Any colour as long as it’s BLUE

Daniel Craig’s tux may have started it all, but now stores are racing to keep up with the demand for blue suits. Blue tones are also hot when it comes to gents timepieces this season.

When it comes to men’s suits, blue is cool – and hot – as high street retailers report the colour is the new go-to hue for men’s formal wear. For the first time in John Lewis’s 150 year history, blue suits are out-selling black ones nearly four to one: a blue suit is sold nearly every four minutes. The department store chain has expanded its blue suit range by 30 per cent this season in response to demand.

It is a similar story at Marks & Spencer, where blue suits started outselling black in the last year and doubled its range of blue suits in the same period. It now sells two blue suits for every black one.

“Generally, men are wearing colour again” said Charles McKenna, buying director at menswear chain Slaters. “Last year, various shades of grey became very popular. This year the cloth mills introduced blue in various shades, royal blue being extremely popular.

Actor Daniel Craig’s appearance in a midnight-blue tux in the 2012 Bond film Skyfall helped kick-start the trend.
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Indeed, Craig favoured blue throughout the film. In one of the final scenes, Bond is wearing a navy coat with leather accents around the collar from designer, Billy Reid.  While 007’s coat was single breasted, Billy Reid made the same style in a double breasted version along with a Bond Peacoat which is still available to order.

 

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As trends in timepieces closely follow fashion trends, blue tones are becoming an increasingly popular choice for men’s wristwear. Here is a look at our current favourites:-

 

 

36655-AN652014-copie-577x1024Newport Yacht Club Chronograph ref 36655/AN65

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With its striking blue PVD bezel and blue dial, the Newport Yacht Club Chrono is an imposing and practical timepiece. It has a soft blue calf strap with stitched sides     that will ensure comfort and durability.  RRP: £665

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12270-BT15-553x1024Newport Trophy Bracelet Watch ref 12270/BT15

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From Michel Herbelin’s flagship NEWPORT collection, the Newport Trophy is a rugged, practical timepiece with a fresh and youthful vibe. The 39mm case is in stainless steel with a brushed gold PVD bezel. The blue lacquered dial has luminous indexes and hands for improved legibility in dark conditions. Water resistant to 10 ATM, this is the perfect watch for an active man with a spirit of adventure.  RRP: £585

 

 

 

 

 

 

1686-B15-578x1024Newport Yacht Club Automatic ref 1686/B15

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This version of the Newport Yacht Club watch has an AUTOMATIC movement so there is no battery to change. The watch is powered by the movement of the wrist. The beauty of this timepiece is in the top quality finishing. The Stainless Steel case and bracelet are finished to the highest possible standards creating a watch that feels as luxurious as it looks. The bold indexes on the dial are shaped to resemble the hull of a yacht. Coated with a luminous material, both the indexes and hands can be read in even the poorest light conditions. The dial is in a rich, midnight blue lacquered finish with the applied Newport Ship’s wheel logo at the 12 o’clock position. The Newport Yacht Club is a luxury watch with bold detailing which gives it a modern flair. RRP: £820

 

 

 

Sources:- The Independent on Sunday, 24 August 2014 gentsplaybook.com

 

Top 5 Watch Forums

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In the world of watches, forums are still the place to be for the latest news and insider knowledge. Where social media has been offering an outlet for watch related discussion in recent years, attention has never detracted from watch forums as they continue to go from strength to strength.

Watch collectors and enthusiasts love to share their latest investment, or when they are not showing off their latest pride and joy, are on hand to offer priceless advice to others before looking to make a considerable purchase. Undeniably a valuable resource for anyone; regardless of whether you are buying your first or tenth wrist watch, we take a look at the some of the biggest and busiest watch forums which have long created a buzz online.

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How to use a chronograph watch

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For those who demand a little more from a dress watch, a chronograph is a classic choice.  Whether you opt for something simple or sporty, you’ll benefit from precision timing and a stopwatch feature that will prove useful when you’re out training or want to cook your penne perfectly al dente.

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Michel Herbelin repairs and warranties guide

With each Michel Herbelin watch carefully hand made by expert watch makers, quality and durability is always kept in mind.

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Made with precision and attention to detail at the Michel Herbelin factory in Charquemont France, each watch goes through rigorous testing before leaving the factory ensuring that Michel Herbelin’s high standards continue.

Containing Swiss movements, the interior workings of a Michel Herbelin watch are unique and complicated, and of the highest technical reliability. Founded on the principle of precision, Michel Herbelin believes a wrist watch should continue to be accurate and reliable throughout its lifetime.

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How does a watch define a man’s personality?

With such a diverse range of time pieces to pick from, what makes a man choose his ideal mate in the world of watches, and what does it say about him?

The watch is more than an accessory. Unlike the ring or the chain, the watch involves complex engineering and craftsmanship. A man’s time is his own, and a time piece of unique grandeur demonstrates this fact.

A watch makes a bigger statement of a man’s class, style and life choices than any other item on his person. A man offers his hand upon meeting new clients and associates, and instantly represents and expresses himself through the statement that catches eyes which rests upon his wrist.  It also shows how much a person values a watch and whether they have an interest in horology.

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Buying a watch online vs buying in store

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Last year it was estimated that around 2 billion people are using the internet; long gone are the days of internet usage just for keeping in touch or having fun.  People are using the internet for browsing and buying everything online from groceries to cars.

Watches are no exception; people like the convenience of being able to look at the options and compare prices from their armchairs or even on the move, but with high end products such as good quality watches, is buying online as reliable as buying in store?

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Vintage style watches

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A strong trend in all areas of fashion in recent years has been to take inspiration from the past. When it’s come to designing new styles in the watch world, watch makers have quickly followed suit. Vintage looks have had a big influence on the market and every self-respecting watch brand has released new models with a retro twist. For lovers of this old meets new look, the good news is that it is set to continue; this year’s Baselworld saw a significant number of classic and timeless designs combined with modern movements and case construction.

As a well-established watch brand, Michel Herbelin set up his own company in 1947 with the avowed intention of making watches of the highest quality. Many of watches created in the early days have lasted the test of time, and with some tender loving care from the team of highly skilled watch making team, are still fully functioning to this day.

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Trend edit: Big dials, thin strap watches

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An appetite for watches with large faces and thin straps has been on the rise in recent years, offering a stylish compromise between the big and bold and the small and delicate.

The result in some instances can be very striking, and provides an ideal wrist wear option for those looking for a watch that will easily let them transition between day and evening attire.

At Michel Herbelin we have taken a more subtle take on the trend, with a number of our models offering a thinner strap to allow focus to lie on the beautifully constructed dial. Our watches still keep practicality high however, with the strap remaining good quality and of the highest comfort level possible. With a thinner strap freeing up wrist space, this particular type of watch is also the ideal choice for wrist stacking, allowing you to combine your favourite wrist watch and jewellery for some eye catching stylish looks.

Here’s a look at some of our big dial, thin strap watches.

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Michel Herbelin Upcycle Scheme

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A treasured wrist watch made with tender loving care can last for generations, but sometimes all good things must come to an end.

In order to keep your watch in full working order, it should be cleaned and parts repaired, but after a certain amount of time some spare parts can be hard to come by, leaving your trusted wrist watch to lose its sparkle and shine, or in some instances become altogether unusable.

The good news is that Michel Herbelin are running a trade in scheme, meaning that if you have a broken or unloved Michel Herbelin watch, you can upcycle it to a brand new Michel Herbelin watch with a full two year warranty. If you’ve had your eye on a model from the new collection then this is something not to be missed. Continue reading