A family passion since 1947


Michel Herbelin was determined to become a watchmaker against all the odds. His parents, who were local shop owners, wanted him to take over their business. He decided to follow his passion and study watchmaking. Then, in 1947, he decided to start his own watchmaking factory, reflecting the demand for perfection advocated by Michel Herbelin.


The very first timekeepers were branded 'Impec'. In 1965 Impec watches became Michel Herbelin.


The 1980's marks the birth of Newport - an inspired mix of technical expertise and attention to detail. Michel Herbelin extended the factory to meet the market's requirements. Nowadays, Michel Herbelin keeps developing new ranges, combining French flair and Swiss technology.