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This watch was created by master watchmaker Ludwig Oechslin. The is the guy who created The Freak for Ulysse Nardin. Now the curator of the Musée International d‘Horlogerie (MIH or International Museum of Watchmaking) in La Chaux-de-Fonds, he is not allowed to work for any watch manufacturers. So he created the MIH watch for the museum. The watch is a single button chronograph with an annual calendar complication. The watch is built by Paul Gerber who is also a respected figure in the watch making world.
The MIH is very open about the build of materials for the watch and has the list posted so there is no question as to the "Swiss"ness of this piece. There is no "Swiss Made" designation anywhere. List is here: http://www.mih-watch.ch/index.php?page=184
These are the specs:
Diameter: 42 mm
Thickness: 15 mm
Waterproof: 100 meters
Crystal: Sapphire with double sided AR coating
Movement: ETA Valjoux 7750
Functions: annual calendar, day/night indicator, single button chronograph
This watch has a large dial which makes it look bigger on the wrist than the stated 42mm. It has a very easy to use screw down crown. Very simple, clean design. The rubber strap is perfect for the watch and is partially integrated, meaning there is no gap between the lugs and the strap. Design considerations in the strap include keepers that are held in place, 9 holes to represent the 9 parts used to modify the 7750 into an annual calendar, and the buckle which has the coordinates of the MIH engraved on it. (need to get a picture)
The case is made of titanium and the finishing on it is silky smooth. As mentioned this is a single button chronograph. The 30 minute register is visible from the back. You can see from the pictures that the chronograph seconds hand and the time minute hand are slightly bent. The minute hand aligns perfectly with the markers and "MIH" at 0, 30, and 45 minutes past the hour, meaning no gap. Th MIH logo was placed at 9 o'clock again to represent the 9 pieces used to make the 7750 an annual calendar.
The watch is keeping excellent time about +6s/day. I haven't had a chance to see the annual calendar in action, the month of November will give me my first opportunity, only 30 days. You will notice that it has a day night indicator, the two red dots. The markers and hands all have a serviceable amount of superluminova.
So far, I'm really liking it. In addition to being an annual calendar, it is also the first to have the day, month, and date displayed on the same plane. All other calendars have these displays in different locations on the dial. Zenith has already come out with the Captain Winsor Chronograph that uses this or a version of this complication: http://www.ablogtowatch.com/zenith-captain-winsor-annual-calendar-watch/
So far, this is a keeper. Thanks for reading!