Mondaine Watches

Background

Mondaine is a Swiss watchmaker that has been in business since 1951. Erwin Benheim, the company’s founder, was a former tailor who earned a reputation for producing high-quality watches that were also easy to repair.

With the support of Howard Hughes, Benheim created one of the earliest digital timepieces and the first LCD watch. As the firm grew, it concentrated only on improved designs and cutting-edge technology, a focus that earned Mondaine a place in the watchmaking hall of fame.

The Museum’s Collections

For starters, Mondaine watches have a backlight that allows you to read the time easily at any time of day or night. It also has a steady charge, which means it will glow at all times.

The white dial then intelligently reflects sunlight throughout the day to charge the luminous foil on the underside of the hands, which then emits light at night.

Let’s take a closer look at the Mondaine collections on offer.

Stop2Go 

$490 / £420

One of the originals is the Stop2Go. After an almost 20-year hiatus, production resumed in 2013 under its current name. Zurich’s station clocks inspired it.

It has a 41mm by 12mm case with a round face inspired by a clock. The case is composed of stainless steel that has been brushed. Anti-reflective sapphire crystal shields the face (which is also scratch-proof). You can also choose between a red or black leather strap.

The Stop2Go’s movement is driven by a caliber 58-02 quartz, which is different from regular quartz. The mechanism will tick around the dial for 58 seconds, just like its father, the station clock.

Helvetica

This collection is based on the Helvetica font, which was created by Max Miedinger, a Swiss graphic designer.

The font’s goal is to be understated and thoughtful. It was designed to work in tandem with logic and structure.

This unisex watch comes in a range of sizes, stretching from 26mm to 43mm in diameter. There’s a size for every wrist. The strap is available in a variety of materials, including genuine leather and stainless steel, and they all have the Swiss-made quality seal.

The Helvetica No1 Regular ($300 / £232) is included in this collection. Dual timezones are included. A special gold-plated version of the No1 Light ($320 / £260) is available. For more formal events, it also has a lovely Milanese mesh wristband.

This set includes a unique smartwatch. The Regular Hybrid ($520 / £450) is the most affordable option. This may be connected to an Apple or Android smartphone to receive text, call, and email notifications and track activity and sleep patterns. Its conventional Mondaine style and leather strap don’t look like a smartwatch at all.

Essence

All of the Mondaine collections are unique, and the Essense is an environmentally responsible option. These clocks are built entirely of environmentally friendly materials, such as cork lining on the straps.

The Petite Black is 32mm in diameter, and the Large Black is 41mm in diameter. They’re constructed of natural rubber and recycled PET bottles.

Mondaine ensures that this collection is of the same high quality as the rest of their range. The best part is the price: for roughly $100, you can have your very own responsibly-created watch.

Classic

Without a doubt, this is the most well-known of all Mondaine clocks. It is available in a variety of styles and sizes.

Between $200 and $900 is the pricing range. Which version you’re looking at makes a difference. You can have a small 30mm or a heftier 40mm with a leather strap, but you can even switch it out for something more colorful.

The Evo series evolved from the Classic collection into a sort of sub-collection. This was a huge hit in the mid-‘80s. It’s similar to a Classic but with far more advanced functionality and design.

The Evo2 ($700 / £650) has an automatic movement on the inside that can be viewed through the case’s reverse. The casing is round in shape and composed of stainless steel.

Simply Elegant

The overall motif is unmistakably elegant. With the famous iconic dial of a Mondaine dial and red second hand, this line is a progression of the Classic collection. It’s a fantastic watch for everyday use. It can also work well in a formal atmosphere.

These are the most basic watches in the collection. They come in 36mm for a small wrist and 41mm for a bigger wrist, with a red or black leather strap. The price ranges from $300 to $400.

Which watches are the most suitable substitutes?

Mondaine is far from ordinary. Each collection is clearly the result of a lot of time, effort, and thinking put into it by the company.

If you have the funds, the Junghans line is worth looking at if you’re searching for a traditional watch to compare to a Mondaine.

Check out our evaluation of Certina watches if you’re looking for something a little more affordable.

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