Inspired by the clean simplicity and high utility of the typeface of the same name, Mondaine's Helvetica 1 Watch Family gains a new member in the Hand Winder edition. It's a natural extension of the design-forward line, celebrating pure functionality and timeless Swiss aesthetics.
Building upon the "Regular" style, the new mechanical watch stands out in the collection with a distinctive face of brushed silver-gray. A deep brown genuine leather strap lends a touch of mid-century style that seems equally suited to modern dress. The sapphire crystal is coated to be anti-reflective, maintaining the pristine legibility of the Helvetica numerals.
This seasonal design exemplifies integrity and intelligence. The stainless steel case features a transparent back that showcases the beautiful internal architecture of the timepiece, completed to exacting Swiss standards. For those who may not be familiar, a hand wound or manual watch has no battery. Instead, it is powered only by mechanics and requires daily winding. This ritual is at the heart of horological history, as the manual movement dates back to the 1500s and represents nearly six centuries of refined craftsmanship.
It's a design perfect for purists, delivering distinct personality while avoiding unnecessary flourishes and maintaining a stylish sense of dignity. It celebrates the horological tradition and Swiss design history, pairing them with modern elements to highlight how excellent craftsmanship is always relevant.
An exclusive release for the season, the Mondaine Helvetica 1 Hand Winder edition is available only through Tourneau until January 2016. What do you think of the sleek new style? Let us know in the comments below or tell us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.