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Introducing The MIH Gaïa Watch

Introducing The MIH Gaïa Watch

Brisk Take

Today we have something extraordinary to introduce – the subsequent watch released to date by Switzerland’s Musée International d’Horlogerie (MIH for short). Numerous readers will remember the first MIH watch , which was released in 2005 and immediately turned into a religion hit with for moderate design and utilization of a rearranged, nine-part yearly calendar module on a Valjoux 7750. That original MIH Watch was created by the exhibition hall’s then-curator, Ludwig Oechslin (of Ulysse Nardin and Ochs und Junior popularity), and master watchmaker Paul Gerber . While this basic and affordably priced yearly calendar chronograph is a watch that I never possessed, it’s a watch that I remember needing to claim. (The original MIH Watch roused me to get the Zenith Captain Winsor when Oechslin licensed the module tech to Zenith, which fitted it on another chronograph, its legendary El Primero.)

The second generation MIH Watch additionally features a moderate design, this time inspired by the Brutalist MIH building designed by architects Georges-Jacques Haefeli and Pierre Zoelly. Designed by Atelier XJC/Xavier Perrenoud, the MIH Gaïa Watch has been manufactured with the help of several watch industry suppliers from the surrounding area. These include a programmed SW400 movement via Sellita, a tempered steel case from Stila SA, a presentation from Jean Singer & Cie., a strap from Brasport SA, and a fasten from Cornu & Cie. In case you’re wondering about the name Gaïa, it comes from the spherical watchmaking award that has been presented by the exhibition hall since 1993.

The MIH Gaïa watch’s presentation is straightforward and decipherable. The hours are appeared with a plate at the highest point of the showcase, and the minutes are right underneath the hours in a round sub-dial tucked perfectly under the hours. The movement’s custom rotor, visible through a window that mirrors the hour aperture on the dial, reveals the name of the exhibition hall when the rotor lines up to the right position. Horologically talking, the MIH watch is nothing crazy. Yet, where the first MIH Watch’s specialty was its yearly calendar instrument, with this watch, it’s about the showcase and the design. 

Pricing for the MIH watch will follow the subscription model, a technique for pricing and selling watches that goes right back to the hour of A. L. Breguet. Would-be buyers place a deposit to reserve their watch and pay everything upon receipt. The deposits are utilized to measure demand and asset the production. The MIH Gaïa Watch is available on a subscription premise from now until January 2020 for the price of CHF 2,900 (the deposit is CHF 1,000), however the first couple of buyers will receive a significant markdown of $500, bringing the all out price of the watch down CHF 2,400. At this writing, this pricing is as yet available here.

The MIH is housed in an award-winning Brutalist building.

As with the first MIH watch, this one is likewise being offered to raise assets for the historical center – which, I may add, is certainly justified regardless of a visit should you ever end up in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Deals of the MIH Gaïa watch will primarily go toward two restorations: that of the Grand Magicien, a machine clock made by Jean-David Maillardet and his child Julien-Auguste in 1830, and the François Ducommun Tellurium, which dates from the nineteenth century. 

The atelier inside the gallery where restoration work is directed. Proceeds from the MIH Gaïa Watch will subsidize the restoration of two major pieces in the historical center’s collection.

Once the underlying restricted series of 200 watches is completed, the blue showcase you see here will be retired, however the historical center says it might make subsequent variations or individual versions with partners. 

Sales from the MIH Gaïa watch will subsidize the restoration of the Grand Magicien, a robot clock. 

Introductory Thoughts

While the original MIH watch accompanied an innovative movement and module that energized the WIS community, this newer model is more ordinary in terms of its usefulness. The SW400 movement at its heart is, after all, the Sellita clone of the pervasive ETA 2824. Having said that, the newer MIH watch is a looker, and at 39mm x 9.74mm it’s measured right. This watch is likewise a decent value, particularly on the off chance that you lock one in while the $500 rebate applies. I particularly like the blue showcase’s depth and richness as it appears in these provided images from MIH, and the squared-off, thicker-than-wire carries are considerable yet exquisite, a characteristic that I think could likewise be said about the overwhelming concrete structure that is simply the historical center structure. It’s not very often that you can purchase a watch that is truly restricted, reserves a great reason, and looks this great. I anticipate seeing this watch in the metal, ideally sooner rather than later.

Ed: A previous version of this article attributed this present watch’s design to the gallery. While the MIH Gaïa Watch was exclusively developed by in-house experts at the historical center, the design work was carried out by Atelier XJC/Xavier Perrenoud.

The Basics

Brand: MIH

Model: MIH Gaïa Watch

Diameter: 39mm

Thickness: 9.74mm

Case Material: Stainless steel

Dial Color: Blue-PVD-treated fundamental dial, rhodium-plated hour circle, PVD-treaded central moment disk

Lume: No

Water Resistance: 3 ATM

Strap/Bracelet: Calf leather with clasp engraved with MIH and featuring the historical center’s geographical coordinates (47°06’03” N/06°49’48” E)

The Movement

Caliber: Sellita SW400-1

Functions: Rising hours, central minutes sub-dial

Diameter: 31mm

Power Reserve: 38 hours

Winding: Automatic

Frequency: 28,800vph

Jewels: 26

Pricing & Availability

Price: CHF 2,400 during subscription period; thereafter, CHF 2,900

Availability: Summer 2020

Limited Edition: Series 1 restricted to 200 pieces

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