At the upcoming Baselworld 2017 the Swiss watchmaker Mido will introduce several novelties, including the new Baroncelli Heritage watches. Designed as a couple, for him and her, these two timepieces continue one of the brand’s most beloved traditions – the creation of paired models. With these watches featuring refined and balanced lines, the Swiss brand wanted to pay tribute to classic watchmaking codes. Minimalistic, yet elegant, the new Mido Baroncelli Heritage models will surely appeal to any couple wishing to celebrate their union with two classic, timeless timepieces. The Le Locle based brand has not yet revealed the prices of new watches, but judging by the pricing of previous Baroncelli Heritage models, they are likely to be between $1,000 and $1,500.
The new Baroncelli Heritage models are characterized by their lightness and remarkably pure lines. Featuring remarkable slimness, the latest Mido creations are one lightest and thinnest watches on the market. The design of the watches takes inspiration from refined, rounded forms of one Milan’s most iconic buildings – the historic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Built by Giuseppe Mengoni between 1865 and 1877, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the world’s oldest shopping malls. The building features two glass-vaulted arcades intersecting in an octagon covering the area connecting Piazza del Duomo to Piazza della Scala. The central octagonal area is covered with a glass dome. With its, for the time, innovative design, the Milanese Galleria was a crucial step in the development of modern glazed and enclosed shopping malls. This prestigious landmark has also inspired the use of the word galleria for numerous shopping malls and arcades.
Now let’s get back to the watches themselves. The new Mido Baroncelli Heritage models have round two-tone polished steel cases with rose PVD treatment. The case of the gentlemen’s version is 39mm wide while the ladies’ model features a smaller diameter of 33mm. Water resistant to 30 meters, they both feature transparent sapphire crystal case backs engraved with serial numbers. Both Mido Baroncelli Heritage watches have the same grained white dial. The dial is pretty simple and straightforward, displaying only hours, minutes, seconds and date at 3 o’clock. Positioned at 6 o’clock is the Baroncelli Heritage logo. The hour and minutes hands are double sided, with one side sandblasted and the other diamond-cut. The seconds hand, meanwhile, is diamond-cut.
Powering the new Baroncelli Heritage watches is the Calibre Mido 1192 with 21 jewels. Based on ETA 2892A2, the self-winding movement beats at a frequency of 28,800 and enables a power reserve of minimum 42 hours. Visible through the transparent sapphire caseback, the automatic movement features remarkable finishes including blued screws and oscillating weight decorated with Geneva stripes and Mido logo. Completing the new Mido Baroncelli Heritage models we have the elegant two-tone stainless steel with rose PVD treatment bracelet. Secured with a stainless steel folding clasp, the bracelet fits the contours of the wrist perfectly and highlights the brilliance of the Baroncelli Heritage.