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Herbelin Celebrate Route du Rhum Sailing Race with Newport Carbon Titanium Limited Edition

HERBELIN Newport Carbon Titanium

The Route du Rhum is a major transatlantic yacht race that takes place once every four years, making it a highly prestigious and important race in sailing circles. It’s also a race that Herbelin have a horse in, or rather a sailor, in the form of their ambassador, Aurélien Ducroz, a world champion Class40 yacht racer. In celebration of him taking part in the race (which takes place over the next fortnight) Herbelin have launched the Newport Carbon Titanium limited edition.

Sailing watches typically come in two varieties. On the one hand there are watches like the Omega Aqua Terra that are happy on luxury yachts, champagne in hand, and on the other hand you have the Newport Carbon Titanium. It’s a high-performance beast of a watch designed to withstand the blows, bumps and shocks of fast-paced yacht racing.

HERBELIN Newport Carbon Titanium

To that end it has a huge 46.5mm diameter case made from a combination of forged carbon and DLC coated titanium. Specifically, the main body of the case and the bezel are made from carbon mounted on a titanium mid-case. This construction provides superb shock resistance thanks to both materials being incredibly durable, scratch resistant, corrosion resistant and lightweight. It also provides water resistance of 300m.

HERBELIN Newport Carbon Titanium

A fun aspect of the carbon bezel is that the unique and random pattern appears to blend into the dial, which is not a random pattern but a depiction of the ocean currents of Saint-Malo – the starting location of the race. Personally, I love it. It’s not a textured dial for the sake of it, it tells the story of the race and Herbelin’s relationship to it, while at the same time just looking cool so you don’t have to explain it to everyone all the time.

HERBELIN Newport Carbon Titanium

The other key elements of the dial are the two chronograph subdials. At 12 o’clock is a regatta timer function, designed with three 5-minute increments to count down to the start of a yacht race. Then, at 6 o’clock, is a 12-hour timer wrapped in the GPS coordinates of the Route du Rhum’s start and finish locations. The yellow accents and FKM strap are presented in the precise Pantone yellow 809C used on Aurélien Ducroz’s Class40 boat.

Inside the Carbon Titanium hull is the Sellita 13 ¼ SW501 BV A. Despite being built by Sellita, a workhorse of third-party calibres, this particular movement is exclusive to Herbelin. It’s automatic with a 62-hour power reserve and features hours, minutes, chronograph seconds, regatta timer, 12-hour timer and day-date functions.

HERBELIN Newport Carbon Titanium

Price wise, the Herbelin Newport Carbon Titanium is a very reasonable €3,499 (approx. £3,050). Yes, it’s triple the cost of a standard Newport but the Carbon Titanium is a limited edition of just 500 pieces, built from high tech materials and featuring a custom pattern dial. Sure, it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, however, large high-performance watches aren’t designed for everyone. What’s more important is that it’s a great watch for people like Aurélien Ducroz who can actually make use of it.

Price & Specs:

  • Model: Herbelin Newport Carbon Titanium
  • Ref: 288CTN14CY
  • Case/dial: 46.5mm diameter x 16.3mm thickness, carbon fibre and DLC coated titanium case, black carbon fibre dial engraved with engraved the Saint-Malo sea currents
  • Water resistance: 300m (30 bar)
  • Movement: Sellita calibre SW501 BV, automatic, 25 jewels
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
  • Power reserve: 62h
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, day, date, chronograph, countdown timer
  • Strap: Yellow FKM rubber
  • Price/availability: €3,499 (approx. £3,050),  limited to 500 pieces

About the author

Michael Sonsino

As Junior Content Producer for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. While a relative newcomer to the magazine, he's nonetheless a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better.

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