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|watch name||Michel Herbelin|
|Range of watches||Older mechanical to modern quartz|
|Parts Availability||We can obtain most movement parts , new cases
and bracelets are not available for models older than 5 years
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|History and info||
Herbelin, a craftsman with a passion for quality, set out to engineer
highly precise and elegantly designed watches. He perfected the mechanical
movements used at the time and finally created his own collection. He
invented a number of technical and aesthetic innovations that are widely
used in modern watchmaking.
The revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685 caused many French watchmakers to flee the country for fear of being persecuted for their protestant faith. A number of them set up business again in Switzerland, around Geneva and Neuch‚tel. .
craft of making watches is based on tradition and highly-demanding skills.
New technologies are now being used to compliment the irreplaceable
experience of the specialist watchmaker. Michel Herbelin has continued to
maintain the exacting standards that are vital to the making of the very
The Michel Herbelin story began in 1947 in Charquemont, France in the heart of the Jura mountains - the home of watchmaking since the 18th century. Michel Herbelin was a passionate believer in traditional fine watchmaking and decided to make a stand against the new mass production techniques that were looming on the horizon and threatening to oust the old techniques.
In 1947, Michel Herbelin set up his own company with the avowed intention of making watches of the highest quality, to the same standards as the great names of the day. Herbelin worked in close collaboration with his suppliers and with the specialist laboratories in the region to come up with elegant, technically sophisticated creations that provided the basis for his burgeoning reputation. With the appearance of the company's logo in 1965, the Herbelin name became a well-known brand.
In 1972, Michelís son, Jean-Claude Herbelin joined the company. The advent of quartz technology provided a boost for Michelís creative instincts resulting in innovations noted by the watch industry such as extra slim watches and the wire bangle watches for which the brand became synonymous. When Jean-Claude took over as head of the company upon his fatherís retirement, he steered the brand into a new phase, developing a brand image based on creativity and attention to detail through worldwide communication campaigns.
Today, the company is still run by Jean-Claude Herbelin and his brother Pierre-Michel. Now with a third generation of Herbelin family members involved in the company, Michel Herbelin is truly one of the only Independent watch manufacturers of note in existence. Michel Herbelin is an international brand and produces over 150,000 watches per year which are exported to over 50 countries worldwide. The brand is positioned in the middle of the market with the majority of the collection retailing from £250-£1000. In France, the brand is market leader in the mid market segment. In the UK and Republic of Ireland, Michel Herbelin is stocked by a strong network of over 350 leading quality jewellers.
Designed and made in France, all watches have Swiss movements. The brand therefore benefits from the flair of French design with the precision of Swiss engineering - hence the company's advertising tag line: Swiss Heart, French Soul.
C.C.HEAL F.B.H.I. watch repairer
Oaklands Beckley Rye Sussex TN31 6TJ UK
telephone : 01797 260207 outside UK your code + 44 1797 260207
fax : 01797 260693 outside UK your code + 44 1797 260693
Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Switch
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