Intense, clean visual communication is bread and butter over at Mondaine. The Swiss brand’s trademark style, best communicated in the Swiss rail line roused Classic, has extended lately to incorporate the splendidly negligible Helvetica arrangement. The Helvetica watches are a festival of that generally renowned of current typefaces—a genuine love letter to typography as a rule. Presently, for 2017, the Helvetica line has been spiced up with the contribution of one of the world’s most prominent living typographers—Germany’s Erik Spiekermann. The new Helvetica Special Edition Erik Spiekermann models offer an appealing rethinking of every one of the three Helvetica models, alongside eye-getting new red features. First on the rundown is the Helvetica No1 Light Spiekermann Edition. Incidentally, the real utilization of Helvetica is kept to a base here; the dial components are more overwhelmed by the long, vaporous printed hour marks than everything else (particularly the eye-getting red imprint at 12). The expansion of an enormous, fresh Helvetica Light-delivered Arabic 12 underneath the file, nonetheless, is a point of convergence for the whole dial and a splendid offset to the larger than average dial text over six o’clock.
The 38 millimeter case configuration stays unaltered from the standard Helvetica Light, with its perfect generally speaking lines and interesting carries consolidating the Helvetica numeral “1” in their shape. Around back, nonetheless, the Helvetica No1 Light gets an extraordinary case back including the engraved mark of Erik Spiekermann. Within, this shortsighted forte conveys a Ronda Swiss quartz power plant, and is accessible on earthy colored cowhide and Milanese cross section beginning at $375.
The Helvetica No1 Regular Spiekermann Edition is up straightaway, and not at all like the Helvetica Light, this one goes reductive instead of added substance with the standard model. As opposed to use the original’s sizable Arabic hours track, the Spiekermann take rather selects a lot more modest Arabic minutes record beginning at 00. This completely changes the visual weight dissemination of the dial, moving the point of convergence from the typography to the extraordinary blasting red seconds hand.
The case configuration remains basically unaltered, anyway this checks in somewhat heftier at 40 millimeters. Likewise, the Helvetica Special Edition offers a decision of cleaned spotless or dark PVD case close by either a dark cowhide or Milanese lash. Containing a similar Ronda quartz heart as the Light, the No1 Regular one will be accessible from $425.
Spiekermann saved his best overhaul for last. The striking Helvetica No1 Bold Spiekermann Edition is a significant takeoff from the first, yet the new look sets it well separated from the pack. The gem here, obviously, is the external dial ring. Styled in record dim with splendid red areas at 12, three, six, and nine, this ring feels like a cleaner, less complicated variant of Todd Snyder’s observed Timex plans. moreover, the ring drives the Arabic hour markers further inboard, causing a conceivably robust 43 millimeter case to feel a lot more modest and more sensible on the wrist. The red topic is brought through the brand name Spiekermann Edition red seconds hand, adding a touch of additional attachment to the dial. The case, similar to the standard Helvetica Bold, is a touch more stout and forceful than its stablemates, including thicker carries and an advanced power outage just completion. Like the others, the Helvetica Bold Special Edition will highlight a Ronda quartz development, and will be accessible on dark cowhide for $495. Mondaine