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This page does not contain any fancy pictures but I hope to provide some
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
news from 2001 are below:
- Soulcity 2001. For the traditional Soulcity
event on new years eve 2001/02 in Vienna, Austria, a special
access swatch (This-Closure scuba access with a new strap,
ref. no. SHB108C) has been released. I don't know the limitation.
Here is a
report by Nikolai Kuttler about the Soulcity event. Participants
at the event also received a nice fleece
- New Vend˘me swatches. Five new swatches have been
released at the Vend˘me store in Paris, all feature "diamonds" by
Svarowsky: A gent (Carry A Star,
GM158P), two squares (picture shows only
one of them called Reach For The Star, SUBB101P), a skin
(Jeans de SoirÚe, SFK135P), and one irony. Thanks
to Philippe Danjean and Thomas for the information and pictures.
- Watch-Boavista Oporto Special. To celebrate the 5th
anniversary of the swatch store watch-boavista in Oporto,
Portugal, a special packaging (numbered,
96 pcs) of the art special swatch Rio Douro Cor de Prata
(GZ165) showing Porto 2001 was released by the store. The
packaging contains the watch and a T-shirt with a pin. Here
is a picture and here is another one.
- Xmas special 2001. The Xmas special 2001 is a skin
watch: It is called Plume
Fŕte. Limitation is (only) 9999 pcs. Read all
about it here.
It is available in two versions: The normal,
worldwide version contains a paper saying that the Vend˘me store
in Paris, France has "offered" this Xmas watch to the other stores (a
kind of advertising). The second version called Plume
Serafine is sold at the Vend˘me store in Paris. This
version (200 pcs, numbered) contains
2 extra breastpins. Here
is a picture of the box of the normal version. Update: A
special packaging (closeup,
60 pcs, numbered) of the Xmas skin has been released in the UK at a
Swatch Xmas party on 9-DEC. Here
is a picture of the opened box containing the regular Xmas special 2001
(closeup of paper lining). Thanks to Peter Rollings, Cristiano, and Thomas for the
information and pictures.
- Hollywood Swatch Event. On 15-DEC, a swatch event took
place at the new Swatch Store in Hollywood (on Highland and hollywood
Blvd). 10 pairs of sneakers decorated and signed by Shaqille
O'Neal will be auctioned for charity (helping children affected by the
World Trade Center tragedy). You can bid on the sneakers online
at the swatch website. Thanks to June
Berliner for the information.
- Vivienne Westwood swatches / suitcase special. A
collection of five Vivienne Westwood swatches (a skin, an Irony Chrono,
an Irony Medium, an Original and a Square) will be released soon.
Here is a picture of the watches. Here
is more information at the official swatch website. A special
strictly limited edition suitcase
containing the five swatches was launched on 12-OCT at the Swatch
Megastore in Paris, France. The suitcase is numbered xxx/500, each
watch is also numbered on the back. Vivienne Westwood signed
30 suitcases at the launch event. Here
is a closeup picture of the opened suitcase. Price for the
suitcase is 555 EURO (about $500 US). The watches will be
available separately, unnumbered, at normal price in a (not too) limited
edition (when it is sold out, it is sold out!). Update:
A nice special press package
(less than 20 pcs, not numbered) of the Anglomania gent has
been distributed in Asia. Thanks to Danny
Yarwood, Filip Jochums, Michael Horn, and Peter Rollings for the
information and pictures.
- Club Special 2001. The second Swatch The Club special
2001 is a square as well. It is called Blue
Town (SUAG 102), and it is limited to 15000 pcs. It
will be available in a special packaging end of DEC 2001 / early JAN
2002. Not very spectacular...
- Wristory by Swatch. On 3-DEC, Swatch hosted a
reception and auction (called Wristory,
here is the advertisement) at the prestigous
auction house Sotheby's in New York City. The proceeds benefitGods
Love We Deliver, a social service agency that delivers daily meals
to home-bound patients with AIDS. Very rare and impossible to find
swatches were auctioned: 27
lots (see linkfor
pictures, auction results and info about all lots!).
amount raised for charity: $400,000 US. Swatch doubled this
amount to $800,000 US! In addition to New York, it was also
possible to watch the auction (and to bid of course!) from Zurich,
Berlin, and Milano. Each participant received a wonderful auction
catalogue, a special wooden chair(!), and a
special access swatch Invitation To Wristory
(SKK103WR) in a special
packaging that also contained the bidding
paddle. A great event, a nice special.
Again: You can find much more information about Wristory here. Thanks
to Martin Maguss, Brian Pier and Roy Porello for the information.
- MG special. The car company MG has released a
limited edition (250 pcs) special packaging of the Secret Agent
Yellow Irony gent swatch. The watch has the MG logo
printed on strap. The watch is contained in an octagonal
aluminium box with a big "MG" logo on it. The box contains a
leaflet. The special packaging was
sold in Germany only. Thanks to Cristiano De
Micheli for the information and pictures.
- FC Basel Access. The swiss soccer club FC
Basel has released an FCB
access swatch. The watch can be used to store the tickets
for the games of the club on the watch. The watch is limited to
5000 pieces so far. You can order this swatch online.
Thanks to Markus Jeanneret for the information and
- Portuguese art special / event. A new art special
swatch Rio Douro Cor de Prata (GZ165) designed by portuguese
Vieira has been released in Portugal. ┴lvaro Siza Vieira has
designed the portuguese pavillion at the EXPO'98 in Lisbon. Here
is a picture of the watch and the paper packaging (pic1
/ pic2). The watch is not limited, at
the moment, 20000 pcs have been produced. Here
is a picture of the press kit given during the launch of the watch. Update:
A different limited edition special packaging made of real silver
(249 pcs) has been released in during a swatch event in Porto during
13-16-SEP (invitation page
1 / page 2).
Price of the special is around 300 EURO. Here
is a picture of the special, here is
anouther one. About 25
collectors (4 from outside of Portugal) took part at the 4 days
event, about 150 additional participants from Portugal for the day of
the launch event with an exhibition
of rare swatchesand
Together with the special, the participants received a
special bag and a special cap. Update 2: A
maxi version of the Rio Douro Cor de Prata is available.
Currently, 200 pcs have been made, it is not limited as
previously reported. Sorry for the confusion. Update
3: Ricardo Rocha has put together a nice webpage
about the event. Thanks to Ricardo Menezes,
Nikolai Kuttler, and to Ricardo Rocha for the information and the
- German Halloween special. On 26-OCT, the German Swatch
Club had organized a halloween event at Burg
Frankenstein. Yes, this castle inspired Mary Shelley to the
book that we all know and love. To commemorate the event, a
special packaging of the Mummia halloween gent (GM900) was
issued. The packaging is limited to 36 pcs and it is not numbered
but personalized! A great idea.
Here is a picture of the back of the
packaging. Participants also received a rain
jacket (fortunately, the weather was great!), a halloween
headdress (cute!), and a special pass.
had a lot of fun at the event, thanks to Semra and the others from
Swatch The Club for the good organization. Here
are some of my impressions from the event, and here
are Holger Brinkmann's photos (better than mine!). Thanks
to Holger Brinkmann for the pictures.
- Interesting early advertisement swatches. Our swatch
collector friend Michael just added a
very interesting suitcase from a former
swatch sales rep in Germany to his collection. We guess that it
was in use in the mid 80s (85 or 86 or so). Besides some not too
rare regular swatches (GB101, Jelly Fish [85 version], Lady Oxford Navy,
Lady Golden Tan) that you can see on this
picture of the opened suitcase, the suitcase contained also some
swatches with imprints of German / European companies (Honeywell, Linde,
...). The imprints are either on the strap
or on the case ("MAHO" printed on glass,
not engraved!). The watches are definitely authentic... What
a find! Thanks to Michael Stieber for the
information and pictures..
- Swatch supports charity. Swatch supports the New York
Police and Fire Widow's and Children's Benefit Fund. Swatch will donate
all sales of purchases made on October 11 through their e-commerce site
(www.swatch.com) as well as
purchases made at any Swatch store in the US to the New York Police and
Fire Widow's and Children's Benefit Fund. This fund was founded several
years ago by former New York Met Rusty Staub to insure immediate
disbursements to families of officers and firefighters killed in the
line of duty. Swatch is proud to be working with them in an effort to
make a difference and hopes you will join them on October 11. Thanks to Brian Pier for the information.
- Belgium Halloween special. Almost a month too early, a
special packaging of the Halloween
(GM900) was released during a small event for the Swatch the club
members from Belgium on Sat., 6-OCT. The event took place at the
amusement park Six Flags. Less than 30 pcs of the special
packaging were distributed. There are 2 versions of the special
packaging: one in Dutch and one in French (because in Belgium, they
speak Dutch and French). Here
is a closeup picture of the special. Thanks to
Filip Jochums for the information and picture.
- Italian Swatching & Swapping Event / Special. On 23-SEP,
a Swatching & Swapping Event took place in Cesano Maderno,
Italy. The event was organized by Fiorenzo Barindelli and his
team. Fiorenzo has started a museum
just for swatch watches, and he is also the world record holder for
collecting swatch watches in the Guinness book of records. To
commemorate this event, a special packaging Swatching
& Swapping was released in a limited and numbered
edition of 77 pcs. The packaging contains a Blue
Jacket (SKN104) access swatch. A special t-shirt
was also distributed.
- Information about access swatches. In the last
millenium :-), Chris Johnson from
Australia maintained a very nice and informative site about Swatch
Access Watches and their technology. These pages somewhat got lost
at geocities... I just put them online again at homearcorde/folon/access.html
Check it out, they look nice! Thanks to Chris
Johnson for the nice pages!
- Xmas special 2001, NOT! Here
is a first picture of the xmas special 2001 (GZ166). The name is
not yet decided and the final watch may have a strap with a different
color. Update: This was has been rejected and replaced by the
Skin Xmas special "Plume de Fete". Thanks to Alain
Choisy for the information and picture.
- Tourbillon Swatch special. Later in 2001, swatch is
planning to release a so called Tourbillon watch called Diaphane One (closeup)
in a limited edition of 2222 pcs for 3333 EURO (about $3000 US).
As you can see on this picture of the
back of the watch, the watch has a real diamond in the case on the
back. 223 pieces of this swatch will be sold in the Vend˘me store
in Paris first; it will be available in other stores later. The
Vend˘me Tourbillon swatches will feature three diamonds (red, blue,
white = french national flag colors) instead of one. Price will be
the same. The case of the Tourbillon swatch is made of plastic, the
bezel is made of metal. A Tourbillon watch is a mechanical
(automatic) watch with very complicated mechanics. You
can read more about this special here
(in German only). Here is a funny
automatic translation by babelfish. Update: Here
is the official info by swatch. Check it out! Thanks
to Thomas Buerki, Rodolphe Foucart, and Fridolin Noser for the
information and pictures.
- Unreleased swatches. The following two swatch watches
originally were part of the F/W 2001/02 collection but they were not
released for unknown reasons (production problems?): Buttoned
(GK361), Golden DNA (YSS110A/B). Thanks to Alain Choisy for the information and pictures.
- Augsburg store opening special. A new swatch store has
opened its doors in Augsburg, Germany on 5-SEP. A special
tin (xxx/100) has been released for that event. The tin
contains any swatch from the current collection and a neck-band with a
Swatch cellphone bag.
- DFS Partner Edition special. Exclusively at the duty
free stores DFS in Australia (and perhaps other countries), a partner
edition special is available similar to the red
partner edition special that surfaced in JUN-2001. This
time, the box has a silver design, and
the two watches (gent Medium Blue (GN154C) and ladies Medium
Blue (LN122C)) have been refitted with new
straps. The ref.no. of the packaging is GZS07. Thanks to Michael Kuo for the information and the pictures.
- Lausanne Olympic Museum Access Maxi. A very limited
(25 pcs only!) maxi version of the Lausanne Olympic Museum Access
(MSKZ118) has been released. Previously, a very limited maxi
version of the CIO 106th session access (MSKZ112) was also
available. Thanks to Alain Choisy for the
- Japanese SMAP special. The japanese pop group SMAP
(Sports Music Assemble People) has issued a special swatch which is sold
at the concerts of the current japanese tour. It is a Swatch Scuba
Patinette (SDB117) with a
special strap with the SMAP logo on the strap and a
special packaging. Limitation is unknown, probably around
1000 pcs. The SMAP logo is printed in mirror
writing! Thanks to Yasuhiro Minato
for the information and the pictures.
- Rotterdam "OBR" access special. A rare different
version of the Rotterdam access special has been issued for the
"Ontwikkelings Bedrijf Rotterdam". It is the normal Rotterdam
Access swatch with an additional loop around the strap. The
limitation is 500 pcs and the watch is not available in any store.
Here is a picture of the strap of the
watch. Thanks to Peter Kranendonk for the
information and the pictures.
- Rotterdam "City of Sports" access special. A rare
version of the Rotterdam access special has been issued by the
"Rotterdam topsport" organization. The watch is called Rotterdam
City of Sports, it is the normal Rotterdam Access swatch with an
extra print on the strap. The limitation is about 100 - 300 pcs
and the watch is not available in any store. Here
is a picture of the watch, here is a
close-up picture of the strap. Thanks to Peter
Kranendonk for the information and the pictures.
- Ericsson Helios special. About five years ago, a
special swatch (24h gent Ellypting with a new strap) was given
to staff working on a telecoms software project at Ericsson,
entitled Helios after the Greek god. Here
is a picture of the special. Thanks to Paul
Coombs for the information and picture.
- Austria Beachvolleyball access special. A special access swatch SkyBall (SHM104) has
been issued for the Beachvolleyball
World Championships which were held in Klagenfurt, Austria, on
1-5-AUG-2001. So this is a new model, not just a new strap!
According to the organizers of the event, 2000 access swatches have been
made (1800 regular, 200 more with an additional imprint [no info about
that so far, probably on the strap]). A 3 day event was organized
for collectors. They receiveda watch,
a cap, and a bag (and access to the special guest seats). A
dinner with a few Swatch Pro Team members was also held. Thanks
to Valter Podgornik for the information and pictures.
- Funchal special packaging. A special packaging of the
Oseille (GK426) gent swatch has been released on 28-JUL for the
opening of the Swatch Kiosk Funchal on Madeira islands (belonging to
Portugal). Here is a picture of the
packaging, and here is a picture
of the invitation to the opening. It is limited and numbered to
321 pcs. The number 25 was given to the President of the Regional
Government of Madeira Islands (to celebrate the 25 years of
autonomy). Two young Portuguese actors were there to promote the
Swatch and to sign a few of them. Both are very well known to the public
and were wearing two Scubas each one and other Swatch gear. The Swatch
bag given to each person at the event contained the Special
Packaging, a T-Shirt and a Pen. Here
is a picture of the shop windows display. Thanks
to Jorge Malheiro, Luis Afonso and Ricardo Menezes for the information
- Dutch FC Utrecht access special. On 21-JUL (annual
supporters day), an access special (a Magic Snow with a
special strap) for the FC Utrecht soccer club will be issued in
the Netherlands. The special will be limited to 671 pcs. Here is a picture of the official presentation
to the team of FC Utrecht. Thanks to Hans van Buuren
and to Ben de Vries for the information and picture.
- Dutch Libertel Ericsson special. When purchasing an
Ericsson T20e mobile phone and a Liberty (dutch mobile phone company)
subscription, you get a free swatch .beat in a special packaging.
See this dutch
details on Hans van Buuren's excellent page.
- Japanese City Life Expo 2001 access special. A new
access special called City Life Expo 2001 ("KANAZAWA Machi-Haku
2001", net.invaderaccess) has been released in Japan. Here is a picture of the watch and the special
/ opened box). More information can be
The plastic box and the strap both carry a special sticker. The
strap is not specially printed!
- Dream of Atom japanese access special. A new access special
called Dream of Atom (Clearance access with a special
strap) has been released in Japan. Here
is a picture of the watch and the special packaging (box
/ opened box). More information can be
found here. The design is
inspired by the japanese cartoonist Osamu Tezuka (1928-1989), well known
by his character Astro Boy.
- Skin Chrono launch special. On 11-MAY, the new skin
chrono was officially launched in the wind tunnel
in Modane, France. About 350 journalists and 100 swatch gold &
pioneer members attended the event. A nice special
packaging of the skin chrono (limited and numbered to 450 pcs) in
a plexi glass tube was given to all
participants. Update: Here
is a short report with great pictures from the launch event. Here
is another report with more nice pictures! Update 2: Also, the
Swatch event at the wind tunnel will be a half hour TV show on the E
channel Entertainment network (USA) on 31-JUL! Check your TV
program! Thanks to Christine Tanner for the information
and to Marc Lenzinger and Stefano Costa for the pictures.
- Locarno Film Festival special. For the 54th film
festival (2-12 AUG 2001) in Locarno, Switzerland, Swatch has
created a special skin .beat. It will
be sold in a special packaging limited to
1500 pcs at the film festival. The special packaging contains a
mirror and some make-up cosmetics accessoires. The watch will be
available world wide without the special packaging in the future.
Thanks to Alain Choisy for the information and picture.
- Montreux Jazz Festival Special 2001. The Swatch
Special Montreux Jazz Festival 2001 is called Instrumental. The
watch has been designed by Matthias Winkler (famous for Zeit2).
is a picture of Matthias and Michele Sofisti (president of Swatch)
presenting the Instrumental maxi swatch at a press conference
to Claude Nobs (organisator of the Jazz Festival). Here
is a picture of the watch. Looks great! The watch will be
sold in a special packaging with an
inscription "Take your time". The watch will be limited to 3000
pcs for the Montreux Festival. It will be available in Switzerland
only. On the dial and the silver-grey strap, the watch features
musical pictograms. Update:The watch will be available world
wide without the special packaging in the next collection. Also, a
very nice maxi version of the Instrumental
(200 pcs only) was available at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Thanks to Christine Tanner and Alain Choisy for the
information and pictures.
- Rotterdam access special. A special edition packaging
of the Rotterdam Access swatch will be sold
in the future. The packaging will contain the watch, a camera and
a flyer of the city. Thanks to Filip Jochums for
- Dutch Port Of Rotterdam special packaging. To celebrate
the opening of the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands in the summer of
2001, a beautiful special packaging
has been given to the employees of the Port of Rotterdam. Each box
is indiviually numbered inside.
2050 pieces have been made, 1850 were given to employees, the rest was
distributed elsewhere. The box contains the Ocean
Of Love (GK909C) loomi
gent swatch refitted with a special
strap. Here is a picture of
the top of the closed box and here
is a picture of the bottom of the closed box. Here
is another picture of the opened box. A very nice special!
- The Alfee maxi. Alain Choisy informs me that a maxi
version of the The Alfee (SKK106N)
access special exists. No idea about limitation (probably rare)
and the location where it was sold (Japan?).
- Dutch signing event with Albin Christen. Read all
about it on Hans van Buuren's excellent swatch
page (look for "2001 Crazy Train Utrecht").
- Dutch Maastricht store opening special. A new swatch
store was opened in Maastricht, Netherlands, on 1-JUL. The well
known special packaging of the World2 was sold
again there, this time, the color was blue (again!). So:
Let's summarize the four only slightly different special
packagings of the club swatch 2001: Green
(Barcelona intl. launch, xxx/271,
numbered), yellow (Barcelona contest
winners, xxx/30, numbered), blue
(UK, xxx/100, numbered sticker, Maastricht,
???), red (Portugal, 500
pcs, unnumbered). Thanks to Hans van Buuren
for the information.
- Portuguese Crazy Train special. A special packaging of
the Crazy Train (GG194) swatch has been released by a
Portuguese swatch store. Here is a
picture of the packaging. It is limited and numbered to 212
pcs. Thanks to Jorge Malheiro and Ricardo Menezes
for the information and picture.
- Vend˘me artist specials. To celebrate the first
birthday of the Vend˘me store in Paris, Swatch has asked 10
artists to design a unique skin special. The following
artists and fashion designers have designed a skin watch: Arnaldo Pomodoro, Vivienne Westwood, Yaguel
Didier, Charlie Couture, Gianpaolo
Soguso, Paco Rabanne, Ezio Gribaudo,
Emmanuel de Brantes, Massimo
Giacon, and J.C. de Castelbajac.
watches are currently on display at the Swatch Boutique, 16 Place
Vend˘me, Paris, France.
- Munich skin .beat special / club event. After the
traditional gold and pioneer member event in Biel on 7-8 JUN, a swatch
the club event ("bayrische Gaudi") took place in Munich, Germany,
on the weekend of 9-10 JUN. To compensate for the neverending rain that
we all had (but we went river rafting anyway!), a very very special
swatch was be given to the participants of the event. The special
swatch is a unique skin .beat (ref.no.
SIN102). The watch and the strap are dark blue, the strap has a
white line. As far as I know, this strap is not available anywhere
else. OK, we have had special straps in the past but this watch is
really unique: On the inside of the glass,
the words "MUNICH, SWATCH THE CLUB EVENT 2001" are engraved. Here
is a closeup picture of the face. Note that there is no year
behind the "(c) Swatch AG"! Overall, this is a specially produced
swatch! Only 200 pcs were manufactured but on 80(!) swatches, the
glass was broken or otherwise not perfect. Hence the limitation of
the Munich skin .beat is only 120 pcs! (I can't think of such a
special swatch for another event in the past! now if this had been
a gent swatch :-). Update: Here
is a report about the event. I have an extra Munich skin .beat for
trade but I need something very special / rare in exchange... I am
open to trade suggestions, please email.
- Portuguese club special 2001. A special packaging of
the club swatch 2001 World2 has been released for
the World2launch in Portugal last month. The
style of the packaging is well known, this
time, the plastic is red. The
portuguese version is limited to 500 pcs, not numbered, just with a tag
with the reference and the price. They also made 100 T-shirts that were
given to the first people on the stores. The special is already sold out
in Portugal. So: Let's summarize the four only slightly
different special packagings of the club
swatch 2001: Green (Barcelona intl.
launch, xxx/271, numbered), yellow
(Barcelona contest winners, xxx/30,
numbered), blue (UK, xxx/100,
numbered sticker), red (Portugal, 500
pcs, unnumbered). Thanks to Ricardo Rocha for the
information and the pictures.
- Vend˘me birthday special. To celebrate the first
birthday of the Paris Vend˘me swatch store,
a special gent swatch in a nice box
featuring a picture of Place Vend˘me and a
draw of Napoleon on the back has been
released. The watch is currently sold in the Vend˘me store.
Thanks to Philippe Danjean for the information and the
- Unique Lifeball skin special. A unique Lifeball
skin special by the italian designer Roberto Cavalli was auctioned
online at www.swatch.com
during 12 to 20-JUN. All proceeds (the watch sold for 3950 Swiss
Francs) go to the Aids Life charity in Vienna, Austria.
Aids Life supports several austrian AIDS groups. Here is the
official press release: page 1 / page 2 / page 3.
Thanks to Valter Podgornik for the information.
- Gold / Pioneer Meeting special. During the traditional
gold and pioneer member event in Biel on 7-8 JUN, a special
packaging of the Crazy Train (ref.no. GG194V)
swatch was given to participants. Each papersleeve was handpainted
and handnumbered (xxx/150) by Albin Christen. Albin was present
during the meeting for several hours for painting, signing etc. He
was very friendly and very nice to people. Update: Here is a report about
the Gold & Pioneer meeting in Biel.
- First Athens 2004 Olympics special? Probably not! Originally,
I wrote: "The first special swatch for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens,
Greece, is currently being sold in Greece only." It is a Clearance
access swatch (SKK103CA) with a special
new strap and a special paper sleeve.
According to the store in Greece, it is limited to 1000 pcs. Update:
Greece swatch collector Timotheos Binis informs me: "The
watch was released last summer (2000) and has nothing to do with the
2004 Olympiad and this is the reason that it doesn't carry the Athens
2004 mark. Swatch Greece can't inform me about where the watch gives
access to and if there is any limitation (!!!) (probably there is not).
When it was first released I called Swatch Greece but the info given was
not very clear." Thanks to Thomas BŘrki for
the information and pictures.
- Partner Edition special. Swatch
has repackaged a few older gent and corresponding ladies swatches in a Partner
special. Here is a picture of a box
(ref.no. GZS17) containing the 1997 gent
Razor (GM141) and ladies Mascara (LM113) and the back
of the box. As far as I know, there are four different
combinations of the box (the box is always red) available. The box
is probably quite limited.
- Unique "stages" specials by Matthias Winkler. Swiss
artist Matthias Winkler has created several unique "stages" displays
featuring the Montreux Jazz Festival 2001 special Instrumental,
a real CD player in the bottom and two real speakers on the left and
on the right side of the stage. Each display is unique and it will
cost between 2000 and 3000 Swiss Francs. Here are some pictures: stage 1 / stage 2 / stage 3. Thanks to Christine
Tanner for the pictures.
- Rotterdam Access swatch. Following many other "city"
swatches, Rotterdam also now has its own access swatch (ref.no. SKK121).
The special is released because Rotterdam is the 2001 cultural capital
of Europe. The limitation is 10,000 pieces (unnumbered) and can only be
bought in a couple of Dutch swatch stores. The watch
features the skyline of Rotterdam as does the front
of the cardboard box. The original retail price is 105 dutch
guilders or 47,65 Euros or $40 US. Here
is a picture of the inside of the box. Here
is a picture from the official launch of the watch in Rotterdam. Thanks to Wouter Land and to Bert Alblas for the information
- New web page for the serious swatch collector. Check
out this new webpage for the serious
swatch collector! Excellent information, especially the section
about "collectors tips".
- Italian Mother's Day special. In Italy, the mother's
day swatch Love
Layers has been sold with 2 special postcards and a special
satin bag. Here is a picture
of the packaging. Thanks to Emanuele
Bertodo at www.wwt.it for the
information and picture.
- UK club swatch 2001 special. According to this
newsletter from the Swatch The Club UK, a special packaging of the
2001 club swatch will be released during a Swatch The Club event on
29-APR. Update: The packaging looks similar to the special
packaging that was distributed during the Barcelona event.
Each UK box (made of light blue
transparent plastic) carries a special sticker.
The UK special is limited to 100 pcs. Thanks to
Peter Rollings for the information and picture.
- Swatch and AOL Time Warner. The two companies are
planning an "innovative collaboration". Read all about it here.
- TV access special Die Ersten. The German TV
station ARD has released an access
special Die Ersten ("the first", a Blue Jacket (SKN104)
access with a special strap). Here is
a picture of the watch. The watch was used as an entrance ticket
for a TV gala celebrating German athletes of the year 2000. The
watch is limited to 1300 pieces. Update: Here
is a picture of the packaging. The cocktail mixer on the picture
was not included with the packaging of the watch, it was given as a gift
in a discotheque ("P1") the night before the TV gala. Thanks
to Stefan Kluge for the picture.
- 200,000,000 Swatches. More than 200 million swatches
have been manufactured so far. Here is
a picture of the 200,000,000st swatch, apparently, it was made in 1996,
and it is a NOC Olympic Team (GZ150). Here
is a closeup picture. Thanks to Peter
Rollings for the picture.
- Swatch .beat meridian. The Swatch .beat meridian is
not in Greenwich, England but at the Swatch Headquarters in Biel,
Switzerland. Here is a picture.
- Barcelona Club Swatch 2001 launch specials. From 28 to
30-MAR, a Swatch The Club event to launch the club swatch 2001 took
place in Barcelona, Spain. About 60 collectors from all over
Europe came for the three day event and about 150 more collectors came
for the one day event on 29-MAR. Update: Here
is a report about the club event, we had a good time! On
29-MAR, the club swatch 2001 was officially launched during a day of
games and competition among the collectors. In the end, every
participant received a numbered special packaging of the club swatch World2
(including a funny quiz game with 144 cards and a special dice, a small
swatch guide booklet and a voucher for an updated version of the Swatch
guide book that was available last year to club members). Here are
pictures of the packaging: closed and opened).
Actually, there are two versions of the special packaging. The
normal packaging is made of light green transparent plastic and numbered
to 271. The winners of the competition received a special special
packaging made of yellow transparent plastic and numbered to 30. Here is a picture of the two different
packagings, and here is a closeup photo of
- Dubai Wave Tour .beat special. Here
is a picture of a .beat special that has been issued in Dubai for the
wavetour event in OCT-2001. No idea about the limitation. Thanks to Alain Choisy for the information and picture.
- Macy's Herald Square Flower Show special. To
commemorate the Herald Square Flower Show at Macy's in the USA, Swatch
has issued a special packaging of the Sky
Fly (GK347) swatch. The watch comes in a purple
paper container with green tissue and special pin. Here
is a picture of the special. The special is limited to 1000
pcs. If you want to buy this special, you can call Macy's in New
York to purchase the Sky Fly special for $40US plus tax/shipping. The
phone number is 212.695.4400 (in the USA of course); ask for extension
2257. Thanks to Melissa Starr and to
Brian Pier for the information and pictures.
- Dutch Bubble Blup special. In mid April, the swatch
store in Utrecht will release a special packaging of the Bubble
Blub scuba Loomi. The special packaging (400 numbered
pcs) was designed by Marcel Bierenbroodspot (remember the dutch Twitch
Twins special?), it will contain a bottle of Dubble Bubble Blup
bathing shampoo. Here
is a picture of the special and here
is a picture of the label of the packaging. Thanks
to Hans van Buuren for the information and picture.
- Laax 2001 Boarder-X special. On the weekend of
7/8-APR-2001, a swatch the club event took place at the Boarder-X event
in Laax, Switzerland. A special version of the access swatch Vertical
Flavour (SHM102C) was released in a limited edition of only 350
pcs. The watch has been refitted with
a special strap. At the event, participating club members also
received a special cap and the programme
of the event. Thanks to Alain Choisy, Peter
Rollings, Robert Bienia for the information and pictures.
- Italian Spring Celebration set. A special spring
celebration set is available in Italy. It consists of the Sky
Fly (GK347) gent swatch, a nice Sky
Fly T-shirt, a large Sky Fly card (front
/ back) and a large Swatch envelope
(about 30x30 cm). No idea about the limitation. Thanks
to Emanuele Bertodo for the information and pictures.
- Taiwanese Golden Virtual Wave special. To celebrate
the chinese new year on 24-JAN-2001, swatch has released a special
packaging (300 pcs) of the Golden
Virtual.Wave .beat swatch. Here
is a picture of the packaging, here
is a picture of the watch in the packaging, and here
is a picture of the promotional ad.
- Vend˘me swatches in NYC / Beverly Hills. Swatch will
be hosting a Vend˘me event in New York in early March. Gold/Pioneer
members, press, and celebrities will be invited to a special reception
on 7-MAR at the famous Rainbow Room. After the event, the Vend˘me
collection will be on exhibit for approximately 4 days. Here
is a flyer with all details of the event and the location of the
sale. Sales of the collection will be at that location only, not
at the Swatch stores. After the exhibit, the collection will move to Los
Angeles and Miami for similar exhibition and sales, but New York will be
the only city with an opening dinner and party. There will
probably be a Swatch The Club event on 8-MAR, but details are not
available at this time.. Update: The USA Vend˘me tour
continues. The Vend˘me collection will be on sale at David Orgell's in
Beverly Hills, California. The store is located on famed Rodeo Drive.
The Swatches will be shown/sold from 15-19 MAR. Thanks
to Roy Porello, Brian Pier and to Russ Bauer for the information and
to Philippe Danjean for the picture.
- Unique Maxi swatches by Matthias Winkler. Three new
swatch stores have been opened in Essen (Germany), Munich, and Den Haag
(Netherlands) in 2000. On the day of each the opening, swiss
artist Matthias Winkler (he designed Zeit2),
painted six unique Maxi swatches (18 in total). The Maxi swatches
were completely blank (and transparent) before (called Maxi All
Transparent, ref.no MGK 000). The Maxi swatches were
sold or auctioned during the opening day. Here
is a picture of one German maxi and here
is another. Here is a photo of
another unique Winkler Maxi, this was painted in the Netherlands. Here
and here are pictures of a third maxi
(Netherlands as well). Update: Here is another
unique maxi: Pictures one / two
/ three / four / five. Thanks to Tobias
Willmroth, JŘrgen Walther and Hans van Buuren for the pictures.
- ZEIT IST GELD special / G÷ppingen Swatch exibition. An
exhibition called "Zeit
Geld" (Time Is Money) of about 200 rare swatches (eg. Oigol
Oro by Mimmo Paladino, both Velvet Underground swatches, 3x
Puff-Special, an Original Jelly Fish, Rorrim 5, Rotor, Fondation
Maeght Set etc.) will take place from 3 to 30-MAR in a bank in
G÷ppingen, Germany. A special packaging (a nice tin
can containing a Fiz
Zip, designed by artist Kenny Scharf, picture one
/ two / three
of the tin) has been released for the exhibition in a numbered limited
edition of 100 pieces. Most of the tin cans were sold at the
opening of the exhibition on 2-MAR to customers of the banks and
VIPs. Here are
more pictures from the exhibition. Thanks to
Robert Bienia for the information.
- Inhorgenta 2001 special. A special swatch has been
released for the Inhorgenta
2001 watch and jewelry fair (23-26 FEB) in Munich. Here
is a picture. It is the Colors of a City (SKK118,
Hannover) access with a new strap. 4500 pieces have been
made. Thanks to Stefan Kluge for the information.
- Vend˘me valentine special. A special Vend˘me valentine
swatch (a red square swatch similar to the red typical square but
with a white heart instead of a white cross) has been released at
the Vend˘me store in Paris. It is limited to 300 pcs. The
watch is packaged in a nice poem book.
The first page has the title "write me lovers words". Here
is a picture of the opened book. Thanks to Lionel
Vasselle for the information and pictures.
- SEGA Sonic .beat special. A special Sonic The
Hedgehog .beat has been released by SEGA. It is packaged in
a small tube. Here
is a picture of the content of the tube (ie. the watch :-). Thanks to Tom Totsis for the pictures.
- Pierre & Gilles SF show special packaging. On
9-FEB, a party and reception in conjunction with opening of the Pierre
Gilles show took place at the Yerba
Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) in San Francisco. The show
is partially sponsored by swatch. To commemorate the exhibition, a
special packaging of the Pierre & Gilles Pompidou art swatch La Sirene Et Le Marin (GZ161) was
launched in a numbered limited edition of 700 pieces. The watch is
packaged in a ball filled with
glitters, almost like a snow globe. The ball is flexible and not
made of glass. Here is another
picture of the packaging and invitation.
Great packaging! Here is a nice report by Martin Maguss about the
reception: "On Friday evening Swatch hosted a
wonderful party for Pierre et Gilles. Inviting 400 people who
arrived from 7-8:00 where the special packaging was presented.
After a number of brief speeches the exhibit was opened and we
poured into the gallery. It really is spectacular and I have to
admit I am really proud of everyone involved. Most of the U.S.
Gold/Pioneer members were there, along with such personal friends as
Rex Ray (Booster), Jennifer Morla (Dot Chair and Cappucino)
and Michael Bartalos (Running Man) as well as other San
Francisco celebrities. At 8:00 the event opened to the public
bringing the number of attendees to 4,000! It was an exciting
party, you almost couldn't move anywhere, but we all had a terrific
time. The original art for their Swatch was there as you entered
into the exhibit (it will only be here for the duration of the
exhibition, at which time it returns to Switzerland [to a private
collection]) and then accompanied by 60 paintings that made up the
rest of the exhibition. Swatch was very generous in sponsoring
the whole exhibit, which included 4 other artists. Also by
wearing any Swatch watch you can see the exhibit for free on sundays
until the exhibit closes in may! The official signing took place
the next day at the Swatch store. We lined up at noon to wait
for the 2:00 pm signing. Crowds attract crowds of course and
there ended up being a line of 200 people! The artists were
awfully nice to sign every book, special or watch we had. I am
sure they were pretty tired by the time the signing finished.
Actually they extended the signing for another 1 1/2 hrs! All in
all it was probably one of the best U.S. Swatch events (if I do say so
myself) that has been held in a long time! I want to thank
everyone for making it such a special "Special" weekend. These
Swatch memories will last for a very long time." Thanks to
Martin Maguss for the report, all information and pictures.
- Milano launch special. On 8-FEB, the Spring/Summer
2001 swatch collection was launched in Milan, Italy. About 100
italian journalists, 100 international journalists, and the gold/pioneer
members were invited. The new collection was presented in the
Bibliotheca Ambrosiana. This library is not open to the general
public normally. It features old books by Leonardo da Vinci,
Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton etc. On this evening, it also
featured swatch watches (pic2).
All guests received a nice special packaging of the watch page 1983.
(GK338). The watch is presented in a nice
book (pic2, pic3,
pic4). The special packaging is
numbered and limited to 450 pieces, very nice. If you have this special
for trade, please send me an email,
I am interested. I have lots of rare swatches for trade. So
the place of the launch perfectly matches the theme of the new
collection. The new watches were presented by Nick
Hayek jr. He signed watches afterwards on request.
Sounds like a great event! Thanks to Marc Lenzinger for
the information and pictures.
- Kukobeza Swiss Postal service. In 1996, the Swiss
Postal Financial Service released a special chrono Kukobeza (Sea
Port, SCK402C with a new strap). Here
is a picture of the watch. The box of the watch also has a special
paper insert. Thanks to Alain Choisy for
the information and pictures.
- Leica Access special. The German photo camera
manufacturer Leica has released a
"ski pass set" of the new APS camera C11. In addition to the
camera, the set also includes an access swatch (Radio-Zone, SHB105C)
with a special strap carrying the red Leica logo. Here
is a picture of the watch. Thanks to Thomas
Buerki for the information.
- PriceWaterhouseCoopers Access special. The consulting
has released a special access swatch PriceWaterhouseCoopers
(SKK103) in Switzerland. Here is another
picture. It is limited to 800 pieces. Thanks
to Christine Tanner for the information.
- Japanese @Home skin special. A skin special @Home
(Jelly Skin, SFK100C,
with a new strap) has been released in Japan. Here
is a picture.
- Valentine special 2001. The valentine special 2001 is
called Amour Total. The watch will
be sold in a special packaging featuring a shower curtain. Price
will be 80 Swiss Francs. The watch has been designed by Albin
Christen from Lausanne (Switzerland). He also designed the
Montreux Jazz Festival 2000 swatch earlier this year. Thanks
to Mark Lenzinger for the information.