Monday, February 8, 2016

Michel HERBELIN Newport Yacht Club Automatic Chronograph

The French watchmaker Michel HERBELIN presents a new interpretation of its automatic chronograph from the Newport Yacht Club collection. Sporting hours and moments, elegant in all circumstances, this timepiece sets the tone of urban sophistication.

With a generous diameter of 43.5 mm, the case in steel coated with grey anthracite PVD reveals a black dial, vertically hand-brushed. Protected by an anti-reflective sapphire glass, with luminescent bevelled markers, paced by the hour and minute hands, also coated in a white luminescent material, provide optimum visibility, even in low lighting conditions. Orchestrating the ensemble, the “hour”, “second” and “minute” counters, positioned respectively at 6, 9 and 12 o’clock, count the passing of time up to 12 hours, while a tachymeter scale measures speeds ranging from 50 to 400 kmph.
Coupled with a date aperture at 3 o’clock and a timer discreetly located on the ring flange, this Michel Herbelin chronograph combines, finely balanced together, a large number of practical functions for everyday use. With contrasting effect, the rose gold PVD, enhancing the steel bezel, covering the buttons and subtly highlighting the dial finishes, provides ease of reading for the information displayed.

Distinctive with its central clasp, which is emblematic of the collection, the strap in elastogator – rubber with a crocodile imprint, lined with a synthetic material – which is gentle to wear, completes the chic sports allure of this timepiece.

Designed, conceived, assembled, regulated and checked in the workshops of the Michel Herbelin brand, the Newport Yacht Club automatic chronograph inherits a legacy of French watch-making expertise, with its roots established in the Jura massif in Franche-Comté since 1947. Water resistant to 100 metres, it contains an automatic self-winding mechanical movement of Swiss manufacture (Sellita SW500), the guarantee of quality and precision.

Oscillating at 28,800 vibrations an hour, and with 25 rubies, it can be admired through a transparent case back revealing a “Geneva waves” decorated oscillation weight. With a comfortable power reserve of 42 hours, this Tricompax “C” chronograph boasts every asset required to accompany a man in his day to day activities.

On sale from March, this new version is an addition to the Newport Yacht Club collection, created in 1988. Inspired by the portholes of transatlantic sailing ships, it owes its name “Newport” to the Rhode Island marina that has for many years hosted the America’s Cup.

Technical details
Model: Newport Yacht Club automatic chronograph
Reference: 255/TR14

Movement
Swiss automatic Sellita SW500
25 rubies, 28,800 v/hr
Geneva wave engraved oscillation weight
42 hours power reserve

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph, tachymeter

Case
316L stainless steel covered in grey anthracite PVD
Bezel in steel covered in rose gold PVD, engraved with a tachymeter scale
Sapphire anti-reflective glass
Diameter: 43.5 mm; thickness: 14.4 mm
Water-resistant to 100 metres

Dial
Black, vertically hand-brushed
Luminescent markers, hour and minute hands
White central seconds display
Seconds counter at 9 o’clock, 30 minutes counter at 12 o’clock, 12 hours counter at 6 o’clock
Date aperture at 3 o’clock

Strap
Black elastogator with white double stitching
Double-folding clasp
       
Price
Recommended Retail Price: €2490

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