June 10, 2019
In the spirit of vintage-inspired timepieces, the brand Mido held no punches with its release of the Mido Multifort Patrimony, available in three versions: with a sunburst blue dial, a sunburst gray dial, and a black sunburst dial and bronze PVD coating. These watches feature pulsometer scales on the perimeter of the dials, syringe hands, and very classic text printed on the dial. Mido used Arabic numerals at the quarter-hour marks, as well as a nicely balanced date above the 6 o’clock marker. Both the syringe hands and the dial printing features Super-LumiNova, which should make for high visibility in the dark. The case itself is in classic steel with nicely twisted lugs and measuring 40mm in diameter and boasting 5ATM water resistance. The dial is domed in addition to the satin sunburst, giving it an excellent depth and contrast with the markers. The Patrimony collection also features the Mido Caliber 80 (ETA C07.621 base) automatic movement that has an impressive 80-hour power reserve. The movement is decorated with Genève stripes and features Mido’s logo on the rotor. Mido states that these movements are adjusted to three positions for accuracy.
The Mido Patrimony Collection scratches a real dress-watch itch for me. It has very classic design elements that have been modernized by movement inside. There is one thing I find peculiar, however,, which is the pulsometer scale. This watch isn’t a chronograph, so assuming you’d actually use a pulsometer (for what I don’t know) you’d need to stand there waiting for the seconds hand to hit 12 — god forbid you were to miss it. Apart from that, I love the sunburst dial options, blue being my favorite, and syringe hands have always attracted me. These ETA-based 80-hour power reserve movements such significant developments in this tier of watches, and I couldn’t be happier to see Mido using them. Mido has even started using COSC- certified variants of them in, for example, watches like the Mido Multifort Chronometer.
The Mido Multifort Patrimony Watches will be available in three different dial colors, two of which are in polished steel cases for $890 and one thst will be available in a PVD-coated steel case for $1000. I think these watches will fill a slot in someone’s collection who wants a dress piece, but something that they could also wear daily if they’re feeling especially fancy. Mido made some interesting design decision with the inclusion of the pulsometer scale that puzzles me a bit, but in a vintage-inspired piece, I suppose there’s some justification for it. I will be interested to see if Mido continues to expand this particular collection with some new variants. In the meantime, for additional information, head on over to midowatches.com.