Baselworld 2016: Mido Live Report

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We went to see Mido at Baselworld this morning and they have a number of new watches from their collections about to hit the streets.

Baroncelli Heritage

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If you’re on the lookout for a slimline affordable dress watch, the brand’s 39mm Baroncelli Heritage could fit the bill. Mido is currently celebrating the 40th anniversary of this collection. With a commitment to classic watchmaking traditions, the brand has created the Baroncelli Heritage, the thinnest watch in the Mido collection. It features a grained black dial enclosed by an elegant round polished and stepped 316L stainless steel case, which is exceptionally slim at just 6.95 mm. In fact it’s one of the slimmest watches on the market. The watch is powered by an elaborate ETA movement specially adapted for Mido. The movement features blued screws and an oscillating weight adorned with Geneva stripes and the Mido logo, clearly viewable through the transparent sapphire case back.

The watch has been influenced in terms of design by the Baroque-neoclassical style of Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. There are subtle references to the building reflected in the watch which has a timeless style to mark its 40th anniversary in 2016.

The watch comes on a semi-matt black crocodile-look calf leather strap and a stainless steel pin buckle, which adds an extra touch of classicism. There are also 3 other versions are also available in this range. The watch is priced at CHF 1,100.

Baroncelli Caliber 80

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Mido Chrono 80

This watch is fitted with a new COSC certified chronometer movement featuring a silicon balance-spring, the Baroncelli Caliber 80 Chronometer Si celebrates the collection’s 40th anniversary with unparalleled accuracy. Mido decided to enhance its flagship movement with a silicon balance-spring. In addition to its anti-magnetic properties, this component offers greater long-term accuracy than a standard balance-spring and better shock-resistance. Thanks to the Caliber 80, the Baroncelli Caliber 80 Chronometer Si also benefits from a power reserve of up to 80 hours.

Multifort Chronograph Adventure

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This new addition to the Multifort collection is designed for adventure. Its robust anthracite PVD-treated steel case extends into a magnificent genuine brown perforated calfskin strap. Featuring a colour combination not often seen in watchmaking, this is an utterly unique sport-chic timepiece. The Multifort Chronograph Adventure is powered by the Caliber 60, a latest-generation automatic chronograph movement that guarantees up to 60 hours of power reserve.

Launched in 1934, two years after the Sydney Harbour Bridge was completed, the Multifort collection shares the structure’s remarkable qualities. As Mido celebrated the 80th anniversary of Multifort production in 2014, it makes this collection one of the longest-produced series in the history of Swiss watchmaking. 

Ocean Star Captain Titanium

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Light and uncompromisingly robust, the new Ocean Star Captain Titanium is designed for conquering the depths. Its case and bracelet are made of satin-finished and polished titanium, a metal that is lighter and more resistant than stainless steel. The unidirectional rotating bezel and the bracelet complete with folding clasp and diving extension are also assets that will appeal to diving enthusiasts. Water-resistant up to a pressure of 20 bars (200 m/660 ft), this model is fitted with the Caliber 80, a latest-generation automatic movement that provides the Ocean Star Captain Titanium with exceptional autonomy. Faithful to its values since its creation in 1944, the Ocean Star collection is the hallmark of reliable timepieces designed to accompany underwater explorers wherever they go.

Fitted with a case and bracelet in satin-finished and polished titanium, the Ocean Star Captain Titanium weighs just 123 grams. Despite this exceptional lightness, the model has lost nothing of its legendary robustness. Renowned for its hypoallergenic properties, titanium is lighter and more resistant than stainless steel. Designed to meet the demands of underwater exploration, the Ocean Star Captain Titanium is water-resistant up to a pressure of 20 bars (200 m/660 ft). It is fitted with an uncluttered grained anthracite dial.

Mido Big Ben Watch Design

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The Mido Watch Design Contest, which was launched in March, was won by Sébastien Perret, who was chosen by a panel of professional judges and the public. The designer created the watch which best represented the imposing silhouette of Westminster’s clock tower. While the design of this timepiece seems simple at first, a closer look reveals an array of details which are successively revealed in layers, from the inner workings to the watch face. The piece was unveiled at Baselworld 2016 and will be available as a limited edition of only 500 pieces.

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