Inspiration Self-Wind Watch – Inspired by Time

A three-hand model with date is the latest addition to the Inspiration collection launched in 2017 to mark the 70th anniversary of Michel Herbelin French Watchmaking Studio. Powered by a self-winding movement, this new timepiece is true to the 1950s design while its green dial gleams with modern-day élan. Exuding classic style with a contemporary edge, the Inspiration Self-Winding will appeal to fashionistas and connoisseurs alike.

Inspiration model 1647/AP16BR

Heir to 1950s elegance

Tapping into the aesthetic of the first timepieces created by Michel Herbelin in the last century, Inspiration Self-Winding is housed in a polished stainless steel case (40 mm) with rounded contours that extend into clean-lined lugs. The piece is accented with a ribbed, ball-shaped crown set with a black onyx. A slightly curved dial sits beneath a domed sapphire.

The three hands – hours, minutes and seconds in finely curved dagger shapes – are deployed against a deep green backdrop decorated with a brushed sunray pattern that reveals multiple nuances in the light. A trifle non-conformist in its colour, it tells the time accurately thanks to the clear layout of the minute track with silvered applique hour markers. Complemented with a discreet date aperture at 6 o’clock, the ensemble plainly marks the passage of time.

The appeal of a self-winding mechanical movement

French brand Michel Herbelin has chosen to power its latest vintage with a Swiss-made Sellita self-winding mechanical movement. This robust and reliable calibre, set with 26 jewels, oscillates at 28,000 vibrations per hour, and boasts a 38-hour power reserve. The movement is finished to an exacting level of detail; the Côtes de Genève pattern of the oscillating mass engraved “Michel Herbelin” can be admired through the transparent caseback. A delight for every aficionado of fine mechanisms. . .

Paired with a shiny brown patina leather strap, the Inspiration Self-Winding was designed, assembled, adjusted and inspected in the Michel Herbelin workshops, and is heir to seven decades of French watchmaking know-how rooted in the Jura mountains of France’s Franche-Comté region. Vintage-inspired yet timeless, this Inspiration watch perfectly captures the spirit of Michel Herbelin French Watchmaking Studio: an elegant design and a quality self-winding movement, at the right price. A sound investment that is sure to suit all styles.


Stainless steel 316L

Domed sapphire glass

Crown set with a black onyx

Diameter: 40 mm, thickness: 10.7 mm

Water-resistant to 30 metres


Curved pine green sunray

Silvered applique hour markers

Curved dagger-shaped hour, minute and seconds hands

Date aperture at 6 o’clock


Hours, minutes, seconds, date


Shiny brown patina leather


Swiss-made automatic (Sellita, SW-200 1 calibre)

28,800 vph, 26 jewels

38-hour power reserve


Reference: 1647/AP16BR

Recommended Retail Price: £765 / 850