Swiss watch brand Mido presents new timepiece directly inspired by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Designed by the great American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, this revolutionary building was chosen by the public following the interactive #BeInspiredByArchitecture campaign, which drew over 100,000 participants from around the world.
True to the brand’s identity, the new Inspired By Architecture Limited Edition presents a captivating contemporary design supported by clean lines. The profile of its round case in satin-finished and polished stainless steel and its crown take their shape from the elegant exterior curves of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Its superb eggshell-coloured and grained dial is inspired by the impressive glass dome that crowns the monument.
Produced in a limited edition of just 500 pieces, this unique timepiece is fitted with an exceptional COSC-certified automatic movement: the Caliber 80 Si, which gives it a power reserve of up to 80 hours, and whose impeccable accuracy is ensured by a silicon balance-spring.
In August 2016, Mido launched the #BeInspiredByArchitecture interactive campaign, a 12-week round-the-world trip to discover 12 cities and visit 60 iconic monuments in order to single out the monument that would inspire the design of its new timepiece. This extraordinary operation inspired over 100,000 participants worldwide, Mido fans and architecture enthusiasts alike. Ultimately it was New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, designed by the great American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, that won the favour of both the general public and Mido.
The profile of the Inspired By Architecture Limited Edition’s round case in satin-finished and polished stainless steel and its crown, with its rubber insert, take their shape from the museum’s elegant exterior curves. Its superb eggshell-coloured and grained dial is inspired by the impressive glass dome that crowns the monument. It is also protected by a domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides.
Long satin-finished and polished indexes mark each of the 12 hours while an aperture at 3 o’clock indicates the date. The diamond-cut hands feature green Super-LumiNova® for easy readability at night. In a subtle detail that is only discovered on attentive examination of the timepiece, Mido’s slogan “Inspired by Architecture” is engraved on the flange of the case. Its 40 mm diameter ensures that the Inspired By Architecture Limited Edition will appeal to both men and women.
But the Inspired By Architecture Limited Edition does not just have a unique, resolutely contemporary design. It also incorporates the Caliber 80 Si, an exceptional automatic movement at the cutting edge of watchmaking innovation. This chronometer-certified movement is fitted with a silicon balance-spring, an essential component in luxury watchmaking.
In addition to its anti-magnetic properties, this component offers greater long-term accuracy than a standard balance-spring, and better shock-resistance. The Caliber 80, Mido’s flagship movement, also gives it exceptional autonomy, with up to 80 hours of power reserve. Thanks to the transparent case back, enthusiasts of fine watchmaking mechanics can admire the finely decorated movement featuring blued screws and an oscillating weight adorned with Geneva stripes and the Mido logo.
The Inspired By Architecture Limited Edition is fitted with a smooth black genuine calfskin strap, integrated into the case, with a stainless steel pin buckle. This timepiece is water-resistant up to a pressure of 5 bars (50 m / 165 ft).
A special presentation box houses the timepiece, which is produced in a limited edition of just 500 pieces. This exceptional model will be officially launched in New York on 26 October at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Model: Inspired by Architecture Limited Edition (Ref. M034.408.16.261.00)
Automatic Mido Caliber 80 Si (ETA C07.811 base), COSC-certified chronometer, 11½’’’, Ø25.60 mm, height: 5.22 mm, 25 jewels, 21,600 vph, ELINFLEX mainspring, silicon balance-spring, decorative disc with transferred Si logo on the balance bridge. Finely decorated chronometer movement with blued screws, oscillating weight decorated with Geneva stripes and Mido logo. Functions: HMSD. Adjusted on 5 different positions for high accuracy. Up to 80 hours of power reserve.
Satin-finished and polished 316L stainless steel, Ø40 mm, 3 pieces, domed sapphire crystal with antireflective treatment on both sides, flange with “INSPIRED BY ARCHITECTURE” engraving, crown with black rubber insert, screwed transparent case back revealing the finely decorated chronometer movement, Limited Edition XXX/500 and serial number engraved on the case back, water-resistant up to a pressure of 5 bars (50 m / 165 ft).
Smooth black genuine calfskin, integrated into the case, 316L stainless steel pin buckle.
Eggshell-coloured, grained, applied satin-finished and polished indexes, date at 3 o’clock.
Faceted diamond-cut hour and minute hands, flat diamond-cut seconds hand, green Super-LumiNova® for easy readability at night.