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Recent Swatch info (Last updated: 26-JAN-2020)
- 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:
- Tokyo 2020 Olympic specials. Three new Tokyo
2020 Olympic specials are now available in Japan: 1.
Gent (GZ708); 2. Big
Bold (SO27Z100); 3. Big Bold
(SO27Z101). These three watches will be available worldwide in
Akihito for the photo.
- Swatch Xmas Market. The first Swatch
Xmas market was held on 14-DEC at the Swatch
Drive Thru Store in Biel, Switzerland. Christine Tanner
has sent me a few photos from the Xmas
market. Several rare Swatch Season models no longer available in
the shops were available, including Hollywood
Dream (GZ116, 1990, 10 pcs were available at 105 CHF
Jangle (2003, GZ408), Star
Edition (GZ199, 2009), Hocus
Pocus (GZ122, 1991), Magic
Spell (GZ148, 1995), ... It was also possible to
create a special SwatchXYou Drive Thru Xmas market. Update:
The number 00,001/10000 of Star
Edition was available for sale at the Xmas
market. This is very very unusual, as the number 1 of each
special edition is usually reserved for Nick Hayek's personal
collection, the Planet
museum etc. Does anyone else own a #1 of any
official Swatch special? If yes, please
send photos. Update
2: Rainer Haas
owns the Mimmo
Paladino artist special Oigol
Oro #001/100 (GZ113, 1988), presented to the Dalai
Lama (together with the original correspondence /
envelope). Update 3: Here
is the Xmas special Red Knit
of the watch). Update
4: 820. Hafengeburtstag Hamburg
Club Event Special
01/100 (from 2009) and FIVB
Berlin Skyball 2003 001/111. Thanks
to Rainer Haas for the information and photos
and to Alexandre Brunner and Wolfgang Seiler for the photos.
- Laax Open 2020 special. The Laax
Open snowboarding event takes place from 13 to 18-JAN in
Laax, Switzerland. A special New Gent Laax
Open 2020 (SUOB714C, 90 CHF) has been issued, it is
packaged in a nice paper sleeve.
It is New Gent Gaet
(SUOB714) from 2014 with a special strap. The winners of the Laax
Open received a nicely
packaged Big Bold Swatch.
- Dry January SwatchXYou. A special Dry
January SwatchXYou (canvas)
is now available in the Swatch Online Store.
- Fake Big Bold. Swatch Big
Bold is still a very young product line but you can
already find fake Big Bold watches
- Don't Be Too Late reissued / new Gent product line. Another
famous Swatch from the 80s has been reissued: DB2L
(SO28B102) is a Gent(!) Swatch (34 mm), with a GREEN
Swatch logo on the watch face,
packaged in an eco-friendly red pasteboard
packaging. Note the lower green
part on the seconds hand and the different hour and minute hands
compared to the original Don't
Be Too Late (GA100) from 1984. From the
production code SO28B102, we can deduce that there
is a technical difference to the Gent Swatch watches we all know and
love (a new product line!), otherwise, the ref. code would be GBxxx.
Hopefully that technical difference will be unveiled soon. Here
is a picture of the actual watch in the packaging. Update:
According to information from a Swatch Store: The new Gent
product line is manufactured (partially?) from recycled plastic, the
plastic for the glass is also different, so the usual Polywatch should
not be used to polish your DB2L! Update 2: Here
is a photo that illustrates the differences between the original Don't
Be Too Late (GA100) from 1984 and the DB2L
(SO28B102) from 2020. DB2L has a production
code "IX46b", I assume that the added "b" behind the regular
production code indicates the new Gent 2 product line with
- SwatchXYou Pop-up store Japan. The first SwatchXYou
pop-up store will open for one week starting 25-DEC at the Isetan
Shinjuku Store, Tokyo, Japan. Six Japanese artists
have been invited to create a special SwatchXYou design.
Some of the artists will also sign their watches on 25-DEC.
The designs and the artists are: 1. Chocomoo
(canvas); 2. Jun Inoue (canvas);
3. Kosuke Kawamura
5. Yoshi47 (canvas);
6. Towmei-Line (canvas).
Here is a "on the spot"
paining by Yuka Chocomoo.
Update: The six special SwatchXYou designs are now
available in the Japanese
Swatch Online Store. Update 2: Since
13-JAN, the six special SwatchXYou designs are now
available worldwide for a limited time, eg. US
Swatch Online Store.
- Zappos special. For the 20th anniversary of the
company, a New Gent special Zappos
(SUOW107I) has been issued by Zappos
(online shoe and clothing retailer) in MAR-2019.
- Valentine 2020 special. According to this report,
the Swatch Valentine special for 2020 is a Gent Swatch You've
Got Love (GZ707S). It comes in a red
packaging in the style of an envelope.
The watch is limited and numbered to 5020 pcs.
- Argentinia only Glitter collection. A special limited
collection is available exclusively
in Argentinia. The Glitter collection consists of
five Swatch watches: Three New Gent, one Gent, and one Lady
Swatch: 1. New Gent Glittersky
(SUOS400); 2. New Gent Glitterpassion (SUOR401); 3. New
Gent Glitternight (SUOB403);
4. Gent Glitterespoir (GE269);
5. Gent Glitterceleste (LK392).
The Glitter collection is available since at least MAR-2019,
issued probably for the opening
of the Swatch Argentinia Online Store. Other markets have
different Glitter Swatch watches available (also exclusively online),
- Big Bold Pay! watches. Three different Big Bold
Pay! watches are now available in those markets where Swatch
Pay! is available, eg. Switzerland, Austria,
Germany: 1. BBMist Pay!
(SO27W101-5300); 2. BBSky Pay!
(SO27N106-5300); 3. BBNyte Pay!
(SO27B106-5300). Each watch
costs 100 EURO (compared to 90 EURO for the regular Big Bold
watches [or 95 EURO for the fantastic Big
- Swatch Essentials. Every month, Swatch will now unveil
new essential styles and the people
that make it all happen every month: Swatch
For January 2020, 16
different Swatch watches have been released.
- SwatchXYou Taiwan Pop-up store. Until 16-FEB,
Pop-up store is open at the Taipei
101 Shopping Mall in Taiwan. Two special Swatch
SwatchXYou designs are available (also in the Swatch
Taiwan Online Store): 1. Taiwan
Animals A (canvas);
Animals B (canvas).
- Virgin MiamiCentral Pop-up store. A new Swatch
Pop-up store is now open
at Virgin MiamiCentral.
Until 02-FEB, you can buy Swatch watches, including the Miami
Vibes Destination special.
- Bürgenstock Resort Destination special. A new
Destination New Gent special B-Viewtiful
(SUOZ320, 90 CHF, Destination Special #66)
has been released on 04-DEC at the Bürgenstock
Resort in Switzerland. The watch is also available
at the Zurich airport. Update:
is some more information about the Bürgenstock Resort Destination special
and the Bürgenstock Resort. Thanks
to Fabien Perissinotto for the photo.
- Zodiac / Chinese Horoscope SwatchXYou. A special Zodiac SwatchXYou is now
available in the Swatch
Online Store. So you can now check your horoscope on your
wrist! Additionally, a Chinese
Horoscope SwatchXYou is available in the Swatch
- 2020 Emojis SwatchXYou. A special Emojis
SwatchXYou is now available in the Swatch
Online Store. It also features a "2020" on the canvas,
so it has also a "Happy New Year 2020" theme :-)
- 007 special. An interesting 007
New Gent special (surely James Bond related) has surfaced. It is
a New Gent Black
Rebel (SUOB702) with a special 007 loop around the strap
and a black paper sleeve with a grey, well known "007" logo.
- Art Week Lorenzo Petrantoni SwatchXYou. During the
first week of each month, Swatch will collaborate with different
artists and present unique SwatchXYou canvases which will be
available for one week only. For January, Swatch
presents two different canvases by Italian artist Lorenzo
Petrantoni: 1. Fleur
(canvas); 2. Circule
Previously in 2012, Lorenzo Petrantoni has designed five
- Swatch Art Connections. For the eighth
anniversary of the Swatch
Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai, Swatch has now created Swatch
Art Connections, a virtual exhibition that presents fun,
crazy and interesting projects that Swatch has developed following
fruitful encounters with artists-in-residence at the Swatch Art
- Big Bold Jellyfish. As a late Xmas gift, the superb
new Big Bold Jellyfish (SO27E100)
is now available in the Swatch
Online Store for 95 EURO. Here
is a closeup photo of the watch face.
- Ski Season SwatchXYou. A special Ski
Season SwatchXYou is now available in the Swatch
- Chinese New Year SwatchXYou. A special Chinese New
Year Rat World
SwatchXYou is now available in the Swatch
- Unknown SwatchXYou. Do you know this SwatchXYou
with lots of gearwheels on the strap? I do not remember
this one. Was it available to the general public at some point
in time? ETA related (it is from Switzerland)? Please email if you have more
- Fourth Hong Kong Destination special. Without a big
announcement, Swatch has released a fourth Hong Kong Destination Gent
special which is only available at Hong Kong Airport: I
Night HK (GB299C, 600 HKD, Destination Special #68).
Here is a photo of the actual watch. It
is a Gent Blackhot
(GB299) from 2017 with a special strap. Previously, this strap
was available (at Hong Kong Airport only) with three different other
Swatch watches. The three previous Hong Kong Destination
specials are: 1. Flower
Bay (SUOZ232, 2016); 2. Greetings
From Hong Kong (SUOB702Q, 2016, sold out); 3. Lion Rock (GZ706,
- Sardine SwatchXYou. A special Sardine
SwatchXYou is now available in the Swatch
Online store. This watch is related to the "Sardines"
movement in Italy (protest against Matteo Salvini’s populist
- Hawaii Destination special. A Hawaii
Destination Gent special called Pau Hana
Time (GZ339) has been released on 07-DEC. The watch
is packaged in the usual Destination
paper sleeve. Swatch Proteam member Coco
Ho was present at the Swatch Ala Moana Store to sign
- Swatch Club UK Xmas party. The traditional Swatch Club
UK Xmas party took place on 07-DEC at the Flight
Club Victoria in London. Pioneer member Bob Gardner
reports: "There were about 30 Swatch collectors present and
everyone had a great time playing darts and the usual eating and
drinking." During the Darts
competition, the first prize received a Maxi Swatch in Graffiti
and any Swatch from the current Xmas collection. The last prize
received a Swatch Bum Bag and also any Swatch from the current Xmas
collection. Very nice! Bob also sent me a few photos
from the event.
- Banana SwatchXYou specials. At Art
Basel Miami, a controversial spotty banana duct-taped to a
wall artwork Comedian
by Italian artist Maurizio
Cattelan was sold for $150,000 US. A few days later,
was eaten by a hungry performance artist called David Datuna
from Georgia. Swatch has taken the opportunity to release two
different SwatchXYou Banana specials "DON'T
TOUCH": 1. A truly minimalistic banana
on an empty canvas;
2. A bananas
Very funny! Here
is a photo of an actual Banana SwatchXYou.
- Glitter Online Exclusives. Four Glitter...
Swatch watches (Gent and New Gent) are available exclusively in the Online
- Holiday Event 2019. The traditional Swatch
The Club Holiday Event 2019 took place in Budapest, Hungary from
28-NOV to 01-DEC. 108 Swatch Club members from 14 different
countries participated at the event, including 12 (out of 15) new Gold
members who were invited to the event. Each event participant
received a special limited Big Bold Light
Up Your Night (SO27Z104S).
The watch is limited to 200 pcs and
numbered xxx/200 on the back of the watch,
on the packaging, on the outer white
box and on the sticker. Here
is a photo of the watch in the opened packaging. The best
feature about the watch is the "glow in the dark" dial,
packaging, and some parts of the strap
(inscription). Great watch! Here
is a detailed report with many
photos from the event.
- Older swatch news. Click here
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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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