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The MIH watch

Industrial designer Christian Gafner was brought in to create the watch’s exterior. He was viewed as ideally placed to design a watch that was unlike anything seen before. His experience lies mainly outside the watch industry, as a consequence of which the MIH Watch has managed to sidestep the traditional design cues normally passed down through the generations of mechanical watches. It is, instead, reduced to its essential elements. Gafner resolved not to allow any labelling or logo on the dial other than the day/date display at 3 o’clock and the initials MIH (Musée International d’Horlogerie) replacing the 9 o’clock index. The fact that the watch is «Swiss Made» is self-evident, even if there is no wording to that effect on the dial. References to its watertightness are made in the accompanying documentation.

The dial is kept matt black to optimise the readability of the superluminova-coated hands and indices, whose interrelationships are clear and unambiguous; a nice touch – the min-ute hand forms an unbroken line with the longer 6, 9 and 12 o’clock indices.The red marking at the end of the virtually invisible sweep second hand highlights its position where it is needed most: in close proximity to the seconds/minutes markings. The length of the red marking is twice that of the longer hour indices. The MIH initials at 9 o’clock – they are placed there to symbolise the nine components of the calendar mechanism – form an index that is precisely the same size as the longer hour indices at 6 and 12 o’clock.

The case of the 42-millimetre diameter watch is fashioned from titanium, a lightweight and contemporary material that makes the large timepiece easy on the wrist and conveys to the wearer the movements of the chunky winding weights inside. The width of the strap lugs corresponds to that of the bezel, and the curvature of the sapphire crystal merges seamlessly with it, too. In fact, every curve is referenced to the centre of the watch, including even the radiuses of the end of the strap, the clasp and the curvatures of the pusher and crown. The watch is large, succinct and the twelve serrations in the crown allude to the twelve subdivisions of the dial.

Designer: Christian Gafner - Industrialdesign Made in: Switzerland

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