This page does not contain any fancy pictures but I hope to provide
some substantial information for collectors of Swatch watches. If you
want to see some pictures of interesting swatches then go to my virtual swatch museum.
Although I am probably a bit biased, it is highly recommended, especially
the section about special packagings which contains many pictures not
in the Swatch-Clopedia guide!
Recent Swatch info (Last updated: 10-NOV-2017)
WANTED! Perfect Timing Swatch (#332/700). I am asking for your help. The
following bad incident has happened to a friend of mine without
internet access: The Perfect Timing Swatch (#332/700) has been stolen
on its way from the USA to Germany. Apparently, the package was opened
during transport and the watch (including the plexi glass tube) was
taken out of the parcel. The outer white cardboard tube was still in
the parcel and can be seen here. If this
watch shows up somewhere or is being offered for sale (remember that
it will come without the white paper tube), I would be VERY happy if
you could inform me about
the seller. This watch has been STOLEN! Back to the regular news
Swatch X You Seasons special set. A Swatch
X You Seasons special set (GZS69) will be sold in Switzerland
probably worldwide in selected stores (eg. 210 pcs for Switzerland,
only 20 for Germany), starting 09-NOV, retail price is 140 CHF or
16200 JPY (approx. 123 EURO). The box can only be bought if you
are a club member (so maybe this is a special that can be considered
as second club special). The box contains two new Gent
Swatch X You watches (a red
(HGR176) and a white
(HGW195)), three straps (red, green and white), and six loops.
All parts of the box are also available
for purchase individually. The box is limited to 3000 pcs
(unnumbered) and it is also available in the online store. Update:
You get a nice gift with
purchase in the Swiss Swatch stores (a peeler in either red or
green). Thanks to Alain
Choisy for the information and to Yannick Durand and to Fabien
Perissinotto for the pictures.
Chinese Year Of The Dog special. 2018 is the Year
of the Dog according to the Chinese calendar. As in the
last years, Swatch will release a special Swatch: A New Gent Woof
(SUOZ266) packaged in a nice special packaging.
Swatch Club at Biennale 2017. On 28-OCT, about 40
international members of Swatch Club participated at a
day with Swatch Club and Carlo Giordanetti in Venice at La
Biennale Arte 2017. Here
are more pictures from the day (Instagram story by Swatch Club). Update:
are the "official" pictures by Swatch Club. Thanks
a lot to Christine
Tanner for the report and pictures.
Swatch at Biennale 2017. As in the last years, Swatch
is again the main
partner of the 57th international art exhibition Biennale
Arte 2017 in Venice, Italy (13-MAY to 26-NOV).
Swatch will present four artists who had an artist residency at the Swatch Art Peace
Hotel and some more spectacular artworks. Update:
Faces 2017at La Biennale will feature the
following four artists: Rodan
Kane Hart from South Africa, Jinhua
Yuanfrom China, Virginie
Litzlerfrom France and Cedric
Van Parysfrom Belgium. Update 2: The
official press conference with Swatch was on 11-MAY, the official
Swatch webpage has all the details about the huge Swatch presence at
La Biennale. As a celebration of Biennale Arte 2017's VIVA
ARTE VIVA theme, Swatch created a special Gent Viva
Arte(GN718E). It is now available in many Italian
Swatch stores. Update 3: As in the last
years, volunteers working at the Biennale Arte 2017 received a
special New Gent Swatch. Biennale
Arte 2017 Volunteer (SUON709C).
The watch is a New Gent Bellablu
(SUON709) with a special strap and packaged in a nice paper
sleeve. The watch is not available for sale. Thanks to Christine Tanner for the
Caribbean Destination special.Sea
My Colors is the name of a new Caribbean Destination
special. It is a Gent Sir
Blue (GN718) from 2014 with a special colorful
strap. During the month of November, it is available with a
gift with purchase at the three Kirk Freeport
and Swatch stores in Cayman. Anyone taking a cruise in that
Fin D'Apprentissage special.Here
is a very nice Fin D'Apprentissage / Lehrabschluss special
from Swatch Group Switzerland in 2016 (finish of apprenticeship). Here is a picture of the back of
the unique(?) special.
Swatch collection on Swedish TV. Meanwhile, Swatch
collections can be found in TV collectible / junk shows (such as Antiques Roadshow).
Here is an
example from Swedish Television.
Mystery Vintage sets for 2017. Nine different Mystery
Vintage sets of three Swatch watches will be available soon in
the USA. Usually, the price for these sets is really low (less
than $100 US for three watches). This time, the sets will
contain a mixture of watch types (eg. older Chrono Plastic + Gent +
Lady or Scuba Libre + Puzzle Motion + Square etc.).
Santa Swatch voting / special. "Swatch Santa has a
surprise for you." Starting 02-OCT, you can vote for your
Swatch on the official Swatch website! This has
never been done before with a Swatch watch! Update: According
to the newsletter,
we are voting for the strap only, perhaps only for the lower part (the
nice teaser design already shows the
upper part). Update 2: The voting is live now (until
15-OCT)! As expected, you can only vote for the lower
strap: 1. Santajocks;
2. Santattoo; 3. Santascot
(my favourite [beer!]); 4. Santascoot.
According to the Terms
& Conditions: 10 winners will receive the Santa Watch which
received the most votes during the voting period.The
most voted watch will be produced and sold online only.
Update 3: Santajocksis
(with 32% of the votes). Santajocks will be produced in 1500 pcs
worldwide and sold online only
Hudson's Bay Netherlands special. The Canadian
department store chain Hudson's
Bay recently opened new stores in the Netherlands, eg.
Maastricht, Breda and Amsterdam. They have now released a New
Gent special Hudson's Bay,
limited to 500 pcs (the numbering is on a little piece of paper inside
the box, so not officially numbered by Swatch). The watch is a White
Rebel New Gent with a special strap and it is packaged in
a custom paper sleeve. The watch costs 70 EURO and it is also available
online (shipping to the Netherlands only I guess). Thanks
to Anja Beckers Rings for the picture.
Cebu lechon Philippines special. Here
is a report about a special Cebu
lechon Swatch loop that is exclusively available on the
Lechon is a very popular dish (with pigs)
on the Philippines.
Swatch & Art in Paris. New Swatch promotion:
Until 20-OCT, you can discover limited edition artist watches at the Swatch
store 17 Rue Des Francs-bourgeois in Paris. On sale are limited
edition watches from the famous tattoo artist Tin-Tin Tattoo (from
Paris), fashion designer Jeremy Scott and singers Jain and Mika, plus
so much more! No Kiki Picasso or Mimmo Paladino available, though.
Swatch dummies at Victoria & Albert Museum. Six
Swatch dummies (Jelly Fish Gent and Lady, Techno
Sphere, ...) from the mid 80s are on (permanent?) display at the
Victoria & Albert Museum
in London. A small sign
explains some details about these dummies. Thanks
to Max Cheslow for the pictures.
China Destination specials. Four new Destination
specials for China are available already / will be released
soon: 1. Macau: #LOVEMACAU
(SUOZ267, available, on the right); 2. Chengdu: Land
Of Plenty(SUOZ270, available since 30-AUG); 3.
Shanghai: A Night In Shanghai
(SUOZ271, will be released soon); 4. Beijing: Beijing
Opera (SUOZ272, available since 30-AUG). Thanks to Fabien Perissinotto and
to Edward Chung for the information and picture and to Sophia Chang for the picture.
Tokyo Destination specials. On 30-SEP, Swatch will celebrate
the 10th anniversary of the famous "Swatch Boutique Ginza" in
Tokyo. The store has been renovated for this anniversary.
Two Tokyo Destination Gent specials will be released on the
anniversary: 1. Edo Night (GZ315,
packaged in the well known Destination
paper sleeve); 2. Nandayanen
(GB247V, a Colour Code Gent Black Suit (GB247) with a
nice new special strap). Each watch costs 8640 JPY (approx. 65
EURO). As a special promotion for the reopening, the first 300
pcs of Edo Nightwill be sold with two special loops"Ginza"
and "NGHC". In addition, a special Swatch tote
bag is available for the first 300 customers who purchase a
Swatch watch at the renovated store. On 30-SEP, popular illustrator Chocomoo
(Mr. Chocomoo) will welcome customers and enhance Swatch watches and
bags with a
nice drawing. Update: Here
is a short video from the inside of the new Swatch store.Update 2:Mr.
Chocomo painted a large
wall design in the store and a special Maxi
Swatch (not for sale, closeup).
Later during the night, Swatch had organized a Edo
Night Club Party (video).
Thanks to Fabri for the hint
and to Sophia Chang for the pictures.
SISTEM51 test watches?An ebay
seller offers a special version of the first four SISTEM51
watches: He claims that these are test watches. The
difference to the regular watches is a frosted
backside of the case. I am very sceptical about this as it
looks very homemade. But the watch has a special SUTS401Z
sticker on the paper sleeve of the plastic box (regular ref.no.
is SUTS401). The 'Z' might denote some kind of speciality.
Update: These are official Swatch watches (the frosted
backside has officially been manufactured by Swatch). My
assumption is as follows: The very first SISTEM51 watches (maybe
the first batch only) occasionally had problems with small cracks in
the turning disc on the back. Due to the frosted backside, the
cracks are no longer visible if they exist :-)
AIM Global specials. In 2015, the MLM company Alliance
In Motion Global, Inc. from the Philippines released two
special Swatch watches. A AIM
Global Maxi also seems to exist. No further info so
far. Thanks to Fabri
for the hint.
Swatch X You Taiwan specials. On 16-SEP, a Swatch
X You VIP event
took place at the Port23
restaurant in Taipei, Taiwan. Swatch
X You will be available starting 21-SEP in Taiwan.
During the VIP event, collectors were able to get a special blue
or pink box as a gift with
purchase upon purchase of three Swatch X You New Gent or Gent.
The boxes are limited to approx. 300 pcs (not numbered). Here
is a picture of the opened box (empty
box). Sophia Chang has many
more pictures from the VIP event. Thanks to Sophia Chang for the information and pictures.
Closure of Munich Marienplatz Swatch store. The Munich
Marienplatz Swatch store (Germany) will close its doors on
16-SEP. Only the Munich-Riem store will remain in Munich for now
as Swatch is looking for another location in the heart of the city
(won't be easy I guess). This is the closure of a rather prominent
Swatch store, it is listed in the Swatch
Club Benefits list as a store for "VIP Treatment in selected
Swatch Stores". It is also one of the stores featured in the
passport from the Shanghai Art Peace Hotel special Peace
Of Art (SUOZ160-1), so you only have 10 days left to get
your stamp in the passport!
MIT Media Laboratory special. This tweet
by John Maeda (former Professor at the MIT
Media Lab) shows a MIT
Media Lab Swatch special (a Gent Original
Transparent (GK209) with a special strap) which has been
released in 1999. It has the number "15" on the lower part of
the strap. Charlyene Johnson who informed me about this Swatch
thinks that other numbers on the lower part of the strap also exist
(so it would be the number of the Swatch special). I think that
this is unlikely. This Swatch special may be related to the
development of Internet
page about Internet Time). Does anyone have more
information about this watch? Ref.code? Limitation? Thanks to Charlyene Johnson for
Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles
2017 special. From 06 to 17-SEP, the seventh stop
on the 2017 Women's Championship Tour
is held at “Trestles” near San Clemente, CA. A special event
Swatch have been released, it is limited to 1000 pcs: Endless
Ride (SUON112D). The watch is packaged in a nice paper
sleeve. Thanks to
Fabien Perissinotto for the information.
Locarno Film Festival 2017 special. A special New Gent
Swatch for the 70th Locarno
Film Festival 2017 (02 to 12-AUG) is now available in the
Online Store: Locarno70
(SUOZ274S) is limited and numbered to 700 pcs and it costs 100
CHF. The watch is packaged in a nice paper
sleeve. Update: The number can only be
found on the back of the watch but not
on the paper sleeve (which has a sticker "Limited
& Numbered"). I assume that the numbering was a last
minute decision as I had seen a ref.code SUOZ274 for this watch as
well which would indicate an unnumbered Swatch. Very unusual...
Thanks to Fabien
Perissinotto for the information.
Swatch Beachvolleyball Hamburg special. For the Swatch Beach
Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals 2017 in Hamburg, Germany
(22 to 27-AUG), no special Swatch was issued. However, you could
buy any Swatch from the current collection at the Swatch truck and
receive two special loops
with the German flag and the inscription "Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB
World Tour Finals Hamburg '17", preferably a New Gent or a
SISTEM51. Example: New Gent Mono
Black (SUOB720). A lot of Swatch
goodies were also distributed at the event. Here
are some photos taken on 23-AUG.
Cancun / Playa del Carmen Destination specials. Two
new Destination specials are now available in Mexico according to this
Cancún (SUOZ268) is available in Cancún, Mexico. And
in this video
by Swatch, you can see a similar watch Destination
Playa Del Carmen (SUOZ268C, it has a different loop
compared to Destination Cancún).
Thanks to Torsten Rube for the
Giant Kumquat Maxi. A giant Kumquat
Maxi is now on display at the Ayala Mall in Makati
(Philippines). The New Gent Kumquat
(SUOK127) is part of the Fall
Thanks to R.J.Valdez for the information and picture.
Swiss National Day celebration at the Times Square store in NYC.
The New York City Times Square store will have a month-long
celebration of Swiss
National Daystarting 01-AUG. The whole store will be
transformed into "Everything Swiss" for August.
New (??) Swatch & Art collection hits Hong Kong. "New
Swatch & Art collection hits Hong Kong" is the title of a report
in the South China Morning Post lifestyle magazine. Art
Swatch watches by Jeremy Scott and Hiroyuki Matsuura are
(were?) now available in the Swatch
online store in Hong Kong. So the title of the report is
almost correct except for the fact that the collection is not
"new". These watches are about six years old. But it
is great to see them available again...
Stop watch prototype. Here
is a Stop watch (used and working and it does not seem to be glued)
that looks like a prototype as it has no dial. It looks like a Jess'Rush
(SSB100) from the first year of Stop watch production but without a
dial. Also, the backside of the prototype(?) Stop watch does
not have a production code, so it really may be a prototype
(normally, Stop watches do
have production codes). Does anyone have more information?
Swatch Pay. Swatch Bellamy (the Swatch
"pay-by-the-wrist" smart watch with a contactless payment feature) has
been relaunched as Swatch
Pay on a press
conference with Swatch Group CEO Nick Hayek at the landmark Swatch Art Peace
Hotel in Shanghai on 18-JUL. From 27-JUL onward, Swatch
Pay will be available at designated Swatch stores in 28 Chinese
cities. It is now much easier to activate the payment function
of the watch: After purchase of Swatch Pay, only an
in-store app download and scan is required to instantly activate the
watch. The tokenization process takes just a few minutes, and
customers can start paying with the watch. The easier setup is
now explained in this instore display.
is a report in a big Swiss newspaper. Update 2: It seems that
Swatch Bellamy (Swatch Pay) is no
longer available in Switzerland.
Swatch Club UK Swissness Evening. On 04-AUG, Swatch
Club UK will host a Swissness Evening in London: "Let's
join together in true Swiss style over delicacies such as Fondue and
Countryside collection launch in NYC. From 14 to
16-JUL, you can visit the Times
Square Swatch store in New York city for a preview
of the upcoming Fall collection Countryside.
You can view the collection while lounging in the secret garden.
Follow the hash tag #SwatchTSQ
in order to be informed about similar future events.
Swatch variant in Jain video. French singer Jain
(designer of the New Gent special Zanaka)
has released a great new music video called Dynabeat.
Her Swatch special is featured in the video and at the 0:50 mark, a variant of Zanaka is
Fall / Winter collection 2017/18. An exclusive
prerelease of the Swatch Fall / Winter collection 2017/18 is now
available in the Swatch online
store. I like the new models in the Swissness
collection (especially the SISTEM51 Sistem
Schwiiz (SUTB404), a very special backside!)
and the retro inspired New Gent Greybolino
(SUOM109). Update: Dino has found a french
webpage showing more watches from the upcoming Swatch Fall /
Winter collection 2017/18, including a Xmas themed watch (the Xmas
special?), and a very colourful
Skin. (we've seen this kind of strap before :-) Also
available: New Scuba
watches and a New Gent watch
which reminds us of the famous GB103
from 1983 (Swatch now has one or two watches in each collection which
are related to famous models from the 80s). More Touch
watches are also available soon (two regular Touch on the left and in
the middle, a Touch Zero Two on the right). Additionally, three
Chrono watches are available now in an exclusive presale in the
Swatch online store. Update 2: A virtual press map for
2017 collection is now online on the Swatch website.So it seems that Swatch plans to release four collections per
year in the future. The Fall
2017 collectionconsists of three subcollections:
To Swatch; 3. Swissness.
Swatch at Gstaad Major 2017. The Gstaad
Major (a 5 star event of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World
Tour) took place from 03 to 09-JUL. No special Swatch was
released but it was possible to buy new
models of the upcoming Swissness collection with two
special loops (Team Switzerland and FIVB). Some nice
Swatch goodies were handed out: a very nice handmade Panama
hat, the well-known Swatch bag and
a baseball cap, and more...
Thanks to Christine Tanner for
the information and pictures.
Melbourne Destination special. A new Destination
special is available: Laneways
(SUOW133C) is a tribute to Melbourne, Australia. It is a New
Paint (SUOW133) with two extra loops around the strap. The
watch is exclusively available in all Swatch stores in Melbourne and
it costs 110 AUD (~74 EURO). Here
is a picture of the actual watch. Thanks to Hernan Terrones for the
SportAccord World Combat Games special. The SportAccord
World Combat Games 2013 took place in St. Petersburg,
Russia (18 to 26-OCT-2013). The World Combat Games showcase
Olympic and non-Olympic martial arts and combat sports, among them
Aikido, Boxing, Judo, Ju-Jitsu, Karate, Kendo, Kickboxing, Muaythai,
Sambo, Sumo, Taekwondo, Wrestling, and Wushu. A special Swatch SportAccord World Combat Games 2013
(SUDB109D) was released to commemorate the event. It is an
Angel (SUDB109) with two special loops around the strap.
Thanks to Alain Choisy for the
Club watch 2017/18. The new Club watch 2017/18 with
the theme Celebration
Time was pre-launched on 17-MAR in Milano, Italy.
Selected Gold & Pioneers members (about 25) and Italian Club
members (about 70) were invited. The new Club watch is a New
Gent called Spice
It Up (SUOZ261). As in the last years, a limited
variant of the club watch called Dress
To Impress (SUOZ713S, 888 pcs, 115 EURO) is released for
the launch events. The regular club watch is packaged in a paper
sleeve and the limited one in a nice thick
paper roll. Further pre-launch parties will take place in
(23-MAR). Other countries: 25-MAR: Montreal, Tokyo,
Basel ("come when you want between 9.30 and 13.00"), Taiwan
(xinming store); 27-MAR: Eindhoven; 28-MAR: Paris.
A detailed report with many pictures from the Milano launch
event will follow in the next days. Update: You
will receive the welcome pack (parts of it are pictured here
on the lower right) only if you renew your club membership with a code
from the new club watch. If you use a code from any other watch
(Jain, ... [more to follow]), you will not receive the usual welcome
package.Update 2: Here
is a photo album from the Frankfurt pre-launch. Update
3:Here is a
detailed report about the launch of the new club
watch in Milano. Update 4: The welcome
package with the membership card also contains a nice gift in
the case that you are a Gold
or Pioneer member: A powerbank (a "classic" rectangular
one for men and a round one for the ladies). Thanks
to Thomas Chan, Fabien Perissinotto, Sophia Chang, and Monique
van Grieken for the information and to Christine Tanner for the
Ian Davenport artist special. During the press
conference at Biennale
Arte 2017 in Venice, Italy, Swatch Creative Director Carlo
Giordanetti announced a New Gent artist special Wide
Acres Of Time (SUOZ269S) designed by UK artist Ian
Davenport: The watch is limited and numbered to 1966
pcs (his year of birth) and it costs 130 EURO. It is now
available in Venice only and it will be available in selected Swatch
stores and in the Swatch Online store starting 12-JUN. The watch
comes in a beautiful special
packaging, where the inspiration behind the watch is unveiled in
a written excerpt from Ian Davenport's brother's poem "Wide Acres of
is a nice report about the watch and the artist and here
is more information on the official Swatch webpage. Update:Here
is another nice German report promoting the special ("This Swatch watch is an investment!Today 150 EURO,
tomorrow a value of 1.500 EURO"). It also has the info that
the watch will be sold at the following Swatch stores in
Germany: Hamburg, Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich, and
Cologne. Update: On 20-JUN, a
Swatch "Wide Acres Of Time" artist signing with Ian Davenport was held
in Zurich, Switzerland at the Jemoli
some photos and a small video
from the artist signing event. There are no other signing events
planned with Ian Davenport.
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original plastic boxes for Keith Haring (with correct price
sticker) for: Modele Avec Personnages (GZ100), Serpent
all Fachhandellogo Swatches (on the face, not on the strap), mint
or even worn out.
Folders, brochures, documentation, advertisement material up to
Prototypes, variants, hybrids, test models.
and: Kiki Picasso (poster piece) and Mimmo Paladino, ...
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