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It has now been a few years since the famous workshop of French watchmaking Herbelin struggles to offer us modern and sought-after timepieces. After enriching its range with various Cap Camarat references and modernizing the design of its iconic Newport from top to bottom, the house had, remember, decided to accompany this breath of fresh air with a name change from Michel Herbelin to Herbelin. at the end of 2022.
It is today with enthusiasm that Swiss Made Watch propels you to the edge of the water thanks to the test of a automatic chronograph regatta specially designed for professionals and sailing enthusiasts: boarding!
Produced in just 500 pieces, the Herbelin Newport carbon titanium chronograph (reference 288CTN14CA) is a luxury watch which is adorned with high-tech materials.
While it is true that high-end sports timepieces have accustomed us to stainless steel, the French brand has made a radically different choice here by crafting the bezel of its creation in a forged carbon. Obtained using small fragments of real carbon that are mixed with resin, this composite makes it possible to obtain a result that is both textured and modern.
It is by looking at the part a little closer that we realize that a texture comes to be drawn randomly on the case! This process, rare in the world of watchmaking, makes it possible to obtain pieces with an absolutely unique pattern.
The case is adorned with titanium and embellished with a black DLC coating giving the whole a sporty, not to say downright futuristic look!
For maximum comfort, Herbelin took the decision to design especially for the model a FKM elastomer strap whose two central bands ensure perfect visual integration with the middle of the piece!
Resistant to UV rays as well as to contact with several chemical products such as oils or fuels, the bracelet, guaranteed for 10 years, is finely adjustable and is completed by a folding clasp made of titanium.
A sapphire crystal scratch-proof comes here to take place and effectively protects the dial from small knocks and scratches that can be created with our daily gestures.
A sporty and racy design
Those accustomed to models from the Herbelin Newport line will be surprised to discover this new version of the emblematic model from the Herbelin house. With its diameter of 46.5 mm and a thickness of 16.3 mm, this piece is revealed in generous dimensions and adopts a color code mainly black highlighted with a few touches of YELLOW for optimal readability!
True to its origins reminiscent of the nautical world, the house has designed a bezel directly inspired by the style of portholes found on board ships. This stylistic choice comes here to bring a lot of cachet to the face of the watch.
Regarding the dial, it must be said that the brand did not do things by halves! It is adorned with a symbolic motif that takes up the cartography of the seabed of Saint-Malo, a port city located on the north coast of Brittany. Note also the presence, on the dial, of two GPS coordinates which refer on the one hand to the commune of Saint-Malo and on the other to the department of Guadeloupe, two locations famous for being respectively the starting point and the finish line of the Rum Routea single-handed transatlantic sailing race held every 4 years.
The trapezoidal indexes as well as the yellow strapping of the counters located at 6 and 12 o’clock are all small details that elevate this watch for men to another level!
With an announced water resistance of 300 meters (30 atmospheres), this new made in France is a true diver as comfortable on land as underwater. It thus offers you the possibility of practicing several nautical and aquatic sports such as apnea or scuba diving without the slightest worry.
A high-flying caliber
Animated by a automatic movement Swiss Sellita SW501 BV athis regatta chronograph offers you a large number of complications that you won’t come across every day, we promise!
Indeed, in addition to offering you a classic counter day datethe 25-jewel caliber is equipped with a function chronograph whose seconds are displayed by the central hand. If the top counter is graduated over 15 minutes, the one on the lower part of the dial allows you to total the hours on a 12-hour scale.
This configuration is above all designed to provide athletes participating in sailing races with all the information necessary for the smooth running of their performance!
With a 48-hour power reservea device for stop second and the possibility of quickly adjusting the date as well as the day, the Swiss mechanism which gives life to the watch is a real pleasure to use.
His 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz frequency) allow you to use all of its features with formidable precision.
The transparent screwed caseback is adorned with multiple engravings recalling the main characteristics as well as the reference number of the model while giving you the opportunity to admire the various cogs and small parts that make up the movement driving the timepiece. Decorated with the Herbelin logo written in classic typography, the oscillating weight automatically winds the watch with efficiency and a particularly appreciable level of silence!
Whether you are a seasoned sportsman or simply looking for a watch equipped with an unusual complication, this Herbelin Newport Carbon Titanium is a chronograph to consider as a sporty addition to your collection!