A line of Mondaine watches is heavily influenced by classical Swiss railway clocks, called the Official Swiss Railways Watch/SBB, to a design licensed from the Swiss Federal Railways since 1986. This design, by Hans Hilfiker, originated in 1944.
The original movement was unlike other watches and unique because of the following fact: By spreading 58 seconds over the 360 degrees (rather than the usual 60 seconds), the second hand comes to a complete stop at the 12 numeral for two seconds, giving the illusion that time has stopped. Then, the minute hand advances one step and the second hand starts a new cycle. However the company stopped making models with this mechanism around 2001. In 2013, a redesigned model was launched under the name stop2go. In keeping with how the movement itself works, the crown is shaped like a rocker switch that you flip back and forth instead of winding. This element is as practical as it is distinctive.
The fact that the Dutch word ‘lef ’
is derived from the Hebrew word for heart and their studio
is located in the heart of amsterdam was not the only reason why brothers Arno and Dennis
Ruijzenaars and designer Erwin Termaat named their brand LEFF amsterdam.
More important to them was that the Dutch meaning of this word stands for doing something
that others don’t dare to do, like pushing boundaries and going against the grain. Because who
in the world would start making clocks these days, while time is all around us?Arno: “Well, we would. Because we think clocks are amazing products; they are technical
instruments and can be art pieces at the same time. But most of all, because nobody really
needs a clock. This challenges us even more to create something beautiful that everyone wants