Introduced over 80 years ago, the Multifort is one of Mido’s oldest mainstay collections. The latest entry into that family is the Multifort Escape Horween Special Edition Mido fake watches, a watch that continues the Swiss brand’s collaboration with the American leather giant.
Though it pulls from a Multifort design dating back to the ‘40s, the Multifort Escape is decidedly contemporary in its execution. Measuring 44mm wide, the case is finished in a sandblasted PVD treatment that is weathered and distressed, a relatively rare application that we’ve seen only from a handful of other brands over the past few years. The case is rated to 10 meters.
The dial then is black with vertical Geneva stripes, bringing the popular movement decoration to the front of the watch. Contrasting that is the vintage-toned printing and Super-LumiNova luminous paint, which here feels less like faux patina and more like an accent color. The hours index is bold and to the point with a legibility that is carried over to the stylized, partially-skeletonized sword hands. The date aperture is sandwiched between the “6” and the “MULTIFORT” text, providing balance to the branding below 12. Covering the dial is a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating.
Powering the watch is Mido’s Caliber 80, a heavily-modified base ETA 2824 with a NIVAFLEX NM mainspring, ELINCHRON II balance spring, and 80 hours of power reserve. It’s decorated with Geneva stripes and the rotor is adorned with Mido’s logo.
Both of the straps paired with the watch are, of course, made of Horween leather. The first strap features brown Essex, a type of vegetable-tanned leather replica watches that undergoes the same process as Horween’s shell cordovan. This leather has a high oil content and it will age beautifully over time. The second strap is made of black American football leather, a textured hide that’s been in continuous production for over 70 years and, as the name suggests, used to make footballs. Both straps are paired with a stainless steel pin buckle matching in finish to the case. We’re big fans of Horween here at Worn & Wound, having mentioned the tannery to Mido’s team years ago, and it’s exciting to see its use here.