Back in 2002, Mido introduced the All Dial line that was virtually bezel-free and drew inspiration from architecture. The latest 2022 All Dial model is inspired by a very famous monument, the Roman Colosseum. This is the first of five limited edition models that will feature architectural themes, with the others coming later this year from Ocean Star, Commander, Baroncelli and Multifort collections. The watch differs considerably from the non-limited All Dial Chronometer (which has more of a Commander Big Date 60th Anniversary vibe) and brings a monochromatic design that echoes the Colosseum aesthetic.
The polished stainless steel case has contemporary proportions with a 42mm diameter and a height of 10.1mm height, a relatively slim dimension that should help it slip under a cuff. It has a unique brushed/polished integrated bracelet with full-width links and a folding clasp (which reminds me a bit of Porsche Design), while the caseback is engraved with the Colosseum as seen today in its partial state. The crown is somewhat oversized and screws down, allowing for a water-resistance rating of 100 metres. A sapphire crystal with multiple anti-reflective coatings protects the dial, expanding to the outermost rim as the watch is quite literally all dial.
Looking directly at the dial, it’s as if you’re looking down on the Colosseum from above. The angled flange resembles the amphitheater’s seating, while the applied indices on the main dial are shaped like arches. Both dial levels are anthracite in colour, and the main section has a textured finish like skateboard grip tape. The hour and minute hands and all indices have Super-LumiNova inserts, while a day/date complication sits at 3 o’clock.
Powering the watch is the ETA 2836-2 automatic that’s COSC certified. It has 25 jewels beats at 28,800vph (4Hz) with a 38-hour power reserve. Functions include central hours, minutes, hacking seconds and day/date. The movement is based on the older ETA 2824-2, which only has a date complication.
The Mido All Dial 20th Anniversary Limited Edition is limited to 2,022 pieces (year of its launch) and retails for CHF 1,350 or USD 1,490. Not bad for a limited edition sports watch with an integrated bracelet and a COSC-certified Swiss movement. It also comes in a special case with a collectable Colosseum medallion. For more information, please visit Mido’s website.