In Jackson Harbour, Sydney, Australia, there is a magnificent bridge, known as the world’s first single-hole arch bridge, and the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a representative of early Sydney. It looks like a Changhong across the bay and faces the world-famous Sydney Opera House across the sea, becoming a symbol of Sydney.
Designed in 1857 and completed in 1932, it is 502.9 meters long and 48.8 meters wide, with 8 lanes, 2 railroad tracks, 1 bicycle lane, and 1 sidewalk. It is an important bridge connecting the north and south sides of the Jackson Harbour, and it is also a great place to take panoramic views of the port.
Two years after the bridge’s passage, in 1935, the famous Swiss watchmaker brand Mido’s Helmsman series was officially launched. After a hundred years of baptism, the Sydney Harbour Bridge has become more vibrant. The Mido helmsman series watches have launched another watch worthy of collection for watch lovers all over the world, and have continued to write and achieve another period of time legend belonging to the Swiss Mido watch.
The helmsman series is the first watch series that combines the four functions of automatic winding, waterproof, antimagnetic and shockproof. It has been synonymous with high quality and rigor since the advent of Mido. With its excellent performance and strong adaptability to a variety of harsh environments, the Helmsman series was then widely used in the military, becoming a loyal companion for soldiers during World War II.
In recent years, designers have taken inspiration from the classic design of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the all-steel structure to inject new design elements into the watch. While having a reliable watch function, it is more relevant to the exterior of the Harbour Bridge. Magnificent silhouette and connotation blend. The large dial is full of fortitude and strength, and the vertical Geneva ripples on the dial are just like the steel pillars on the bridge supporting the entire structure. Dot-shaped scales are like solid rivets that link steel bars.
Mido’s helmsman series is a relatively popular series in China. The young men who are mostly in the consumer group need a watch of their own when they first enter the workplace or work, and they are professional and can wear it in daily life. And Mido’s helmsman series is very suitable for this group in terms of appearance, price, and brand awareness.
This helmsman series ‘White Rudder’ (M005.430.11.031.00) watch is one that attracts more attention, and there are also many watch friends in the forum of the watch home. Its appearance is absolutely beautiful, the 42mm 316L stainless steel case, the cut surface and other fine workmanship, polished in place. 316L stainless steel is a type of stainless steel containing molybdenum, which has good gloss and beautiful appearance. Because of its molybdenum, it has corrosion resistance, high temperature resistance and creep resistance. It is not only beautiful but also durable.
The sapphire mirror treated by the glare layer sharpens the dial. The white dial integrates the design elements of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, such as vertical steel corrugated dials like steel pillars, rivet-shaped black dot markers, and the contrast of black and white makes people feel very bright. At 3 o’clock, the day of the week and the calendar display window are clear and clear.
Its movement is ETA Cal. 2836-2, which is derived from ETA Cal. 2824-2, such as Thunderbolt, and the day display function is added to it. The size of the movement has not changed at all, it is still 4.6 mm thick and 25.6 mm in diameter, providing a power reserve of about 40 hours. The movement with a long history, which has gone through half a century, is the best proof of its accuracy and stability.
There is also the popular gray dial ‘Grey Rudder’ (M005.430.11.061.00), the dial has been changed from white to gray with low-key quality. There are also gold-plated case models and leather strap models. And a chronograph based on the ETA Cal. 7750 movement.
At this year’s Basel International Horological Fair, Mido Helmsman launched its Helmsman Observatory-certified ultra-long power reserve watch (M005.431.36.031.00). The exterior adopts the classic design of the early Helmsman series watches and incorporates the design elements of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The most exciting is its Caliber 80 powerful movement, based on ETA Cal. C07.621, providing a power reserve of up to 80 hours, which is twice the previous movement. The movement has a diameter of 25.6 mm and a thickness of 5.22 mm. The movement is decorated with the very popular blue steel screws, the oscillating weight is carved with the Geneva ripple and the MIDO logo. The vibration frequency is 3Hz (21,600 swings / hour), which is adjusted in five directions. And this movement has been officially certified by COSC (Swiss Observatory).
This M005.431.36.031.00 watch is the first model of the helmsman series to be equipped with Caliber 80 movement. The 42mm case is made of 316L stainless steel PVD-plated rose gold case. It would be too expensive. Unchanged white vertical Geneva wave dial, the hour markers of the dots have become triangular rivets, and the sense of architecture is stronger. At 3 o’clock, the day of the week calendar display window, the combination of rose gold and white, is also clear and clear.
If the Mido helmsman series of men’s watches incorporating the design elements of the Sydney Harbour Bridge is full of perseverance and strength, the women’s model adds softness and delicateness to the strong style. Available in 31 mm and 38 mm diameters. A new style was also introduced at this year’s Basel International Watch Fair. The carefully decorated white mother-of-pearl dial is pure and gentle, and the polished stainless steel 31 mm case showcases the strong and independent character of modern women. Interpretation of women’s multi-faceted charm. Equipped with ETA Cal.2671 mechanical movement, tested for accuracy in three directions, providing more than 38 hours of power reserve.
Summary: In the past 100 years, Mido’s helmsman series has continued to introduce new fusion and new elements. After integrating the design elements of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the appearance is more extraordinary and flexible, and it wants to match its solid and reliable quality , Becoming one of Mido’s most popular series.
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