Watchmaker Michel Herbelin was born at the kitchen table of Monsieur Michel Herbelin in 1947, just two years after the liberation of France.
It is still a family-owned business, running under chief executive Pierre-Michel Herbelin, the son of its founder, and a management team that includes grandsons Maxime and Mathieu Herbelin running marketing and design departments.
The history and current success of the company was honoured earlier this month at an event in the Elysée Palace, the official residence of the President of the French Republic.
The event was created to highlight the diversity, quality and dynamism of manufacturing companies based in France.
Michel Herbelin was the only watchmaker among 101 business invited to exhibit.
Pierre-Michel Herbelin attended and used the occasion to present the brand’s bestselling ladies watch, the Antarès collection of timepieces with their interchangeable straps.