Cap Camarat is one of the most idyllic and beautiful areas in the French Riviera, a place to relax and cruise on your yacht. Which is to say the French watchmaker Michel Herbelin’s decision to name their sports luxe collection after the region is perfect. And now the Cap Camarat wristwatch is available in a new skeletonised version.
The case builds on the existing collection with a 42mm diameter in stainless steel and a subtle hexagonal shape. It’s finished with alternating brushed and polished surfaces giving it added depth and visual appeal. On top of the case is the signature bezel, which is thick and round with six decorative screws in the vein of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak.
Where the new edition excels is the skeletonised dial, which is one of the nicest I’ve seen recently. It understands that the purpose of a skeleton dial is to be visually interesting but that it shouldn’t compromise on the watch’s usability. Something the Cap Camarat achieves by having solid black hands and hour markers, providing a contrast to the metallic surfaces of the Sellita SW400-1 calibre.
It’s a well executed example of skeletonising a timepiece that already has strong design codes. While it removes the dial, the Cap Camarat Skeleton adds substance to the watch, making it more striking. It’s a limited edition of 500 pieces, priced at £1,799.
More details at Michel Herbelin.