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- WANTED! Perfect Timing Swatch (#332/700). I am asking for your help. The
following bad incident has happened to a friend of mine without
internet access: The Perfect Timing Swatch (#332/700) has been stolen
on its way from the USA to Germany. Apparently, the package was opened
during transport and the watch (including the plexi glass tube) was
taken out of the parcel. The outer white cardboard tube was still in
the parcel and can be seen here. If this
watch shows up somewhere or is being offered for sale (remember that
it will come without the white paper tube), I would be VERY happy if
you could inform me
about the seller. This watch has been STOLEN! Back to the
regular news service:
- Swatch old Chrono craze. Recently, the prices for
older Swatch chronos went up a little bit, especially the colourful
ones from the early to mid 90. But in the last two weeks, the
price for the Grand Prix Chrono
(SCJ101) from 1992 has reached a totally crazy all
time high, up to 710 EURO have been paid! If you look a
bit more closely, it seems that this watch is sought after especially
in Italy. The root cause can be found on this Instagram
photo: The Sports Manager for Italian Soccer Club AC Fiorentina (Daniele
Pradè) is wearing a Swatch Grand
Prix Chrono recently. More details in this report
by Italian Watch
- Holiday Event 2019. The traditional Swatch
The Club Holiday Event 2019 will take place in Budapest, Hungary
from 28-NOV to 01-DEC.
- Alessandro Enriquez SwatchXYou. For the Milano Fashion
week, a special Alessandro
Enriquez SwatchXYou is now available exclusively in the
Swatch Italy online store. The special by Italian Fashion
Enriquez has been announced on Instagram
and it features a very nice background
design with lots of 'baci' (kisses). Update:
A nice Alessandro Enriquez Maxi
Swatch also exists.
- Swatch Vegetable Market. The first Swatch
fruit and vegetable market will be held on 21-SEP at the Swatch
Drive Thru Store in Biel, Switzerland. Several rare Swatch
models no longer available in the shops will be available.
- The very early days of Swatch. A fantastic
documentation (in [Swiss]German) about the formation of SMH (later Swatch Group) and
the crisis of the Swiss watch industry in the late 70s / early 80s can
now be watched here
(scroll down for the whole 50 minutes). Highly recommended with
eg. a lot of takes from Hayek's office in the 80s / 90s. I can
watch it in Germany so I assume that it is not region
restricted... And here is a very controversial
report (in English) by Isabelle Schluep Campo and Philipp Aerni
("When corporatism leads to corporate governance failure - The case of
the Swiss watch industry"). Update: The
documentation is now available again at the TV channel 3sat
(some Swiss German is now overdubbed :-)
- Selfridges SwatchXYou. A unique Selfridges
SwatchXYou design is now available exclusively at the Selfridges Swatch Popup store
in London, UK.
- Personalized loops. In the German Swatch Online store,
you can buy the new Swatch watches from the Dog
Collection with an extra
personalized loop (+4,50 EURO). Great idea!
- Different packaging for Sistem Helmsman. It seems that
Helmsman (YIZ400SPZ, $295 US) is now available in a
different packaging: A standard
plastic box with a special paper sleeve (with a number
xxx/510). Previously, I have only seen the watch in the special
- Gold Member Contest 2019. The Swatch Club Gold
Member Contest 2019 is now open until 18-AUG. This
year, the theme is "Irony", so you have to take one to three photos
with your favorite Swatch Irony watches (SKIN Irony is also
fine). Good luck and I hope that a gallery of all the entries
will be online soon. The winner(s) will be invited to the
Holiday Club Event 2019. Update: You can check
out the Contributors
Galleries, some entries are
really superb. Update 2: On 06-SEP, 15 new Gold
Members were notified via email (out of 127 submissions). See
you at the Xmas event!
- L.E.P. special. For the Fête nationale (Bastille Day,
national day of France), Swatch has released a special New Gent Swatch
called L.E.P. (Liberté, Égalité,
Ponctualité; Freedom, Equality, Punctuality;
SUOZ316, 80 EURO). The watch is issued in a collaboration with
the Louvre museum in
Paris and it is packaged in a nice paper
sleeve. The design of the watch and the paper sleeve is
taken from the famous painting Liberty
Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix. The watch
is not limited and not numbered. The watch was launched
during an event on 08-JUL in Paris
at the Swatch
Carrousel du Louvre. You can buy the watch in the French
Swatch Online store (and probably worldwide soon). Update:
On Bastille Day (14-JUL), Swatch has placed a one
page ad in the newspaper Le Parisien. Update
2: It is rumoured that several other Louvre special
watches will be launched in the next months.
- SwatchXDRL special. A special Swatch
X DRL 2019 (SUOB146C, 75 EURO) has been issued as event
special for the Drone
Racing League (DRL) 2019. It is a New Gent Around
The Strap (SUOB146) from 2018 with a special strap,
packaged in a nice paper sleeve.
- Swatch Balloon(s) still
alive! The famous Swatch Balloon (featuring the 80s
Gent watches Needles
Swiss) is still alive, with the code G-BMJJ!
balloon was seen last week at the Bristol International
Balloon Fiesta. My guess is that Damian
Busby has bought and refurbished the balloon. You even can
related to the balloon, including a Swatch
& Joure 30 Years G-BMJJ 1985 - 2015 Gold pin! Update:
In SEP-2016, the balloon was present
at the Warsteiner
Internationale Montgolfiade, the largest balloon festival
in Europe (200.000 visitors). Update 2: Here
is a postcard (Château-d’Œx (VD), Switzerland) from the mid 80s which
shows a different Swatch balloon. Update
2: Here is a nice Swatch
balloon poster from the mid 80s ("SWATCH happily continues his ascent
to the ZÉNITH", a nice joke against the Zénith watch brand). Update
3: Another Swatch Balloon
featuring the 80s Gent Nine
To Six and the Lady watch Neo
Quad) was seen at the Ballonfiësta
Barneveld in the Netherlands in AUG-2019. This
balloon was retired
in DEC-1999 and it was
recently reactivated by Roman Müller. Complete your Swatch
Balloon collection now! Thanks
to Marianne for the photo.
- Skin Irony 42mm. The new Swatch
Fall / Winter collection also contains four
new Skin Irony models with a slightly larger diameter:
42mm instead of 38mm. The watches are also slightly
thicker: 6.7mm instead of 5.8mm. Skins are now available
with five different diameters: Classic (plastic): 34mm;
Regular (plastic): 36.8mm; Big (plastic): 40mm;
Irony: 38mm; Irony 42: 42mm.
- Harajuku Pop-up store. From 23-AUG to 15-SEP, Swatch will
open a special BIG BOLD Pop-up
store in Tokyo (Shibuya-ku). 50 limited BAPE
Tokyo (SO27Z705S) will be sold. Special notebooks
and pens will also be distributed to guests of the store.
Update: Some photos from the actual store: outside / inside
/ notebook gift. Thanks to Wildon Aguila for the
- New London Destination special. A new Destination New
Gent special Tea O’clock (SUOZ313,
Destination Special #61) is
now available in London. The watch is packaged in the usual Destination paper sleeve. The design
of the watch looks like a dark version of 11H30AM
(SUOZ231) from 2016.
- Swatch at La Biennale / artist special. Swatch is
(still) a main
partner of the 58th International Art Exhibition La
Biennale di Venezia which will open its doors on
11-MAY. It is the 5th
anniversary of the collaboration. Some new artist
collaborations with Swatch will be revealed on 09-MAY.
One new artist special is designed by
the 90 year old UK artist Joe
Tilson: The New Gent The
Joe Tilson Venetian Watch (SUOZ312S, 135
EURO), limited to 2019 pcs,
with a special imprint on the back of
the strap. The watch is packaged in a nice special
packaging (closed box).
The Swatch website has more
information. Also available is a new La Biennale
special: A Gent Interesting Times
(GS147C). The watch is packaged in a nice paper sleeve and
also has the words "May You Live In Interesting Times..." on the back of the strap (and on the front of the
paper sleeve). This exclusive
Biennale Watch can only be found at the Biennale Bookshops, the
Venice Swatch Stores and at other selected stores in Italy. Update:
It seems that invited bloggers received another special
Swatch: A New Gent Colorbrush
(SUOS106) from 2017 with a special colorful Biennale strap,
similar to the generally available Gent
Interesting Times (GS147C).
Maybe this is the Biennale
volunteers special?!? Update 2: The original
artwork for The Joe Tilson
Venetian Watch is now
on display at the new official
Swatch museum Planet
Swatch in Biel, Switzerland. One of the
many reasons to visit the museum! Thanks to Sascha for the hint.
- Ahol Sniffs Glue SwatchXYou artist special. According
to this instagram story photo
(unique artist maxi!), a new SwatchXYou artist special by US
Sniffs Glue will be released on 15-AUG.
Here is a sneak peek of the artwork
entitled Miamisnake ("Miami
Limited Edition"). Ahol
Sniffs Glue X Swatch Here
is a short video showing the actual watch. Update: It
seems that two Ahol
Sniffs Glue designs will be available. One of these
two will be available for a very limited time only (until
is a behind the scenes video. Update 2: Miami
Limited Edition (canvas) is
now available at the US Online Store. In my opinion, the best
SwatchXYou so far. I cannot see the
second design (Reptilian Relapse)
in the store. "Sold out" already?
Update 3: Reptilian
Relapse is not yet sold out, try this (hidden?) link.
But you have to be quick, it will be gone soon.
- SwatchXYou Festival Edition. Two SwatchXYou specials
related to music festivals are now available in the German Swatch
Online Store: 1. Hamburg
(MS Dockville, 16 to
18-AUG; canvas of Hamburg Festival
SwatchXYou) and 2. Berlin
07 to 08-SEP; canvas of Berlin Festival
- Edinburgh Destination special. A new Destination New
Gent special Auld Reekie (SUON130C,
Destination Special #60) is now available exclusively at
the Princess street store in
Edinburgh, Scotland. It is
a New Gent Striure
(SUON130) with a special strap.
- Swatch in Red Bulletin. The
is an international magazine that features breathtaking stories from
the world of Red Bull
and its playgrounds. One of these breathtaking stories in the
current magazine is a whole page dedicated to Swatch
collecting (facts and numbers about Swatch)! Thanks to Christine Tanner for the
- Gold & Pioneer Event 2019
/ Special. The traditional Gold
& Pioneer Event took place in Berne,
Switzerland in the ***** Schweizerhof
hotel from 31-MAY to 02-JUN. 104 Club members from 16 different
countries participated at the event. Among many other
activities, we visited the new Swatch
HQ in Biel, designed by Shigaru
Ban from Japan. To commemorate the
event and the visit to the Swatch HQ, a New Gent special Happy
Nessie (SUOZ310S) was
released in a limited and numbered edition
of 200 pcs. The packaging of
the special (opened box) and the
details on the watch face are inspired
by the wooden design of the building. Some real wood
used for the construction of the Swatch HQ is contained in the loop
of the watch! The number of the special can be found on
the packaging, on the back
of the watch and on the sticker.
The packaging and the second loop
also has the inscription "G&P 2019". A fantastic idea
overall with a lots of thoughts that went into the design of this
years G&P special (it shares some ideas with the new Shareholder
special 2019 Bi-Üs). Update:
Better late than never: Here
is a detailed report with many
photos from the event.
- Singapore Destination Special. A
new Destination Special (#53)
has been launched in Singapore on 01-MAR: A New Gent Singapor
Tale (SUOZ296, S$125 (~82 EURO)). The watch is
limited to 2500 pcs and it has been designed by Singaporean artist Tan Zi Xi (also
known as MessyMsxi). Here
is some more information about the watch. On 11-MAR, a special launch event
took place at 48
Niven Rd in Singapore. During the launch event, a unique Singapore Tale Maxi
was (partially) painted
live by Tan Zi Xi! The event participants received
a special gift box with
nice special Swatch cups.
Fantastic! Update: The second batch of Singapor Tale has an
additional paper insert
with more information about the art on the watch. Thanks
to Fabrizio Mazzucco and Edward Chung for the
- Vienna Major FIVB special.
For the FIVB
Vienna Major (29-JUL to 04-AUG), a special New Gent Swatch X Major Series Vienna 2019 (SUON709D) has been released. The
watch is available in Austria and it is packaged in a nice paper
sleeve. The watch is also available in the Austria
- Official Swatch Patrol. Not
wearing 2 Swatches? Dirty Swatch band? Scratched Swatch
crystal? Attn! Watch out for the Official
Swatch Patrol! (from the 80s I guess)
Thanks to Fred
McFarland for the photo.
- Singapore Bicentennial special.
The Singapore Bicentennial
in 2019 marks the 200th anniversary of Sir Stamford Raffles’ arrival
in Singapore. To commemorate this event, a special Singapore
Bicentennial Swatch is available: It is a Singapore
Tale Destination special with an extra "200"
loop around the strap.
- New Fall / Winter 2019/20
Collection online. The new Swatch Fall / Winter 2019/20
collection can now be found online. It has the following
themes: 1. Bau
Swatch (already available online); 2. I
Love Your Folk; 3. Knightliness.
Especially interesting for Swatch collectors: Two old favourites
will be rereleased as New Gent: 1. Sir
Swatch (SUOB169); 2. Nine
To Six (SUOB171).
- New Swatch store in
Cologne. A new Swatch store has opened
its doors in Cologne, Schildergasse 8-12 (previously located at
Hohe Straße 105-107). Great store
design with graffiti artworks by local artists Goodlack
Art: John Iven und Ron Voigt. No Swatch Club opening
event, no store opening special.
- Swiss Destination specials
available online. To celebrate Swiss
National Day on 01-AUG, several Swiss
Destination specials are available online in the Swiss Online
Store for a short time only until 05-AUG. Update: The
Swiss Destination specials are now available worldwide in the
Swatch online store (for a
- Vans US Open of Surf special.
From 26-JUL to 04-AUG, the Vans
US Open of Surfing presented by Swatch will take place in
Huntington Beach, California. A special New Gent event Swatch Sexy Thing (SUOW100F) will be
released, similar to last year. The artwork
on the watch strap has been created by Jen
Rim. Swatch Club members from the USA are invited
for a guided painting session with Swatch Proteam member, professional
skateboarder and artist, Nora
Vasconcellos on 28-JUL. Update: Sexy
Thing is now available in the US online store. It
seems as if it is packaged in a nice paper
sleeve. Update 2: Here
is a nice report about the event on the official Swatch
homepage. A Sexy Thing Maxi
also exists. Thanks to Daniel Levinson for the information.
- Locarno Film Festival 2019
special. A special New Gent Swatch Locarno72
(SUOB715H) for the 72th
Locarno Film Festival 2019 (07 to 17-AUG) is now on sale
in Switzerland, also in the Swiss online
store. It is a New Gent Backup Black (SUOB715) with
a special strap. Update: The special packaged in a yellow paper sleeve.
- Swatch X Vans Park Series.
A new Swatch special Swatch
X Vans Park Series will be available during the Shanghai
stop of the Vans
Park Series skateboarding event on 18-MAY at the Old
Shipyard in Shanghai. Swatch
Club China will host a Club
event as well. Update: Here
is a picture of the actual watch (SUOB708C)
in the special paper sleeve.
- Swiss National Day
SwatchXYou. Switzerland celebrates Swiss
National Day on 01-AUG, so Swatch has released a dedicated SwatchXYou
Swiss National Day. Here
is a picture of the very nice background. I assume that the watch will
be available for a short time only.
- Moon Landing SwatchXYou. Swatch
celebrates the 50th Anniversary
of The Moon Landing on 21-JUL with a dedicated SwatchXYou
Moon Landing. Here is
a picture of the very nice background. Be quick, only 256
pcs will be made, so the watch will be available for a very
short time only (until 22-JUL).
- Firenze Destination
special. For a short period of time, Swatch Italy showed
the picture of a new Destination special for Firenze
(Florence, Destination Special #60)
in an Instagram
posting (the picture has now been removed). According to
rumours, it be sold starting mid September.
- ITS Time for Coffee special.
ITS Time for
Coffee started out at ITS
2018 (International Talent Support) when Swatch and
Illy Coffee spontaneously
collaborated on a special project: They invited Fashion Designer
for a 3-month
residency at the Swatch
Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai to work on a special
Swatch and an Illy artist coffee cup. The result was now unveiled at ITS 2019
in Trieste, Italy: A New Gent Swatch special ITS
Time 4 Coffee and a special Illy
artist coffee cup.
- Action O'Clock special. A
special New Gent Swatch Action O'Clock
(SUOB715F) is now available in the Swiss online
store. It is a New Gent Backup Black (SUOB715) with
a special strap and an Alaïa loop
around the strap. Swatch is a partner of Chalet
Alaïa in Crans-Montana, the recently (beginning of 2019)
opened first-class action sports center (indoor and outdoor),
- End Of Apprenticeship
special. In July, 171 participants finished
their apprenticeship at one of the Swatch Group companies such
as Blancpain, Breguet, ETA, Glashütte Original, Longines, Omega, Rado,
Renata, Swatch, ... It looks as if each participant received a
very nice Make It Real Swatch
special, including a New Gent Swatch Gesso
- SwatchXYou JoAnouk Proteam
special. On 24-JUN, the second SwatchXYou Proteam
special Side Out! has been
unveiled at Swatch HQ in Biel
during a press conference
with Swatch Proteam members Anouk
Vergé-Dépré and Joana
Heidrich (Beach Volleyball) and Swatch Creative Director Carlo Giordanetti.
You can order the special in the Swatch
Online Store. Again, the background
for the watch has been designed in a collaboration with the Chilean
Ebensperger. The official
Swatch website has more information about the second Proteam
special. At the Beach
Volleyball Major Gstaad (and only there, 09 to 14-JUL),
the watch will be available in a nice special
packaging. Update: Here
is an actual photo of the special packaging, only available in
Gstaad. Additionally, a second
version of the watch is only available in Gstaad (with pink
background and references to Gstaad and the 20th anniversary of the
tournament on the background, limited to 239 pcs). Christine
Tanner sent a small report: Swatch Switzerland had invited 20
G&P members to the Gstaad tournament
on Saturday. They could buy the limited
version of the special during a signing
session with Swatch Proteam members Anouk
Vergé-Dépré and Joana
Heidrich. Afterwards, the club members got a "behind
the scenes" tour and they could visit the media
center with 70 journalists. During the day, the G&P
members watched the games from the
VIP area. Thanks to Fabien Perissinotto and to Christine Tanner for the
- HR Giger Maxi auctioned. On
10-MAY, a unique Maxiwatch
by Swiss artist HR Giger has been
32,000 CHF. The Maxiwatch is one of six unique
pieces made in 1991, based on a Swatch Maxi watch. The Maxi
watch was painted using airbrush technique, additionally, a new
holograph dial was inserted. This Maxiwatch was displayed in
1991 at Art Basel. Thanks to Christine Tanner for the hint.
- Rome Destination special.
A new Destination New Gent special Colosseo
(SUOZ308, 80 EURO, Destination Special #57) is available in the city of
Rome (Italy) since the beginning of June, also at the airport
in Rome. Update: A second Rome Destination
Gent special Vacanze Romane (GZ333,
70 EURO) has been released
at the beginning of July, Destination Special #58.
Thomas Chan for the photo and to Joachim Meyer for the update.
- Toronto Destination
special. A new Destination New Gent special 6IX6 (SUOB702CO,
$110 CAD, Destination Special #59)
is available in the city of
Toronto (Canada) since 12-JUL.
It is a New Gent Black
Rebel (SUOB702) with a special strap. Thanks
to Thomas Chan for the photos.
- One new IOC special. has
surfaced: Irony Petite Seconde Dropping
Seconds Olympia Logo (YPZ400).
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- I am currently looking for:
- PunkXJob MAXI (MSUOZ280S) by Studio Job
- 1983 swatches mint only: GG400, GT402, GB100 FHL, GG400 FHL,
GN100 FHL, GN400 FHL
- "blister" plastic boxes for 1982/1983 swatches.
- original plastic boxes for Keith Haring (with correct price
sticker) for: Modele Avec Personnages (GZ100)
- all Fachhandellogo Swatches (on the face, not on the strap), mint
or even worn out.
- Folders, brochures, documentation, advertisement material up to
- Prototypes, variants, hybrids, test models.
- and: Kiki Picasso (poster piece) and Mimmo Paladino, ...
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