The success of the Commander collection, launched in 1959 by the watchmaker Mido, has stood the test of time over more than five decades. Ample proof of this is provided by the Commander Leather and the Commander Chronograph, two new models in this legendary collection, which both proudly assert a smart and sporty masculinity.
Elegance is key for the Commander Leather, while the Commander Chronograph opts for a sportier look. The sleek lines of the rose PVD-treated steel cases and the broad opening of the dials are the hallmarks of a design which has remained timeless, just like the Eiffel Tower, from which these two models derive a subtle inspiration.
The finesse of the Commander’s round case in satin-finished steel endows the timepiece with an inimitable and immediately recognisable silhouette, in the image of the iconic Parisian monument. And like the latter, it has gracefully weathered the years and preserved an eternal youth. Its exceptional longevity offers indisputable proof of its success – the Commander has been uninterruptedly manufactured by Mido since 1959.
The Commander Leather and the Commander Chronograph encapsulate a perfect blend of tradition and modernity. With the new developments in the case design, Mido set out to assert the Commander’s contemporary flair while preserving the collection’s emblematic character.
The fine lines and the diameter of the rose PVD-treated steel case (42.50 mm for the Chronograph model, 40 mm for the Leather model) allow plenty of room for the dial, in an anthracite sunray satinated version for the elegant Commander Leather or adorned with three anthracite snailed counters for the sporty Commander Chronograph. The faceted and domed sapphire crystal protecting the dial lends both timepieces a solid robustness and asserts their resolutely masculine character.
The passing of time is marked by golden-rose hands. For easy reading at night, the hour and minute hands are treated with white Super-LumiNova®, as are the appliques.
The anthracite leather straps which adorn the Commander Leather and Commander Chronograph only serve to enhance their timeless elegance. While primarily aimed at sportsmen keen to measure their performance, the Chronograph will also appeal to lovers of fine watchmaking – the model is adorned with a transparent case back which reveals the finesse of the decorations gracing the movements.
Several different cases, dials and straps are available for both models.
Chronograph : automatic chronograph Mido 1320 (based on ETA Valjoux 7750), 13¼’’’ 30.00 mm, height 7.90 mm, 25 jewels, 28,800 A/H, INCABLOC and NIVACOURBE shock-absorber, gilt GLUCYDUR balance, ANACHRON balance-spring, NIVAFLEX NM mainspring. Finely decorated top movement with blued screws, circular-grained bars, decorated oscillating weight with Geneva stripes and engraved Mido logo. Adjusted on 5 different positions for a high accuracy. Min. 48 hours power reserve.
Leather : Automatic ETA 2836-2, 11½’’’, Ø25.60 mm, height: 5.05 mm, 25 jewels, 28,800 A/H, INCABLOC and NIVACOURBE shock-absorber, NIVAFLEX NO mainspring, NIVAROX II balance-spring. Finely decorated elaborate movement with blued screws, decorated oscillating weight with Geneva stripes and engraved Mido logo. Adjusted on 3 different positions for a high accuracy. Min. 38 hours power reserve.
HMS + Chrono + Day + Date
Time: hour and minute hands. Small second indicator at 9 o’clock.
Chrono: 60 second counter from centre, 30 minute counter at 12 o’clock and 12 hour counter at 6 o’clock. Day and date at 3 o’clock.
Leather : HMSD + Day.
Satin-finished stainless steel 316L with rose PVD treatment, polished bezel, 3 pieces, faceted and domed sapphire crystal, engraved serial number, water-resistant up to a pressure of 5 bar (50 m / 165 ft).
Chronograph : Ø42.50 mm, transparent case back to see the finely decorated and top movement.
Leather : Ø40 mm, screwed case back.
Anthracite genuine calf leather strap with crocodile look and stainless steel folding clasp with rose PVD treatment.
Faceted indexes individually applied, indexes with white Super LumiNova®, day and date at 3 o’clock.
Chronograph : silver, sunray satinated, snailed anthracite counters.
Leather : anthracite, sunray satinated.
Diamond polished, hour and minute hands with white Super-LumiNova® for easy readability at night.