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

Behind the scenes at the Michel Herbelin watchmaking factory

behindthescenesPrecision, reliability and perfection have long been founding principles on which Michel Herbelin watches have been crafted, part of the great watchmaking tradition which has been handed down from generation to generation.

Today, each Michel Herbelin watch is made with the meticulous precision of master craftsmen in the Michel Herbelin factory in Charquemont France, combining innovative technologies and the creative spirit of French elegance.

We go behind the scenes to discover how the Michel Herbelin watch collections you have come to know and love are made, taking you on a step by step process.

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History of Divers’ Watches

Today a divers’ watch is a classic choice on the arm of any stylish gentleman, with its distinctive mechanical features and striking dials making it an easily recognisable model. Acknowledged for its practicality and as an esteemed fashion choice, its main selling point of impressive underwater resistance often comes as an added extra, not necessarily because people are using them to dive on an everyday basis.

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Originally designed with underwater diving in mind, the dive watch typically has a minimum water resistance of 100m or 330ft, which modern technology and innovation is currently improving upon year on year. Naturally, creating a timepiece with water resistance capabilities has taken a great deal of skill and craftsmanship, which has been a work in progress since the 17th Century.

We take a look at the history of the dive watch, one of the most popular sports models around.

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Wrist Watch Trends for SS14

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Updated trends are everywhere with summer around the corner, and the watch industry is no different. Styles have evolved to meet demands of brighter and hotter days, meaning watches are adaptable enough to cope with a day in the boardroom and a night at the beach.

We take a look at the key trends for watches this summer season.

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BaselWorld 2014 Review

Hailed as the world’s biggest and most important event in the watch and jewellery sector, this year BaselWorld once again exceeded expectations as the ultimate meeting place and trend- setting scene for all those involved in the industry. With over 150,000 representatives, from exhibiting companies to buyers and journalists from every continent, Michel Herbelin was honoured to be one of the leading brands showcasing the latest innovations, trends and styles.

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Trends

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As the conference opened, Mr Rene Kamm, CEO of MCH Switzerland, (the company that owns Baselworld) was confident that this year’s edition would be characterised by new features, innovations and trends, and the eight days of exhibiting which was to follow proved him right. But it wasn’t all “in with the new”. “New vintage” style models popped up from many brands, catering to watch lovers who wish to experience some truly classic and timeless designs combined with modern movements and case construction.

Having spoken with the leading journalists in the industry including WatchPro, a key trend was that the ever popular rose gold is sticking around for the near future, so be prepared to see even more of this style popping up in the windows of luxury brands and high street stores alike.

Exhibitors

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As always stands were jaw dropping and exquisitely designed to reflect the quality of the watches being showcased inside; beautiful booths the size of small houses were present throughout. Having visited the Citizen stand we were left in awe by its breath-taking night sky look. At first glance you would easily believe that the suspended light reflecting spindles were decorative objects, but upon closer inspection they remarkably turned out to be parts of watch movements.

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