Geneva Watch Days 2020: Michel Herbelin

If the French Watchmaking house Michel Herbelin has not revealed some of its secret to some of you, then let us share with you today its rich past as well as the present and future of this fervent family business which has promoted the Made in France label since it started in 1947.

Maxime Herbelin, grandson of the founder, never hesitates to look in the rearview mirror to justify the growing success of the brand, with the legendary NEWPORT model at the forefront.

Credit: Michel Herbelin

Looking at the emblematic Newport model which was created in 1988 by my elders, Pierre Michel and Jean-Claude Herbelin, echoing the passion of their father who was always attracted by the marine world, like boats.

Over the years, the materials, style, the designs and casings have evolved

Maxime Herbelin
Credit: Michel Herbelin

In 2020 they are very proud to launch the Newport Chronograph Model with a regatta indicator, a carbon case, and an FKM bracelet. With this carbon model, the stated objective is to reach a young and sporty clientele. The watch is resistant to shocks and is water resistant for up to 300 meters which allows for rock-solid reliability. This timepiece is limited to 300 copies.

Michel Herbelin produces two-watches-in-one with its Antarès collection
Credit: Michel Herbelin

Another success of the Michel Herbelin is Antarés, a 100% female model created in 2006 with colorful and interchangeable bracelets. The system of interchangeable straps allows you to match your watch with all your outfits. The First Lady of France, Mrs. Macron has proudly been wearing this model for a few years now.