of pearl? The mollusc shells, are the ‘mother’ from which pearls are ‘born.’ Therefore the lining is taken from the mother. Of course this assumes that each shell will create a pearl, but I think we can allow a little artistic licence.

Ladies Newport Chronograph models with mother of pearl dials

Ladies Newport Chronograph models with mother of pearl dials

As this creation of beauty is seemingly a natural phenomenon, there are a number of theories and myths that are associated with mother of pearl.

The mystical qualities of this miraculous material are meant to include the ability to heal the body and mind. It is thought that mother of pearl has the power to enhance your psychic sensitivity along with imaginative skill; shield the soul from the off-putting energies and transform them into positive ones; nurture and protect the wearer; rid the wearer of hurtful emotions and evoke a sense of harmony and balance. So where does all this positive energy come from? It is taken from the ocean bed during the layering process and therefore transfers positive the energies of the sea to the wearer.

So when you are considering your next watch purchase, remember that the addition of a mother of pearl dial could seriously improve your life!

 

Credit sources:

https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/mother-of-pearl

https://www.jewelexi.com/gemstones/mother-of-pearl

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nacre

http://www.charmsoflight.co.uk/mother-of-pearl-healing-properties.html

http://www.ny6designs.com/called-mother-pearl-2/

2017 Review

As we say goodbye to 2017 and welcome in a brand-new year, it is time to review how we spent our well-earned cash over the Christmas period.  A watch purchase is often seen as an investment purchase, so making the right decision is crucial and often well researched.

As most of the year’s sales are made in the last financial quarter, i.e October, November, December looking at Christmas buying trends can be very telling of the financial feeling for the entire year.

So, which watches did we choose and how much money did we spend on them?

Siam bangle watch from Michel Herbelin. Model number 17435/BT19 – RRP £399

 

 

 

For women, the Michel Herbelin best-seller was a very stylish bangle watch from the Siam collection.

Model number 17435/BT19 – RRP £399

https://www.michelherbelin.co.uk/bangle/siam

 

With the effortless combination of high grade stainless steel and natural iridescent mother of pearl still showing design dominance, this watch is an easy choice for everyday wear.

 

 

 

What was our highest selling men’s watch?  The blue rubber strap edition of the Newport Connect collection. Model number 2017.GC/15CB – RRP £620.  https://www.michelherbelin.co.uk/sports-watches/newport-connect

Newport Connect from Michel Herbelin. Model number 2017.GC/15CB – RRP £620

 

This watch not only informs the user of sleep hours and gives phone and activity notifications, but it bridges the gap between old and new with a desirable analogue dial, practical rubber strap and attractive bold styling.

Whether the popularity of the best-selling watches from 2017 will be replicated in 2018 remains to be seen, but as the new year models are developed and released, new trends will undoubtedly unfurl.

The Personification of Watches

We all love our wristwatches.  Many are given to us by loved ones to celebrate birthdays, commemorate special anniversaries or traditionally perhaps inherited, or given as retirement or wedding gifts.  The likelihood is that your watch (rivaled in hierarchy only perhaps by key pieces of jewellery) will be a faithful friend, staying with you for decades at a time.

As I write this, I wear a well worn timepiece, a well loved, treasured gift.  Although this it is now not my only watch, it is worn more than most.

My treasured Michel Herbelin watch – seven years old and counting!

So at the risk of appearing over sentimental, do we think of a watch as an old friend?  Verification could be found in the choice of anatomical vocabulary commonly used to label individual watch elements.  It could be argued that this personification of the object reveals our affection for it.

These are some examples:

The workings of a watch or the movement are referred to as the watch ‘heart’.

Watch ‘hands’, pointing to the hour, minute or second.

The dial of a watch (that sits under the glass) is colloquially referred to as its ‘face’.

The case containing the movement can be referred to as the ‘head’.

The ‘shoulders’ of the case hold the lug of the bracelet or strap in place.

A watch has moving parts like an engine or a human heart.  It will wear out as our cars or our own bodies will in time.  The difference between a car and a watch (although both have engines of sorts) is that the watch is worn on our body, therefore our personification of it is, I suppose, inevitable.  So look after your watch as it is likely, that your children when the time comes, will love it as much as you do.

Michel Herbelin 70th Anniversary 1947-2017

 

Michel Herbelin - Inspiration 1947 - 1947-P11MA

 

 Limited Edition watch to celebrate 70 years of watchmaking in Charquemont, France

1947 saw the foundation of French Watchmaking company Michel Herbelin, which this year celebrates its 70th birthday. An anniversary watch commemorating those seven decades of watchmaking passion is to be issued in a numbered limited series of 500 worldwide. Paying tribute to the past, this new timepiece christened Inspiration 1947 also brings beauty into the present moment, beating to the rhythm of its manually wound mechanical movement. . .

An inspired style

While naturally drawing inspiration from the watch designs of its earliest years – 1947 to 1950 – Michel Herbelin has taken painstaking care over every detail of its anniversary model to anchor it in the 21st century.

Limited Edition 1947 Anniversary Watch 1947/P11MA RRP £1,245

 

The case measures 40 mm in diameter, its design a ubiquity of rounded curves extending into refined, plain lugs. A domed dial shelters beneath an answering curve of sapphire crystal, set off by the polished yellow gold that plates the steel case.  Patterned with a matte silver sunburst, the dial heightens this model’s understated aesthetics with two hands in finely curved dagger shapes that sweep around a clearly set out minute track punctuated by gilded applique hour-markers.  With a date aperture discreetly set at 3 o’clock, the classicism of the overall design is subtly roused by the graphic starkness of the dial’s small seconds counter.

Lovers of beauty will appreciate Michel Herbelin’s single-minded attention to the finish of each tiny detail. Like the ribbed, ball-shaped crown set with a blue cabochon, or the watch strap made from gold leather, hand-finished for a patina that brings the final touch of elegance to the timeless design of this commemorative timepiece.

 A manually wound mechanical movement

True to the watchmaking conventions of the 1950s, Inspiration 1947 is fitted with a manually wound mechanical movement – the first seen at Michel Herbelin since 1970. . . As ever, a Swiss-made calibre was selected to guarantee reliability and sturdiness:

the 24-jewelled Sellita 11 ½  SW216-1 oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and offers a 42-hour power reserve. The circular graining and Côtes de Genève pattern of its workings can be admired through a transparent caseback, to the delight of everyone who appreciates fine mechanisms.

Watchmaking expertise in the French tradition

Founded in Charquemont in the Haut-Doubs region, French Watchmaking Atelier

Michel Herbelin has been designing timepieces that highlight French watchmaking expertise for 70 years. The family-run business takes pride in producing quality watches of refined design, and making them widely accessible through its reasonable price range. In keeping with this philosophy laid down in 1947, the Michel Herbelin anniversary watch was conceived, designed, assembled, calibrated and inspected within our Maison in the Jura.