A STAR IN THE SEA
The Locle-based watchmaker proposes a new, totally-steel-machined dive watch, whose robustness and reliability invite you to explore the seabed with total peace of mind.
For 76 years, Mido has been enabling divers to sound the depths of the world’s oceans reliably thanks to a collection of watches designed for underwater exploration, baptized Ocean Star. This year, the Locle-based watchmaker proposes a new version, just as reliable but equipped with an impressive power reserve: the Ocean Star Caliber 80 model.
The sea-inspired blue dial is detailed with vertical satin-finishing punctuated with white Super-LumiNova®-covered applique indexes. This same pigment also highlights the skeletonized pair of hands and the tip of the direct-drive whose arrow is varnished with orange. At 3 o’clock, a double aperture displays the day and date in white on a black backdrop, a contrast which offers fast data readability.
All the functions are driven by the caliber 80, a self-winding movement beating at 21,600 vibrations an hour and ensuring, as its name so states, a power reserve of some 80 hours.
This new Mido is complemented by a steel link bracelet closed by a folding clasp with an extension specially-designed to be worn over a wetsuit.
By Sharmila Bertin
THE SYMBOLISM OF STONES
With this quartet of highly-elegant timepieces, the brand which celebrated its 101st anniversary in 2019 whisks us off to the very heart of nature to unveil the beauty and magic of ornamental stones it embraces
To discover the exquisiteness of our planet, you just need to head outside, cast your daily routine aside a little and go immerse yourself in nature, breathe fresh air under the canopy of a forest, caress the earth, collect a few pebbles, dip your feet into the waters of a lake. Wonderment is within reach should you wish to be awed. And, if truth be told, there couldn’t be anything quite as magical, quite as symbolic as stones. Mido has selected three of the most exquisite to adorn the faces of its new Baroncelli Wild Stone pieces, whilst the 4th features a vitreous substance whose nuance conjures up the intensity of night-time sky.
The 33 mm-diameter case fashioned in steel – polished and coated with yellow or rose PVD based on the model chosen – hosts the caliber 80, an automatic movement which, as its name suggests, delivers a power reserve of 80 hours once fully wound.
Price: CHF930 (Jasper-on-steel version) – CHF980 (the other versions)
By Sharmila Bertin
MYSTERIOUS BLACK STARFISH
With its robust all-black shell, capable of withstanding dives up to 600 m, the new divers’ watch from the Le Locle-based watchmaker, with chronometer and ISO 6425 certification, dominates the oceans beautifully.
2019 marks the 75th anniversary of a watch designed for the ocean’s depths: the Ocean Star. This piece created in the Mido studios stood out from 1944 by the single-shell architecture of its case which, together with the Aquadura system created in 1930 based on a cork-crown seal, guaranteed considerable water resistance at that time. Today, the star of the oceans produced by the watchmaker established in Le Locle has become an essential tool for sea-lovers. Certified in accordance with the demanding ISO 6425 standard for diving watches, the new Ocean Star Diver 600 model, a COSC-certified chronometer, withstands dives up to 600 m.
On the black lacquered dial, the hours and minutes are indicated by two large hands highlighted with white Super-LumiNova® passing over a series of geometric index markers which are also phosphorescent. The seconds are marked by a bright orange lacquered second hand which energizes the piece. To finish, the date is displayed in white on a black background at 3 o’clock.
This new Mido watch comes with a rubber strap matching the case and fastens with a pin buckle.
Price: 1,590 CHF
By Sharmila Bertin
A BIG DATE IN MORE THAN ONE WAY
To celebrate the centenary of the Swatch Group’s brand, elegant timepieces are scheduled for release all through the year. The Commander Big Date gets the party started.
Founded on Armistice Day at the end of World War One by Georges Schaeren, Mido will be celebrating its 100th anniversary on 11 November. To take the full measure of the event, new watches will be released all through 2018. The first watch to be unveiled is a Commander Big Date. What sets it apart? It combines the brand’s general charms and advantages, but also those of this particular model, which has been made without interruption since 1959! So, its elegant 42mm-wide case is made of brushed steel with a polished bezel, and houses delicate dials with a sunburst finish. The case is anthracite or silver in colour, depending on the version. The slim hour and minute hands and the indices are coated with white Super-LumiNova®, guaranteeing excellent readability, even in darkness. Last but not least, as its name implies, the watch has a large, polished and sanded date counter at 6 o’clock, providing additional time information.
This timepiece is driven by a powerful automatic mechanical movement, supplying up to 80 hours of power reserve. The calibre 80 and its rotor adorned with the traditional Geneva Wave design is revealed beneath the sapphire case back.
All the models come with a steel strap including a folding clasp. The overall effect gives the Commander Big Date a highly contemporary sports-watch feel. Mido has also made available two-colour pieces with fine touches of pink PVD to provide a more refined personality.
Price: 960 EUR
By Dan Diaconu
GEOMETRY AT THE SERVICE OF TIME
Before celebrating its 100th anniversary next year, Mido has expanded its collections with three new watches inspired by a model from the 1940s.
“Architecture is the precise, magnificent and learned interplay of volumes brought together in the light.” Like Le Corbusier, Mido develops its timepieces by playing with rigour and intelligence on geometric forms and technical innovations. So, while the Multifort Escape stands out with its classical simplicity as a three-handed date watch, a few details still help give it a very distinct personality. The wide 44mm case has an original finish, since the steel has been given an aged black and sanded PVD coating. The result? Every single case is unique!
The dial is available in three colours: black, anthracite grey and khaki. They all have a large, vertical “Geneva Waves” pattern, providing a subtle interplay of light and contrast. Above them turn the wide, black enamelled hands, coated in SuperLumiNova®, and with a shape inspired by the Mido pilot’s watch worn by the entrepreneur and aviator Milton Reynolds during his round-the-world flight in 1947.
While the design is inspired by a vintage model, the Multifort Escape is equipped with one of the Swatch Group’s most recent and efficient movements, with a high-tech spiral and spring. The automatic mechanism with its finely decorated rotor can be seen through the sapphire glass, and provides a very generous power reserve of three and a half days.
The Multifort Escape comes with a calf’s leather strap with a natural look and a texture matching the case finish to perfection.
By Dan Diaconu
Mido – Baroncelli Heritage
The Spanish verb medir means “to measure” and, once conjugated in the first person singular, forms yo mido (I measure). How fitting for a watch brand whose main function is…to measure time! Mido was founded in 1918 by watchmaker Gorges Schaeren and 40 years ago it launched a classic collection with a very exotic name: Baroncelli, joined by the Baroncelli Heritage in 2016.
The steel or PVD-coated rose gold case comes in two sizes (33mm or 39mm) with a smooth gadroon-shape bezel. It houses the self-winding ETA-based Mido 1192 calibre which provides a 42-hour power reserve and fuels the time and date functions.
The delicately grained ivory dial bears three hands: two gold dauphine-shape hour and minute hands and a blue seconds hand. The date appears in a display at 3.
Price: 990 CHF (steel) – 1,090 CHF (rose gold PVD)
By Sharmila Bertin