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substantial information for collectors. 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.
Older Swatch info (Last updated:
- Pigcasso artist special. I
am still not sure if this was a joke or not: During the shareholder
assembly 2018 in Grenchen, Swatch Group CEO G.
N. Hayek jr. announced a special Swatch Pigcasso
collection consisting of three Swatch watches. The watches
have been designed
/ painted by a pig (yes!). The Pigcasso collection will be
launched at the end of 2018 and each watch will include a certificate
of authenticity. More pig pictures in my shareholder
assembly 2018 photo album. As Nick Hayek talked a few
minutes about the collection and as he showed several pictures, I
assume that this is for real :-) See also www.pigcasso.org.
Oink! Update: According to this report,
the Pigcasso New Gent art special Flying
Pig By Ms Pigcasso (SUOZ299S, 110 EURO) will be launched
in a limited edition number of 2019 pcs starting from 05-FEB (Chinese
New Year, 2019 is the year of the pig! 888 pcs of this watch
will go to China). This Instagram
posting has a photo of the special
packaging. Looks great! Update 2: Great
promotional video by Swatch HK! Update 3: Here
are pictures of the actual watch. Superb! Sold
out already in many countries. Here
is a nice webpage on the official Swatch website with videos and more
- Veggie triptych. You
probably know the legendary Vegetable
POP specials ("The Swatchetables") from 1991 (designed by Swiss
artist Alfred Hofkunst),
limited to 9999 pcs, numbered. You also probably know that the
first 333 pcs were sold in a special triptych, signed and numbered by
Alfred Hofkunst. This Swatchetables triptych was sold for a lot
of money (3333 CHF?) back then in art galleries. But I guess
that you haven't seen this triptych so far. Here we go: Swatchetables triptych in the packaging
/ 3 veggie watches in one big sealed
packaging in the triptych / 3
veggie watches in one big sealed packaging / 3
veggie watches in one big sealed packaging backside signed / Swatchetables triptych half assembled
(packaging not opened!). The bigger leaflet shown on the
pictures is not the usual DIN A4 sized veggie folder. It is
printed on much thicker paper. I think that it is part of the
triptych packaging. The smaller leaflet shown on the pictures is
from a Hofkunst Auction By Mangisch
Mangisch, Zürich) [backside].
During this auction, signed veggie watches, sketches
for the veggie watches, ... were auctioned. The auction leaflet
also shows a signed EA veggie set, including a Verduhra
EA 20/20. Here are photos of the complete EA 20/20
set (surely sold at this Mangisch auction in 1991): front
/ back / closeup
back. EA stands for "epreuve artiste" (= artist
proof). Finally a bonus photo of a signed
regular veggie set.
- Swatch The Beep Pager in
Germany. In the mid 90s, Swatch was also active in the
telecommunication industry (phones, pager, answering machines, even
mobile phones). It is very hard to get a complete list (with
names and ref.no.) for these items as much of this information is lost
over time. Here
is a photo album with some (also internal) information about Swatch
The Beep Pager Fall/Winter 1995 and more (Germany).
- A CEO and his Swatch
obsession. Dino has found a great online
radio interview with the Audemars Piguet CEO François-Henry
Bennahmias where he talks for about 10 minutes about his
Swatch obsession in the mid 90s (starts at 53:14).
- Swatch Loves Art Taiwan.
A great exhibition called Swatch
Loves Art is currently on display at the Huashan
Cultural and Creative center (Swatch Art Basement Store) in
Taipei, Taiwan. Swatch Club Pioneer member Sophia Chang has many nice
photos from the exhibition (including an origin Kiki
Picasso special). The exhibition will be open until
08-APR. Thanks to
Leo Lee for the information.
- History of .beat Internet
is a nice report (in German) about the history of .beat
Internet Time and how it failed to get a wider acceptance.
- Souvenirs of Hong Kong. A
nice Swatch souvenir set
consisting of a Swatch plate, Swatch spoon, and Swatch chop sticks is
now available as a gift with purchase at the Swatch
concept store in Hong Kong. The special Swatch store has
been designed by Elina
she also designed the Swatch
Megastore at CentralWorld in Bangkok.
- Pyeongchang Olympics 2018 IOC
special. Alain Choisy has published
a photo of a very nice Pyeongchang Olympics 2018 IOC
special: Sistem Earth IOC
(YIZ401). The watch is a SISTEM51 Irony Sistem
Earth (YIS400) with olympic rings on the dial and a special
engraving on the side of the watch case: "IOC LIMITED EDITION
PYEONGCHANG 2018". Very hard to find...
Automatic specials. An interesting automatic special
has surfaced in 2013 in Germany: SAB103C
(Automatic Black Board from 1995 with
a special loop around the strap). The loop seems to be the one
from the Inocente
Spain special from 2002 but SAB103C was not part of the
specials back then as far as I know. Strange... Update:
In 2019, another similar automatic special surfaced in Germany:
SAM103D (Automatic Classic Cheddar from 1994
with a special loop around the strap). Thanks to Nikolai Kuttler and to Stefan Kluge for the pictures.
- Stauffer special. The
Swiss acoustic protection company Stauffer
has issed a Scuba Swatch special Stauffer
(SDR101C). Limitation and release date are unknown.
- SwatchPAY! (re)launched in
Switzerland. On 17-JAN, SwatchPAY!
has been (re)launched
for Switzerland in Zurich (main train station in an old
VW Bus) with four new SwatchPAY! watches (85 CHF each):
1. BlackBack PAY!
(SVIB105-5300); 2. Pastel PAY!
(SVIP101-5300); 3. Magic PAY!
(SVIW109-5300); 4. Chic PAY!
(SVIW108-5300). The SwatchPAY! ("the coolest way to PAY!")
watches are packaged in a nice paper sleeve.
The watch can be used for "on the wrist" payments with banking cards
of six different Swiss banks/card
issuers. and boon
by Wirecard. You can find additional information
about the payment functionality here
(both in German). And here
is a somewhat critical report about the payment solution by UBS and
- Eight Six
Four Three Medtronic
"Presidents Club" Swatch specials. Recently, four three mysterious
Swatch specials have surfaced in Germany (and Portugal): They
are very similar strap variants (a "P" on the loop around the strap)
of the New Gent Swatch Look Through (SUOK105) from 2013. The
special Swatch is available with a black strap
(SUOK105K), a transparent strap (SUOK105N),
and a white strap (SUOK105?).
The watches were awarded to members of the Presidents
Club (link does not work) of the medical technology
company Medtronic. Update:
A special Swatch with a blue strap
(SUOK105I) also exists. Update: Four
"Presidents Club" Swatch specials have surfaced. The guarantee
for these is dated 27-JUL-2018, so I am fairly sure that these were
distributed later than the first four: 5. Color
My Laquered Presidents Club (SUOS101D); 6. Blue
Grey Lacquered Presidents Club (SUON102D); 7. Black Lacquered Presidents Club
(SUOB101E); 8. Gilt Ghost Presidents
Club (SUOK106F). Thanks
to Fabrizio for the information and to Pedro
Mota for the update.
- London Orb Sale. On
23-APR-1993, 1000 out of 49999 POP Art Specials Orb
Westwood) were sold in London at the London
Planetarium. Here are all
the details about the launch event (quite interesting, I would have
loved to watch the queues...). The Independent had a newspaper
report about the launch back then...
- Laax Open 2019 special. After
a pause of many years, Swatch is again a partner of the the Laax
Open snowboarding event, taking place from 14 to 19-JAN in
Laax, Switzerland. This report
mentions a special Laax Open Swatch
issued for this event, exclusively available at the Swatch event booth
in Laax. It is a XX-Rated
New Gent (red or black, 75 CHF) with a special Laax Open
loop around the strap, packaged in a special paper
- Chinese Year Of The Pig
special. 2019 is the Year
of the Pig according to the Chinese calendar. As in the
last years, Swatch will release a special Swatch: A Gent Gem
Of New Year (GZ319) packaged in a nice special
packaging (opened). The watch
is already on sale in several Asian countries including Hong
Kong. Update: German Santiago has
discovered a giant Gem Of New
Year Maxi at Swatch
HQ and R.J.Valdez has spotted another giant Gem
Of New Year Maxi inside
Ayala Mall in Makati.
Thomas Chan for the photo.
- Shanghai Art Peace Hotel special
2019. A new Shanghai
Swatch Art Peace Hotel New Gent special is available
since 06-JAN: Timeless
Landscape (SUOZ291, 630 CNY, approx. 80
EURO). The watch has been
designed by Chinese artist Han
Feng, former resident at the Art Peace Hotel in early
2017. The watch is packaged in a nice paper
sleeve. Here is a picture of
the actual watch and here
is the official announcement on Instagram. The watch is
available at the Swatch
Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai and online in China on
Previously, Swatch has issued five Swatch Art Peace Hotel
specials: 1. Peace
Hotel (GZ226S, 2010, 888 pcs); 2. Bund
19 (GZ228, 2010); 3. Peace
Of Art (SUOZ160, 2013, also available as a limited version
& White The Swatch Art Peace Hotel (SUOZ197,
2014); 5. Juls
At Swatch Art Peace Hotel (SUOZ217, 2016) [not sure if
this one should be considered more as an Artist Special].
Thanks to Sophia
Chang for the photos and information.
- Valentine 2019 special. According
to this report,
the Swatch Valentine special for 2019 is a Gent Swatch Triple
Love (GZ322S). The watch is limited and numbered to
5143 pcs. It comes
in a special Valentines Day box and
costs 70 EURO (available starting 10-JAN).
- Swatch Aristocrazy collection in
the Swatch Online Store. The
Swatch X Aristocrazy collection is now available in more
countries (eg. Italy) in the Swatch Online Store.
- Vans 50th anniversary
special. For the 50th anniversary of Vans
(manufacturer of skateboarding shoes and related apparel) in 2016, a
special New Gent Swatch Vans 50th
was given to employees
only. It was designed with the help of Jürgen
Blümlein (curator of a German
Skateboard Museum). Thanks to Fred Mcfarland for the
information and photo.
- Nord Stream special. A
special Access Swatch Nord Stream
(SKK124R) was released in Germany(?) by Nord
Stream AG in NOV-2011 to celebrate the first transport of
gas through pipeline Nord
Stream Line 1. No further info so far.