Midday to Midnight: The Mini or Midi Equinoxe

The Equinoxe collection now has two size options to appeal to all lovers of style and fashion.  With a choice of 28mm or 34 mm, mini or midi case, it is now possible to select your perfect option.

Michel Herbelin Equinoxe Watches

The supple leather strap coils around the wrist, linked to the stainless steel case by the sensual curves of subtly elongated horns. The strap’s shimmering gold tones illuminate a meticulously crafted silvered dial, decorated to the finest detail with sunray guilloché at its centre and a circular brushed finish. The 34 mm version displays a discreet date aperture at 3 o’clock and a small seconds hand at 6 o’clock.

These Equinoxe models are the latest in a legacy of timepieces, especially developed for women.  Featuring fine materials and a Swiss-made movement – a mark of quality and precision – these new additions honour the tradition of French watchmaking craftsmanship upheld by the brand since 1947.

 

DESCRIPTION:

Case:

. 316L stainless steel

. sapphire crystal

. diameter: 28 or 34 mm

. water-resistant to 50 metres

 

Dial:                         

. silvered, sunray guilloché and circular brushed finish on the flange

. Roman numerals

. date aperture at 3 o’clock (Midi)

. small seconds at 6 o’clock (Midi)

 

Functions:              

. hours, minutes (Mini)

. hours, minutes, date and small seconds (Midi)

 

Strap: Gold shimmer leather

Movement: Swiss-made quartz (Ronda)

Battery life: 54 months

Recommended Retail Price:          . 28 mm watch:         £290 / €295

. 34 mm watch:         £315 / €350

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.

Case:

Stainless steel 316L

Domed sapphire glass

Crown set with a black onyx

Diameter: 40 mm, thickness: 10.7 mm

Water-resistant to 30 metres

Dial:   

Curved pine green sunray

Silvered applique hour markers

Curved dagger-shaped hour, minute and seconds hands

Date aperture at 6 o’clock

Functions:

Hours, minutes, seconds, date

Strap:

Shiny brown patina leather

Movement:           

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

The Power of Pink

“The color pink represents caring, compassion and love. The pink color stands for unconditional love and understanding, and is associated with giving and receiving care. Since pink is a combination of red and white, both colors add a little to its characteristics. It gets the lust for action from the red color, and the white color gives it an opportunity to achieve success and insight.” by Jacob Olesen 1.

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Pink is back in a big way for the ladies-only Antarès watch with interchangeable strap by Michel Herbelin French Watchmaking Studio. With new straps in fuchsia, tropical and powder pink hues, fashionistas can update the look of their watch in a click and stay on top of the latest trends in spectacular style.

This fashion accessory watch is available in a rectangular, round or lyre shape, the steel case complementing the dainty design of the silvered dial with Roman numerals. In a palette of hot, bright and soothing pinks, these new straps show off a pop art aesthetic with sweet overtones. The Antarès reveals new looks time after time!

Michel Herbelin is an independent, family-owned watchmaking company committed to excellence and quality French craftsmanship. For three generations, the brand has created aesthetic timepieces at affordable prices with outstanding attention to detail – values that are demonstrated in the Antarès interchangeable strap watch.

Antarès with interchangeable strap

Case:                        . 316L stainless steel

. sapphire crystal

. rectangular: dimensions: 19.1 x 32.35 mm. Water-resistant to 30 m

. lyre: diameter: 30 mm. Water-resistant to 50 m

. round: diameter: 29 mm. Water-resistant to 50 m

Dial:                        

. silvered with Roman numerals (rectangular and round)
. silvered sunray guilloché in the centre with Roman numerals (lyre)

Functions:               .hours, minutes

Strap:                       . fuchsia, orchid or powder pink leather interchangeable strap

Movement:             . Swiss quartz (Ronda)

. battery life: 54 months

Reference:   

COF.17048/01 (rectangular case)

COF.17447/08 (lyre shaped case)

COF.17443/01 (round case):

Interchangeable strap watch, sold in a box with an additional strap.

 

Prices from RRP £495        

- Additional single-loop interchangeable pink leather strap: RRP £80

- Additional double-loop interchangeable pink leather strap: RRP £110

 

Credits:

1. https://www.color-meanings.com/pink-color-meaning-the-color-pink/

Beige is the new black (unless the black is lace)

With just a month to go before the excitement of London Fashion Week (14th- 19th Feb), we take a look at what the industry are hinting will be the trends from the major fashion houses for the forthcoming SS19 season.

We all know that the looks launched on the catwalk dictate what we will eventually see on the high street and also in our homes.

These are a few the key looks teamed with our favourite Michel Herbelin watches!

Lace – Seen in a big way in Summer 2018, but now it seems you can wear it as a flash of texture or all over for maximum effect.  All over black looks seem to be given a more feminine touch with accents of lace, or used as features in accessories seen in the Christian Dior hat and wide belt below.

 

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1 & 2. Alice McCall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alexander Wang

3. Alexander Wang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4. Christian Dior

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team your lace look with the double layer dial City watch, (model 16915) for a nod to ageless feminine chic.

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Beige – No longer a colour for the safe or boring, it has been brought to the front of the fashion queue with the resurgence of the wardrobe stable, trench coat by Burberry.  This business attire essential has been feminised with the cinched in waist by Burberry, or adapted into a whole outfit by Max Mara below giving a safari chic look.

 

 

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5. Burberry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6. Max Mara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Antares Interchangeable COF 17048/89WSL with interchangeable straps is the essential accessory for the SS19 devotee. With beige and white straps, these gorgeous light hues can be integrated with darker winter colours to ease the wardrobe from winter to spring.

COF 17048-89WSL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credits:

1&2. Alice McCall (photo credit deninjeansobserver.com)

3. Alexander Wang (photo credit Vogue.com)

4. Christian Dior (photo credit Vogue.com)

5. Burberry (photo credit us.burberry.com)

6. Max Mara (photo credit Vogue.com)

Newport Royale

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2019 sees the re-launch of the Michel Herbelin classic – Newport Royale.  Around 10 years in the making, this new model continues to showcase the very best of Michel Herbelin watchmaking.  The evolution of the line has produced a superbly tactile and fluid bracelet to case connection, that  is so beautifully engineered that it is hard to see where one ends and the other begins.

The graphic linearity of the links in its high grade stainless steel bracelet are softened by a rounded case bearing a dial of sapphire blue or real mother-of-pearl – either with simple batons or studded with diamonds.

Casual when it wants to be, yet always elegant, this timepiece with its uninterrupted silver look and urban edge exudes a timeless allure.

Just the thing to accessorise your wrist!

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION:

Case:

. 316L stainless steel

. Sapphire crystal
. Diameter: 29.3 mm
. Water-resistant to 50 metres

Dials:

. Silvered or blue
. Real mother-of-pearl – white or anthracite grey – soberly plain or studded with 10 diamonds
. Date aperture at 6 o’clock

Functions: . hours, minutes, seconds, date

Bracelet: . 316L stainless steel

Movement: . Swiss-made quartz (ETA) 8 3/4 F04.111

References: 14298/B11 (Silvered dial); 14298/B15 (Blue dial); 14298/B19 (Mother-of-pearl dial); 14298/B89 (Mother-of-pearl dial/diamonds); 14298/B99 (Anthracite grey mother-of-pearl dial/diamonds)

Silvered or blue dial: £529                      

Mother-of-pearl dial: £575     

Mother-of-pearl dial with diamonds: £665

The Inspiration Day/Date Watch – A Legacy of Style


Inspiration Day/Date

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.

Flawless precision

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

 

Case:

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

Dial:                         

domed, matte silvered or blue sun-ray

applique hour-markers

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

Functions:            

hours, minutes, seconds, day, date, Moon Phases

Strap: 

leather or Milanese chain link steel

Movement:

Swiss quartz Ronda (10 ½ 706)

battery life: 54 months

The Greek Classic Architectural Inspired Antares

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Since its launch in 2007, the Antarès with interchangeable strap has become one of Michel Herbelins fastest selling designs. This season sees a new version with a new lyre-shaped case. Featuring the same ingenious system as its forerunners, this watch lets the wearer change the strap for themselves.

A jewel of a watch

A departure from the existing round and rectangular shaped watches, this new design is inspired by classical Greek architecture. Its curved case in stainless steel is delicately fluted like the columns of Antiquity, extending into chiseled lugs that unify the whole in a pleasingly flowing aesthetic. The case – finished with a crown topped with a black onyx – showcases the dial and its distinctively generous dimensions. There are three lovely dial designs to choose from: pure and simple real white mother-of-pearl, sophisticated matte black “velvet” studded with diamonds, or timeless Roman numerals against a silvered background with a sun ray centre.

Freedom of style

A timepiece of everlasting style, it keeps up with changing trends thanks to its easy and practical system of interchangeable straps. Since “it’s a lady’s prerogative to change her mind”, Michel Herbelin offers a broad palette of colourways (no less than 30) and materials, in a single or double wrap style, to swap in seconds according to your mood. Just slide the strap between the lugs of the case, clip it, and you’re good to go!

Case:

. 316L stainless steel

. domed sapphire glass

. diameter: 29.80 mm

. gadrooned crown with black onyx

. water-resistant to 50 metres

Dials:

. real white mother-of-pearl with baton hour markers and Arabic numerals

. silvered with sunray guilloché in its centre and Roman numerals

. matte black “velvet” with diamonds

Functions: hours, minutes

Strap: interchangeable, leather and stainless steel

Movement: Swiss quartz (Ronda 5 1/2 751)

 

Models:

COF 17447/08NG – silvered dial/Roman numerals:                                       £495

COF 17447/29BLT – dial in real white mother-of-pearl:                                  £585

COF 17447/B84LN – dial in matte black “velvet” with diamonds                    £699

 

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Cap Camarat

Sporty Elegance with Neo-vintage Charm

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Michel Herbelin French Watchmaking Studio has named its new collection of timepieces after an idyllic French Riviera destination: Cap Camarat. The first model in the collection, powered by a self-winding movement, exudes sporty elegance and a seventies-style neo-vintage vibe.

Seventies-inspired design

A modern interpretation of a vintage 1970s timepiece from the watchmaking heritage of Michel Herbelin, the Cap Camarat is housed in a stainless steel case measuring 40.5 mm in diameter. The polished facets of the case are skillfully complemented by a vertical brushed finish. The hexagonal shape makes for a sturdy geometric look accentuated by the crown protection stamped with the Michel Herbelin logo, and a vertical brushed steel bezel decorated with six screws.

Beneath a sapphire crystal, the graduated blue circular dial is a subtle nod to the brand’s signature nautical theme, with a horizontal stamped pattern reminiscent of sailor stripes. Vintage-inspired beveled hour markers and rectangular faceted hour and minute hands lend character to the piece. The minute track on the encircling flange and discreet date aperture at 6 o’clock ensure that readings are accurate and accessible.

Rounding out the aesthetic scorecard of this timepiece, the brand’s signature four-link steel bracelet is finished to match the case. The watch is water-resistant to 100 metres.

An ode to French craftsmanship

The Cap Camarat is heir to a skilled French watchmaking tradition rooted in the country’s Jura mountains since 1947. It was designed, assembled, adjusted and inspected in the Michel Herbelin workshops. It offers the precision of a fine quality Swiss movement: the Sellita is a robust and reliable self-winding movement that clocks 28,800 vibrations per hour and incorporates 26 jewels and a 38-hour power reserve. The movement is finished to an exacting level of detail, and the Côtes de Genève pattern of the oscillating mass engraved “Michel Herbelin” can be admired through the transparent caseback.

The Cap Camarat oscillates between the contemporary and the timeless, capturing the spirit of the Michel Herbelin French Watchmaking Studio: to bring the pleasure of a beautifully made timepiece to as many watch lovers as possible, at the right price.

DESCRIPTION:

Case:

316L brushed and polished stainless steel.

Bezel in 316L brushed stainless steel decorated with six screws.

Sapphire crystal.

Diameter: 40.5 mm.

Water-resistant to 100 metres

 

Dial:                         

Graduated blue

Beveled hour markers with luminescent coating

Rectangular faceted hour and minute hands with luminescent coating

Subdivided minute track on flange

Date aperture at 6 o’clock

 

Functions:            

Hours, minutes, seconds, date

 

Strap:                     

316L brushed and polished stainless steel

Double-fold deployant clasp

 

Movement:            

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

28,800 vph, 26 jewels

38-hour power reserve

 

Reference: 1645-B15

RRP: £699

Essential Colours for Autumn/Winter 2018

AW18 colour palette Forest Green / Burgundy / Stone / Camel / Navy Blue

 

As the hottest summer in 42 years nears an end, our focus turns to Autumn and the inevitable shift in our choice of attire.  Accessories can play an important role in what we wear, often allowing a splash of colour in a way that would not be acceptable in larger item of clothes.  Fashion gurus from the catwalks of London, Paris and Milan predict that this season, we will see a selection of Greens, Burgundy, Navy Blue and darker neutrals like Camel.  The absence of black and brown on the list is quite conspicuous.  Perhaps this is because staple black and dark brown will always be a favourite, but perhaps are not the most adventurous.  Combining these colours creates a cash efficient capsule wardrobe that can be mixed and matched – a trick used by many a fashionista wanting to make the most out the current must-haves.

These are our selection of Autumnal colour watches to keep you looking ultra chic as the leaves start to fall.

For the men:

 

gents

And for the ladies:

 

ladies

 

Newport Classic – The history of the cushion shape and cut

30 years after the first Michel Herbelin Newport model was produced, 2018 sees the introduction of the Newport Classic watch. Already admired for its stylish dial with drop second feature, high spec sapphire crystal and perhaps most notably, for its distinctive cushion shaped case.

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The cushion is a shape not commonly seen in the Herbelin collections, so this anniversary seems entirely the right time to reflect on the style. The cushion shape is popular as a style bridge between the harsh corners of the square and the occasionally severe geometry of the perfect round watch case.

In jewellery, the cushion cut diamond has been made popular by many high profile celebrity engagements, leading to a resurgence in recent years. Ivanka Trump sports a 6 carat cushion cut diamond in her engagement ring, while Ben Affleck proposed to Jennifer Garner with a stunning 4.5 carat cushion cut diamond in 2005.

One of the most famous (and largest) known of these most prized shaped rocks is the Hope Diamond, gifted to the Smithsonian Institution in 1958. Weighing in at over 45.52 carats, its antique cushion cut accentuates is size and vintage glamour. Coincidentally, both Garners engagement ring and the Hope diamond were cut by master jeweller, Harry Winston.

In 1962, the Hope Diamond was exhibited at The Louvre in Paris for one month and the city of and passion connected with this most romantic of shapes.

The Newport classic has a vintage 1970s vibe, giving it a welcome touch of heritage chic, but with a modern 50 metre water resistant, Swiss quartz movement. Whether the blue and tan, white and tan or all black version is more your bag, they are all worth serious consideration as a modern take on an old favourite.

 

Newport Classic:

38mm x 38mm case (widest points)

50 metres water resistant

Ronda 11 1/2 6004.B Swiss Quartz movement

RRP £440

 

Credits:

https://www.michelherbelin.co.uk/sports-watches/newport

https://www.ritani.com/diamonds/cut/cushion-cut-diamond

https://www.ivankatrump.com/articles/ivanka-trump-fashion-jewelry

https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/celebs/a9113241/a-definitive-timeline-of-ben-affleck-and-jennifer-garners-relationship/

www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/jewellery/harry-winston-bond-street/hope-diamond-history/amp/n