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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
- 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.
- 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
- 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. 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).
- 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.
- Pyeongchang Olympics 2018 IOC
specials. Alain Choisy has published
a photo of a very nice Pyeongchang
Olympics 2018 IOC special: Sistem
Earth IOC (YIZ401). The
watch is a SISTEM51 Irony Sistem
Earth (YIS400) with olympic rings
on the dial and a special engraving
on the side of the watch case: "IOC LIMITED EDITION PYEONGCHANG
2018". Very hard to find... Update: A
Olympics 2018 IOC special is the Sistem
Arlequin IOC (SUTZ403).
The watch is a SISTEM51 Sistem
Arlequin (SUTW402) with olympic
rings on the dial and a special imprint
on the back of the watch case: "IOC LIMITED EDITION PYEONGCHANG
2018". Also very hard to find. The recent IOC
specials seem to be much more limited compared to previous years
(maybe until 2017).
- ANOC special. The Association of The Olympic
Committees (ANOC) has issued a special Swatch: ANOC (SUOB715C). It is a New Gent Backup
Black (SUOB715) from 2014 with a special strap, packaged
in a nice paper sleeve. Thanks
to Fabrizio for the photo.
- Gstaad Jubilee book
special. The Beach
Volleyball Major Gstaad takes place from 09 to
14-JUL. The beach volleyball tournament in Gstaad is celebrating
its 20th anniversary this summer and to mark the occasion a special
book has been published. Stunning
pictures illustrating 20 years of action-packed
history may spring a few surprises but that's not all, there
is a Swatch watch included in
the book cover. The Swatch is a New Gent Swiss
Around The Clock (SUOR106) with a special loop around the
strap, ref.no. SUOR106C. You can order the book here.
The book is limited to 500 pcs and it costs 99 CHF. Here
is a newspaper report about the book.
- Glam collection expanded.
Four new watches have been added to the Swatch Glam
collection: 1. Gent Enlace Moi
(GE264PZ, $120 US: $95 US for the watch head with ten different
straps at $25 US each); 2. Irony Lady Mon
Foulard (YSS326PZ, $205 US: $160 US for the watch head
with two different foulards at $45 US each); 3. Skin Folle
De Plume (SVOW105PZ, $200 US: $160 US for the watch
head with five different feathers at $40 US each); 4. Lady Pampilles (LR133PZ, $95 US). The
watches can already be found in selected
- Rebel Again collection. Several
colourful New Gent Rebel Swatch watches are now available
again in the Swatch online store as part of the Rebel
Again collection. Some of these (originally released
in 2011) were hard to find before.
- New Fall / Winter 2019/20
Collection online. The new Swatch collection Bau
Swatch (part of the Swatch Fall / Winter 2019/20 Swatch
collection) is now available in the Swatch online shop as a
pre-release. One personal favourite is the New Gent Swatchid
- 4th Of July SwatchXYou. To
commemorate Independence Day (4th Of July) in the US, Swatch is
now selling a special SwatchXYou
4th Of July but only 07-JUL. Here
is a picture of the nice background. It seems that this
SwatchXYou is only available in the US online store.
- Love Your Pride
SwatchXYou. The official Swatch website has now a special
To Be Proud webpage obviously addressing the LGBT
pride movement. A special SwatchXYou
Love Your Pride is now available but only until
08-JUL. Here is a picture of
the Love Your Pride background.
- Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic
Games special. The Lausanne
2020 Youth Olympics will be held in Lausanne,
Switzerland from 10 to 19-JAN-2020. A special New Gent Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games
(SUOW131E) was now available at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne (100
pcs were sold). The watch is packaged in a nice paper
sleeve. (backside of
sleeve). It is a New Gent White
from 2016 with a special strap (the strap also carries a small
- Swatch Drive-thru Store. Next
to the new Swatch
HQ in Biel, Swatch plans to open the first Swatch
Drive-thru Store in the world in the near future (corner Nicolas
G. Hayek-Street / Jakob Stämpfli-Street). In this pavilion, you
can buy your Swatch watches from the current collection without
leaving your car. Source: Swatch
Annual Report 2018, p.14. Here
are a few pictures from the store, just be sure to click through all
of the pictures... Update: The Drive-thru Store is now open to
the general public. It sells the watches
in a paper box usually used for
Hamburgers. Great concept! Price for the watches is 55,
65, 70 CHF, depending on the style. Update 2: The Drive-thru
Store has three exclusive
food-related SwatchXYou designs only available at
this place in Biel.
- SwatchXBape specials. Swatch
has posted some teaser
pictures about a SwatchXBape
special which will be released in the next days. A
Bathing Ape (ア・ベイジング・エイプ A Beijingu Eipu) (or BAPE)
is a popular Japanese clothing and lifestyle brand. The Swiss
Building Designer and basketball player André
Paca from Biel has published a photo of the SwatchXBape
special (a Big Bold Swatch, closeup)
Looks nice and it will probably be very much sought after. Update:
The watch comes in a nice packaging as you can see in this unboxing
video. The pre-release takes place on 01-JUN in Japan
(already shown under a cloth in
Tokyo), with a global release following on 15-JUN. In
fact, a whole SwatchXBape
collection will be released: Six different watches,
not only one watch. The collection has a "city" theme with
watches for Paris, Tokyo,
York, World and Swiss.
Update 2: The complete
BAPE collection consisting of six watches has been unveiled
in Japan: 1. BAPE The World
(SO27Z700, 19993 pcs, not numbered); 2. BAPE
London (SO27Z701S, 1993 pcs, numbered); 3. BAPE
New York (SO27Z702S, 1993 pcs, numbered); 4. BAPE Paris (SO27Z703S, 1993 pcs,
numbered); 5. BAPE Bern
(SO27Z704S, 983 pcs, numbered); 6. BAPE
Tokyo (SO27Z705S, 1993 pcs, numbered). Price for
each watch is ￥18,360 (~151 EURO) in Japan. All BAPE watches are
contained in a nice special box (closed
box) with a number plaque for the five city watches. For
the hardcore collectors, a super limited BAPE
x Swatch Complete Set (SO27ZS01,
closed box) will be issued in a
numbered and limited edition of only 83 pcs. Price for the
Complete Set is ￥124,200 (~1026 EURO) in Japan or TWD
31500 (~910 EURO) in Taiwan. Good luck in locating
one... Update 3: Several bloggers / influencers
were invited for a fantastic launch event on 01-JUN, here
is a great video report. Update 4: Swatch held many
small launch sales events in Swatch stores all around the world on
15-JUN. It seems that the five limited city specials were only
available in a few countries (Switzerland, UK [London],
France [Paris], USA, ...). Here are a
few photos from the launch in Frankfurt, Germany. Update
5: All five city editions are now sold
out in Tokyo.
- Salzburg Destination
special. A new Destination Gent special Mozart Melodies
(GZ332, Destination Special #56,
70 EURO) is available in the city of
Salzburg (Austria) since the end of May. Thanks to Wolfgang Seiler for the
- "Planet Swatch" museum in
Biel. The new official Swatch museum called Planet
Swatch has now opened its doors at the new Cité
Du Temps next to the new Swatch HQ in Biel (Nicolas G.
Hayek Strasse 2) on 01-JUN. A huge
floor is dedicated to the Museum,
lots of exhibition space showing about 70% of all Swatch watch ever
produced. The exhibition also features prototypes,
early Swatch watches from 1983, Art Specials, Special
Packagings, Club watches, Switzerland, Maxi
watches, ... The exhibition also has many interactive
displays. The entrance is free in
June until 11-AUG and it is a "must visit" for every serious
Swatch collector, highly recommended! Starting in AUG, the
entrance fee for both museums will be 10
CHF (but you get an entrance voucher when buying a Swatch at the
Drive Through Kiosk nearby). More photos from the museum will
follow soon in my G&P 2019 Event report.
- "Available In Colour" Club
Set. During the annual G&P Club event in Bern, a
special Available In Colour Swatch Club Set (GZS72)
was available to participating Gold & Pioneer Club members.
The set contains two watches, sealed on the frontside and on the
backside of a pasteboard: 1. the well known Gent Not
Available In Colour (GW165) and 2. a totally unreleased
Gent watch Now Available In Colour
with a blue tinted glass. The set is limited to 81 pcs only,
unnumbered. So the Gent watch Now
Available In Colour (GZ326)exists in 81 pcs only.
- Second Milano Destination
special. A new (second) Milano Destination Gent special Quadrilatero
(GZ330, Destination Special #55)
is available only at the Swatch
Store Via Monte Napoleone in Milano, Italy
since the end of May. There is a rumour that it was "sold only
for a fashion event" but I can't really believe that. The first
Milano Destination special was the New Gent Tutta
Mia La Citta (SUOZ228), issued in JUL-2016. Thanks to
Bruno Mahier for the information and photos.
- Swatch Flymagic. On
14-FEB, Swatch has unveiled a completely new product line during a press conference with Swatch
Group CEO Nick Hayek, Swatch Creative Director Carlo
Giordanetti, and Swatch's VP and COO Gonzalo de
Cevallos at the new Swatch
HQ (finally finished!) in Biel: Swatch
Flymagic. It is a new collection of (currently)
three mechanical watches featuring anti-magnetic Nivachron hairsprings.
The watch is based on the SISTEM51 movement plus 15 additional
components, so it could be called a SISTEM66 :-) It is
constructed totally different by reversing the caliber: the new
balance spring, finely finished modules and skeletonized gear train
all can be seen on the face
of the watch – easily visible through the transparent rotor of
the automatic movement. There’s another Swatch first here, too – the
seconds hand runs backwards!
Three watches will be available initially on 30-APR in a limited
edition of 500 pcs (per watch), $1500 US watch: two watches in
stainless steel (YHS100S and YHS101S)
and one in stainless steel with a red gold PVD coating (YHG100S).
Each watch comes in a special box with a
rubber strap and two calf leather straps (closed
box). The watch is numbered
xxx/500 on ring in the center (front). Hodinkee
has more technical information and photos. The back
of the watch does not look typically Swatch. The watch is
also thicker compared to other Swatch
watches (diameter is 45 mm). Totally different but a really
exciting construction... Here
is a great promotional video by Swatch, filmed in the new Swatch HQ in
Biel. Swiss newspaper NZZ
has a nice report about the Swatch Flymagic. Update:
Fratello Watches has a wonderful report
with lots of great Swatch Flymagic photos, check it
out! Update 2: Sales of the Flymagic watches will start
with a launch event on 15-MAY
in Geneva (Switzerland) and on 23-MAY at several special local
[29-MAY], Milano [30-MAY], ...). If you want to buy the special
in Geneva, you have to pick up a reservation ticket at a local Swiss
Swatch store starting 08-MAY. Quite complicated (but it is a
very special watch). You can only buy the watch in person at one
of the events. The price for the watch is also quite different
in the individual countries: Germany 1500 EURO, Switzerland 1500
CHF (~1315 EURO), Australia $2000 AUD (~1252 EURO), Singapore SGD
$2100 (~1376 EURO), Malaysia RM6200 (~1333 EURO), Hong Kong $12000 HKD
(~1364 EURO), Taiwan TWD$47000 (~1353 EURO), UK £1200 UKP (~1374
EURO), USA $1500 US (+tax), and China CNY11500 (~1492 EURO).
Geneva now has a Pop-up store where
the Flymagic watches are on
as well. 300 Flymagic specials (out of the 1500) will be sold in
Beijing, China in
a special Popup
store at 北
京 SKP. 25 pieces are available in
Russia. 75 pieces are available
in the USA. 3 x 50 = 150 pcs in Switzerland, 3 x 30 = 90
pcs in Italy. 60 pcs
were available in July in Thailand. Here
is a photo of a disassembled Flymagic. Update 3: Here
is a small report
with a few pictures from the Berlin Flymagic "Sales
Experience-Event". Thanks to Alexandre Brunner for
- Shareholder special 2019.
On 23-MAY, the
annual shareholder assembly of Swatch Group took place in
Grenchen at the Swiss Velodrome. Each one of the 3192
participants will receive a special New Gent Swatch Bi-Üs
(SUOZ314), packaged in a nice paper
sleeve. This year, the watch was not handed out at the general
assembly. Instead, it will be shipped to the participants within
the next 1-2 weeks.
- New Big Bold product line.
Swatch is teasing on Instagram
about a new product line called Big
Bold. This watch has a diameter of 47mm
and a unique shape of the watch case: "These Swatch are
characterized by a flat glass, which gives a modern and elegant
appearance and makes it highlight the dial, a crown at 2 o'clock and a
dial printed in 3D that gives it more character and a perfect fit to
the wrist." The first collection consists of six
watches which were shown first
during the Sneakerness
London event on 18 and 19-MAY. Some Big Bold models
were also already spotted "in the wild".
There is also a rumour about a "city themed" special edition...
is a "real world" video of the Big Bold Swatch. It is
definitely a different watch... Retail price is 5500 PHP
(~93 EURO). It seems that the watches will be officially
released on 24-MAY.
- SwatchXLouvre. On 21-MAY, Swatch has opened
a SwatchXYou Popup store in the Louvre in Paris.
The shop has been opened to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the
Du Louvre (designed by Leoh Ming Pei). Until 17-JUN,
you can create four special SwatchXLouvre
SwatchXYou watches in this Popup store: The first
design is a unique tricolor motif with a mirror illustration
of the Parisian monument in the center of the Napoleon
courtyard. The other three designs are famous paintings
which are on display at the Louvre: 1. Les Saisons, Giuseppe
Arcimboldo (1573); 2. Galerie de
vues de la Rome Antique, Giovanni Paolo Panini
(1757); 3. Le Sacre de
Napoléon, Jacques-Louis David (1807). The watches
are printed live on the spot in
the Popup store. The four special designs are also available at the Swatch
France Online Store ("Louvre Limited Edition"). A spectacular
collaboration! More details on the swatchandart Instagram story
- Tiritas special. The
Spanish healthcare company Tiritas
celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2004. A special Swatch Tiritas (GK426C)
was released to commemorate the 50th anniversary ("Unidos a ti" -
United To You). The watch is a Gent Oseille
(GK426) from 2001 with a special strap
featuring the company logo and the main product of the company:
plaster. Limitation and distribution is unknown.
Thanks to Pedro Coelho
for the information and photos.
- World Bee Day SwatchXYou.
On 20-MAY, World
Bee Day is celebrated. To commemorate this special
day, Swatch sells a special SwatchXYou
World Bee Day but only for three days until
23-MAY. Here is a picture
of the very nice background, with lots of cute bees...
- Tel Aviv Destination
special. A New Gent Tel
Aviv - Nonstop (SUOZ309, Destination Special #54)
is now available,
just in time for the Eurovision
Song Contest (ESC) on 18-MAY. The watch is limited
to 999 pcs and it is inspired by the symbols and characteristics of
Tel Aviv, such as the Azrieli Towers, Sharona, Reading, Bauhaus and
more. The watch costs NIS 349 (~86 EURO) and it is available in
Swatch’s four stores in Israel, packaged in the usual paper
sleeve. Thanks to Toty Booms for the hint and to Marjan Looy for the
- Veggie Set in Charity
Auction. You can bid
on a Vegetable
Set formerly owned by German Fashion designer Iris
von Arnim. All proceeds from the sale will be
donated to Charity (Doctors Without
Borders). The silent auction
is promoted by the important German Online Magazine Spiegel,
so I hope that the watches will fetch a lot of money.
- Zurich Sneakerness
specials. At the Zurich Sneakerness event (04 and
05-MAY), eight Swatch
watches from the current collection were available with a
special Sneakerness loop. The loop was
available in one size only, so the loop was very "loose" for the Gent
Swatch watches. Thanks
to Alain Choisy for the picture.
- Swatch Rocket Air 2019
special. One of the most important events on the Freeride
Mountain Bike (FMB) World Tour, Swatch
Rocket Air celebrated its 10th anniversary this year on 3
and 4-MAY at the Eishalle Grabengut in Thun, Switzerland. A
special limited Swatch 10 Years Rocket Air
(SUOB160C) with two
special loops around the strap was sold at the event. It
is a New Gent Swatch
Out (SUOB160) from the current collection with two special
loops, packaged in a nice paper sleeve.
Christine Tanner sent me a few impressions from the event:
"Around 20 Swatch Club members were invited for a nice lunch at the
Rocket Air event. They watched the crazy
jumps by the best raiders in the world. Godziek
Dawid from Poland finally won the FMB Gold event. Lucas
Huppert from Switzerland was ranked at 8th position. Sam
Pilgrim from Swatch Proteam had a short signing session in
the afternoon, he was classified 13th. A nice Swatch
bicycle leg band was given to the guests. A lot of Rocket Air
souvenirs was also sold on a special booth. Thanks to Swatch Marché
Suisse, Alain, Daniel Vanessa and Vicky for the freezing crazy event."
- Brexit Swatch. A
special SwatchXYou Brexit
is now available in the Swatch UK Online store. Here
is the complete design sheet. Very funny!
- Lindor special. In JUN-2018, the Swiss chocolatier Lindt
& Sprüngli has issued a special New Gent Lindor
(SUOR705Q) for Lindt employees in
Canada. It is a New Gent Backup
Red (SUOR705) from 2014 with a
special strap and a special Lindor
loop around the strap.
- Irony Chrono Automatic design
studies. Alain Choisy has found a nice webpage
by the Swiss Blade
industrial design studio who were involved in the design of the Irony
Chrono Automatic and the Irony Retrograde watches.
- New Hackett specials. There
are rumours that several new Hackett Swatch watches will be released
at the end of April, including one limited watch. Update:
Swatch Taiwan has unveiled the limited SISTEM 51 on Instagram
(screenshot) and Facebook:
Thames (SUTZ405S) is limited to 1983
pcs, numbered (5500 TWD / 155 EURO). Release date was
25-APR. The watch has an inscription
on the back: "born in 1983 xxxx/1983", similar to the first
Hackett special Muffin.
The watch is packaged in a nice blue box,
also similar to the red box of the first Hackett special Muffin.
The two unlimited new Hackett Swatch watches are Irony SISTEM51
models: 1. Jermyn.
(YIZ404); 2. Classic Lines
(YIZ405). A launch
event took place on 25-APR in one of the best
restaurants in Madrid, Spain: Restaurante
- Irony Maxi. A very
special Swatch Art project by an US
metal artist will be unveiled at the Swatch Club Event in Los Angeles
on 19-APR. Care to guess what it is? pic1
/ pic2 / pic3.
Update: It is an "Irony"
Maxi. Amazing! Here is a video
of the Maxi. It weighs 17 US pounds.
- What's the time? This
Skin swatch has a funny production error on the dial... I
think that I remember the same watch with a missing '8' from many
- Older swatch news. Click here
to read older swatch news with more pictures and info. Check it out if
- 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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