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SwissRailwayClock

SwissRailwayClock
  • #: 234637
  • Price: $0.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Utilities
  • Updated: 2009-06-27
  • Current Version: 1.2
  • 1.2
  • Size: 0.20 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Thomas Feger
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 2.2.1 or later
  • © 2010 Fegi
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Description

Yes, just another clock, but one of the most well known Swiss Clock Designs featured at every Swiss Railway Station. With the famous seconds stop every minute - pause for a moment and think before you start into a new minute of your life.

The best known clock in the world

Switzerland is world renowned for its punctuality, a reputation enhanced with the enduring image of the Swiss Railway Clock. The clock, prominently displayed in every railway station in Switzerland, can be found more than 3'000 times across the country. The simple and unique design is an international symbol for reliability and visitors learn quickly to depend on its easy-to-read face to ensure they make their train departure.

Back in the 1940s when the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) was looking for a way to take advantage of their name for punctuality and incorporate this theme into their national image, they asked Hans Hilfiker, an SBB employee, engineer and prolific inventor, to come up with a highly visible clock that would not only form the basis of their later corporate identity, but it would help to guarantee on time departures as well.

Hilfiker, an exponent of products that were both functional and well designed, created the Railways' masterpiece in 1944. The design, with its clear and easily read face, mimics the smooth running of the trains and incorporates clever features that demonstrate punctuality in a highly visible fashion.

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Rated 4/5 based on 2 customer reviews.

 

5/5 stars

Simple, classic

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Very cool clock, just like I remeber it at the train stations. Only wish i could set it as my background so I could use it for a quick time check.

3/5 stars

beautiful clock, but needs retina update

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### have to knock off a star for lack of a high res update to take advantage of Retina displays. It's a shame for such an otherwise perfect clock to look fuzzy on current screens. ###

The clock is gorgeous, from the pleasing way the bezel is lit and rendered, right down to a subtle, mechanical-looking movement of the minute and second hands.

For those who want to keep this clock on as a display when not using their iPhone/iPod, there's a setting available to "ignore auto-lock". You get to it by going to Settings on your home screen, then scrolling down to RailClock. I use it this way when it's docked at home, as a nice little side clock on my desk.

This is not mentioned in the rather sparse documentation, but (as the screenshots above show) the face changes from white to a soft yellowish glow between sunset and sunrise -- but it uses the sunrise/sunset times from Zürich, Switzerland. I know this because I e-mailed the developer and asked :) The daylight times even adjust through the seasons. For users at a significantly different latitude than Switzerland, though, this might be a fair bit off from local daylight hours.

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