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!