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Recent Swatch info (Last updated: 16-JUN-2019)
- 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 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 (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. 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.
- Rome Destination special.
A new Destination New Gent special Colosseo
(SUOZ308, Destination Special #57)
is available in the city of Rome (Italy) since the beginning of June.
- 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 information.
- "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 and it is a "must visit"
for every serious Swatch collector, highly recommended! Starting
in JUL (when the new Omega museum will also be opened), the entrance
free 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.
- 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).
A detailed report with many photos from the event will follow soon.
- "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 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. Here is a photo of a disassembled
Flymagic. Update 3:
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...
- 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
Thanks to Sascha for
- 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.
- 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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