For over 65 years, the Michel Herbelin workshops in Charquemont, Franche-Comté near the Swiss border, have been designing, manufacturing and selling French-made watches all over the world. The Herbelin family are huge fans of sailing and the sailing world which has inspired their creativity for 3 generations.
A testimony to this passion: the Newport Yacht Club watch, the brand’s emblematic timepiece inspired by the portholes on transatlantic yachts and which has appeared in many variations like Newport Trophy, Newport Yacht Club, Odyssée, and Newport Yacht Club Squelette.
Naturally, the Herbelin family has been involved in major sailing races and many sailors wear the brand’s watches. Michel Herbelin was partner to the 2014 Route du Rhum race which left Saint-Malo in Brittany on 2nd November for Point-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe with over 90 yachts in the race. For the occasion, Herbelin revealed the latest from the emblematic Newport line: the “Newport Yacht Club Régate”.
With an automatic movement, this new version boasts a steel case, a hand-brushed white dial and a blue leather strap. The movement has hour, minute, small second, 60-second chrono, 30-minute counter and 12-hour functions as well as an oscillating weight.