As iconic as you
The intersection between individuality and timelessness, processed into sustainable clocks and wall clocks. From Switzerland to the whole world.
Our aim is to produce unique and high quality timepieces that are crafted sustainably and with personality to ensure a quality that will last for generations. Our unmistakable Bauhaus style is easily recognizable and can be found in every Swiss train station, as well as on the walls and wrists of icons around the world - maybe even you!
Over 70 years of Swiss tradition
Our story begins in 1951 when Erwin Bernheim founded Mondaine in Solothurn, Switzerland. The Swiss heritage running through our veins is reflected in our traditional approach to watchmaking, with a strong focus on craftsmanship, design and sustainability. We manufacture all our watches in our own factory in Biberist to ensure premium and iconic Swiss quality and are still a family business to this day with André and Ronnie Bernheim continuing their father's legacy as co-owners and members of the MWL Board of Directors. We wear our heritage with pride and have even included Switzerland in our logo. As well as the flag, the M in our logo has also been modified from the usual font to represent two mountain peaks - literally the pinnacles of Swiss symbolism.
The origins of our iconic design go back to Hans Hilfiker's design for the official watch of the Swiss Federal Railways in 1944. He later updated his design and added a red second hand, inspired by the signaller's hand that dispatched trains at stations. Less than half a century later, Erwin Bernheim and the Mondaine Group took inspiration from Hilfiker's original design and decided to transform it into a wristwatch collection officially licensed by the Swiss Federal Railways. They launched the first Classic collection in 1986 which, together with Hilfiker's distinctive red seconds hand, started the chain of events that led to Mondaine becoming a beloved icon of Swiss watchmaking worldwide.
Since then, we've customized our watch cases and straps in numerous variations to meet the goals of sustainability and style, but the iconic dial has never changed. To this day, our timeless timepieces are the symbol of Swiss simplicity and elegance.
Sustainability has never looked so good
We've always been ahead of our time, and as the watch industry pioneering a journey towards a greener future, our stance on sustainability is nothing short of iconic. We have received global recognition for our efforts, including an honorable mention for our carbon footprint initiative and the award for best sustainable watch collection for our essence collection at the Marie Claire Sustainability Awards 2021.
We are also the first company in the world to offer watch recycling and are among the first fully carbon neutral watch brands and companies in the world (Scope 1, 2 and 3 of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol) to follow the 3Rs from 2020: Reduce, Reuse , recycle. In addition, our factory in Biberist produces all our watches with green energy, 80% coming from our own photovoltaic solar system, and follows the Just-in-Time production method to ensure there are no unnecessary or unsustainable surpluses . Finally, as part of our ongoing commitment to sustainability, all of our watch collections are now available with sustainable, vegan straps made from textiles made from recycled plastic bottles, cork, cotton and grape leather. You could even say that sustainability is embedded in our DNA.
At MONDAINE, we take care of it.
We care about meeting the needs of our customers and take the initiative to create designs that can be appreciated by all generations. We also care about the planet we live on and work to guidelines that ensure our watches are made in the most sustainable way possible. And perhaps most importantly, we want to create timeless, high-quality and iconic watches that support the wearer. Wherever and whoever they are.