Cool though they are, skeletonised watches tend to command pretty impressive prices. The technical experience needed to take away the excess material in a movement and create the striking architectural effect we all know and love is a tall order. Michel Herbelin’s take on the technique though makes it more than just a tad more accessible; it’s downright affordable – and comes with a dash of French chic to boot.
The Classique 24H is an ode to the designs of the 60s, a balance of chic elegance and watchmaking prowess housed in a graceful 39mm case of vintage proportions. The watch gets its name from both that classical shape and from the fact that it shows a 24-hour display, using a mix of indexes for the first 12 hours and Arabic numerals for the latter.
Combined with the skeletonised Sellita SW-200 SQ automatic movement underneath, it’s a stunning modern re-interpretation of the Classique model.
If the view from the front isn’t enough, the Classique 24H Skeleton is equipped with a transparent caseback to offer an unobstructed view of the movement’s reverse as well. Given the finish of the Swiss movement and the custom rotor, it’s a view worth taking a glance at.
Part stylish throwback, part contemporary allusion to one of the most extraordinary techniques in high watchmaking, the Michel Herbelin Classique 24H is that ineffable mix of past and present, luxury and value that’s come to define Michel Herbelin as a brand. It’s also a damn fine-looking watch in its own right.
Price & Specs:
Brand: Michel Herbelin
Ref: 1661/SQT12MA (stainless steel); 1661/SQP12MA (yellow gold PVD)
Model: Classique 24h Skeleton
Case/Dial: 39mm, stainless steel
Water Resistance: 30m (3 bar)
Movement: Skeletonised Sellita SW-200 calibre, automatic
Power Reserve: 38h
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
Price: £1,570 (steel) and £1,605 (yellow gold PVD)
More details at Michel Herbelin’s website.