Limited Edition of 500 Pieces
The Big Ben Limited Edition was inspired by the slender silhouette of London’s famous four-dial clock tower. From the case and bracelet to the dial and movement, this unique piece makes numerous references to the neo-Gothic architecture of this iconic monument.
This watch is the result of the Mido Watch Design Contest, a watchmaking challenge that was won by Neuchâtel-based designer Sébastien Perret.
Launched at the 2015 Baselworld World Watch and Jewellery Show, this competition united three prestigious designers: Eric Giroud, Lorenzo Vallone and Sébastien Perret. They were invited by the brand to create a new timepiece inspired by Elizabeth Tower, the clock tower overlooking the Palace of Westminster.
Following a vote that recorded the opinions of almost 100,000 participants and a panel of judges comprised of Esa Mohamed, President of the International Union of Architects, and Franz Linder, President of Mido designer Sébastien Perret was announced as the winner of this watchmaking challenge.
The case, in stainless steel rose gold PVD, measures 42mm. It has double AR-coated sapphire crystals and it is water resistant to 100 meters.
Movement is the Swiss automatic Mido caliber 80 (base ETA C07.621) with 25 jewels, 21,600 vph and a power reserve of 80 hours. It features a Nivaflex mainspring, and Elinchron II balance-spring, and blued screws. The rotor is decorated with patterns from the Big Ben dial and Mido logo. It is adjusted to 5 positions and is chronometer-certified by COSC.
The dial is silver opaline, with sunray satin-finished center, applied satin-finished black indeces with sandblasted groove and partially adorned with white SuperLuminova, day and date at 3 o’clock. Black skeleton faceted hour and minute hands with white SuperLuminova, faceted diamond-cut seconds hand.
It comes on a steel rose gold PVD bracelet. This limited edition is presented in a special case, also designed by Sébastien Perret.