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THE TIME Sailing Proud HYT X Alinghi, Act 3 WORDS BY MUNA NOOR IF YOU HAVE A LOVE of the wind in your hair, the sun on your skin and enough loose change to buy a boat (not charter one), then you’ll want a timepiece that showcases your attraction for the seas. The third watch to come from its partnership with the yacht racing team, the H1 Alinghi is as technically advanced as it is rare, with only 20 pieces produced. “We visited the shipyards where the team prepares its multihull craft”, explained Grégory Dourde, CEO of HYT. “We observed how the yachts were built, their unfinished and assembled components, their functions, their positioning.... Many of these elements found their way into the piece”. Integrating essential deck gear into the dial, such as the winch and furler, the most striking of these must be the rigging, which criss-crosses the lower half of its dial, passing through four eyelets on the flange, before being secured to three central eyelets. On the back, the structure of the H1 Alinghi echoes the deck of a yacht, while the dial features the small second at 9 o’clock in the shape of a mainsail furler, the power reserve at 3 o’clock shaped like a winch, the jumper at 6 o’clock which bears the Alinghi logo, and the team’s signature red, which is found on the power reserve and the minute hand. Even the materials used are mindful of the design and engineering required of sailboats. Favouring lightness and rigidity, the piece has offset lugs and a crown guard made from folded and forged carbon assembled onto a titanium middle. More at www.hytwatches.com. TM | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017 66
THE TIME Architects of Time Mido pays tribute to New York City’s Guggenheim Museum FOUNDED IN 1918 by Georges Schaeren, Swiss watch brand Mido has always shared its values with the architectural wonders from which the brand draws its inspiration. The same hold true of its new Mido Inspired by Architecture Limited Edition timepiece. Based on Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece, the Guggenheim Museum in New York was selected as the source of ideation for the brand’s latest 500-piece collection after a three-month search that spanned architectural wonders from Moscow to Mexico City. This iconic space also and became the location for the limited edition watch’s October unveiling. Doing the honours at the invite-only cocktail reception and exclusive sit-down dinner was Mido President Mr. Franz Linder. Guests were entertained by the gravity-defying performance of the Grounded Aerial dance troupe, who took to the skies in a surprise aerialist spectacle accompanied to the music of the Voxare string quartet. However it was Mido’s Inspired by Architecture Limited Edition timepiece that was the night’s star. Guests were invited to a private tour of the museum to better appreciate the very elements that fired up the imagination of the watch’s designers: the building’s sinuous curves and spirals; its bold rotunda; its muted colours. As Linder explained, “The design of our new Guggenheim-inspired limited edition timepiece is based on some of the most iconic architectural elements of the museum.” From the profile of the case which harkens to Wright’s iconic outer ring design, to the timepiece’s dial which takes its cues from the building’s stunning glass dome, Mido’s newest Inspired by Architecture Limited Edition timepiece is a fitting tribute to a timeless piece of architecture. More at www.mido.ch. SPECIFICATIONS Movement: Automatic Mido Caliber 80 Si (ETA C07.811 base) Case: Satin-finished, polished stainless steel, with domed sapphire crystal Engraving: “INSPIRED BY ARCHITECTURE” on flange; and limited edition and serial numbers on case back. Strap: Black genuine calfskin with 316L stainless steel pin buckle. Dial: Eggshell-colored, grained, applied satin-finished and polished indexes, date at 3 o’clock. Hands: Faceted diamond-cut hour and minute hands, flat diamond-cut seconds hand, with green Super-LumiNova®. Power: Up to 80 hours of power reserve. Water resistance: Up to 50 meters. 67 NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017 | TM