It is sometimes hard to believe that elegant and restrained designs have been around for so long. The clock designed for the Swiss Federal Railways came about in 1944, the same year I did. I wish I looked as modern as the clock.
It was designed by a Swiss engineer, Hans Hilfiker and clock manufacturer Mobatime for use as a station clock throughout the network.
Later Hilfiker added a red second hand in the shape of a railway guard’s signalling disc. The second hand is powered by an independent electric motor, and completes a circuit of the clock face in a little under a minute. It then waits at the 12 o’clock position until the clock receives a signal from the central master clock. The minute hand, which until now has been stationary pointing to a full minute, jumps ahead one minute, and the second hand begins a new revolution of the face. Swiss trains leave the station right on the full minute.
Almost as a tribute, the clock face design has recently been licensed by Apple for use in some of their devices.