The Bauhaus was a school of design, architecture and applied arts that was founded by architect Walter Gropius in 1919 in Weimer, Germany. Gropius derived the name of the school from the inversion of the German word Hausbau, which translates to “house building”. He opened the Bauhaus during a time period when art was losing its importance in society, as industrial production was gaining importance, with the goal of bridging the gap between art and industry. The ideologies upon which he founded the school became the fundamental philosophy of the Bauhaus movement and later had profound influence on the modern design industry.
Recognizing the need to adapt to the new era, the Bauhaus movement focused on reuniting creativity with manufacturing and harmonizing mass production with artistry and craftsmanship. The Bauhaus movement had one of the biggest impacts on art, architecture and design in the 20th century and heavily influenced subsequent developments across all mediums of design.
Bauhaus style is characterized by simplicity, rationality, and functionality. The most basic tenet is form follows function, with the intention of creating aesthetically pleasing, functional objects for daily use. Bauhaus aesthetic is clean, matter-of-fact, minimalist, and simple.
The face of the Mondaine Classic Swiss Railways (SBB) watch has been a mainstay of minimalist, Bauhaus design for 70 years. Mondaine timepieces represent the epitome of craftsmanship, punctuality, precision and uncomplicated, concise design that speaks to the Bauhaus style.
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