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.