A new generation Newport
After months of eager anticipation, the Newport Connect watch is here!
After being showcased at Baselworld 2017, the Newport Connect featuring a classic analogue dial integrating smart functions is now available to own. Immediately recognisable with its central clasp, the Newport Connect delivers a modernist reinterpretation of the Newport, the emblematic Michel Herbelin watch.
Adhering to a traditional watchmaking aesthetic, the Newport Connect remains true to the first mission of a watch: to tell the time.
Enhanced by a bezel punctuated by four screws, the 41.5 mm diameter case in the Men’s model and 35 mm diameter case in the women’s model in steel or coated with polished gun PVD opens onto an analogue dial, protected by a scratch resistant sapphire crystal. Stamped with a vertical motif in the centre, with sunburst pattern under the hours and circular brushing on the encircling flange, the dial is given a subtly architectural touch through the contrasting effects of materials, bringing clarity and depth to the background colour. Coated with a luminescent material, the hour and minute hands move between imposing hour markers, punctuated by Arabic numerals austerely set at 6 and 12 o’clock. In their minimalist design, they ensure optimal readability and at the same time, add a dynamic impact to the overall refinement of the dial. Presented with a bezel in brushed steel or brushed rose gold PVD, the Newport Connect is finished with a either a genuine leather strap or in FKM rubber, an extremely resistant material that is specific to this new collection. With carefully worked elements to ensure wearing comfort, it presents a smooth, shiny appearance that brings the final touch of modernity to the sporty chic style of this piece.
While it is busy notifying its owner of incoming calls and messages, it also ensures optimal physical well being: it tracks activity and sleep time with dynamic coaching that offers suggestions and tips according to the wearer’s profile and target goals. It is also a helpful travel companion, automatically resetting to local time zones, but remembering the time in the city of origin: a major advantage in managing time shifts. Indicated by the hands and a vibration mode, these functions are easy to use: the transition from a smart functionality to the analogue time display is made by simply pressing on the crown.
When a call or message notification is received on the mobile phone, the watch vibrates: the two hands move to PHONE, at 2 o’clock for calls, or to NOTIFICATIONS, at 10 o’clock for messages. A single push on the crown triggers the movement of the hands back to the time position.
Activity tracking can be viewed by pressing once on the crown. When the minute hand points to ACTIVITY at 8 o’clock, the hour hand indicates the percentage of activity obtained on the graduated circle, at the centre of the dial. After two seconds, the hands return to their initial position.
Based on an identical mode of functioning, the sleep tracker is displayed by pushing on the crown for 3 seconds. The minute hand points to SLEEP at 4 o’clock, while the hour hand indicates the percentage obtained on the graduated circle, at the centre of the dial. Two seconds later, the hands return to the time.
The Newport Connect functions with the MMT-365 application, available for iOS and Android. Once it is downloaded onto the smartphone, it is possible via Bluetooth to monitor activity and sleep for the day, the week or the month, thanks to simple, easy to understand graphics. The data collected on the watch is memorised for up to 30 days and can be saved on the cloud and restored if needed.
A watch “Made in France” Drawn, designed, assembled, adjusted and inspected at the Michel Herbelin French Watchmaking Studio, the Newport Connect is heir to French watchmaking know-how, rooted in the Jura mountains of France’s Franche-Comté region since 1947. As with all the brand’s collections, it is equipped with a Swiss movement, a true mark of quality and precision. In this case, it is a quartz calibre, the MMT 281, for which the decisive advantage is battery life. Powered by a battery with a life of two years, it does not need to be recharged. A real joy. . . Blending in perfect harmony the elegance of a traditional watch with the functions made possible by connected technology, the Newport Connect will conquer watch and high-tech aficionados of all ages.