A retro look powered by the best of modern mechanical technology: Mido presents the Multifort Patrimony Chronograph. In homage to fine watchmaking, its aesthetics reinterpret one of the brand’s oldest and most iconic chronograph models: the Multifort Multichrono from 1937. To appeal to keen connoisseurs, this watch instrument combines rose-gold-coloured PVD on the case with deep blue on the domed dial under the ‘glassbox’ sapphire crystal. A tachymeter scale and large push buttons serve as an invitation to become a master of time. At the heart of the chronograph, the Caliber 60 offers a power reserve of up to 60 hours.
The elegance of the past
In deep blue enhanced with touches of rose-gold-coloured PVD, the Mido Multifort Patrimony Chronograph adopts nostalgic and highly functional aesthetics, just like the horological instruments of old. The model presents multiple nods to the past, with its ‘glassbox’ sapphire crystal over the dial and retro-shaped hands in the same shade of rose gold as the case. The finely sunray-brushed dial features a white Arabic numeral hour circle, a tachymeter scale around the edge, small snailed chronograph counters at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock, and a date aperture at 6 o’clock. With its rose-gold-coloured PVD treatment, the stainless steel case of the Multifort Patrimony Chronograph subtly alternates polished and satin-finished surfaces. Its mushroom-shaped push buttons add to its charm as a timekeeping instrument.
…with the mechanism of the present
The Mido Multifort Patrimony Chronograph is powered by the Caliber 60. The transparent case back reveals a glimpse of its blued screws and the Geneva stripes and Mido logo on the oscillating weight. It offers an excellent power reserve of up to 60 hours. As elegant as it is suited to all occasions, the Multifort Patrimony Chronograph is water-resistant up to a pressure of 5 bar (50 m/165 ft).
A crocodile-look brown cow leather strap, with a polished pin buckle enhanced with rose-gold-coloured PVD, completes the Mido Multifort Patrimony Chronograph. On the buckle and the dial, the vintage Mido logo pays homage to the brand’s historical timepieces.
As it is a delight to give in to the fascinating elegance of the past elevated by contemporary technology, Mido took inspiration from its rich know-how to create the Multifort Patrimony Chronograph.
Mido history – Mido Multichrono
The chronograph, which measures time down to its smallest fractions, is an essential part of modern life. But only the MIDO-MULTICHRONO chronograph, thanks to its protected mechanism, can provide full functionality under all conditions.
Who needs a water-resistant chronograph?
Anyone who, in their profession, needs to know the correct time, and who is in frequent contact with water or moisture, i.e. doctors, surgeons, chemists, engineers and photographers.
Technicians and foremen need the protected chronograph for supervisory purposes, and to make the necessary worker or machine force calculations.
For athletes of all categories, as well as referees, who are exposed to all weathers, the Mido-Multichrono chronograph is a must.
The Mido-Multichrono is also highly advisable for soldiers, aviators and drivers, because they do not need to apply the same care as with an ordinary watch.
The Mido-Multichrono is available with 4 different dials:
- Counter chronograph dial. The large central hand indicates fifths of a second. The small right-hand dial indicates the observation time in minutes. This kind of dial is recommended for athletes, technicians, photographers, etc.
- Pulsometer. After counting 30 beats, stop the chronograph. The large hand will indicate the number of beats per minute on the outer ring.
- Tachometer (inner ring). For a distance of one kilometre, the reading is taken on all three rings, with one minute per ring, starting with the outermost ring. The numerals on the ring indicate the speed in kilometres per hour. For an observation of less than one minute, the speed is read on the outer ring; during the second minute on the middle ring, and during the third minute on the inner ring. If the speed is less than 20 kilometres per hour, and if the observation time is more than three minutes, you need to divide the number 3600 (number of seconds in an hour) by the result obtained. The result indicates the speed in km/h.
- Telemeter. The outer division is based on the speed of sound. It can be used for determining firing ranges. Start the chronograph when you can see the weapon being discharged (fire or smoke from the barrel), and stop it as soon as you hear the firing noise. The telemeter is useful above all for the army and navy.
All Mido-Multichrono chronographs are supplied with two push-buttons, enabling you to stop the chronograph, and pause timing, without the hands being reset. So timing can then be easily resumed, with the stoppage time automatically deducted.
The first water-resistant chronograph
Technical performance with a wide practical scope
The Mido-Multichrono is completely antimagnetic. Magnetic fields such as those which can occur in the vicinity of motors, phone lines, radios, etc., have no effect on its rate.
The most delicate part of a watch, and at the same time the most important and expensive, is the balance staff. In the Mido-Multichrono, this sensitivity has been reduced to that of the watch’s other parts, thanks to a special spring device; this protection system is the best one currently in existence.
The Mido-Multichrono has a corrosion-proof case; even in frequent contact with water or heavy perspiration, it maintains its as-new appearance.
The Mido-Multichrono movement, as well as its chronograph mechanism, are designed according to the most recent principles of modern watchmaking science. The manufacturing methods employed are rational and precise. The rate reliability is much greater since the movement has hermetic protection not only against water, but also against dust and any other substances that could affect the rate. Furthermore, the oil keeps much better in the leaktight cases.
When a transatlantic giant breaks the crossing time record, or when we see ever safer aeroplanes and motor vehicles gracing the skies and roads, we rightly admire these feats of modern technology. However, there are other kinds of progress, which without having similar repercussions, nonetheless have a considerable effect on everyday life. Among these, we can include the first water-resistant chronograph, the Mido-Multichrono.
Making a case water-resistant is almost as difficult as making it gastight, since water can penetrate via cracks of less than 0.001 mm. After years of research, the Mido factory in Biel, which specialises in water-resistant watches, has managed in collaboration with its official case assembler, to create hermetically sealable watch cases, even if the movement has direct contact with the outside at three points: two chronograph push-buttons and the winding stem.
Mido Multifort Patrimony Chronograph Technical Specifications and Price
- Mido automatic Caliber 60 (ETA A05.H31 base)
- 13¼ ’’’, Ø30.00 mm, thickness: 7.90 mm
- 27 jewels
- 28,800 vph
- Finely decorated Elaboré-grade movement with blued screws
- Oscillating weight decorated with Geneva stripes and the Mido logo
- Functions: HMsD + chronograph (60s central seconds, small 30-min counter at 3 o’clock)
- Adjusted on 3 different positions for high accuracy
- Up to 60 hours of power reserve
- Polished and satin-finished stainless steel with rose gold PVD treatment
- Ø42 mm
- 3 pieces
- box sapphire crystal and screwed case back
- finely decorated Elaboré-grade movement visible through the transparent case back
- engraved serial number
- water-resistant up to a pressure of 5 bar (50 m / 165 ft)
- Domed, in blue, finely sunray-brushed, with Arabic numeral hour circle, and tachymeter scale around the edge
- Small snailed counters at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock
- Date aperture at 6 o’clock
- Faceted diamond-cut hour and minute hands with white Super-LumiNova®, flat diamond-cut seconds and small counter hands
- Rolled edges, in brown crocodile-look genuine cow leather
- Polished stainless steel pin buckle with rose-gold-coloured PVD treatment
- CHF1,990.00 / 1.950 €