Born in 1986
Origin Switzerland
Prices from £130
Famous for  Mondaine’s iconic design is globally recognised, so much so that Apple initially stole its design for its ISO 3 operating system! Mondaine is credited as the mother of all popular ‘Scandi’ looking modern watch brands

Mondaine (which means ‘fashion’ or ‘worldly’ in French) is the brand that translated the enduring design of the Official Swiss Railways Clock and turned it into a cult watch brand. Renowned for is clean, simple, elegant and easy-to-read dial and trademark red second hand, this timeless and iconic collection of watches is breathtaking in its ability to suit any wrist due to its clarity and style that has remained unchanged for over 60 years. The Swiss time icon was created in 1946 by Hans Hilfiker, an engineer, to ensure the precision and punctuality of the Swiss Federal Railways. An ingenious method was developed where every minute is measured by 58 seconds, with the red second hand waiting for two seconds on 12 before jumping forward – simple, precision timekeeping at its most brilliant!

The red paddle, used by conductors to signal train departures, is immortalised in the second hand of every Mondaine watch and clock. The Mondaine collection comprises casual, sporty, classic and dress styles with a quartz or automatic movement on an array of steel, mesh or leather straps. Perfectly combining form and functionality, the lady who wears a Mondaine watch informs the world that she is one who appreciates style and is accustomed to design perfection. ‘Always Ahead of Time’ is its motto, and with a classic Mondaine timepiece, you sure will be!

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