The Mido Multifort Powerwind Chronometer is a return to the golden age of watchmaking

With over a century of history behind them, Mido watches remain some of the best in the business thanks to their timeless design, precise movements and affordable price. For the latest release from the Le Locle-based brand, the Mido Multifort Powerwind Chronometer takes a step back in time and draws inspiration from the mid-1950s, offering a value-packed everyday watch that gets the details right.

The specific source of inspiration for the Multifort Powerwind Chronometer is a watch collection launched in 1954, which was named after the Mido “Powerwind” collection of movements within. Powerwind movements were a breakthrough at the time, as simply designed self-winding calibers that contained just seven components instead of the standard 16-component alternatives, making them easier to maintain, more durable, and more accurate.

The Mido Multifort Powerwind Chronometer is a return to the golden age of watchmaking

While the Powerwind has been dormant for a few decades, the team at Mido faithfully interpreted the original design for the present day, reaching deep into the brand’s archives to deliver a watch that toes the line between past and present. While slightly larger than modestly proportioned examples in history, it still manages to capture the spirit of the original design, with triangular hour markets, alpha-shaped hands, and a heritage-inspired rice pearl bracelet.



Mido Multifort Powerwind Stopwatch

The Mido Multifort Powerwind Chronometer features a 40mm stainless steel case, which is just 11.95mm thick and immediately catches the eye thanks to its cleanly tapered lugs. The three-piece case construction also stands out thanks to the combination of vertically brushed and mirror-polished surfaces, which create a set of crisp case lines.

In a nod to the heritage of the Powerwind, the dial is protected by a ‘case glass’ sapphire crystal that is a more robust and legible interpretation of the original mineral glass or acrylic examples of the past. On the back, the case is secured by a solid steel caseback which helps ensure the watch is water resistant to 50m and also displays the watch’s limited edition number.

Mido Multifort Powerwind Stopwatch

While there’s a lot to love about this watch, the crown jewel has to be the stunning navy blue sunray dial, which gets an injection of warmth thanks to rose gold-tone hour markers and hands. The dial has been kept fairly clean, with the vintage Mido logo and the same “Multifort” and “Powerwind” text as the historic watches. The only other feature on the dial is a handy day and date aperture with a white background, making it easy to read.

Another extremely attractive element of the Mido Multifort Powerwind Chronometer is the stainless steel rice pearl bracelet. If you’ve ever worn a watch band with this design, you’ll know how comfortable they are on the wrist, while also looking great thanks to the polished center links and satin brushed outer links. The bracelet is secured by a folding clasp that opens using a double push-button mechanism.

Mido Multifort Powerwind Stopwatch

The exterior and design of the watch have a lot going for it, but the movement inside is just as impressive. As the original Powerwind watches were celebrated for their precision and robustness, Mido has equipped this modern reference with a COSC-certified chronometer caliber (the ETA 2836-2 to be specific), guaranteeing an accuracy range of -4/+6 seconds. per day. .

Mido Multifort Powerwind Stopwatch

As well as being more precise thanks to the fine adjustment of the movement, it has also been finely finished below the case back with Côte de Genève stripes and blued screws. With a speed of 28,800 vph, it offers 38 hours of power reserve.

All in all, the Mido Multifort Powerwind Chronometer is a great package, from the articulately executed vintage inspiration on the dial and case to the comfortable bracelet and quality movement. If you are looking for a watch to wear every day, or even as a watch for more formal occasions, the new Multifort Powerwind Chronometer is an eye-catching piece that is sure to set the tone for decades to come.



Coming to the price, we find another pleasant surprise. When you consider the quality of the case and bracelet, as well as the high-quality movement, an RRP of $1,925 is quite attractive. The Mido Multifort Powerwind Chronometer is a limited edition of 1,954 pieces and is currently available.

The Mido Multifort Powerwind Chronometer is a return to the golden age of watchmaking
The Mido Multifort Powerwind Chronometer is a return to the golden age of watchmaking
The Mido Multifort Powerwind Chronometer is a return to the golden age of watchmaking
The Mido Multifort Powerwind Chronometer is a return to the golden age of watchmaking
The Mido Multifort Powerwind Chronometer is a return to the golden age of watchmaking

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