A mélange of the old world and the new can be tricky to pull off, often treading a fine line that results in great disappointment if not executed properly. And it goes without saying that there are very few who actually get the balance right.
Last year, Mido flexed their creative muscles not only to show off their considerable skills in the art of watchmaking, but also to bring classic de-signs up to date with aplomb. In November 2015, they released another example that, arguably, gave greater manufactures a master class in how timeless simplicity with a dash of modernity is done. Meet the Belluna Heures & Minutes Décentrées that cleverly uses London’s Royal Albert Hall’s neo-Palladium-style rotondo as its inspiration.
The watch has a large silver grained face that accommodates two off-centred dials: the sunray satinated counter at 10 o’clock tells the hour and the minutes with silver hour indexes and hands, while its snailed equivalent at four o’clock indi-cates the seconds with transferred Arabic numeral markers.
The date can be read off a pointer from a scrolling window at seven o’clock. The minimalist aesthetics are framed with a 40MM brushed polished stainless steel case, within which beats a reliable and robust automatic mechanical move-ment from ETA with a decorated rotor.
If you have a watch wish list, the Belluna Heures & Minutes Décentrées is a worthy candidate for it, as it has the versatility to see you through every occasion—admiring glances all round guaranteed.
First published in Esquire Singapore's January 2016 issue.