Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Michel Herbelin Inspiration 1947, Anniversary Watch Limited Edition

1947 saw the foundation of French Watchmaking company Michel Herbelin, which this year celebrates its 70th birthday. An anniversary watch commemorating those seven decades of watchmaking passion is to be issued in a numbered limited series of 500 worldwide. Paying tribute to the past, this new timepiece christened Inspiration 1947 also brings beauty into the present moment, beating to the rhythm of its manually wound mechanical movement.

While naturally drawing inspiration from the watch designs of its earliest years – 1947 to 1950 – Michel Herbelin has taken painstaking care over every detail of its anniversary model to anchor it in the 21st century.
The case measures 40 mm in diameter, its design a ubiquity of rounded curves extending into refined, plain lugs. A domed dial shelters beneath an answering curve of sapphire crystal, set off by the polished yellow gold that plates the steel case. Patterned with a matte silver sunburst, the dial heightens this model’s understated aesthetics with two hands in finely curved dagger shapes that sweep around a clearly set out minute track punctuated by gilded applique hour-markers. With a date aperture discreetly set at 3 o’clock, the classicism of the overall design is subtly roused by the graphic starkness of the dial’s small seconds counter.

Lovers of beauty will appreciate Michel Herbelin’s single-minded attention to the finish of each tiny detail. Like the ribbed, ball-shaped crown set with a blue cabochon, or the watch strap made from gold leather, artisanally hand-finished for a patina that brings the final touch of elegance to the timeless design of this commemorative timepiece.

True to the watchmaking conventions of the 1950s, Inspiration 1947 is fitted with a manually wound mechanical movement – the first seen at Michel Herbelin since 1970. As ever, a Swiss-made calibre was selected to guarantee reliability and sturdiness: the 24-jewelled Sellita 11 ½ SW216-1 oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and offers a 42-hour power reserve. The circular graining and Côtes de Genève pattern of its workings can be admired through a transparent caseback.

Founded in Charquemont in the Haut-Doubs region, French Watchmaking Atelier Michel Herbelin has been designing timepieces that highlight French watchmaking expertise for 70 years. The family-run business takes pride in producing quality watches of refined design, and making them widely accessible through its reasonable price range. In keeping with this philosophy laid down in 1947, the Michel Herbelin anniversary watch was conceived, designed, assembled, calibrated and inspected within the Maison in the Jura.

Technical details
Model: Inspiration 1947 Anniversary Watch – limited edition
References: 1947/P11MA

Movement
Manually wound mechanical (Sellita 11 ½ SW216-1)
Circular-grained and decorated with Côtes de Genève
24 jewels, 28,800 vibrations/hour
42-hour power reserve

Case
316L stainless steel plated in polished 20-micron yellow gold
Bezel in 316L stainless steel plated in 20-micron yellow gold
Domed sapphire glass
Crown set with a blue cabochon (synthetic gemstone)
Diameter: 40 mm: thickness 10.05 mm
Water-resistant to 30 metres
Limited and numbered series of 500 watches

Dial
Matte silver sunray, domed
applique hour-markers
Hour and minute hands, dagger-shaped, curved
Small seconds counter at 6 o’clock
Date aperture at 3 o’clock

Functions

Hours, minutes, small seconds, date

Strap
Gold leather

Price
Recommended Retail Price: €1,450

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