How long is a Swatch .beat? In short, Swatch have divided up the virtual and real day into 1000 ".beats".
One Swatch beat is the equivalent of 1 minute 26.4 seconds.
That means that 12 noon in the old time system is the equivalent of @500 Swatch .beats.
Okay, so how can a surfer in New York, or a passenger on a transatlantic flight know when it
is @500 Swatch .beats in Central Europe for example? How can the New York surfer make a date
for a chat with his cyber friend in Rome? Easy, Internet Time is the same all over the
How is this possible? Swatch is not just creating a new way of measuring time, Swatch is also
creating a new meridian in Biel, Switzerland, home of Swatch. Biel MeanTime (BMT) is the universal
reference for Internet Time. A day in Internet Time begins at midnight BMT (@000 Swatch .beats)
(Central European Wintertime). The meridian is marked for all to see on the fašade of the Swatch
International Headquarters on Jakob-Staempfli Street, Biel, Switzerland.
So, it is the same time all over the world, be it night or day, the era of time zones has disappeared.
The BMT meridian was inaugurated on 23 October 1998 in the presence of Nicholas Negroponte,
founder and director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology`s Media Laboratory.
Current Internet Time: @893 .beats