French watch brand Michel Herbelin presents Carbon Newport Regatta, a rugged nautical sports watch created in partnership with Aurélien Ducroz, two-time free ride skiing world champion and sailor.
Aurélien is a brand ambassador of Michel Herbelin, a French watch making company with a history of almost 75 years.
This new timepiece features a massive 46.5 mm diameter forged carbon case, which has been paired with a stainless steel container with DLC coating to make it fully watertight, all secured by five screws visible on the bezel. Renowned for being ultra-resistant to both shocks and temperature differences, this top of the range material is being used for the first time by Michel Herbelin, ensuring the watch is robust, while being light and comfortable to wear, as well as striking to look at.
Also made from forged carbon, the black marbled background of the dial enhances the dynamic data display. Coordinating with the stylised hour and minute hands, imposing black plated hour markers coated with white luminescent material punctuate a highly precise minutes scale, highlighted by a circular brushed blue flange. Completing the ensemble, a double aperture positioned at 3 o’clock indicates the day against a black background and the date against a red background.
Combining carbon with the Newport DNA – the strap’s central lugs, porthole-style bezel adorned with five screws modelled on yacht winches, ship’s wheel stamped on the crown, hands in the shape of floating pavilions and hour markers inspired by a boat’s hull – enhances the technicality of the range and truly immerses it in the world of competitive sports.
Produced in close collaboration with Aurélien Ducroz, this chronograph is equipped with a regatta countdown function. Useful for setting a race start timing within a predefined period of time, this shows up in the Newport azure blue counter at 12 o’clock. Comprised of three different levels for ease of reading, the centre reveals a red plated compass shaped hand with a luminescent white coating. Triggered at the first firing of the starting gun by pressing on the push-piece at 2 o’clock, it sweeps through three five-minute zones. While the first two are differentiated by the colour of the markers, the third informs of the imminence of a start signal by the addition of a red line, clearly visible at a glance.
A precision instrument, the counter located at 6 o’clock adds the final sporty touch to this finely-tuned watch. Complete with white central seconds hand, it can record elapsed times up to 12 hours.
Powered by a Swiss-made Sellita SW501 automatic mechanical movement exclusive to Michel Herbelin, oscillating at 28,800 vibrations per hour and incorporating 25 jewels, the Carbon Newport Regatta offers a 48-hour power reserve. Its smoky transparent caseback reveals a Michel Herbelin engraved oscillating weight.
Water-resistant to 300 metres, this limited edition is adorned with a Newport blue strap in high-performance FKM elastomer and features a deployant clasp with DLC coated steel securing buckle. Specially designed to fit the contours of the watch, it is guaranteed for 10 years thanks to the extremely resistant and high performance material.
As with all of the brand’s timepieces, the Carbon Newport Regatta was drawn, designed, assembled, adjusted and inspected at the Michel Herbelin studio in the Jura Mountains of the Franche-Comté region.
Model: Carbon Newport Regatta
Forged carbon and 316L stainless steel with DLC coating
Solid carbon bezel
Smoky transparent screw-on caseback, sapphire crystal
Screw-down steel crown with DLC coating, engraved with a ship’s wheel
Screw-down steel push-pieces with DLC coating
Diameter: 46.5 mm
Water-resistant to 300 metres
Forged carbon with circular brushed blue flange
Black plated hour markers with white luminescent coating
Black plated hour and minute hands with white luminescent coating
White central seconds hand
Newport azure blue 15-minute regatta counter at 12 o’clock
Newport azure blue 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock, 60-second timer in the centre
Red plated compass shape counter hand with luminescent coating
Day/date aperture at 3 o’clock
Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph, regatta countdown
Swiss automatic, Michel Herbelin exclusive (Sellita 13 ¼ SW501 BV a)
25 jewels, 28,800 vibrations per hour
« Michel Herbelin » engraved oscillating weight, softened finish
48-hour power reserve
Limited edition of 300 numbered pieces
Recommended Retail Price
€ 2 990
Newport Blue in high-performance FKM elastomer
Deployant clasp with coated steel securing buckle