Celestial mechanics

Inspiration makes Michel Herbelin reach for the moon

The watch Inspiration is a reinterpretation of the first timekeepers made by Michel Herbelin in the 1950s. Here is a new version… under a new light.

By Nicolas Yvon
Michel Herbelin Inspiration Phases de Lune
The new Inspiration Moon Phase watch by Michel Herbelin is the perfect fit for the city dweller fond of watches.

Showcasing classic and sober lines, the Inspiration models are designed for the city man, but more particularly to the dandy who’s passionate about fine mechanics. A thin rounded bezel, discreet lugs, a slightly domed sapphire crystal and a ribbed ball-shaped crown set with a cabochon… all features that help bringing back the fifties elegance onto the wrist. As well as the convex dial bearing finely drawn baton hour markers and “dagger” hands. All of these aesthetic features can be found on the new Inspiration Moon Phase. 

A brand new watch for Michel Herbelin

As its name suggest, this watch displays the lunar calendar. History was made as soon as Michel Herbelin announced its release last November.

Michel Herbelin Inspiration Phases de Lune
Michel Herbelin offers a beautiful complication at an affordable price with its new Inspiration Moon Phase watch.

Indeed, this is the brand’s first automatic watch featuring a moon phase. It can be found on other of its models (e.g. the Newport collection) but with a quartz movement. 

Read our data sheet on the Michel Herbelin Inspiration Moon Phase watch.

It also reflects the desire of the new directors, the third generation of the family business: to introduce more mechanical complications in the watches while keeping a very competitive quality/price ratio. That is the great strength of the brand. And truth be told, at € 1,290, the Inspiration Moon Phase perfectly matches their approach. 

The small detail that makes a big difference on the Inspiration Moon Phase

Issued in a limited edition of 500 numbered pieces, the timepiece is a beautiful 40 mm diameter instrument in polished 316L steel.

Michel Herbelin Inspiration Phases de Lune
The Moon Phases are showed by a mobile disc with a minimalist and modern decoration.

On the dial, at 6 o’clock, the moon phase rotating disc displays a modern and refined decoration. One has to observe closely to notice a nice detail: the two small stars (that you can see one at a time) are sun satin-finished just like the surface of the dial. A nice touch, don’t you agree? 
On the other side, the see-through back reveals the inner workings of a Swiss Made calibre with an engraved Michel Herbelin rotor.

Michel Herbelin Inspiration Phases de Lune
Ball-shaped crown set with a cabochon and see-through back to see the calibre: this Michel Herbelin watch is a beautiful mechanic. 

Let’s not forget the discreet date aperture at 3 o’clock, and the beautiful leather strap made in France and hand patinated according to a traditional savoir-faire. Well done!


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