The Inspiration collection is inspired by vintage watch designs from 1947-1950. The rounded contours of the 38 mm polished steel case are accented with a ribbed, ball-shaped crown set with a blue cabochon. The curved dial sits neatly under domed sapphire glass. This vintage styled case highlights the sleek, contemporary aesthetic of the dial, whose sparse architecture ensures perfect readability.
Baton hour markers alternate with Arabic numerals in a balanced arrangement on the simply laid out minute track, set off by the soberness of the hour and minute hands with their luminescent coating. At 3 and 9 o’clock, date and day counters with needle displays add further elements to the orchestration. But that’s not all. . . An aperture at 6 o’clock draws the gaze to a Moon Phase indicator. Artfully decorated with stars on a midnight blue background, it shows the precise positioning of the moon in real time.
Driven by a Swiss-made quartz movement (Ronda), the Inspiration Day/Date combines this mark of quality and reliability with the legacy of French watchmaking know-how. Like all the brand’s timepieces, this watch was conceived, designed, assembled, regulated and quality checked at the Michel Herbelin studios that have stood in the Jura mountains of the Franche-Comté region since 1947.
Available with a choice of a leather strap or a steel Milanese chain link bracelet, this new timepiece by Michel Herbelin flits between tradition and a sleek contemporary aesthetic. On sale at a very affordable price considering the care taken over its detailing, it will tastefully complement the chic style of its owner.
References: 12747/AP11B (silvered dial/Milanese chain link); 12747/AP15GO (leather/blue dial)
Recommended Retail Price: £495
316L polished stainless steel and bezel
domed sapphire glass
crown set with a blue cabochon (synthetic gemstone)
diameter: 38 mm; thickness: 8.45 mm
water-resistant to 30 metres
domed, matte silvered or blue sun-ray
curved hour, minute and seconds hands
date counter with needle at 3 o’clock
day counter with needle at 9 o’clock
Moon Phase indicator at 6 o’clock
hours, minutes, seconds, day, date, Moon Phases
leather or Milanese chain link steel
Swiss quartz Ronda (10 ½ 706)
battery life: 54 months