Mido has a storied history, with the brand now dated to be 104 years old since its founding in 1918. In 2018, Mido commemorated its centenarian milestone by continuously preserving timeless design, quality materials and technical innovation, values that have been set out by founder Georges Schaeren, and that have been an essential part of Mido’s DNA.
The brand shares these essential values with some iconic architectural glories from which it draws inspiration for its collections. Cutting‑edge technology, automatic movements renowned for their excellence and high-quality materials are the three pillars on which Mido's unique expertise rests.
Yet, Mido’s association with architecture isn’t just mere inspiration, but stems from an established partnership. The Swiss watch brand works hand in hand with the International Union of Architects (UIA), a global network of architecture professionals.
In marking 20 years of their unique alliance, Mido commemorates this by releasing exclusive models from its flagship collections. In the Multifort collection, the Skeleton Vertigo introduces a new interpretation, taking inspiration from the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The Multifort and the Harbour Bridge share heritage beginnings, as both made its first appearance in the 1930s. On the timepiece, its clean lines and faceted features recall the grand architecture of the Bridge, but the robustness and exceptional longevity of this collection, which has been in production for over 85 years, also define the Multifort as a creation that has stood the test of time.
The skeletonised dial of the Skeleton Vertigo shows off the Caliber 80 movement that’s framed by a minute track and surrounding anthracite dial with faceted indices indicating the hours. One would immediately notice the vertical Geneva stripes finish on the anthracite plates, a pattern that recalls the suspension cables on the Bridge.
This finish follows the exposed movement plate of the Caliber 80. As the name tells, it is capable of providing a power reserve for up to 80 hours, ensuring uninterrupted, accurate timing. The time-only display includes running seconds indicated by a flat diamond-cut seconds hand.
Housed in a 42 mm diameter stainless steel case, it is water-resistant up to a pressure of 100m (10 bar/330 ft) complete with a screwed case back and crown. The monochromatic look is finished in a matching strap with a folding clasp, both in satin-finished steel.
The Multifort Skeleton Vertigo comes in four versions: in a full steel ensemble with two dial options in either anthracite or rhodium; in rose gold-coloured PVD treatment on steel on a brown leather strap; and a version with black PVD coating on a fabric strap with contrast orange stitching.
Explore the Multifort Skeleton Vertigo here.