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.