Most tales about Swiss watchmaking start from up excessive. No surprises there given the significance of the Swiss Jura as one of many hotbeds of this exercise, traditionally and proper now. Le Locle, for instance, is 945m above sea degree, and there’s actually no Swiss manufacture based mostly at something like sea degree, because of the quirk of Swiss geography. This and different native peculiarities typically seep into the lore of the varied manufacturers, of their advertising and marketing if not within the watches themselves. Sure, the watches too as a result of the women and men who work on them continuously have a view of the snowy peaks from their workbenches. Searching one’s window in a Swiss manufacture is a pleasure anybody right here in Singapore will envy. However as we speak, we aren’t right here to study concerning the majesty of the Swiss outdoor, though we will probably be outdoor and possibly tens of metres above the bottom.
You would possibly assume that being 90 ft, or 27 metres (roughly), above floor will not be notably spectacular however all the things is relative. That is very true when you’re standing on a platform, absolutely intent on diving into the river Seine under. Such was the scene on the Crimson Bull Mido Cliff Diving World Collection in Paris, which we attended on the beneficiant invitation of Swiss watchmaker Mido. Paris is definitely a metropolis with its fair proportion of sights, however there’s not a cliff amongst them, so we had been inquisitive about how the cliff diving competitors was to be staged. Certainly the organisers weren’t loopy sufficient to construct a platform proper subsequent to the Eiffel Tower, for instance…
Earlier than we get to that, the Crimson Bull Cliff Diving World Collection has made a reputation for itself with spectacular and surprising areas previously. We have now interviewed Mido CEO Franz Linder on the Bilbao leg of the competitors in 2019, for instance; Mido has been the Official Efficiency Accomplice of the Crimson Bull Cliff Diving World Collection since that 12 months, and the competitors itself has been working since 2009. The concept is fairly easy: terribly gifted and brave athletes dive off a platform outdoor that’s as much as 27m excessive, with solely their expertise to maintain them protected. Within the case of the Paris leg of the collection this 12 months, that platform was erected on the banks of the Seine, reverse the Eiffel Tower.
“This 12 months we’re very lucky as a result of two of the areas on the competitors calendar are literally linked to structure (the Paris and Sydney legs). This isn’t our affect as a result of the organisers determine the areas,” mentioned Linder, after we had toured the platform the place the divers could be doing their factor later that night. Because it occurs, there are all kinds of fantastic hyperlinks to discover right here.
Mido has been related to structure for 20 years, giving us a particular hyperlink between Singapore and the model. The Artwork Science Museum right here is certainly one of a number of icons associated to a particular Mido watch. We will have extra to say on this later, however for now, the Ocean Star assortment has an architectural inspiration too, however that’s truly a distinct watch throughout the similar assortment. It’s certainly one of 5 particular watches honouring the aforementioned twentieth anniversary. The reliability of the Ocean Star is a touchstone shared with the architectural hyperlink right here, the Europa Level Lighthouse that watches over the doorway and exit to the Mediterranean; there’s a watch household impressed by the Eiffel Tower, the Commander, however that may be a completely different story — as Linder famous, Mido doesn’t anticipate the diving competitors’s areas to match up with its personal thematic flavours. In fact, we sit up for the day that the cliff diving competitors involves Marina Bay Sands so we will reference the Rainflower assortment. In any case, the watch of the hour for this story is the Ocean Star 600 DLC, our ideas on that are elsewhere on this article.
“The Ocean Star has existed since 1944, however after we had been making ready (a brand new chapter) for the watch, we got here throughout cliff diving (and the World Collection competitors),” mentioned Linder. “We had been searching for a theme to attach with, and right here there are such a lot of shared values — you want to be hyper-precise in diving; there’s a really sturdy efficiency ingredient; the areas are sometimes city and that’s essential for the hyperlink to structure; and final however not least, it’s concerning the water. These are distinctive athletes who’re engaged in a harmful sport and so they should be exact (to keep away from damage and obtain the perfect outcomes).”
Mido Ocean Star 600 Chronometer Black DLC Particular Version
Mido has a novel method to the thought of a dive watch, because of its affiliation with Crimson Bull Cliff Diving. Beginning a dive tens of metres above sea degree adjustments the dynamics of a watch just like the Ocean Star 600, which we found up shut on the Paris leg of the worldwide cliff diving competitors. Completely blacked out because of a DLC coating, the Ocean Star 600 is however fully legible at the hours of darkness due to the grade X SuperLuminova on the hour markers, fingers and technical ceramic bezel. Whether or not you’re watching the motion within the shade on the banks of the Seine, or considering the plunge on the platform with the magnificent Eiffel Tower to your proper, the watch makes for a comforting presence, reassuring you with its superlative water resistance of 600m and the strong construction of the 43.5mm metal case.
Behind the lacquered black dial, the COSC-certified calibre 80 Si gives equally strong backing, with as much as 80 hours of energy reserve and superior silicon stability spring (as indicated by the Si a part of the identify). That is after all a model of the Swatch Group developed ETA C07.82 base, which explains how Mido manages to supply such a powerful technical chronometer at simply S$2,700 (for the particular version with bracelet and extra strap). This worth proposition has distinguished Mido within the twenty first century, whereas different manufacturers concentrate on climbing up the worth chain by growing costs. The Ocean Star additionally presents one different fascinating ingredient, far faraway from excessive sports activities, that builds a hyperlink between our location on the Eiffel Tower and the inspiration behind the watch. You may examine this in the principle part of this story.
Lastly, a few of you could be pondering that the gloss bits right here have to be magnets for fingerprints. The DLC coating takes care of that, with the official specs calling the watch fingerprint-proof. Nicely, the DLC handled components anyway. Our personal examination, temporary although it was, confirms the veracity of the declare.
This view of precision speaks properly to Mido’s status for providing chronometer-certified (by COSC) timepieces on the most accessible degree. It additionally communicates the necessity to monitor time in a number of time zones, which is precisely what the particular reveal of this occasion is: the Ocean Star GMT Particular Version. The Ocean Star has had the GMT mannequin within the assortment since 2020, and this model provides a brand new blue dial variant that comes with a further NATO strap. It’s now the one model of the GMT mannequin with each a stainless-steel bracelet and extra cloth strap, which could be very useful if you want the watch to wrap comfortably round your wrist, or share it with a companion.
To wrap up the Crimson Bull Cliff Diving World Collection expertise, we watched the motion unfold from a barge throughout the way in which on the Seine. The extent of public engagement on that blistering summer season day was superb, and it was considerably unbelievable that the 24 women and men competing on this leg of the World Collection had been truly in a position to dive into the river. The sector included Alessandro de Rose and Jonathan Paredes, buddies and ambassadors of Mido. In a while, we bought the possibility to mingle with them on the gala dinner, which introduced collectively Mido executives from world wide, in addition to journalists. The dinner, held on a Bateaux-Mouches riverboat, was additionally a showcase for your complete Ocean Star vary, and was the debutante ball for the GMT and 600 DLC fashions.
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