The MIDO Watch Design Contest
MIDO officially launched its Watch Design Contest on 20 March 2015 at the Baselworld international watch and jewellery show in Basel. Three designers were invited by the brand to create a new limited-edition timepiece inspired by London's famous four-sided clock tower. In late April, the names of the three chosen candidates – Swiss architect and designer Eric Giroud, Italian founder and artistic director of Ultravision Design Studio Lorenzo Vallone, and Sébastien Perret – were published on the website http://contest.mido.ch. The three proposals were presented on 30th July and the general public were invited to vote for their favourite model on the contest website until 30th September. The MIDO Watch Design Contest's panel of judges was made up of Esa Mohamed, President of the International Union of Architects, Franz Linder, President of MIDO, and, of course, the general public.
The winning designer was announced by president of the jury Esa Mohamed on 15th October in Shanghai at the international ceremony held at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel.
MIDO honours the winners of the International Union of Architects (UIA) Awards 2014
The names of the winners of the 2014 Session of the UIA awards were announced on 6th August in Durban in South Africa, against the backdrop of the 25th UIA World Architecture Congress. The most prestigious prize – the UIA Gold Medal 2014 – was awarded to the Chinese-American architect Ieoh Ming Pei. The English architect, historian and critic Joseph Rykwert received the 2014 Jean Tschumi Prize. As part of its partnership with the UIA, the watchmaker MIDO honoured winners of the various prizes conferred in Durban with watches from its collection, including two specially dedicated models.
Ieoh Ming Pei: UIA Gold Medal 2014
The UIA Gold Medal for 2014 went to Chinese-American architect Ieoh Ming Pei (born in 1917 in Canton). This prestigious distinction pays tribute to the "work and career of a giant in the history of modern architecture, extending over 60 years and five continents. With this medal, the UIA recognises the excellence of his unique style and his timeless rigour as well as the subtlety of the links he has forged over history, space and time." The John F. Kennedy library in Boston, the East building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, and Hong Kong's Bank of China marked the beginning of a long career lined with major buildings in the United States and the great capitals of the world. Several dozen world landmarks bear his signature: the extension of the Louvre in Paris with his famous glass pyramid (1989), the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, the Johnson Museum of Art in New York (1973) or indeed the Qatar Museum of Islamic Art in Doha (2008), to name merely the most famous amongst them.
Joseph Rykwert: Jean Tschumi Prize 2014
Joseph Rykwert is the winner of the Jean Tschumi Prize 2014, awarded for developments in architecture, criticism and the history of architecture that contribute to excellence in training for architects. "The eminent architect, historian and critic Joseph Rykwert is one of the most influential theoreticians of his generation. For over 60 years, his erudition and innovative initiatives have radically changed the relationship between architects and the past, as well as their perception and conception of space, buildings and the city."
MIDO honours the winners of the 2014 Session of the UIA awards
Created in 1961, the UIA awards honour professionals whose merits, talents or activities have made an international impact in various sectors of the field of architecture. This is the first time that MIDO has been associated with these prestigious awards.
On 6 August 2014 in Durban, I.M. Pei and Joseph Rykwert were presented with models from the Baroncelli collection, in 18K rose gold and equipped with a COSC-certified chronometer movement. The case backs of both timepieces bear a unique dedication featuring the prizewinners' names.
Further models from the MIDO collection were presented to various other prize winners on this occasion.
MIDO is particularly proud to have entered into this first collaboration with the UIA and of its association with the 2014 Session of the UIA Awards, which rank among the world's most important. The UIA World Architecture Congress celebrates the fundamental MIDO values: timeless design, quality materials and technical innovation.
MIDO enters into a partnership with the International Union of Architects, the world's leading network of architecture professionals.
The watchmaker MIDO, based in the Swiss city of Le Locle, has just signed a partnership agreement with the UIA, the International Union of Architects, whose membership includes over 1.3 million architects worldwide and whose head office is in Paris. MIDO enjoys a particularly close relationship with architecture – its creations are inspired by icons of architecture that have left their mark on history. The signing of this partnership with the UIA is therefore a natural step, based on a set of values shared by the watchmaking brand and the leading global federation of national architects' organisations.
A partnership based on shared values
This partnership between MIDO and the International Union of Architects (UIA) was signed on Wednesday 8 January 2014 in Paris by Albert Dubler, President of the UIA and Franz Linder, President of MIDO.
In the words of Franz Linder: "This partnership is fully and consistently in line with the strategy upheld by the brand since its creation. It underlines the credibility of MIDO in the world of architecture and reasserts the essential values which have established the brand's reputation: timeless design beyond fashion and passing trends, based on quality and technical innovation. The activities of the UIA will also enable MIDO to strengthen its visibility and notoriety in the world of architecture on an international level."
A mark of true design. MIDO enhances its dialogue with world architecture through this partnership with the profession's leading global institution. The brand will thus be closely linked to the activities of the UIA, in particular during major international events which bring together the leading players in contemporary architecture (awards ceremonies, conferences, biennials etc.).
The UIA: a network of over 1.3 million architects worldwide
The International Union of Architects, a non-governmental organisation, is the global federation of national architects' organisations. Its aim is to unite architects from all four corners of the globe, free of all forms of discrimination. At its foundation in Lausanne (Switzerland) in 1948, it comprised delegates from 27 countries. Today it includes professional organisations from 132 countries and territories and through them unites over 1,300,000 architects worldwide. The UIA's activities revolve around professional, architectural and heritage issues.
The UIA is active around the world, holding forums, conferences, board meetings, international invitations and design competitions, etc., Over 300 architectural competitions have been held under its aegis, the results of which include the Sydney Opera House, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Alexandria Library and Tokyo International Forum among many other highly prestigious buildings. The UIA's flagship event is the triennial World Congress. After Tokyo in 2011, the 25th edition of this global architects' forum will be held this August in Durban, and MIDO will be in attendance for the first time.
Architecture: a source of inspiration for MIDO
MIDO has enjoyed particularly a close relationship with the world of architecture for many years. The design of its collections pays homage to some of the most celebrated monuments on the planet: the All Dial collection was inspired by the Coliseum in Rome, while the Great Wall collection derives its inspiration from the iconic Chinese structure. The Multifort collection is evocative of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, while the design of the Baroncelli collection pays tribute to Milan's famous Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II and to the Rennes Opera House.