Mondaine Honors the 75th Anniversary of the Swiss Railway Clock

Time-telling tools from an independent brand known for impeccable design and equal precision

Whether you’ve traveled through Switzerland and seen it in real life or not, the Federal Swiss Railway clock is an icon of modern time-telling. In the years since its 1944 release, it has achieved a particularly beloved place in global design recognition. Schweizerische Bundesbahnen (SBB) engineer Hans Hilfiker imagined the original—which would come to represent the precision of the transport system—but since 1986, Swiss watch brand Mondaine has been the official licensee. With an original clock blueprint, they sought to minimize the design and apply it to wristwatches with authenticity.

Their Official Swiss Railway collection now comprises various clocks and watches—many of which we’ve coveted for years. But to honor the 75th anniversary of the clock, Mondaine is releasing two special edition iterations of their Classic (one 30mm and another 40mm). Each comes complete with an additional multi-colored textile strap—in black, red and white—made from recycled PET bottles. It’s a beautiful, functional way to own an important piece of Swiss design history.

Both special edition Classics will be available in April for $265.

Images courtesy of Mondaine