While Mido’s Multifort line of modern and stylish watches has been a long-standing part of their collection, the new Multifort Chronometer offers an evolution above that of the brand’s standard automatic. Featuring an upgraded movement, the Multifort Chronometer is the first Mido watch to use the Caliber 80 Si, a COSC-certified automatic calibre that also features an 80-hour power reserve and some other notable enhancements over the standard equipment from ETA or Sellita. Given the everyday-ready style and value proposed by the Multifort, this upgrade to the Chronometer movement is a smart one that maintains general practicality and adds some nerdy enthusiast credibility.
The new Multifort Chronometer is available in a handful of versions, all of which use a 42mm case that is 11.8mm thick with an anti-reflective sapphire crystal up front and a display case back on the flip side. Dial options include black, a white-silver, or a full black with off-white accents, and you can have the case in two-tone (rose gold coloring), steel, or a satin PVD black finish. The dials are wide, with a day and date display at three and the vertical banding common to the Multifort design.
While I rather dig the look of the black/black model (and its fully black day/date window treatment), the style is really nothing new and the main story here is the inclusion of the Caliber 80 Si movement. Based on ETA’s C07.821 movement, this current generation caliber has a lot to offer at this price point (thanks to the family connection between Swatch, ETA, and Mido). Ticking at 4 Hz, the Caliber 80 Si has the aforementioned 80-hour power reserve along with a silicon balance-spring, an ELINFLEX mainspring, upgraded finishing, and that COSC certification.
Starting around $1,250 depending on the version and your choice of strap or bracelet, the Mido Multifort Chronometer has a lot to offer anyone who digs the look and cares about the specifics of the movements they wear. With a solid power reserve, some additional protection from magnetism via silicone, and the assurance of COSC performance, the new Multifort Chronometer is only about $250 more than a standard Multifort Automatic and offers a strong value for the caliber-minded among us.
Model: Multifort Chronometer
Case Material: Steel
Dial Color: Black or Silver
Lume: Yes, indexes and hands
Water Resistance: 100m
Strap/Bracelet: leather, textile, or bracelet
Caliber: Mido Caliber 80 Si (ETA C07.821 base)
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, day, date
Power Reserve: ~80 hours
Frequency: 21,600 vph
Chronometer Certified: Yes, COSC
Additional Details: ELINFLEX mainspring and silicon balance-spring.
Pricing & Availability
Price: $1,250 (leather), $1,290 (steel bracelet), $1,440 (two tone with gold plating)
Availability: Fall 2018
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