Based in the Jura mountain village of Charquemont commune in Eastern France, Michel Herbelin Newport Trophy Grand replica watch making company sits so close to the Swiss border it just can’t stop producing finest quartz watches in the world. Well, excluding Switzerland, of course. Meet the new Michel Herbelin Newport Trophy Grand Sport family of watches.
Almost forty years ago, at the time when most fine watch makers still kept their faith and focused their attention on mechanical watches desperately trying to fight the onslaught of the Japanese quartz, Michel Herbelin was one of the first to reinvent their business model.
The French company started to base its luxury timepieces on relatively cheap, but more accurate quartz technology.
The main challenge was to compensate the lack of hand-crafted movements with interesting design and superior quality of the case: at that time a mens Michel Herbelin quartz copy watch was still synonymous with cheap, uninteresting, mass-produced design, so the business opportunity was definitely there.
Available both as a diving watch or a chronograph, designed both for men and ladies, the new Newport Trophy is a tribute to the famous Newport Yacht Club, which is located in Great Britain.
The French watchmaker introduced its Newport model that immediately became their, so to speak, calling card for the next four decades.
Which brings me neatly to the new Michel Herbelin Newport Trophy Grand Sport quartz watch.
Being a real diver (with its double-sealed crown and a thick antireflective sapphire crystal it is water resistant up to 1000 meters, which is nothing to sneeze at,) the timekeeper is equipped with a rotating diving bezel and features generously proportioned hands and hour markers with enough lume on them to use the watch even in the murkiest water.
The new watch is presented in a massive-looking 43 mm wide case that sports alternating satin-finished and polished surfaces.
The impression of solidity is further increased with a huge setting crown, which is protected from accidental hits with a pair of crown guards, also not particularly small.
Photos: Michel Herbelin
Michel Herbelin Newport Trophy Grand Sport quartz watch specification :
Price range: About €1395
Movement: Quartz, Swiss made
Complications: Chronograph, date
Power reserve: N/A
Case material: Stainless steel
Case diameter: 43mm
Case height: N/A
Water resistance: 300 meters for chronograph, 1000 meters for the three-hander
Strap: Stainless steel
Crystal: Sapphire crystal, scratch-proof
Alas, the Michel Herbelin says nothing about the movement that powers the cool fake Michel Herbelin watch, only noting that it is a Swiss made quartz caliber.