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Mondaine

Mondaine
When Swiss engineer Hans Hilfiker created a clock for the Federal Swiss Railways in 1944, he can hardly have imagined that it would become one of the most widely recognised timepieces of the century.

Zurich-based watch company Mondaine bought the official licence to the design in 1986 and translated it into a series of wristwatches. It continues to adapt the iconic design in the present day, enlisting the help of a young generation of design talent.

Mondaine watches feature in Phaidon’s definitive encyclopaedia of 999 Design Classics, as well as being included among examples of outstanding 20th-century design by the Design Museum in London.

In 2014, the brand took on another Swiss design treasure. The Helvetica No.1 is a celebration of Swiss typographer Max Miedinger’s era-defining sans serif typeface, first released in 1957.

"Mondaine’s aesthetic is deeply rooted in the tradition of timeless Swiss design and watchmaking," said its designer Martin Dreschel. "The Helvetica project was particularly interesting for us to reconsider all of that again."