In an episode of The Worn & Wound Podcast titled Patina, Fauxtina, and Aged Watches, we discuss a polarizing industry trend—the intentional aging of modern watches to give them the appearance of aesthetically-pleasing wear/degradation, otherwise known as patina. At Baselworld this year, we saw more than a handful of brands wading in these waters, with firms as different as Laco and Longines offering pre-distressed watches. Love it or hate it, fauxtina is likely here to stay for the forseeable future.
The watch at the center of today’s hands-on is the Mido Multiform Escape Horween, and it, too, gets the fauxtina treatment. The retail on this watch is $1,090, and for that you get a solid, Swatch Group-produced timepiece with a lightly modified ETA 2824 caliber dubbed the Caliber 80. The most interesting thing here, and it’s what sets this watch apart in my mind, is the finishing on the case (and to a certain extent, the finishing on the dial, too). Let’s jump right in.