Our History

Key Developments in Mondaine Watch Groups history

21st Century

  • 2016

    Luminox
    Swiss watch manufacturers Andre and Ronnie Bernheim have purchased the remaining fifty percent of Luminox watch companies and brands from founding partner Barry Cohen.

    Mondaine
    Mondaine is main partner of Gottardo2016 and the opening of the Gotthard Base tunnel.
    Mondaine launches the Mondaine PayChip™.

  • 2015

    Mondaine
    Headquarters of Mondaine Watch Ltd. and L&M Watches move to Pfäffikon SZ.
    Mondaine launches its first ever smartwatch, the Mondaine Helvetica 1 Smart.

  • 2015

    Mondaine
    The Mondaine Helvetica family, inspired by the font Helvetica®, is created.

  • 2013

    Mondaine
    Launch of the famous and classic Mondaine stop2go.

  • 2009

    Mondaine
    New state of the art production and logistic center in Biberist SO opens.

  • 2006

    Luminox
    Luminox production and sales joins the Mondaine Group.

  • 2004

    Mondaine
    Mondaine is awarded the “2003 Innovation in Logistics Award”.

  • 2003

    Opening of the new Mondaine Group head office in Zurich.

The 1990s

  • Mondaine
    Official Time-keeper for the CSI equestrian event in Zurich (1997-2000).
    Official Time-keeper for the Tour de Suisse (1992-1994).
    Development of world’s first post-consumer recycling watch, recipient of World Ecology Award.
    Recipient of German Design Plus award for innovative design and ecological concept.
    Mondaine “Meeting Point” in Zurich main train station is inaugurated.

    Luminox
    Assistant RDT&E Officer for the Navy SEALs, Nick North worked with Cohen to develop a watch specifically for the Navy SEAL’s (1993).

    M-WATCH
    5’000’000 watches sold in Switzerland.

    Camel Trophy
    Global licensor for Camel Trophy Adventure Watches.

The 1980s

  • Mondaine
    Establishment of the Mondaine International Service Organization (MISO) after-sales service network.
    Exclusive license agreement with Swiss Federal Railway (SBB).
    Establishment of Mondaine Swiss Watch (Far East) Ltd. in Hong Kong.

    Luminox
    Barry Cohen and Richard Timbo partner up and Luminox is born.

    M-WATCH
    Development of M-WATCH and market launch with Migros.
    M-WATCH world innovation: waterproof plastic watch without the need of a metal pressure bezel.

The 1970s

  • Mondaine
    Development of digital watches (LED) in collaboration with Hughes Aircraft and world’s first digital watches with LCD, with BBC/ABB Group.
    Launch of world’s first consumer-programmable LCD watches with microprocessors.
    Introduction of first solar quartz watch with both analog and digital displays.

The 1960s

  • Mondaine
    Remonta AG is established and a factory is built in Biberist/Switzerland to manufacture lever watches.

The 1950s

  • Mondaine
    Mondaine Trademark is registered and Mondaine Watch Ltd. is established by taking over Neuchatel Watch which was established in 1928.

Our Brands

 

Luminox

Luminox, the original self-powered luminous watch brand, is the watch of choice for U.S. Navy SEALs, F-117 NighthawkTM stealth jet pilots, other elite forces and professional divers. Luminox watches glow up to 25 years in any light condition, Always Visible. Tough, powerful and accurate, Swiss-made Luminox is the ultimate night vision gear for serious athletes, rugged outdoorsmen and other peak performers.

Visit luminox.com and facebook.com/Luminox

 

Mondaine

The simple design, the unmistakable easy-to- read face, distinctive hands and the famous red seconds hand have made Mondaine timepieces uniquely recognized the world over. Ingenuity and simplicity are the combined elements that distinguish and define a truly iconic design classic. The Mondaine Official Swiss Railways watches embody these elements and proudlyexemplify excellent 20th century design.

Visit mondaine.com and facebook.com/mondainewatch

 

M-WATCH

M-WATCH Mondaine was first introduced in 1983 by Mondaine Watch Ltd., Zurich/Switzerland (est. 1951) as a value-priced, fashion watch line, offering exceptional Swiss design and manufacture for an international mass market. Since its introduction, M-WATCH Mondaine has grown to be the timepiece of choice for the style-conscious, demanding Swisspopulation.

Visit m-watch.com and instagram.com/m_watch_mondaine/

 

Private Label

Private Label (OEM) Promotional watches and Outsourcing Services: Mondaine Watch Ltd. offers its expertise and services in watch manufacturing and distribution to third party companies and brands who want to concentrate on sales and marketing.

Innovations

 

CARBON COMPOUND - the forefront of innovation!

We use a special carbon compound material that results in a very stiff and hard finished watch case.

This high-tech material is frequently used in racing, cars, airplanes and spaceships. Professionals around the world choose it because of its perfect combination of light weight, strength and durability.

Carbon Compound does not get hot in warm temperatures or cold in cold climates and, for undercover missions the matte finish material is also an important benefit.

 

PayChip

Mondaine continues to innovate with new Near Field Communication (NFC) contactless payment technology. A number of Mondaine watches are imbued with a Mondaine PayChip™, designed to offer convenient and efficient transactions at contactless payment points. The Mondaine PayChip™, which is the same size as a phone SIM-card, is invisibly secured within a specially-designed, patent pending part of the Mondaine watch strap on the 12 o’clock side, or inside a strap loop which can be fitted to most watches. The ‘handy’ positioning of the PayChip™ ensures that a simple flick of the wrist results in uncomplicated payments at NFC pay counters worldwide; freeing the wearer from unnecessary bulky bags or wallets.


 

Always Visible

Navy SEALs, law enforcement, emergency personnel and more wear Luminox watches, and these professionals need to be able to see the time no matter the conditions. That’s why Luminox uses tiny tritium gas tubes, which will provide illumination for up to 25 years. Unlike other luminosity systems, which depend on exterior light sources to charge luminous paint or a pushbutton to illuminate the watch, the luminosity is built right into Luminox watches, ensuring that you will always be able to see the time, no matter the conditions.


 

Smartwatch

Mondaine launched a watch that proudly references its past, while simultaneously taking a bold step into its future. The Mondaine Helvetica No 1 Smart is the first-ever smartwatch. Inside this watch is the latest in smart technology focused on monitoring activity and sleep, featuring Motion activity tracking, Sleeptracking sleep monitoring, sleep cycle alarms, get-active alerts and adaptive coaching.


 

Stop2go

A unique feature of the Swiss Railway (SBB) Clock that ensures the smooth and absolutely precise departures of Swiss trains on the full minute, the 2 second pause on all railway clocks across Switzerland has continued to delight and intrigue travelers for the past 70 years. Swiss watchmaker Mondaine has incorporated this unique motion within the stop2go. This timepiece features the famous red second hand that completes its rotation in 58 seconds and then pauses at the 12 o’clock mark for 2 seconds while the black minute hand jumps forward, starting its next rotation.


 

New production site

In 2009 Mondaine built a new state-of- the-art factory, which is also home for the new Marlox Group (Esprit, JOOP!, Puma). We are very pleased to invite all international distributors, representatives of the media and other people working with us to attend a factory tour.

Exhibitions & Events

 

Basel exhibition (Basel, Switzerland)

During the world's biggest and most important event for the watch and jewellery industry, the Mondaine Group has its own store and conference, just 120meters (350feet) next to the main entrance of the show at Clarastrasse 51. Discover innovations, pinpoint new trends and forge personal contacts in an exclusive business atmosphere – Mondaine Group's meeting point provides the ideal platform for all this.

 

IWA & Outdoor Classics (Nürnberg, Germany)

Next show from March
IWA & Outdoor Classics has been the world's leading exhibition for the hunting and sporting guns, outdoor and accessories sector for over 35 years.

Link to official site

 

TFWA (Cannes, France)

Next show from October
Once a year, the world’s duty free and travel retail industry meets in Cannes for five days of ideas-sharing, business development and networking. The reason is TFWA World Exhibition & Conference, the only truly global event for anyone marketing to international travellers.

Link to official Site