Mondaine watch face copied in Apple iPad clock

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Apple’s new iPad operating system features a clock application that is indistinguishable from Mondaine’s classic watch face in all but name.

The iPad’s alarm clock features a face based on a copyrighted design first created for Schweizerische Bundesbahnen (SBB), a state-owned Swiss train operator, in 1955.

The design has since been licensed for use by Mondaine, but Apple has not been authorised to use it.

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Christian Ginsig, a spokesperson for SBB, told Swiss newspaper Tages Anzeiger that they were happy that such a design classic was being so widely used, but added that the company is in contact with Apple about agreeing the rights to use it.

 

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