tuned to Swatch
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 2002 are below:
- Berlin store re-opening tin ZEIT ZUM AUFTAUCHEN. On
13-NOV, the Swatch store at the Potsdamer Platz in Berlin moved to a
different, smaller(!) location inside of Potsdamer Platz Arkaden (the
old store will be replaced by a Starbucks cafe). You can already
guess it: For this event, a special tin called ZEIT
ZUM AUFTAUCHEN (time to surface, here
is another picture) has been released. Limitation is 100 pcs
as usual. Thanks to "dee" for the pictures.
- Vienna City Special. A special Vienna
swatch (GZ179) is available in Vienna, Austria, now. The watch
features the giant ferris wheel on the
dial. I have been told that the watch is limited to 4000 pcs, but
I cannot confirm this right now.
- Tribute to Style event special. On 23-SEP, the Jaguar's
to Style event took place in Los Angeles on Rodeo Drive.
Swatch was a co-sponsor of the event. For this occasion, Swatch
released a special packaging Tribute
To Style as an entrance pass. The packaging contains
any of the five colorful jelly skins, the one on the picture is
is a report with many pictures from the event. (update 24-DEC: I
added many pictures, check it out if you want to see a real
Hollywood party :-)
- James Bond leather suitcase. In contrast to previous
announcements from Swatch and Swatch The Club, it looks as if the
infamous James Bond swatch collection leather
suitcase will be released! 3000 EURO ($3000 US), 280 pcs(!),
20 swatches. This is not cheap as you can get the 20 swatches plus
the metal case for about $1900 US on ebay... Here
is a picture of the opened leather suitcase.
- Verbier access special. Another swiss ski resort has
its own access special: Verbier (my favourite skiing area!).
Here is a picture of the access special
Verbier Experience (another Clearance access with a nice
new strap, SKK103OAC). The watch is packaged in a special sleeve (back). Thanks to
Alain Choisy for the information.
- Munich megastore tin special / Gold & Pioneer Xmas event. A
"Jelly Fish" Swatch Flagship Store
has been opened in december in Munich,
Germany. Another tin special called MegaInMinga
(limited to 100 pcs) has been released for this event, it contains any
swatch from the current collection. As you can read / see in the
local newspaper clip one and two,
a lot of local VIPs were present at the opening of the Swatch Flagship
Store. Also last week, a Xmas Swatch The Club event for the
Gold & Pioneer members took place in Munich. The Gold &
Pioneer members also participated at the store opening. At the
event, the Xmas special Snowqueen
with a special tag was distributed in a very limited
edition. The Club members also received a nice little snowdome
(with a thin gold sticker around the globe that says "Merry Christmas
Swatch") and a special cookie. Tracey
Waldron has sent me a nice report about the Xmas Gold & Pioneer
member event (with pictures! [more pictures added on 12-DEC]): You
can read Tracey's report here!
report about the event is here
at Nikolai's webpage. Thanks to Tracey Waldron
and Christine Tanner for the pictures.
- German tin inflation. Die-hard swatch collectors
worldwide are aching about the tin special inflation from Germany.
Here is a (hopefully complete) list of German tins since 2000 so that
you can complete your collection: 1. DŘsseldorf
store opening (OCT-2000), 2. ZEIT IST GELD
G÷ppingen exhibition special MAR-2001), 3. Augsburg
store opening (SEP-2001), 4. Augsburg
store 1st birthday (SEP-2002), 5. ZEIT
IST REIF Dresden store opening (OCT-2002), 6. Weiden
store opening, 7. Leipzig Promenaden 5th
birthday (NOV-2002), 8. Hamburg store
opening (NOV-2002), 9. Berlin store re-opening ZEIT
ZUM AUFTAUCHEN(NOV-2002), 10. MegaInMinga
Munich megastore opening (DEC-2002). All tins are limited to 100
numbered pcs, except for the Augsburg store 1st birthday which is
limited to 200 pcs. Most (not all!) of the specials were launched
by the company which operates many of the swatch stores above. If
you know of any other German tin, please send me an email
and a picture if possible!
- Vend˘me / Spiga Xmas special 2002. The Vend˘me store
in Paris has released an xmas special called Lueur
d'Hiver (SUBW101P), limited to 600 pcs, not numbered.
It is a square swatch with white swarovski stones around the face.
The flexible strap also features swarovski stones. The watch is packaged
in a small evening bag with small stones powder on it. The same
watch is also available in the Via Della Spiga store in Milan,
Italy. 300 pcs are being sold in Paris, the other 300 pcs in
Milan. Thanks to Philippe Danjean for the
picture and to Tracey Waldron for the update.
- Gassan event special. On the weekend of 22/23-NOV,
two Gassan Diamond special packagings of the gent Just
Blue (GN715) were launched in the Netherlands at a Swatch
The Club event: A "normal" special packaging featuring the watch
with a new strap in a cardboard box, limited
to 2,222 pieces. And an extremely limited edition of the watch in
an acrylic display (here is a
preliminary picture by Squiggly):
36 numbered pieces (no. 00 to 35; no. 00 of 35 goes to the owner of the
Gassan Diamond factory) of this display have been produced. Inside
the display are also five 0.1 Karat diamonds that have the same shape as
the pictures on the strap of the watch! Shop price is 1945 Euro
(approx. $1945 US) but it is already sold out. Here is a
small nice report by durch pioneer member Hetto Dijkstra about the
event: On friday 80 participants gathered at The
Gassan Diamond center in Amsterdam. After a warm welcome of Ton
Cleijne (now brandmanager Swatch Benelux) and Benno Leeser (CEO of
Gassan Diamonds) we did a tour and got information about the secrets
of diamonds and its fabrication. During a champagne toast after that
the very limited Gassan Special was launched: a beautifull plexiglass
box with the watch and 5 real diamonds. 20 participants were drawn as
the lucky ones who got a 'right to buy'. After that we made a
canal tour through Amsterdam which ended after 1,5 hour at the special
'Milyonairs Fair' in the Amsterdam harbour county. On that fair the
'right to buys' could be used to get the real box. Also the Gassan
Special (without diamonds) could be bought there. The following
saturday our foreign guests were offered a 'tour d'Amsterdam',
organised by the Dutch gold and pioneer members Henk Seligmann and
Hetto Dijkstra. A beautiful walk through the city with its nice
buildings, small alleys, canals and bridges, its famous 'red light
district', coffee-shops and its special shop center.
Thanks to Hetto Dijkstra for the report and to Holger
Brinkmann for the pictures.
- Austria Tourism special. A special access swatch Austria Tourism (a Clearance
access with a new strap, SKK103CB) has been released in Austria.
Limitation is unknown. Thanks to Roberto Tintori
for the information and picture.
- Shaqtacular event special. A swatch special Shaqtacular
VII (a X-Large [what else?] Translucent Dream,
SUDK105, with a new strap) was given away as entrance pass during the
recent Shaqtacular charity
event on 21-SEP. Here
is a (very late) report with a few pictures from the event. Thanks to Tracey Waldron for the information and picture.
- Portuguese Halloween special. A Swatch Halloween event
took place in Tomar, Portugal, on 31-OCT and 1-NOV. A special
packaging Festa das Bruxas
(limited to 66 pcs, with a nice
certificate) was made for this year┤s Halloween watch Witch
Party (GP900). Here
is a nice report by Valter and Nikolai about the event. Thanks
to Ricardo Rocha for the information and pictures.
- Weiden special. Even more (official!) tin specials from
Germany: To celebrate the opening of the Swatch Store in Weiden,
Germany, on 15-OCT, the store has released a limited and numbered
packaging Any swatch from the current collection can be packaged
into a specially designed tin numbered to 100 pcs.
Here is another picture of the tin. Here is a nice
picture showing how the swatch is being put into the special tin.
- Hamburg store opening special. Yet another swatch
store has been opened in Hamburg, Germany, on 7-NOV. A special
packaging of the current club swatch Lots of
Swatch has been released, it is limited and numbered to 100
pcs. The sale price of 70 Euro (approx. $70 US) includes the club
membership. Here is a picture of
the special tin. Thanks to Nikolai Kuttler for
the information and picture.
- Wristory Club special. As a surprise gift to club
members, Swatch The Club has sent out a nice special packaging called Wristory (not to be confused with
the Invitation to Wristory NYC
auction special from DEC-2001!). The packaging contains
information about the benefits of being a Swatch The Club member (as if
we didn't know :-) and an older swatch (in my case a gent loomi Bleep,
GN904, no special strap; other collectors received other, also not rare
swatches). To open the packaging, a special code (not too hard to
guess!) has to be entered at the four black wheels at the right side of
the packaging. Very nice and a pleasant surprise! Thanks a
- Leipzig Promenaden anniversary special. You can't have
enough tins in your collection: Another tin special has been
released by Swatch in Germany. The Swatch Store in Leipzig has
released the Leipzig Promenaden
tin special (limited and numbered to 100)
to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the "Promenaden Hauptbahnhof"
(shopping mall in the main train station) in Leipzig in NOV-2002.
Each tin contains a swatch from the current collection. The tin
also contains a nice grey fleece cap from swatch.
- UK Turnover event. On 3-NOV, Swatch UK held a Turnover
event which focused around the 27th Canton
Turn Over Swatch! You can read a full report
with pictures from the event on Rob Gough's excellent webpage.
- Dutch specials. At the end of November a new Dutch
special will be released: Gassan Diamonds will release the gent The
Moons (GN408) with a new strap in a cardboard box. This
special packaging will be limited to 2,222 pieces. Furthermore there
will be an extremely limited edition of the watch in an acrylic
display. Only 25 numbered pieces of this display will be
produced. Inside the display will also be seven 0.1 Karat
diamonds that will have the same shape as the pictures on the
strap of the watch.! Shop price will be 1945 Euro (approx. $1945
US). Contact Rob Versteeg
at squiggly for more details. Furthermore, another special has
been released in the Netherlands: VNV Beveiliging. For
details and pictures, check outHans
van Buuren's excellent swatch page.
- Milan swatch store opening special. A Swatch store
similar to the Vend˘me store in Paris has opened on 29-OCT in Milan,
Italy. The location is Via Della Spiga next door to stores like
Gucci, Prada, Cartier, Etro, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Roberto Cavalli and
other world famous fashion stores. During the opening event on
29-OCT, the famous italian photo model Valeria
Mazza was present (to me, the idea of the dress of Valeria Mazza
is not entirely new: See this
picture of gold member Markus Jeanneret at the James Bond London
Club event in July). Unfortunately, Valeria was not for sale
:-) A special Via della Spiga
was distributed during the event, limited to 200 pcs. It was
possible to choose the watch (pop or lady [lady was the favourite among
collectors]) and the strap for the special: gold / silver / red. Here
is a picture of another Via della Spiga special. At
the Milan store, there are swatches exclusive to the Milan store (not
available anywhere else) and also swatches from the Vend˘me collection
(not all). Price of the swatches at the Milan store is normal
italian retail price, so some Vend˘me swatches may be a little cheaper
in Milan than in Paris. Here are a few Milan swatches: Serata Spigata (gent GC105), Altra Scelta(pop PMK149U),Lulubella
(lady LK210PU), MUUH (lady LK226U,
LK227U, very nice, 75 Euro). Here
is a nice infopage about the Milan store on the official swatch webpage
explaining the store concept. David Rippmann has a very
nice report about the Via Della Spiga Opening Event on his
excellent webpage. You can see the complete
Spiga collection at Mark Lenzinger's nice webpage! Thanks to Andrea Faggioli and Roberto Quadrini for the
information and to Andrea Martinetto and Emanuele
Bertodo from www.wwt.it
for the pictures.
- Inocente Spain Special. This is
news from September last year but with an update: A special swatch
(a Tierra gent with a new strap, ref.no. GK901D)
has been given to people or companies donating money to a charity
organization in Spain: Fundacion Inocente. Here
is a picture of the watch and here is a
closeup picture of the strap. Update: Two more special
swatches were (are?) available from the Fundacion Inocente: Glitter (GK216D) and Knox
(GB157D). Thanks to Ricardo Rocha for the information
- synchro .beat launch. The new synchro .beat has been
launched on 22-OCT in Zurich, Switzerland. David Rippmann has a report with
pictures from the event on his nice webpage. Mark Lenzinger also
has a report
on his superb webpage, it looks as if the event was a lot of fun! Here
is a picture of the first three models, including a model reserved for
members of Swatch The Club, limited to 1000 pcs, price is 135 Swiss
Francs. For technical details and features of the watch, check out
the official Swatch website.
Swatch is currently running a synchro
TV show casting in Switzerland. Thanks
to David Rippmann for the information.
- Vend˘me Nabab, Turn Over & Diaphane Automatic. At
the Vend˘me store in Paris, the following swatch watches of new product
lines are available. Nabab: Folie
Periodique (YNS404P); Turn Over: Blanche
Surprise (SUFK102P); Diaphane Automatic: Speednik
(SVDK1003P). Thanks to Thomas Sonneville for the
information and pictures.
- Austria Beachvolleyball access special 2002. A special
access swatch Sun Ball (SHK101C) has
been issued for the Beachvolleyball
World Championships which will take place in Klagenfurt, Austria,
on 31-JUL to 4-AUG-2002.
- Swatch stamp. Swatch will be featured on a stamp
released on 20-NOV by the Singapore
post office. Here
is more detailed info and here
is a picture of the stamp. Thanks to Al Auyong
and to Woon Yin for the information.
- Italian Swatch event. A swatch event took place in
Torino, Italy on 12-OCT at the 9th edition of the "Festa della Neve"
(feast of the snow, anticipating Torino Olympic winter games in 2006).
During the event a special access swatch Festa
2002 (ref.no. SKK103OABC, a Jungfrau
access with an extra loop
around the strap; the Jungfrau access itself is a refitted Clearance
access [confusing, eh?]; limited to 300 pcs: 200 for collectors, 100 for
journalists) has been distributed. Here
is the official information by swatch about the event. During the
event, the watches were signed by
Swatch Proteam member Eva Bakker. The famous ski athlete Alberto
Tomba was also there and signed
irony catalogues for collectors. Collectors received a set
consisting of the watch, a bag, a
T-shirt, several catalogues, and more. Thanks
to Andrea Faggioli and Roberto Quadrini for the information and to
Andrea Martinetto for the pictures.
- DIE ZEIT IST REIF special. Yet another tin special,
but a very nice one: To celebrate the opening of the Swatch Store
in Dresden, Germany, the store has released a limited and numbered
packaging called Die Zeit ist reif: Any swatch from the
current collection can be packaged into a specially
designed tin, numbered to 100 pcs.
The special is already sold out.
- German Schnitzeljagd Event. A Schnitzeljagd
(paper-chase) Swatch The Club Event organized by the German Swatch Club
took place on 5-OCT in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler. A special
packaging of the Fall
In Leaves gent (limited and numbered
to only 50 pcs) has been released for the event. Here
is another picture of the special packaging and here
is a picture of the card affixed to the bowl (containing moss, a
mushroom, and a pine cone). At the event (it was raining all day),
seven teams had to perform at different stations: throwing
horseshoe, biking on a special race course, guessing things (incl.
watches) by touching only, archery, guessing distances, and more.
Sounds like a lot of fun (I could not participate :-( Here
is a report (in German) by Nikolai Kuttler. Thanks
to Dirk Blencke for the information and pictures.
- Three new dutch specials. Three new special packagings
called Kamer van Koophandel Haaglanden, SCM, and Sioux
have been released in the Netherlands. For details and pictures,
check out Hans van
Buuren's excellent swatch page.
- Swatch at World Sports Forum. From 22 to 24-SEP, the World Sports Forum takes
places in Lausanne, Switzerland, at the Olympic
Museum. During this time, Swatch presents an exhibition at
the museum: More than 100 artists, athletes, VIPs (and swatch
collectors) have created artworks and sculptures at the Athens
event (JUN-2002). At the World Sports Forum, about 50
artworks are presented. Entrance to the exhibition is free.
- Swatch related US events. On 21-SEP, Shaquille
O'Neal's annual fundraiser Shaqtacular 7 takes place on the Barker
Hanger in Los Angeles. Swatch will have a team headed up by legendary
Olympian Carl Lewis. Swatch is also presenting the final race - the
Obstacle Course with very funny Swatch elements that should make the
race both challenging and humerous. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Shaq are
the torch lighters. Jessica Simpson will sing the national anthem. After
the event, Boyz to Men and Eminem will perform. On 23-SEP, Tribute
to Style in LA on Rodeo Drive: Swatch will also be involved in
this event that supports art education in school. The theme is "Fashion
as Art". Swatch will have an item for auction presented by Verne Troyer
(Mini Me from the Austin Powers films). The big event is the auction of
a new Jaguar XKR convertible; the Jaguar will be auctioned by Christie's
auction house. Thanks to Brian Pier for the
- Swatch cow. Among 100 other companies, swatch sponsors
a "Kissy Fishy
Muh Kuh" cow at the CentrO in Oberhausen, Germany. A cow
parade of more than 100 cows can be seen there until the
14-SEP. Afterwards, all cows (also the Swatch cow) will be
auctioned for charity. The minimum bid for the Swatch cow is 800
Euro / US$.
- German Swatch special. To celebrate the first birthday
of the Swatch Store in Augsburg, Germany, the store will release a
limited and numbered packaging: Any swatch from the current
collection can be packaged (together with a Swatch necktie) into a specially
designed tin, numbered to 200 pcs.
Sale of the tin will start 2-SEP. Thanks to Robert
Bienia for the information.
- Wouaf French special packaging. A special
packaging for the nice new gent swatch Wouaf
(GK389) has been released in France. It is probably not limited. Here is a picture of the back of the
packaging. Thanks to Philippe Danjean for the pictures.
- Portuguese Fraldinhas special packaging. A special
packaging of the Fraldinhas (GZ176) Baby swatch has been
released in Portugal. The package is a giant
safety pin with swatch logo and the watch inside. Three
different editions are available: The first edition is numbered
and limited to 25 pieces (no. 1 to 25). This edition will be auctioned
for charity. The second edition is
limited and numbered on the watch and box: 225 pcs (no. 26 to
250). The third edition is limited and numbered on the box only:
1250 pcs (no. 251 to 1500). In addition to the special packaging,
a T-shirt, a CD, and a hat is
also available. Thanks to Pedro Coelho, Ricardo
Rocha, and Ricardo Menezes for the information and pictures.
- Taiwanese Valentine special. The chinese valentine day
is on 15-AUG (July 7th of the lunar calendar). For this occasion,
Swatch Taiwan will release a special
packaging containing two swatches from the new collection: My Next Holiday
(GK383) and Your
Next Holiday (LK217). Here
is a promotional picture for the special. Here
is a picture of the opened packaging and here
is another one. Price for the special is 2600 NT (=$80 US).
Limitation is 777 pcs. The special is also available in China. Thanks to Sophia Chang and Russell for the information and
- Unique Canadian artist maxi swatches. Read and see all
about it here.
I simply have to say: Wow!
- Swiss Gigathlon Access specials. For the Swiss
Gigathlon (7 to 14-JUL-2002, something like a week-long team
triathlon around Switzerland), Swatch has given six different access
swatches (Clearance access with a special strap) to the
participants. The following watches were
7-Days Single (SKK103GI, pink
strap), Gigathlon 1-Day Single
(SKK103GIA, green strap), Gigathlon 7 Days
Teams of five (SKK103GIB, red strap), Gigathlon
1-Day Teams of five (SKK103GIC,
dark blue strap), Gigathlon 7-Days Power
Teams 6-35 (SKK103GID, yellow
strap), Gigathlon Finisher
(SKK103???). The numbers on the strap were emergency phone numbers
for the contest. The Gigathlon Finisher watch was given to
those who successfully finished the contest. Thanks
to Christine Tanner for the information.
- London James Bond event special. A special loomi gent
swatch Club Mission 2002 London
(GB907) was given to participants at the James Bond Swatch The Club
Event in London (26 to 28-JUL). It is a unique model, not just a
regular loomi with a new strap! Swatch has not done this very
often so far (only at the Munich Club Event 2001). Limitation is
only 140 pcs (only 100 pcs were distributed in London). The watch
comes with a special papersleeve (front
/ back). Very
interesting: The watch is not an official James Bond 007 product
but have a look at the loomi function!
is a detailed report with many pictures from this wonderful event.
- Locarno Film Festival 2002. A special swatch (Oudatchi,
YGS710D) will be released for the Swiss
Locarno Film Festival 2002. Here
is a picture. The watch does not come with a special
packaging. Thanks to Alain Choisy for the
information and picture.
- Goodyear Eagle F1 special. A nice mini special
packaging has been released by tire manufacturer Goodyear: The Eagle F1 is a Secret Agent (YCS401D) irony chrono with a special
strap looking like Goodyear Eagle F1 tires. The irony
packaging comes in a special paper
sleeve. The watch was a promotion gift in 2002 to buyers of
Goodyear Eagle F1 17? tires. Limitation is 17000 pcs, it has been
distributed all over Europe. This special also exists with the Straight Edge Irony Chrono (YCS1006H). The Goodyear
Straight Edge special was only available in Switzerland and it is
limited to only 1000 pcs. Thanks to Christine
Tanner and Alain Choisy for the information and pictures.
- US James Bond Events. Swatch will be holding a special
James Bond event on 8-AUG at the Chicago Swatch Store. On display
will be the James Bond Swatch collection along with many pieces of James
Bond memorabilia. The highlight of the display will be the speed
boat used by Pierce Brosnan / James Bond in the film "The World is not
Enough". The 18 ft. / 6 meter speed boat will be on display
outside the store on Michigan Ave. all day. There will be a
reception for Swatch The Club members and other collectors that evening
from 18:00 - 20:00. Other similar events (probably without the
boat :-) will take place soon in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Thanks to Russ Bauer and Brian Pier for the information.
- Gold and Pioneer club event. From 17 to 19-JUN, the
traditional gold and pioneer member club event took place in Biel,
Switzerland. To commemorate the event, a special packaging of the
27Ŕme Canton Swatch (GZ174) was released in a numbered edition of
120 pcs. The watch (no difference to the regular watch) is
packaged in a red book similar to the Magic
Spell. The book contains the watch and
the manifest of the 27th canton. I just completed a detailed
report about the event with a lot of pictures. Click
here to read
the report! You can read other reports with pictures of
the event at David
Rippmann's excellent swatch page or at Rob
wonderful swatch page or at Marc
Lenzinger's swatch page (under construction) or at the official
page (if you recognize some of the photos at the official swatch
report: they have been taken from my page [not the other way round
- NO James Bond Leather suitcase. Here is an excerpt
from an email from Swatch The Club: "Contrary to any conflicting
information that may be in circulation, please note that Swatch The Club
will not be producing a James Bond Collection Leather Briefcase."
In my opinion, this is a good idea because the supposed selling price
was 3300 Euro! During the upcoming Swatch The Club James Bond London
event, "a TOP SECRET Special event Swatch will be unveiled and presented
to you to mark the event." Sounds great to me!
- Berlin Traveling Vend˘me Event. On 2-JUL, a gala to
celebrate the Traveling Vend˘me Berlin exhibition took place at the
Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin, Germany. About 220 guests (including
celebrities such as actor Theo Gńrtner, Maren Gilzer, Mutter Beimer
["Lindenstra▀e" :-] and ... 10 german gold members) were invited.
The exhibition shows the special ladders designed for the opening of the
Vend˘me store in Paris two years ago, the special skins designed for the
1st birthday of the Vend˘me store, and more. During the gala,
Vend˘me swatches were sold, all money went to charity. At the end
of the party, all guests received a special
packaging (related to the ladder theme) of one of the Famous
Couple By Ravage swatches: Aiglon for the
men and Aiglette for the ladies. Here
is a picture of the closed packaging and here
is a picture of the small card inside of the packaging. Here
is a report about the gala event by Nikolai Kuttler. Here
are photos from the event by Nikolai. Here
is a report in German on the official Swatch website. Thanks
to Holger Brinkmann for the information and pictures.
- Vend˘me Diaphane Swatches. Two Diaphane Swatches are
available now at the Vendome store in Paris: Diaphane Navigator Carpania (SVBK4002P) and Diaphane Chrono
Vague Bleue (SVCK4004GP). Thanks to Thomas Sonneville for the information and
- Vend˘me Butterflies. 3 very nice butterflies
(decoration for skin swatches) are now available at the Vendome store in
Paris: Butterfly Purple
(S689000173), Butterfly Yellow
(S689000174), Butterfly Blue
(S689000175). Thanks to Thomas Sonneville for the
information and pictures.
- Expo.02 specials. According to this newspaper
article from Switzerland, Swatch will sponsor the swiss exhibition
Expo.02 as "official time
keeper". Special Swatch watches will be released for this
exhibition, see this German press
release. At the Basel 2002 World Watch and Jewellery Show,
Swatch presented 4 new special watches called 27. Kanton.
Switzerland is divided in 26 Cantons (similar to states in the USA). Mr.
Hayek jr. presented a film, shown in Star TV the day before,
where he went to House of Parliament in Bern, the capital, and the
parliament decided to make the 27th Canton. At the event, Mr. Hayek sen.
and Mr. Sofisti (president of Swatch) also spoke to the theme of the
27th Canton. The four watches GZ172,
GZ173, GZ174, GZ175 will be sold starting 20-APR in all Swatch
stores in Switzerland. They are sold in a special
sleeve, showing that Swatch will be the official time keeper for
the opening ceremony of the Swiss National Exhibition Expo.02 on
15.MAY. A special packaging will also be sold (limited to 2002
pcs, original selling price: 400 Swiss Francs or 265 Euro (about
$250 US)): A big red book (closed
/ opened, the special looks superb!) with
all 4 specials (GZ172,
GZ175) and the meaning of the 27.
Canton. The watches will be 60 Swiss Francs each. The
price of the special packaging it not known yet. Update: A
special version of the 27th Canton swatches has been distributed to
employees of the city of Biel. The watch has an additional "Biel/Bienne"
loop around the strap and a special
plastic sleeve. All four 27th Canton swatches are available
in this version, ref.no.s are GZ172C,
GZ173C, GZ174C, GZ175C. I have been told that 9000 swatch watches
were ordered by the city of Biel, so there are a lot of these
around! Thanks to Christine Tanner, David
Rippmann, JŘrgen Walther, and Alain Choisy for the information and
- Extraterrestrial Swatch Store. will be opened
soon! Read all about it here.
Thanks to Thomas BŘrki for the information.
- S÷lden Access special. A Clearance
access swatch S÷lden (SKK103PA) with a nice new strap is
available in, right, S÷lden, Austria. Here
is a picture of the watch. No idea about limitation.
- Italian XL collection launch special. A special launch
event took place in Milan, Italy on 28-JUN. It was dedicated to the
launch of the new XL collection, and it was based on colors... better
the four colors of the new Summer Extra Large watches (orange,
Collectors were invited to dinner and afterwards, around midnight, they
had the opportunity to buy a pretty nice special
packaging (limited to 300
pcs) containing the four new watches. Together with the
special, collectors also received a swatch
orange backpack and a special T-shirt from this event. Thanks to Emanuele Bertodo
from www.wwt.it and to Andrea
M. Faggioli for the information.
- Swiss Access specials. Two access specials have been
released in Switzerland. Both are Clearance access
swatches with a nice new strap: Adelboden
Press (SKK103OAA, probably given to journalists at the FIS
ski world cup in Adelboden in 2002) and Jungfrau
(SKK103OAB). Limitation is unknown but probably quite low.
- Vend˘me birthday special. At the end of june, several
new swatches have been released at the Vend˘me store in Paris: A special
for the 2nd birthday of the Vendome Store (limited to 600 pcs):Happy
Jeans (SUBK104P), Manchettes
de l'Heure (LN138P, with real cuff links), Damier
sur Peau Brune (SFB120DP), AttachÚ
Ó l'Heure (SFK137P), Luciole
Verte (SFF105BP), Luciole
Rouge (SFF106BP). Thanks to Thomas
Sonneville for the information and pictures.
- Athens Diaphane press special. Apparently, a special
packaging of the new Olympic Swatch Diaphane Chrono Aerinos
(SVCK 4006) was given to the press in Athens at a recent event.
The special packaging is limited and numbered to 400 pcs. Here
are more pictures of the special packaging. Thanks
to Marc Lenzinger for the information and pictures.
- Athens Kaleidoscope club event. Here
is a report about the Athens Kaleidoscope Swatch The Club event.
At the event, about 200 of the Kyklos specials (different colours) were
released in a special packaging containing (guess what?) a kaleidoscope.
Here is a picture of the packaging and here is a picture of the back (the
number refers to the watch, not to the special packaging!
There are definitively not 2004 special kaleidoscope packagings, I think
that there are only about 200). Here
is some information about the Kaleidoscope event in Athens on the
official swatch page.
- Upcoming interesting swatches. Wanna have a quick look
at some of the swatch releases later this year? Here
is a picture of the Xmas special 2002 called Snowqueen, here
and here are
pictures of the upcoming Irony Nabab (the "macho" swatch), and here
is a picture of the fall/winter collection 2002/03. And here
is a picture of the strictly limited James Bond leather suitcase (update:
this Bond leather suitcase will not be produced!).
- Swatch digs in his vaults. Look at the result here!
A Haring swatch with a bar code on the sticker?!?!? Strange times.
- Dutch Amnesty International special. On June 16 there
will be a sponsor run for Amnesty International in Utrecht. For this
occasion, the Swatch Store in Utrecht will release a special packaging
(222 pcs, numbered
on the back) called The
Dictator Of Love. The packaging will feature a
transparent skin mounted
at the bottom of the picture. More details can be found here at Hans van
Buuren's excellent swatch page.
- Olympic 2004 swatch specials. The first special
swatches for the Olympics 2004 in Athens, Greece, have been released in
2004 pieces each. They are 5 different watches similar to the olympic
disks. Each one has a differently coloured inner disk on the dial. They
all are numbered in a special packaging (outside
/ inside) and they will be only
available in Greece. There will also be 108 numbered sets of all 5
specials swatches together in one special packaging (acrylic
display, the number is engraved on the right side, you can turn
the top disc of the acrylic around the metal pin on the left, very
nice). Here is a picture of one of the
special swatches (Kyklos Galazio, GZ167, blue ring). The
other watches are called: Kyklos Kitrino, GZ168, yellow
ring; Kyklos Mavro, GZ169, black ring; Kyklos
Prasino, GZ170, green ring; Kyklos Kokkino, GZ171,
red ring. At the Athens
the Club event, about 200 of the Kyklos specials (different
colours) were released in a special packaging containing (guess what?) a
kaleidoscope. Here is a picture of
the packaging and here is a picture of
the back (the number refers to the watch, not to the special
packaging! There are definitively not 2004 special kaleidoscope
packagings, I think that there are only about 200).
Thanks to Timotheos Binis and Peter Rollings for the information and
- Skin Exhibition. The Cooper-Hewitt National
Design Museum in New York, a division of the Smithsonian,
will present an exhibit called "Skin" from 7-MAY until 15-SEP. The
museum describes the exhibit as "An international showcase of products,
architecture, and digital media that will explore the role of 'skin' as
outer surface and structural form." Aha. Here
is a link to the press release about the exhibit. Not
surprisingly, a few Skin Swatches will be included in the exhibit. Some
Skin Swatches will also be sold in the museum's gift shop although there
will be no special or special packaging for the exhibit. Update:
The official swatch site features a nice report
about the exhibition, including some pictures. At the opening
night gala co-hosted by Swatch on May 6th, Swatch presented each guest
with a Swatch Jelly Skin that had the exhibit logo
imprinted on the band (different colours were
available). Thanks to Brian Pier for the
- Holland Casino swatch. In October 2001, the Holland
Casino has released a special Holland Casino Swatch to
celebrate their 25th anniversary. The watch is a Juggler
(GK307C) with a special strap. Here is a picture of the actual watch, here
is a picture of the nice packaging. All visitors of the casino
have a chance to win this watch every time they enter the casino and
play a game. Update: I just found out that there are two
different versions of the packaging, see the stickers
on the packaging. The difference is the text inside of the
packaging (the watches are the same): GK307C
and GK307CV. I think that the GK307C
was released in 2001 and GK307CV in 2002. Thanks to
Peter Kranendonk for the information and the pictures.
- Diaphane Swatches. A new product line of watches
called Diaphane will be launched soon, probably during the
the club event (open to all club members) in Athens, Greece, from
14-16 JUN. The case of the watches is made of plastic, on the top
of the case, there is metal. There will be four different styles
of watches: Diaphane Automatic, Diaphane Chrono, Diaphane
Olympic, Diaphane Navigator
(a chrono swatch with a scuba ring, remember the Aquachrono? :-).
Thanks to Alain Choisy for the information and pictures.
- Traveling Vendome Berlin / Madrid / Zurich. The swatch
Vend˘me collection will be presented during a gala event in Berlin on
2-JUL. Afterwards, the Vend˘me swatches will be available in
Berlin for a few days. In the fall, Traveling Vend˘me will be
presented in Zurich, Switzerland. Currently, the Vendome swatches
are being sold in Madrid,
Spain. Thanks to David Rippmann for the
- Portuguese Baby special. This week, swatch will
release a portuguese only special gent swatch called Fraldinhas.
The watch has a baby on the dial, and several on the strap. It comes
in a special package with a safety pin with the word ?swatch?.
Swatch Portugal has created a charity project called ?Quero uma casa
deste tamanho? (I want a house this big). Swatch gives 6 Euros for
each watch sold to the institution ?Ajuda de Beršo? (cradle help).
The watch costs 50 Euro. A maxi version of this swatch will also
be available (in Portugal only) for 95 Euro. Thanks to
Pedro Coelho for the information and to Maria from swatch-boavista for
- Irony Nabab. Here is another
picture of the new Irony Nabab. It looks like an irony Scuba 200
without the ring or like an Irony X-large. This watch will be
released as part of the James Bond collection, and it is called On
Her Majesty Secret Service (YNS402).
- Vend˘me mother's day special and more. 12 new swatches
have been released at the Vend˘me store in Paris. The best one is
a mother's day special limited to 250 pcs: A
Fleur de Coeur (GJ125P). It is a gent swatch packaged
in a sort of hat box. The other new models are: Regardez
La (GB211P, gent), Regardez Le (SUDB104P, X-Large),
Noir de Rose (LB158P, lady), Hypnoidale Bleu (SUBK102DP, square,
100 pcs only), Sang Froid (SUBS100P, square), La
Rumaba Chica (SFK160P, skin), Glacon (SUYK101P, skin
chrono), Desertique (YCS434P, XL strap with 9 holes), 18
Holes (YGS118P, irony gent big, comes with 2 straps: 1 leather and
an extra metal), Simpliciste de Bleu (YGS721P, irony gent big,
comes with 2 straps: 1 leather and an extra metal), Simpliciste de
Rouge (YGS723P, irony gent big, comes with 2 straps: 1 leather and
an extra metal). More pictures will follow. Thanks
to Thomas Sonneville and Philippe Danjean for the information and
- Lifeball 2002 charity auction. A good tradition
continues: For this year's lifeball
event (AIDS charity) in Vienna, Austria, swatch auctions a unique
and certainly one-of-a-kind SKIN
(a Silver Meshstream with handcuffs!)
designed by the House of Moschino, which began with the famed Italian
fashion designer Franco Moschino. The watch will be auctioned
online in the next few days. Here
is some more information in German.
- Turkey Soccer specials. The soccer club Fenerbahce
from Turkey has released a special access swatch, a scuba access Freeride
with a special strap (SHN101D). Here
is a picture of the watch and here is a
picture of the special paper sleeve. Limitation is unknown. Here
and here is a little
bit more info about this swatch. I have no idea if you can order
this swatch online. Update: Another Fenerbahce
special swatch has surfaced: A Happy
Joe Yellow (YGS409GC)
with a metal strap engraved
with the Fenerbahce logo. This irony special looks official
(see price sticker).
Limitation is unknown. Thanks to Hans van Buuren
for the information and pictures.
- French Swatch site. Here is an excellent french Swatch
- Swatch CEO Hayek to Pass Torch to Son. Nicolas Hayek
will step down as chief executive of Swatch Group. Read all the
Thanks to Martin Maguss for the information.
- Japanese "Happy Joe" & "Happy Jenny" special. Starting
a gift box (limited to 2002
pcs, packaged in nice gift paper)
of special Happy Joe and Happy
Jennyirony swatches (Happy Jenny is a new model,
right?) will be released in Japan. The watches (packaged in nice wrapping paper) will be sold in three
new different colours: Sora (the azure of the high sky), Momo
(pink which symbolizes health and happiness), Nibi (an intellectual
gray). Thanks to Yuji Tada for the information
- "I SURVIVED TAX DAY" special. A very interesting
special was just given away for free in the USA. Here is
a report by Martin Maguss: "Well Swatch really did it
this time - yesterday [15-APR] of course was tax day in the U.S. and
if you were lucky enough to go into a Swatch store you would have
received a free Swatch. Yes, seriously, it was the fluorescent
watch that is incorporated into the handle of a shoulder bag that was
produced last year (Tracolla,
GK340). Also inside the shoulder bag was a postage stamp, a
calculator, a pen, a key chain with a neck massager and also a t-shirt
too. The shoulder strap had the words printed "I survived Tax day".
Apparently each store had 3-5 of these specials and if you came into
the store you would have been given one. The major launch for
this watch was in New York at the post office near the stock exchange
- and for those of you who aren't familiar with the area - which of
course is very close to the site of the World Trade Center.
Apparently as people arrived at the post office to drop of their tax
returns - they were given this special gift. Neat eh? So I
would assume it is VERY LIMITED - maybe 100 or so. The idea behind
this is called "pirate marketing" which I guess in this case was
pretty successful." Here is
a picture of the complete set. Very nice! Here
is the official report by Swatch. Thanks to Jay
B. Siegel for the picture.
- Swatch The Club Events 2002. The following events by
Swatch The Club will take place this year: An international "Kaleidoskope"
event (open to all club members) in Athens, Greece, from 14-16
JUN, the traditional Gold & Pioneer member event (related to Expo.02)
in Biel, Switzerland, from 17-19 JUN, and an international James
Event in London, UK, from 26-28 JUL. During the Athens
event, a street painting event ("Swatch Sport Objects Street Painting
Happening") with well known designers etc. will take place. Also,
a Diaphane 2002 collection (including two olympic
watches for Athens 2004 Olympic Games, quartz movements in Diaphane
cases [top of case metal, bottom of case plastic]) will be
launched. The gold
contest is open for all club members until 15-MAY. This
years theme is "Swatch and the Olympic Games... The perfect
reationship! Why?". So send your entries to the club!
During the James Bond Event in London, the last 3 watches of the
20 that are being released, will be launched. These last 3
swatches include probably a Chrono Diaphane and an Irony Nabab (see
below). Thanks to Dennis Hickey for the
- New Vend˘me swatches. Seven new swatches have been
released at the Vend˘me store in Paris. Two lady swatches seem to
be a big "hit", they are selling well: Reve
de Brillance rose (LK212RP), Reve
de Brillance jaune (LK212JP). The other models are: Damier sur Peau Verte (SFB120CP), Mirobolant
(SUDB102P), Sang Chaud (SUBV100P),
Black Equivoque (SUEB401P), Pensee Noire (YGS420P).
Update: Two more Irony Swatches have just been released at the
Vend˘me store: EnchainÚe ArgentÚe
(YLS414P) and EnchainÚe D'OrÚe
(YLG114P). Thanks to Philippe Danjean and
Thomas Sonneville for the information and pictures.
- EURO Disney POP special - not official! You may have
seen a nice EURO Disney POP special
on ebay or somewhere else. Alain Choisy has asked Swatch and
Disneyland Paris: Both reply via email (in french) that this
special has not been issued by Swatch or Disneyland Paris. So this
special is not official (but still very nice).
- Piggy the Bear French special packaging. A special
packaging (front / back)
of the new gent Piggy
Bear (GK 367) has been released in France. Limitation
is 600 pcs, numbered. The watch is packaged with a nice book, original selling price is 61
EURO. The book is written by Dominique Glocheux. He signed a
few of the specials during an event
in Paris. Thanks to Maeght for the information.
- Matthias Winkler homepage. Finally, Swiss artist Matthias
Winkler (well known for the swatch specials Zeit2,
Instrumental, and Cupid's
Bow) has his own homepage.
it out here!
- Montreux 2002 special. Here is a first picture of the
Montreux 2002 special swatch (released
for the 36th Montreux Jazz
Festival). I assume that the watch has been designed by the
British artist Richard James North because he is the designed of the Montreux
2002 poster. Thanks to Alain Choisy
for the information and picture.
- Artist swatches 2002. The upcoming Spring-Summer
collection 2002 will contain five artist swatches designed by Stephen
Dean. Three of them are called Blue Painted Time (GK376),
Red Painted Time (GK377), and Orange Painted Time
(GK378). These three models will be available for individual
purchase. The additional two will only be available in a limited
box set (1000 pcs, silver acrylic display) containing all five
watches. This special packaging will be signed by the artist.
Price for the box set will be 265 EUR (about $235 US). Update:
Apparently, the first version
of the packaging of the Orange Painted Time (GK378) has been
withdrawn. Now, the following
packaging (with a hole in the packaging to see the watch) is
used. So there are two different packaging versions of the
standard swatch. Thanks to Alain Choisy and Jonn Rico
for the information.
- Spanish Olympia Special. The city of Madrid (Spain)
wants to host the olympic games in 2012 (Madrid 2M12). For this
occasion, a special swatch 2M12 (a Tokyo
Musicall with a new strap, SKZ100E) was given
to IOC members and sponsors of 2M12. The watch is limited and numbered to 750 pcs. Thanks
for the information and picture.
- Unofficial Malaysian Specials. According to a reliable
source in Malaysia, the following specials from Malaysia are not
officially released by Swatch: Hairy
Harry, Just Born, Love
Layers. They have been created by dealers on the "grey
market". The specials look really nice but they are not
official. The low limitation number (20 to 50) is also a hint for
"unofficial". Thanks to Auyong for the
information and pictures.
- James Bond swatches / box set / launch events. A
collection of 20 James Bond
swatches will be released during 2002, each watch is related to
one James Bond movie. There will be a special box set of all 20
James Bond Swatches (see below). Of course, all 20 watches will be
available separately. Included in the series is the first Square Chrono
(mid march) and a Square where you can flip the front. Here are
the names of the first five James Bond Swatches
(mid march): Dr. No (Chrono Square SUEB400), You Only Live
Twice (Skin SFB116), Thunderball (Skin SFK154), Goldfinger
(Chrono Irony YCG401), From Russia With Love (Big Irony YGS423,
interesting notice by Rob Gough: this swatch has on the strap the
year "1964", when both the PR and the catalogue says: "1963", an
error?!?), The Man With The Golden Gun (gent). Here
are pictures of almost all James Bond swatches. Among the most
interesting James Bond Swatches is the Chrono Diaphane The
World Is Not Enough (SVCK4003, a quartz chrono movement in a
Diaphane case [top of case plastic, bottom of case metal) and the Irony
Nabab [see below] On Her Majesty Secret Service
(YNS402). Prototypes of the 20 Bond swatches were seen at the Wristory auction in
New York in December 2001. Update: A launch event
"007 Swatch Night" took place on 18-FEB in Milano, Italy. A
launch event organized by Swatch The Club Germany took
place on 10-MAR in Frankfurt, Germany. Here
is a short report about the German event. During the event, a
special aluminium suitcase (closed / opened)
was released. The suitcase contains: Dr.No square,
set of 19 glossy Bond prints (Milano
only(!), representing the posters of the 19 Bond movies produced so
far), space for 19 more Bond swatches, and a James Bond Swatch catalogue
(preview of the swatches that will be released later). The
aluminium suitcase is not numbered, it should not be too hard to
get. 1200 pieces of the aluminium suitcase have been made.
For price info, see my report.
Yet another launch event will take place on
in London, UK (here
is a wonderful report by Robert Gough) and on 28-MAR in Miami,
USA. The event in Miami will take place in South Beach. A
dinner will be served at the trendy new restaurant, "Kiss", on Lincoln
Road. The evening's program will follow at approx.
8pm. The second batch of James Bond swatches will
be: Goldeneye, Live and Let Die,The Man With the Golden Gun,
The Spy Who Loved Me, and Licence to Kill. These swatches
will be shown at the Basel Watch Fair, Switzerland (4 to 11-APR).
There will be an International James Bond event held in London from
26-28 JUL. Thanks to Russ Bauer, Alain
Choisy, Nikolai Kuttler, David Rippmann, Peter Rollings, and Filip
Jochums for some information and pictures.
- Inhorgenta 2002 special. For the watch & jewelry
fair Inhorgenta 2002 in
Munich, Germany, swatch has released a special access swatch Inhorgenta
2002 (a Ski Patrol access with a
special strap, SKO100C). The swatch is limited to 3000
pcs. 300 pcs (of the 3000) have been given in a nice
special packaging to VIP customers of swatch.
- Four new dutch specials. Four new special packagings
have been released in the Netherlands: 1.: 2002
Calendar (300 pcs, numbered, comes with Jelly Skin,
photographs by Mike King of the Dutch Playboy). Update:
The approval of Swatch for the release of this calendar has been
cancelled. So the calendar has been withdrawn from sale.
Only 100 pcs are in circulation, making this a very rare special!
Time (300 pcs, numbered, designed by Marcel
Bierenbroodspot). 3.: The
Winners Game (300 pcs, numbered, comes with FC
Utrecht access, designed by Marcel Bierenbroodspot).
4.: The Losers Game (200 pcs, numbered, comes with FC
Utrecht access, designed by Marcel Bierenbroodspot).
More detailed information can be found at Hans van Buuren's excellent
- Valentine's special 2002 / signing by Matthias Winkler. The
valentine special 2002 will be designed by .... Matthias Winkler,
well known for Instrumental
(Montreux Jazz Festival), Zeit2, ... Here is a first picture of Cupid's
Bow (GK371) and here is a
picture of the packaging. I love it! Superb! Update:
On 2-FEB, Matthias will be at the Swatch Store in Den Haag (The
Hague) and on 3-FEB, he'll be at the Swatch Store in Amsterdam to sign
his new Valentine's special. Maybe Matthias will sign some Maxi's
as well. Matthias was also in Portugal to sign the Valentine's
special. Click here
for a nice report about the events in Portugal (it also shows two
different acrylic displays released in a limited edition of 50 pcs each
for the event of the signings). Thanks to
Christine Tanner, Ricardo Rocha, and Wouter Land for the information
- Re-released swatches. Four older swatches have
officially been rereleased with a new
strap. Somehow, swatch has to clean its warehouse...
- Vend˘me valentine special 2002. A nice valentine
special called Through My Shiny Heart (SFK163P) designed by Agatha
Ruiz de la Prada (Spain, she also designed Agatic Agatac)
is available in a limited edition of 300 pcs in the Vend˘me store in
Paris. It is a skin
golden hearts on the strap packaged with a silk
scarf. Beautiful! On 14-FEB (valentine's day), Agatha
Ruiz de la Prada was present at the Vend˘me store in Paris to sign the
- Davos / Klosters access special. A special access Davos
/ Klosters (SKK103NA, Clearance
access with a nice strap) is currently being
sold in Klosters and Davos in Switzerland. No idea about the
limitation. Thanks to Marc Lenzinger for the
information and pictures.
- Dutch Ben Sneeuwklokje special. A nice special
packaging of the Monte
Da Lua access with a new strap (SKK113C) has been
distributed by the Dutch mobile phone operator Ben. More details
and pictures on Hans van Buuren's excellent page.
- Adelboden Access. During the ski world cup event in
Adelboden, Switzerland, on 6-JAN-2002, swatch has sold a special access
swatch Adelboden (SKK103AD, a Clearance
access with a nice strap).
Limitation is 300 pcs so far. Another (similar?) Adelboden swatch
may be released later. Thanks to Christine Tanner
for the information and pictures.