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.

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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