Why does the second hand stop after each minute for two seconds? A unique feature of the Swiss Railway (SBB) Clock to ensure smooth and absolutely precise departures of Swiss trains on the full minute for the last 70 years. An ingenious design by a Swiss engineer employed by SBB, that ensured train punctuality would become a visible concept across the globe. A timepiece that ticks off the minute at 58 seconds continues to charm and intrigue; Swiss watchmaker Mondaine has incorporated this unique motion within its Mondaine - SBB/Official Swiss Railway Watch.
The fascinating execution of “stop2go,” like on the original clock, features the famous red second hand that turns full circle in 58 seconds and then waits at 12 o’clock for the black minute hand to move on, before jumping one marker forwards, starting its next rotation. Two seconds which sometimes can change our life?
Mondaine asked designer Martin Drechsel, to come up with a design for the new watch. As a tribute to its industrial background he framed the stainless steel case with two matte-brushed stainless steel braces, fading to the horns to fit the strap. The crown has been built as a functional switch for easy time setting of the new and unique movement, which was developed by Mondaine, to ensure clear visibility of the 12 o’clock second stop and iconic dial. The crystal is made from scratch resistant anti-reflective coated sapphire glass.
Mondaine BackLight Technology, applied to the back side of the hands, allows strong visibility of the hands at night, without any negative influence of the design of the hands during daytime.
Model number: MST.4101B.LC
Function: stop2go, BackLight
Movement (manufacture. Ref.): MONDAINE stop2go cal. 58-02
Movement (type): Quartz
Case size/diameter (mm): 41.00
Case material: Stainless steel brushed
Case back: Caseback with Screws
Crown: Regular Gasket
Crystal/Glass material: Anti-reflective coated sapphire crystal
Water resistance (m/ft/atm): 30/100/3
Strap/Bracelet material: Genuine leather
Strap/Bracelet finishing: Brushed
Strap width at lug (mm): 20.00
Origin: Swiss Made