Based on the slim COSC-certified ETA 2836-2 movement, the new Mido Baroncelli Chronometer Jubilee is just another proof that classic is always cool. Also, it tries to tell you that you don’t need to be a millionaire to afford a dressy watch.
Although the Baroncelli family exists for about 32 years, the Jubilee Chronometer is the first member of the clan, which is equipped with an automatic movement that is officially certified by COSC (Controle Officiel Suisse des Chronometres, the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute) as “chronometer.” Although the certificate that comes with the wristwatch doesn’t guarantee that it will run more accurate than a more “plebeian” version, it still means that the caliber is at least built using more upscale components and, given the fact that this is a special edition version of the Baroncelli family, probably underwent even more rigorous quality control.
Among enthusiasts and service people, the movement, even in its “normal” versions enjoys a great reputation thanks to its high quality and impressive reliability. It is widely used by a multitude of brands (not only Swiss and German, but many other European and even North American brands) including such loud names as Fortis, Oris, Hamilton, TAG Heuer, and others. Being essentially a version of the ETA 2824 caliber that sports an additional day/date module (although, like in this particular case, some watchmakers remove the “day of the week” wheel for a cleaner look,) the movement offers a modern anti-shock system by Incabloc, and, well… not much else.
Again, the certificate from the Swiss authority doesn’t mean that your particular timepiece will be more accurate than any given mechanical watch from a serious brand and, if accuracy is of extreme importance, it may sort of disappoint you even if you compare the piece to any normal quartz-powered gadget, but, let’s face it, it is still nice to possess a certified chronometer. I guess it’s like buying a pet of a higher breed: the price tag is punishing and nobody really cares, but you feel somewhat proud of yourself.
The mechanism lurks inside a 42mm stainless steel case that, featuring a pair of relatively long lugs, is about 49-50 millimeters long. Persons with relatively thin wrists may find the gadget’s physical dimensions a bit uncomfortable (if that is the case, Mido has a smaller ref. M8600.4.26.1 model that measures just 38 millimeters in diameter and uses a “normal” ETA 2824-2 caliber,) but if your wrist is average or above, it will probably be just alright.
Mido has introduced the Aquadura Crown Sealing system almost 40 years ago. Its main selling point is that the crown is protected from water and moisture, not with the usual rubber that tends to degrade over time, but natural cork.
Known to wine-connoisseurs as an almost perfect wine-stopper, the material possesses a unique cellular structure that lets it be easily compressed upon insertion and then to expand to form a tight seal.
Since natural cork has its own, err, natural flaws, the material is activated and molded to ensure the needed water-resistance.
The back is also transparent so as to provide a nice view of the 25 jewels movement decorated with Geneva stripes.
Mido Baroncelli Chronometer Jubilee specification
Price range: $1200 for the strap version / $1285 for the bracelet model (ref. M8618.104.22.168)
Movement: Automatic, ETA 2836-2, COSC-certified, Swiss Made
Functions: hours, minutes, central seconds, date
Power reserve: 40 hours
Case: Stainless steel
Diameter: 42.00 mm
Case height: 10.50 mm
Dial: White with Arabic numerals
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Genuine calf leather strap with crocodile look and stainless steel folding clasp or a stainless steel bracelet
Crystal: Sapphire crystal