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Michel Herbelin founded his eponymous watch company in 1946. Still in the hands of the Herbelin family, the brand is one of the world’s few remaining Independent watch manufacturers. Based in a small French village in the Jura mountains, Michel Herbelin offer stylish watches made with great care and painstaking attention to detail.  

Newport

Newport

The Newport collection is inspired by the America’s Cup and the race to Newport, Rhode Island. Newport has been the flagship collection of Michel Herbelin for over 30 years. The collection has evolved in this time from traditional nautical models to cutting edge watches for the modern man with a spirit of adventure. Smart and functional, Newport is a wear anytime collection of sleek, practical timepieces that will not let you down.

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Cap Camarat

Cap Camarat

The Cap Camarat collection transports you to the glamour of the French Riviera. Distinctive with its sculpted stainless steel case, the brushed bezel is set with 6 decorative screws.

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Trophy

Trophy

Trophy is the ultimate all-purpose timepiece. With a subtle mix between land and sea, Trophy is the perfect watch for men with a spirit of adventure. Water resistant to 30 bars, choose between automatic or quartz versions.

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City

City

The City collection is a mix of classic style with urban chic. Clean lines and contemporary styling combine for a look that is sharp and timeless.

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Classique

Classique

Classic watches never go out of style. Sober and unadorned, these timepieces are designed to let quality of their craftsmanship and the the materials used shine through. With styles for men and women and in a range of case sizes, there is a beautiful Classique Watch to suit every wrist.

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Epsilon

Epsilon

Characterised by its extra-slim case, Epsilon is a classic collection with sleek styling. Designed for both men and women, it is presented both as a bracelet watch or fitted with a leather strap. Popular in stainless steel, gold plated and two tone versions are also available.

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Inspiration

Inspiration

Timepieces in the Inspiration Collection have their roots in the heritage designs of Michel Herbelin. Founded in 1947, the brand has much history to draw upon. Expect well-designed, interesting timepieces that have a story to tell.

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Art Déco

Art Déco

The Art Déco collection has been a pillar of the Michel Herbelin collection for many years. Inspired by the first Art Deco exhibition held in Paris in 1925, the collection channels the aesthetic of the movement. Firstly, rectangular and barrel-shaped cases have an elegant double rim with softly rounded edges. Secondly, crowns are fluted for a vintage feel and some are set with cabochons. Furthermore, dials are elegant and refined. Available for both men and women, Art Déco is the perfect balance between classic styling with thoughtful detailing.

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Antarès

Antarès

The iconic Antarès collection has been an integral Michel Herbelin staple since its inception in 2006. With its unique, patented design. it is possible to easily interchange the strap in just one click. Thanks to an extensive selection of leather straps and bracelets, each watch can be personalised and adapted to suit your daily style and colour palette.

Simply select your case and whichever straps or bracelets you desire. Over time, you can also add to your strap selection to update your look as the seasons change. Select from a round or rectangular case, in either stainless steel or plated options. Elegant dials include Mother of Pearl and diamond set pieces. A wonderful investment piece that changes with you.

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Equinoxe

Equinoxe

The stylish Equinoxe collection comprises watches for men and women. Characterised by their rounded, open case horns, the watch has a chic aesthetic. Choose from a smooth leather strap or on-trend Milanese bracelet.

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Perle

Perle

Quite simply: Perle is loved by women the world over. The bracelet, which is made up or rows of beads or "perles" feels so gloriously tactile and fluid to the touch, you will hardly know you are wearing it at all. Due to its popularity, the collection is extensive. Therefore, you will easily find the perfect Perle watch to suit your wrist and style. From a small, neat round case, to larger circular and square shapes, you can also choose from stainless steel or plated versions in yellow and rose gold. Dials are elegant in either Mother of Pearl or printed roman numerals for a classic feel.

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Scandinave

Scandinave

Inspired by the simplicity and minimalism of Scandinavian design, Scandinave is a design classic. With clean lines, the circular case and bracelet are sleek and streamlined. Furthermore, with adjustable links on the underside and a simple snap clasp, Scandinave can be worn loose like a bangle or closer to the wrist.

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Fifth Avenue

Fifth Avenue

For girls that just want to have fun, Michel Herbelin has created the stylish Fifth Avenue Watch. Named after New York’s most famous shopping street, it has an unusual design with the crown at the 12 o’clock position. Consequently, this accentuates the clean, uninterrupted sides of the square case. Choose from a leather strap in a variety of gorgeous colours or a chic Milanese bracelet.

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Replacement Straps

Replacement Herbelin Straps

At Watch Specialists, we are the only online retailer to offer an extensive selection of original branded Michel Herbelin straps. Whether you need a Shark grain strap for your Newport or a padded strap for your chronograph, we can help. If you type the model number engraved on the caseback of your watch into our search bar, you should return the strap that you need. If not, please contact us and we will quote to supply the correct strap for you.

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Michel Herbelin founded his eponymous watch company in 1947. Today, this French brand is one of the world’s few remaining Independent watch companies still in the hands of the founder’s family.  Now run by the third generation of the family, Michel Herbelin watches stand for quality and good design.

In France, the brand is hugely popular with 1 in 4 watches sold in its market segment: a Herbelin.

At Watch Specialists we offer the widest selection of IN-STOCK Herbelin watches in the UK. With over 150 watches to choose from: all from inspiring Independent Authorised Stockists – you need look no further!

Michel Herbelin: Brand History

In small village called Charquemont in the Jura mountains, a region famous for French watchmaking, a young Michel Herbelin dreamed of working with precision mechanics. However, his parents intended for their son to take over the family business. Against his parents’ wishes, he began to study watchmaking. Michel spent several years working in a local watch factory. Frustrated that the products did not live up to his standards of high quality, he took the bold step of starting his own venture.

At the age of 26, Michel opened his own watchmaking studio on the top floor of his parents’ house.

It was not by chance that Michel named his first watch “IMPEC” in 1947. He clearly wanted to communicate his dreams and ambitions: to create elegant watches that worked perfectly – “impeccable watches”. Michel relied on the French and Swiss suppliers based in the area around Charquemont to give his customers flawless watches. Given the success of his collections, in 1965 he created his eponymous brand. IMPEC became MICHEL HERBELIN.

Michel was joined by his sons Jean-Claude and Pierre-Michel in the company. When quartz first made an appearance in the 1970’s, some saw this as a sign that French watchmaking would weaken. However, Michel and his sons saw it as an opportunity to unleash the creativity of their designers and to take on the challenges of the future.

Into the 2020s

Now more than 70 years on from the first IMPEC watch, the brand has stayed true to its original values. All Herbelin watches are designed, hand-assembled and inspected in the brand’s Franche-Comté workshops. The philosophy is the same: the creation of timepieces that are designed to last, all the while respecting artisanal know-how and adding a touch of French elegance.

In 2020, Michel’s grandsons Maxime and Mathieu, the third generation of the Herbelin family, took over the running of the company.

Collection 2021

Michel Herbelin mostly use Swiss quartz Ronda and ETA movements for their watches. However, there are a number of great automatics in the collection.

The collection is split into: Sport Chic, Classic, Antares and Ladies Watches. Consequently, there is a Herbelin watch for everyone. Some of the highlights of the collection are detailed below:-

Newport

The flagship collection, Newport, takes its inspiration from yachting and the America’s Cup to Newport Rhode Island. Choose from classic styles with a sporting flair through to rugged chronographs.

Cap Camarat

Named after the glamorous French Riveria coastline, Cap Camarat has a sculpted look that exudes a sporty elegance.

Inspiration

Inspiration watches are classical in style and are based on heritage designs from the brand’s back catalogue. Expect refined, timeless styling.

Epsilon

Ultra-thin, Epsilon is available for both men and women in bracelet and strap options.

Antares

Antares is an iconic range of fabulously stylish women’s watches with interchangeable straps and bracelets.  Featuring a patented click and lock system, the strap can be removed from the case and easily exchanged with no need for tools. In addition, a palette of vibrant strap colours are available so the possibilities for changing your look are endless.

Michel Herbelin: Benefits

  • French design, Swiss movements
  • Largest IN-STOCK selection of Michel Herbelin watches in the UK
  • Two-Year Warranty (or Three Year for Automatics)
  • All watches sold by UK Authorised Dealers
  • Free UK delivery
  • Free Bracelet Sizing and Gift Wrapping
  • 28 Day Return Policy

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