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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Commanding presence: Mido Commander II

The Mido Commander, one of the stand out models in the Mido portfolio, has been given a new look design without losing any of its distinctive character.  Perhaps one of the unsung heroes of the Swatch Group, Mido nonetheless still produce some very handsome watches.

With an anthracite sunray satinated finish, the Commander II still bears the inscription “datoday”, signifying the day and date aperture. Through their shape the applied indexes are said to evoke the latticework of the Eiffel Tower – though it has to be said, it’s very subtle. 

They are treated with white Super-LumiNova, as are the hour and minute hands, making it easy to tell the time even at night. The crown remains integrated in the case, which has evolved from a one-piece design to a three-part structure.

The automatic movement is an ETA 2836-2 with a 38 hour power reserve. The 40 mm timepiece is mounted on a satin-finished 316L stainless steel bracelet and is also available with a silver or black dial. Price is around $980.00

About Mido

Founded in 1918 by George Schaeren, the Mido brand began life making a range of art deco inspired watches that featured innovative designs and unique shapes. Schaeren was quite an innovator himself and by 1920 he came up with the ingenious idea of producing a range of wristwatches that were shaped like the radiator design found on such cars as Lancia, Bugatti and Hispano-Suiza, which he sold to the members of respective automobile clubs and associations as a form of membership card.

The sales psychology and marketing behind the idea was brilliant. Only very wealthy people could really afford to buy cars in the 1920’s, which meant that Schaeren could target these same people to buy one of his watches, which of course would have its own hefty price tag attached. Mido watches proved to be very popular with drivers as  the watches enabled them to show others that they owned a Lancias, Bugatti or Hispano-Suizas without having to be behind the wheel of the car itself.

Today Mido is a member of the Swatch Group, a stablemate of other mid-range Swiss brands including Tissot and Certina.


Movement: Mechanical automatic, ETA 2836-2 calibre, 111/2 lines, 28,800 vib/h, 25 jewels, minimum 38-hour power reserve, "Côtes de Genève" motif
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, day and date
Case: 316L stainless steel, 40 mm, Sapphire crystal, Engraved series number on the back
Water-resistant to: 50 m (5 bar/5 ATM/165 ft)
Dial: Anthracite, silver-toned or black with sunburst satin finish
Hands: coated with Superluminova, Applied hour-markers
Day and date window at 3 o'clock
Bracelet/Strap:Satin-finish 316L stainless steel with steel folding clasp 

Visit the Mido website

Cheek to cheek: Hamilton Jazzmaster Face2Face

House of Swatch brand the hitoric American watchmaker Hamilton has released a new novelty in time for Baselworld 2013. Called the Hamilton Jazzmaster Face2Face, the 53mm watch can be flipped open to showcase two completely independent watch dials.

The Jazzmaster Face2Face comes equipped with not one but two Swiss automatic movements, the first movement powered by an ETA 2094 is paired with a semi-transparent dial that showcases the date disc and a chronograph function with central indicators. 

The simpler movement is equipped with an ETA 2671 movement that depicts only time. The watch comes with a sapphire crystal case at the front and back to allow both dials and movements to be clearly visible.

The watch works via a unique rotating case presenting two quite different faces. One a chronograph, the other an elegant three-hander.

The link between the two faces are the skeletonised rotors of each automatic movement, fully visible in the oval-shaped case. Each individual watch incorporates two wearing options, to suit the mood or the occasion.  Of course the two faces can each be set to different times zones. 

The Jazzmaster Face2Face comes on a black leather strap with blue stitching, the watch is released in an auspiciously  limited edition of 888 pieces that will retail for a price of USD $6,550. 

Visit the Hamilton website

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