December 22, 2016


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What Sets Swiss Watches Apart

It's a well-known fact that watches made in Switzerland are the best in the world. "Swiss Made" is synonymous with quality and high craftsmanship. What is it about Swiss Made watches that makes them so much better than others? 

Looking back on the history of the watch industry, Switzerland established its reputation for producing quality timepieces in the 16th Century and had a hand in developing improvements in automatic and self-winding watches. Swiss watchmakers continued to drive innovation within the industry in the 20th Century, most notably with producing the first electronic quartz watches.

Switzerland ultimately set the standard for quality watchmaking and continuous improvement in watch technology for the rest of the watch world to follow. To this day, Switzerland maintains its reputation for producing the best watches in the world. When you're purchasing a Swiss Made watch, what you're getting is a beautifully-designed, well-engineered timepiece crafted from the highest quality materials available - something you wouldn't get from a mass-produced watch.

Apart from Switzerland's involvement in the history of watchmaking, in order for a watch to be designated "Swiss Made" there are several conditions under the "Swiss Made" regulation that watchmakers must meet. At least 60 percent of the production costs for the watch must be incurred in Switzerland, and at least half of the components for the movement must be Swiss manufactured. This legislation further strengthens Switzerland's credibility and excellent reputation for quality products and services, and protects the "Swiss Made" designation from being misused.


December 05, 2016


Posted in Gift Guide, Holidays

Mondaine 2016 Holiday Gift Guide


It's the season of giving! If you're wracking your brain for holiday gift ideas, look no further - Mondaine has the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. Follow our gift guide for the timepieces that fit each of the personalities in your life.


His & Hers



For the couple, give matching timepieces from the Mondaine Helvetica No1 Light Collection - a 26mm for her and a 38mm for him! As a symbol of their time together, matching wristwatches are a special gift that will make their hearts tick as they do for each other.


Mondaine Helvetica No1 Bleu Marine


The Workaholic



For the person who lives and breathes work, what could be a better gift than a desk clock? Give them the gift of time management and help them meet those tight deadlines or get to their next meeting in time.


Mondaine SBB Desk Clock


The Trendsetter



For the woman who always seems to be impeccably dressed and loves a touch of glamour, the Mondaine Helvetica No1 Light Holiday Edition is the perfect gift! This gold-plated stainless steel watch is a fashionable accessory and elegant finish to complete her look.


Mondaine Helvetica No1 Light Holiday Edition


The Traditionalist



For the well-refined person who has an appreciation for the classics and values timeless design, a Mondaine Pocket Watch is a gift that is sure to be special to them and add a bit of sophistication to their look.


Mondaine Savonette Pocket Watch


The Minimalist



A gift for the minimalist. The Mondaine Helvetica No1 Light collection is modern and simple, featuring clean dials and straightforward design. Ranging from 26mm to 38mm case sizes, there is a Helvetica No1 Light fitting for every minimalist's wrist.


Mondaine Helvetica No1 Light


The Interior Designer



A well designed gift that adds something unique to every space will please any interior design enthusiast. The Mondaine SBB wall clock will do just that. 


Mondaine SBB Wall Clock 


The Sports Fan



Sporty yet elegant, the Mondaine Helvetica 1 Smartwatch makes wearable smart technology look good. For the athletic, fitness enthusiast, and health conscious, give a Mondaine Helvetica 1 Smartwatch to help make reaching their goals easier in the most stylish way possible.


Mondaine Helvetica 1 Smart


For more gift ideas, shop our Mondaine Holiday Collection here.
November 30, 2016

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Traditional Swiss Holiday Recipes

Some of the best traditions during the holiday season are food-related traditions. In Switzerland traditional holiday recipes include savory dishes, such as fondue and raclette, and a variety of "weihnachtsguetzli" (Christmas cookies). While there are many variations and the recipes differ from family to family, there are a few typical recipes that are common among most Swiss households.

Take a look at these traditional Swiss holiday recipes and try them out for yourself!



A widely popular Christmas meal for Swiss families, "fondue Chinoise" is made by boiling bouillon and seasonings to create an aromatic broth which is served in a shared pot along with raw meat or fish to cook in the broth and dipping sauces.

Try this Fondue Chinoise recipe. 


Spitzbuben are traditional Swiss Christmas cookies whose name means "naughty boys". They're made from two layers of shortbread cookies with a hole in the center filled with marmalade or jam and dusted with powdered sugar.

Try this Spitzbuben recipe.



Similar to gingerbread, Lebkuchen is a pastry commonly made around the holidays in Switzerland. While there are many regional variations, the Swiss version doesn't include any ginger in the recipe and the main ingredients are honey, cloves, and cinnamon. 

Try this Swiss Lebkuchen recipe.



A tradition in the German-speaking regions of Switzerland that dates back to the 16th century, Grittibänz are made every year for St. Nicholas Day (December 6th) in the weeks leading up to the day. Grittibänz are milk and butter based pastry, similar to brioche, in the shape of little men. 

Try this Grittibänz recipe and follow the video at this link for forming technique.

Mondaine at the 2016 Soirée Suisse


On September 14th, 2016, the Embassy of Switzerland hosted the 15th annual Soirée Suisse in Washington D.C. with over 1000 guests in attendance. This year's Soirée was dedicated to honoring the newly completed Gotthard Base Tunnel, the longest and deepest railway tunnel in the world. 
The Embassy grounds were transformed into a journey through the world of trains and tunnels, with the recreation of a tunnel facade, station platform and signs. As the main partner of Gottardo 2016, Mondaine provided a large Mondaine clock installation to complete the image of a traditional Swiss train station. 


Read more about the 15th Annual Soirée Suisse here.



Additional Mondaine Clock Installations Around the U.S.:
Swiss Watchmaker (Harvard Square) 58 Church Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Orogio Jewelers 1 Washington Street, Tenafly NJ 07670
Swiss Time Watch & Clock 86 Exchange Street, Portland, ME 04101
Tourneau Time Machine  12 E 57th St, New York, NY 10022
Boston Logan International Airport 1 Harborside Dr (Terminal E), Boston, MA 02128
Washington DC Swiss Embassy 2900 Cathedral Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008



Additional Mondaine Clock Installations Around the World:
Watch Store Montreal Canada
Shenzen Architecture Park China
Watch Store Rehm, Langen Germany
Pueblo Office Building Mexico
Watch Store Bratislawa Slovakia
Watch Store Barcelona, Sevilla Spain
Watch Store Edinburgh UK - Scotland
Leicester Square London, Borough Market London UK - England
Placa Chacao Venezuela 



November 15, 2016


Posted in Helvetica, Helvetica Smart, Smart Watch

Desk Essentials for Businessmen


A well-stocked workspace induces productivity, and with the amount of time you spend at your desk it's important to keep it equipped with the necessities. While the nature of the work may vary, there are a few staples every businessman should have at his desk to make it through the workday. Elevate your desktop with these essential work accessories.  

Mondaine Helvetica 1 Smart Watch


Leather Notebook



Quality Ballpoint or Fountain Pen



Valet Tray





Shop the Mondaine SBB & Helvetica No1 Watch Collections here for timepieces to help keep you on time during a busy workday.

Take more inspiration from photos like the above from Mr. Porter Editor, Dan Rookwood's Instagram account: @danrookwood
November 03, 2016


Posted in Helvetica

Introducing the Mondaine Helvetica No1 'Bleu Marine' Styles

Now available in North America, the new seasonal collection of specials from Mondaine Helvetica uses the classy depths of dark navy as its muse. Aptly named 'Bleu Marine', the each timepiece in the collection features a dark navy dial with contrasting hour and minute markers and seconds hand, all finished to match the outer casing. 
In contrast to the brushed matte-finished stainless steel case, the Helvetica No1 shaped lugs have been highly polished, greatly emphasizing the character and heritage of the font used as the inspiration for the entire Mondaine Helvetica range.
The Mondaine Helvetica No1 Bleu Marine collection offers the Light and Regular styles and is distinguished by an exquisitely matched navy leather strap with the tiny stitching for the Light collection and a slightly more paddled detail for the Regular. The Mondaine Helvetica No1 Light Bleu Marine model also comes in a gold IP-plated version, which creates a stunning balance against the navy leather strap with polished dimensions.
Shop the Mondaine Helvetica No1 Bleu Marine Collection here.
October 27, 2016


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Waterproof vs. Water Resistant

In the watch industry, the term "water resistant" refers to the watch's ability to withstand water pressure. Stated in units of pressure such as atmospheres (ATMs), or depth such as meters, water resistance levels typically range from 3 ATM (30 meters) to 20 ATM (200 meters) and diver's watches at 200+ meters.

Technically, no watch is fully waterproof; rather, there are some watches made to handle more water pressure than others. Watches that are equipped for swimming or diving are still only water resistant up to a certain point and there is always a risk of moisture leaking into the case and getting into the movement. 

Follow these standard rules of thumb for knowing the amount of water your timepiece can withstand and the necessary precautions to prevent water damage.

 Water Resistance Suitable Use / Precautions
3 ATM (30 m) Protected against splashes from rain, hand washing, etc. Not suitable for showering or swimming.
5 ATM (50 m) Suitable for withstanding short periods of water immersion, such as light swimming.
10 ATM (100 m) Suitable for swimming, snorkeling, and other recreational water sports.
20 ATM (200 m) Suitable for high impact water sports and shallow diving. 
Diver Diver's watches ratings are provided by ISO 6425


No matter the water resistance rating, all timepieces should be regularly serviced and checked for an accurate reading of the water resistance levels. Frequent exposure to water can cause the gaskets of the watch to erode, increasing the risk of water damage. 

Find an authorized Mondaine service center and contact information here.

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