Switzerland’s railway clocks have become symbolic of a country known for, among other things, watchmaking and hyper-punctual trains. This deceptively simple design, however, packs more than symbolism, as it is both practical and simultaneously a Bauhaus design icon – and it has a unique timekeeping feature.
Licensed to offer official consumer versions of the Swiss Railway Clock, Mondane’s latest version takes the concept to a new level with Wi-Fi integration — a wall clock that’s the perfect addition to any indoor space.
Mondine’s entire brand is built around the railway clock design, which is offered as a wall clock, table clock and wristwatch. You can also get the classic design as an automatic watch – but perhaps the most notable products from the brand are quartz and its Stop2Go collection.
This is where the unique timing feature mentioned above comes in.
The Stop2Go collection mimics the unusual movement of the seconds hand of watches: it advances to 12 o’clock every minute, pauses for two seconds, and restarts when the minute hand jumps forward via an electrical pulse. That means it goes a bit faster than your average second hand and completes a full trip around the dial in under a minute.
why are you asking This feature is intended to compensate for discrepancies up to the minute – and it assures railroad crews that their timekeeping equipment is properly synchronized. (By the way, the seconds hand sweeps away from ticking here.)
But why does Wi-Fi integration make a difference? Other Mondine watches (and watches too) offer the Stop2Go feature, but connecting to your Wi-Fi offers a few advantages: First, it keeps the clock as accurate as the time on your phone, which is synced over the Internet. An atomic clock. This makes it easy and accurate to set and update for time zones and daylight savings. Setup is done via your smartphone, but don’t worry: set it and forget it, as they say, because it won’t send you push notifications or the like.
Measuring 25cm with an aluminum case, the Mondine Stop2Go Wi-Fi Wall Clock runs on two lithium AA batteries and is available from the brand for $365.