There’s a good chance you might not have heard of Mido. Admittedly, the Swatch Group-owned brand isn’t marketed much in the US, but the watchmaker’s been around for some time — 100 years, in fact. Celebrating their Centennial, Mido has launched a new heritage-inspired watch which packs an interesting — and accessible — complication.
The new Baroncelli Big Date, as you can probably tell from the name and dial, does, in fact, have a very big date indeed. But while it might look like a simple ballooning of a typical date window, there’s a bit more going on. The date’s digits feature their own internal wheels, so when the date changes only one digit switches over at a time, whereas on a standard date wheel the entire date changes (you can see it in action here on the Mido Commander). That’s…pretty much it, but it’s a neat alternative to the typical (and often chided) standard date window and a rarely-seen feature. The complication was added to the Caliber 80, an ETA-based automatic movement featuring a whopping 80-hour power reserve (while the Caliber 80 is used by several brands, the complicated version with big date is made exclusively for Mido).
The movement is housed in a classically-styled 40mm case, and is available either with a stainless steel and PVD-plated gold color scheme on a bracelet or a rose gold-plated case with a leather strap, while a grain-textured dial adorns both models. They’re both available online now, the former retailing for $1,080 and the latter for just $1,000.
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