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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 1998 are below:
- Vienna Soulcity 2 special. For the second time, swatch
organized the Soulcity event in Vienna at New Year's Eve 98/99.
A VIP section was organized for swatch collectors. Each collector
received nice Soulcity 2 VIP package
consisting of a special t-shirt, the new swatch calendar, and a double
loop access swatch with a special
velcro strap featuring the giant wheel. Thanks
to Otto Schreiber for the information and pictures.
- Daimler-Chrysler swatch. Apparently, the Daimler Benz
company (now 100% owner of the Micro Compact Car (MCC) AG, the company
that manufactures the Smart car;
Swatch is not involved in the Smart anymore since
31) is still a good friend of Swatch: You probably have
heard that Daimler Benz and Chrysler have merged: The new company
is called DaimlerChrysler.
commemorate the merger of the two companies on Nov 17, every employee of
the newly formed company received a special swatch as gift. Here
is a picture of the swatch and the guarantee slip (ref.no. GZ
157). The watch is a gent swatch and a new design, not (yet)
another refitted access or whatever. It looks similar to the famous Jellyfish
swatch but the hands are black. Also, it says "(c) 1998 Swatch AG"
on the watch. The watch comes in a blue A4 sized cardboard box
(similar material as the lightblue Rotor cardboard box).
Besides the watch, the box also contains a poster and a journal about
the merger. Here is a scan of the inside of
the box. The blurb by DaimlerChysler about the swatch is as
follows: "To help commemorate Day One of DaimlerChrysler, we're pleased
to present you with this specially designed, limited-edition Swatch
watch. This watch is intended to symbolize two things: that this merger
is "the right step at the right time," and that we intend for
DaimlerChrysler to be a "transparent" company -both in how we do
business internally and how we present ourselves to the outside
world". Exciting :-) 500,000 of these special swatches
have been made (the newly formed company employs about 450,000 people).
Update: Apparently, there are several versions of the
DaimlerChrysler swatch. The strap is always the same but the case
of the watch is different. I've heard that there are five(!)
different versions. Here is a photo
of version 2 (case is from the 1994 swatch Spinning
Balls). Here is a
photo of version 3 (same as version 1 but with small [lady] movement). A
4th version of the special with the case of the 1996 Phonescan
swatch was definitely also distributed. And a 5th version of the
special with the case of the 1996 Con-Fusion swatch was
definitely also distributed. Thanks to Amelito
San Pedro for the picture of version 2 and to BillD and Christine
Tanner and Yasuhiro Minato for the info.
- Swatch The Club Smart event in Hambach, France. On 7th
of December 98, Swatch the Club had organized a visit of the SMART
factory in Hambach (France). For this first visit, 40 people from
Switzerland and France met and were able to try the new car. On 8th of
Dec, a group of 60 Italian collectors(!) were also there. Here
are some impressions of the day. Thanks to Jean
Bernard Mani for the information
- UK Skin promo pack. During the first sale of the Xmas
1998 special in the Covent Garden (London, UK) swatch store, about 20 to
30 very nice promo packs for the Skin swatch were distributed. The
promo pack contains the Amarillo yellow skin and a see through
plastic briefcase with 4 small bottles of skin care lotions and a
T-shirt. Here is a picture of the promo
pack. Thanks to Peter Rollings for the
information and picture.
- Japan Loft III special. The department store Loft
in Japan has released an (inofficial) Christmas special on Dec
1st: A chrono Sweet Delight (SCM108S, 1995), chrono 1995
refitted with a navy-blue velcro strap. Yawn. No special
packaging. Thanks to Vincent and Yasuhiro Minato
from Japan for the information.
- Taiwan Jelly Skin special. From November 20 to 29, there
will be a big swatch festivity celebrating the sale of one million
swatches in Taiwan. The activity will happen in the Taipei
Shin-Kauo Department store in Taiwan. There will be an exhibition
featuring all swatches from 1983 onwards, a swatch auction etc.
Apparently, there will also be a special packaging (featuring the Jelly
Skin watch, 3000 pcs, original price is NT 3800$ (about $120 US),
packaging by famous glass artist Wong Share Jun) for the event.
The special is out now. The designer Wong Share Jun has signed 100
specials at the event on 29th of November. Here
is a picture of an ad for the special. Here
is a picture of the packaging. Here
is a picture of the special itself (very nice!). Here
is a picture of the number on the packaging. Rob V. at www.squiggly.com
has now a very good picture
the special. Here
is another closeup. Also, Marco, the desiger of Alien Baby
will come to Taiwan and sign his watch on Nov 21 and Nov 22. Thanks to Sophia Chang and Torsten Rube for the information
and to Sophia Chang and Cheng Yu for the picture.
- Swiss Alpine Ski Team / Swissair Scuba Access. A
new Scuba Access related to the Swiss Alpine Ski Team will be released
in Switzerland only soon, ref. no. is SHB102C. Here
is a picture of the watch. The design looks similar to the new
skiing clothes of the swiss alpine ski team. The Swiss airline Swissair,
main sponsor of the team, is also featured on the watch with a
loop around the strap. It is not sure yet if there will be two
versions of the watch (one with Swissair loop, one
without). Thanks to Christine Tanner for the
- International auction of signed Adamastor swatches. As you
probably know, about 120 signed Adamastor swatches were featured in the
swatch pavillion at the Expo 98 in Lisbon, Portugal until September 30th
98. These 120 Adamastors (not the special, just the regular
watches) were signed by international celebrities such as Tyra Banks,
Monica Seles, Sharon Stone, Quentin Tarantino, Jean Alesi, Franz
Beckenbauer, George Bush, Eric Cantona, Phil Collins, ... From October
5th to 10th, these 120 signed Adamastors were sold in an international
charity auction through swatch stores and through the swatch
website. All proceeds go to the World Wide Fund for Nature
(WWF), a project on the achipel Bazaruto in Mozambique to be precise
(remember the Dugong? :-) The signed swatches are packaged in a
nice black leather box. Here
is a picture of the packaging and the watch signed by Didier Cuche and here
are the pictures of the watch signed by Toni Sailer. Here
are the results of the auction!
- Portuguese "Adamastor" special, "Swatch" day at Expo 98. On
August 21st, there was a special "Swatch" day at the EXPO 98 in Lisbon,
Portugal. The Portuguese Adamastor special, a handnumbered limited
edition of 600 pcs, was released on that day. The special is a
plexiglass tube within a tube. Between the two tubes is sealed sand and
water. The water is tinted a light blue/green. On the inside is printed
seaweed (two shades of green) and three orange fish inspired by the fish
on the Adamastor Swatch. Hanging inside the tubes is the Adamastor
Swatch on a special plexiglass stand. Here
is a picture of the Adamastor special. This is one of the best special
packagings produced in a long time, it fits the "oceans" theme of the
Expo 98 perfectly. It was designed by a design team in Portugal (who
designed the Virgin Megastore special) and will only be sold at retail
in Portugal. By the way, the special is handmade, the last packagings
were made on the day before the event :-) 200 pcs were sold on August
21st. The special will not be available outside of Portugal. On the
"swatch" day at the expo, we had lots of games for the club members. The
rumoured autograph session with the Spanish artist Agatha Ruiz de la
Prada (Swatch "Agatic Agatac") did not take place. If you want
to read a detailed report about the swatch event for international club
members (August 20 to 23), please click here(now
with embarrassing pictures). Update: According to a
letter from Swatch the Club Portugal, the remaining 400 pcs will be sold
on October 10th in the official swatch club agents. October 10th is the
day when the international auction of the signed Adamastors end. New
Update (15-OCT): In a new letter from
Swatch The Club, they say that only 250 watches will be available
(nobody knows what will they do with the rest of it!), and only by lucky
draw! The lucky draw will take place on October 26th. Every
member of Swatch The Club Portugal will need to send an application form
to the club, and then the first 250 raffled will have the right to buy
the Adamastor special. On October 10th, many people turned up at the
stores, but no specials :-( were sold! Update
(11-NOV): The portuguese
swatch club has now published the results
of the lucky draw on its (quite nice) webpages. The
remaining 150 specials (600 - 200 - 250) will be distributed as
follows: 50 specials to Swatch Switzerland, and the remaining 100
specials are sold through swatch stores in Portugal. Thanks
to Brian Pier for the picture and to Rui Mendes, Alfredo Matos. and
Daniel Matos for the updates.
- Thailand Royal special. A new swatch special called Love
and Nature (GZ156) is now available in Thailand only. It is
made to honor the 72th birthday of the king of Thailand. The grand
daughter of the king has designed the watch. It costs 2800 Baht
(around $80 US). It will probably be "limited" to 30000 pcs.
is a picture of the watch, quite nice! Thanks to
Thomas Buerki, Yasuhiro Minato, Yosapol Rathamarit, and Pongwalai from
Thailand for the information.
- Special "Time Capsule" version of "Glorious Runner" Australia
only access. A special version of the "Glorious Runner" Australia
only access has been released for Sydney
2000 Olympic Club (open only to Aussie residents!) members.
is a picture of the watch. The access watch features a
special Olympic Clup loop around the strap. The watch is
sold in a "Time Capsule" package. The package is about
30cm*30cm*5cm. It has the watch (w/ extra loop), a special Sydney 2000
T-shirt, certificate, and a small memo book. Here
is a picture of the closed box and here
is a picture of the contents. It is not numbered but every
package says "97 Limited edition, 1 of 2000". The steps to get the
package is: 1. Join the Club. It costs from $AUD150-$500 for different
levels of membership. 2. Pay another AUD$180 for the watch and T-shirt
set. So you will have to spend at least $AUD330 (~$205 US, ouch!)
just to get the package. Thanks to Chris Johnson and
Mic Kuo for the information and to Yasuhiro Minato for the pictures.
- Australian "Sydney 2000" swatches. A new Australian
only special was released in ..., right, in Oz. It is called Sydney
2000 and it is a refitted Aquachrono Nikiphoros with a
new strap, ref.no. is SBZ102C. Production seems to be quite
limited as Swatch Oz shipped only 20 pieces to each swatch store in
are pictures of this watch. Update: Two more similar refitted Sydney
2000 swatches have surfaced in Australia: A refitted chrono Kalos
and a midi pop Ippolytos (PMZ103C)
Thanks to Michael Kuo for the information and pictures.
- Forthcoming SKIN Specials. In the first week of
december, there will be a SKIN LIMELIGHT (called Nuit Etoilée,
with 21 real diamonds) limited to 9999. Here
is a picture. The number 0021/9999 was sold in Berlin on October
3rd. Cost is 666 DM ($400 US). In november, there will be a
SKIN GOLDEN JELLY limited to 49999. Thanks
to Peter Rollings and Thomas Buerki for the information and picture
and to Torsten Rube for the update.
- Berlin Swatch Day. On October 3rd, a new swatch store has
opened its doors on the Potsdamer Platz in Berlin. A new swatch
Berlin Access Straight Line has been launched on that day.
This watch features the Berlin subway map on the dial and the
strap. The first 1000 of these access swatches have been sold in a
numbered special packaging, the special packaging sold out on October
3rd. Here is a picture of the
special packaging. The watch will be available internationally
later without the special packaging. There was also a Maxi version
of the Access swatch on display in the store but it was not for sale.
The maxi version is probably quite rare. To celebrate the opening of the
store, celebrities from Berlin (several German actors and the daughter
of German rock star Nina Hagen: Cosma Shiva Hagen, she's an
actress as well) were present and gave autographs. For each
autograph, swatch gave 10 DM for a charity (as swatch did with the money
from the auctions mentioned below). G.N.Hayek jr. (swatch boss,
he's a very nice person! always very friendly) was also
there. Unfortunately, the top model Tyra Banks was ill and could
not be there (so I brought my japanese Tyra Banks display in vain
;-( Instead, the new top model Alek
Wek was there to auction the number 0021/9999 of the Skin
Limelight Nuit Etoilée(a
watch with 21 real diamonds). The watch finally sold for 3000 DM
(1 US$ = 1.65 DM). The auction was organized quite badly because
it was done in american style (as we say here in
Germany): Everyone who wanted to raise a bit by 20 DM had to pay
the 20 DM immediately, so the watch finally went to the person who
gave "the last" 20 DM. And you can probably imagine that
determining the end of this auction and the final bidder was quite
difficult because everyone wanted to be the last person. Typical
way of swatch dealing with things like this :-/ There was
also an auction of five rare swatches: Xian LaX went for 750 DM,
Hollywood Dream for 3000 DM, and I missed the other auctions (Feathers
and Orb and another uninteresting watch). This time the buyer had
to pay the full amount. In the evening, a swatch surprise party
took place (I did not participate so I can't report anything). Here
is some more detailed info from swatch.
- Xmas 98 special. Christmas 98 special will be called
"Sparkling Life", a gent loomi with a shiny gold folio strap. When the
light is switched on, a champagne glass appers to help you celebrate
Christmas and new year. Champagne cork is attached to the watch with a
wire and a cap. The cork for the face of the Swatch looks almost as
large as the snowglobe from Magic Spell! To read the time, you have to
open the watch like you would open a champagne bottle. Once the cork is
removed, then the glass has a shape of a champagne cap... sounds nice
but somewhat strange. The packaging also includes an ice cube tray
that makes ice cubes shaped like Swatches (without the bands).
Limitation is the same as last years (30000 pcs). Here
is a picture of the packaging, here is a
picture of the watch with the cork and here is
a picture of the watch itself. I have the feeling that this watch
will be a disappointment again, maybe as low as Light Tree :-( Thanks to Yasuhiro Minato and Brian Pier for the information
and to Thomas Buerki for the pictures..
- Smart Autoquartz specials. To celebrate the official
availability of the Smart Car (finally!), swatch has released a second
swatch special for the smart car. They are selling 4 different
Autoquatz watches, but it's only one watch with different bands. The
watch looks like ATOM, STS 400 same hands but white and silver dial. The
case is black. The main colours of the bands are black, red,
yellow und white. The watches are sold in a see-through plastic
pencil case. The pencil case comes in the same colour as the band.
It is clear and has a big SWATCH on it. The price tag is on the pencil
case and the price is 110 Swiss Francs (about $80US). The numbers
are STZ 100D (red/black), STZ 100E (yellow/black), STZ 100C
(black/grey), STZ 100F (white/grey). Daniel has some nice pictures
on his pages. As far as I know, the special is not
limited. It should show up in swatch stores and smart centers
soon. Thanks to Christine Tanner for the
- Peter Bauer access swatch. Peter Bauer is a German
snowboarder. He is in the swatch ProTeam. Similar to Shaun
Palmer, he will have his own scuba access swatch (SHN101) in
november/december. Here is an older
picture of the watch, it is not sure whether this is the final design. Thanks to Thomas Buerki for the information and
- Halloween special. The halloween special will be sold in a
pumpkin package, The watch will be a gent loomi with orange face, white
hands, and dark blue/black strap. It will be available on September, 21.
Here is a picture of the watch and here
is a picture of the packaging. Great watch, there is a small but bright
light inside the pumpkin. Here
are more details and pictures about the Halloween special. Thanks
to Yasuhiro Minato for the information and to Thomas Buerki/Daniel for
- SKIN specials. Two new skin specials will be available
in Spain, probably around Xmas, each one is limited to 1000 pcs (the
watches are not done right now). One is the jelly skin and one is
the black skin, both with a new strap featuring a color logo related to
the spanish painter Miro. The logo is also on the
packaging. The specials are distributed by the spanish bank "La
Caixa" in Barcelona. These watches are not for sale. They
will be given away to customers of the bank. Thanks to
Thomas Buerki for the information and to Sonia Borrell for the update.
- CNN swatches. When Swatch sold watches at their Olympic
Pavillion in Atlanta back in 1996, they had a selling arrangement with
the Cable News Network (CNN) store that was across the street from the
pavillion. As part of the arrangement with Swatch, three CNN Swatches
were produced. These Swatches were originally sold to CNN employees.
During the past year, these Swatches were sold at the CNN merchandise
store in Atlanta to the general public. Tom
Rolnicki (on the photo, he wears a red cap) found them on a recent
trip to Atlanta. Suprisingly no other Swatch collector discovered
(and reported on) these Swatches. The store is now sold out of
these Swatches and will order no more. The clerk did not know how
many of each Swatch was produced although the numbers were small.
Here are pictures of the two standard CNN
Swatches. The black CNN Swatch is a rebanded Black Globe
(GB 164). Both sides of the band have "CNN The World's News Leader"
printed on the black glossy band. With CNN's world focus, the globe on
the face is very appropriate. This is one of the best rebanded
Swatches produced to date. The Blue CNN Swatch is a rebanded Dark
Blue (GN 155) with the logo for Headline News printed in white on
both sides of the sparkily blue band. The third CNN Swatch is a
Chrono. The CNN Chrono has a blue band with "CNN" printed on both the 12
o'clock and 6 o'clock sides of the band. The case of the CNN Chrono is
clear blue and the face is brown. Here is
a picture. The chrono model is Fury (SCN109) (99.99% sure). Thanks to Brian Pier for the story and picture and to
Yasuhiro Minato and Thomas Buerki for the discovery of the chrono
- Italy Disco Byblos Access. As you may have read
already in the Swatch World Journal. the italian discotheque Byblos
now also uses a swatch access
(ref.no. is SKK106, no special letter after the "106"!) as an entrance
card. The watch is not too special, just a Magic Show
access with a red extra loop around the strap. It can be bought in
swatch stores in northern Italy. Here
is a promotional poster for the watch (the poster is not sold
with the watch!). Thanks to Yasuhiro Minato
for the pictures.
- Zurich Financial Services Access. Recently, a new
company Zurich Financial Services was formed. To
commemorate this event, the company handed out a Swatch to each
employee. The Swatch is a special access swatch (ref.no.SKK106Z,
another refitted Magic Show). Here
is a picture of the watch. Thanks to Mike Junk
for the information and picture.
- Italy soccer 100th anniversary access. A new soccer
related access swatch has surfaced in Italy. It is released to
celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Italy soccer association
(centennial of FIGC [FEDERAZIONE ITALIANA GIUOCO CALCIO]). It is
available in all swatch stores in Italy (Italy only!) but not
limited. Here is a picture of the
watch. It comes in a paper slip case.
The watch looks quite good. Thanks to
Thomas Buerki and Yasuhiro Minato for the information and pictures.
- Paris Access. The new Paris swatch Titi
Parisien (GK276) also exists as an access version: Titi Parisien Access (SKZ120). The
Access version was sold at the opening of the new Paris swatch megastore
on 04-SEP-1998. It is rumoured that only 1000 pcs of the access version
exist. Back of the Access watch.
It comes in a regular Access plastic box
with the Paris map and information about
the seven Paris districts (same as
regular Gent watch). Thanks to Daniel and to Thierry
Charbonnel for the pictures.
- New Olympic Museum swatch. The Olympic Museum in Lausanne has
a new "Olympic Museum" swatch for sale. The first olympic museum
swatch is now out of print. The new "Olympic Museum" swatch is an
access swatch called Musee Olympique
(SKZ118) and looks similar to the very rare IOC 106th session
access (official name is CIO 106, SKZ112). The
difference to the rare IOC 106th session access is: 1. the
hands are white instead of blue. 2. the strap features the olympic
museum logo instead of the 106th session logo. Here
is a picture of the new "Olympic Museum" swatch. According to the swatch
store in Lausanne, the watch is limited to 1000 pcs, not 500 as
previously rumoured. Thanks to Thomas Buerki for the
- Are you interested in buying a Mimmo Paladino "Oigal Oro" swatch?
Then check out this
site. Apparently, this watch (034/100) belonged to Jacques
Cousteau (he passed away last year). Starting bid is $10000 US (yes,
that's ten thousand, ouch!) Happy bidding!
- "Glorious Runner" Maxi. The "Glorious Runner" Maxi is now
available in Australia, refno. MSKZ118. Retail price is $350 AUS (about
$210 US!!) because it is a limited edition maxi. Regular price for Maxis
in Oz is $295 AUS ($180 US!!). The Glorious
Runner swatch was previously available as Access swatch in Oz
only. Thanks to Michael Kuo for the information.
- Swatch Timing and English Football. According to the UK
newspaper "Mirror" (in an article faxed by Alex Hedley [Hi Alex!]),
Swatch should soon sign an agreement to provide Swatch Timing for
English Football. If the deal is approved, Swatch will have giant Swatch
watches on every ground for the FA Premier League so that fans can see
the official time displays. In the future, Swatch would develop a
referees watch that is directly lined to screens in each ground. Two 10
foot long watches, no higher than perimeter advertising boards, would be
placed at the end of the ad boards - clearly visible for the TV cameras
and fans. It is a copy of the system utilized at the World Cup finals in
France. Swatch will do this at no cost to the Premiership. Swatch will
recoup their investment and make a profit by manufacturing a limited
edition Swatch using the FA Premier League logo. The Premier League
would incorporate the Swatch logo on the BBC highlights programme. The
Premier League would collect 1 UKP royalty per watch sold. Thanks
to Brian Pier and Alex Hedley for the information.
- New York "Alien Baby" special packaging. On August 20th, an
autograph session with the designer of the beautiful "Alien Baby"
swatch, Marco, took place in New York. A special packaging (numbered
limited edition of 500) was released. Here
is a picture of the (not soo impressive) special.
- Swatch party in San Diego. There was a Swatch party on August
16 at the Swatch Store in San Diego (Horton Plaza). On this occasion a
special Irony Scuba 200 plexitube packaging has been released. The plexitube
packaging contains Gina Lee Nolin's (Baywatch
babe) picture inside. It is not numbered but said to be only
available for this event. I've seen the packaging, I have to say that
the photos look much better than the real thing! Thanks
to Andrea Faggioli and Abbys for the information.
- Japanese Coca Cola Atlanta swatch Please have a look at this
page in Japan. It seems to be Olympia 96 (Atlanta, Coca Cola)
related but the watch has the country code 6131 (Japan). Apparently,
this watch was made by the Japanese division of Coca Cola. Thanks
to Yuji Tada for the information.
- "Keith Haring" Access. The Museum of modern art (MOMA) in San
Francisco now exhibits a Keith Haring retrospective. Of course, we all
know about the relationship between Keith Haring and Swatch. It is no
surprise that swatch has released a special swatch for this exhibition:
A (yawn!) "Magic Show" access with "SFMOMA" printed on the loop. But the
box of the watch is good. The box is a slipcover with a Haring design
printed on it. Here is a photo of the
watch and the box. For now, the Haring Swatch is available to anyone who
donates $1000 US(!) to the museum. Apparently, the watch is limited to
1000 pcs. Thanks to Brian Pier for the information and
- Godzilla swatch. The Godzilla watch was available on May 18.
It is the Irony watch called Roasted Chestnuts. The special packaging
consist of a box that looks and feels like Godzillas skin. A pin in the
shape of Godzilla will also be included with the packaging. Distribution
points may be very limited although the special may not be all that
limited! 2nd Update: It seems that also the 2nd (not so rare)
edition of this special has been pulled of the market! It is not known
whether this is due to a trademark problem (again!) or due to the "weak"
box office results of the movie. Update: It seems that the
2,300 US-only limited edition for the Godzilla movie has been pulled of
the market and its special case destroyed. The copyright permission had
not been secured from Tristar/Sony. The Swatch has been re-packaged with
a new cover. It was said that only about 300 of the original pieces were
sold to the public before they were stopped, making this a very rare
Swatch item. Here
are pictures. You can spot the difference between the rare first and the
not so rare second edition easily: The first edition has only two lines
of text on the backcover, the second edition has three lines. Daniel has
a nice photo of the two versions here.
Thanks to Daniel, Sean Brickell and Thomas Buerki for
- US Irony Scuba 200 special. On June, 30th, the Irony Scuba
200 was launched in the USA (in the death valley and Las Vegas). The
special released for this event was the same as the Italy Irony Scuba
200 special (numbers 1000 to 1250 of the limited edition of 1250
watches). Peter Fonda, Gina Lee Nolan and some other celebrities were
there for the launch. A unique special was given (lucky draw) to a good
friend well known from the internet :-)
- Italy Irony Scuba 200 special. On 21th of June, a swatch
event ("Indiana Swatch and the Lost Collection") took place at Forte dei
Marmi in Italy. A special packaging has been relased for this event. It
contains the new Irony Scuba 200 in a plexiglass cube box With inside
another box of carton in wich there is the watch. Here
is a picture. Looks nice! There are 4 different models of the Irony
Scuba 200, and the packaging is limited to 1250 pieces. This means that
only complete 312 series of 4 are available. Getting the watch was very
hard: you had to take part in a "treasure hunting" from 11 am. to 5 pm.
There were to find 15 treasures and it was required to get at least 13
points on 15 to have the the right to purchase the watch. To find the
treasures, you had to ride about 30 km on a bike around the seaside.
Sounds quite hard to get. The new Fall / Winter 98/99 collection was
also presented. Thanks to Emanuele'72 for the story and
Andrea for the picture.
- Japanese "Le Salon" access. From April 29 to May 5, there
will be the "French Festival" in Tokyo. I have no idea what this event
actually is :-) but swatch will release an access special called "Le
Salon" as entry ticket: Here
is a picture, code no. is SKK106E [yet another Magic Show]. There
will be a special packaging, numbered, and
50000(!) pcs total. Update: Only 30000 specials were sold, 3000
of the remaining 20000 pcs will be sold in Japan without the
special paper sleeve for 5500 Yen (2000 Yen cheaper than originally). Thanks to Yasuhiro Minato and Takashi Odagiri for the
picture and information.
- Swatch event in Ossiach (Austria). On 12-14 June, a swatch
event took place in Ossiach (Austria). Swatch released an Aquachrono
special (probably an older model with a special "swatch the club juni
1998" (velcro?) strap) for this event. Here are pictures of the watch: Front and Back.
Swatch the club Austria will also sell the Mendini tower, the Candy
Dulfer special (w/ CD) and the "Jungle" special designed by Gerald
Poussin. Sounds like a really great event. Update: The "Jungle"
special was not sold. Apparantly, the packaging was withdrawn
because G. Poussin did not allow to sell the package. Does anyone
have more details about this? Here
are excellent pictures and info about the Ossiach event. Thanks
to Otto Schreiber for the information.
- Swatch & Micro$oft. Now this is an indication that the
world is coming to an end. Swatch and Micro$oft have teamed up to
produce three special watches. Check out the Microsoft
logo store. They have now a good picture
of the watches. The watches are Blackliner (GB161), Dark Blue
(GN155), and My Way (GB733) with "Microsoft" printed on the strap. What
a way to get rid of old swatches! Update: It seems as if these
swatches are very rare! Only 100 pieces of each were printed.
Due to a disagreement between Microsoft and Swatch (don't we all
disagree with Micro$oft? :-), Microsoft will not order any additional
swatches! Thanks to Roy Porello for the information.
- Japanese SKIN special. Tyra Banks, the supermodel from the
SKIN ads, has visited Japan in May. Here
are pictures of the visit. Swatch has released a special packaging
for this event. The special comes in an acrylic case similar to the Time
Cut chronometer and it is very limited (500 pcs only). Here
is a picture. Thanks to Yuji Tada for the
- New Jungle Scuba Loomi special. A new limited swatch
special called Jungle (a Scuba Loomi, SDV900, designed by the
Swiss artist Poussin) will be released on May 1st. On this date,
an exhibition will be opened in Switzerland in presence of the artist. Here is a picture. Thanks to
Thomas Buerki for the information and to Christine Tanner for the
- Swatch Gold/Pioneer member meeting in Biel. As you probably
know, not all swatch members are equal: Those who were Gold members last
year are now "Pioneer" members. They were invited by swatch to Biel on
the weekend of 24/25 June 1998, together with the current 15 gold
members. Around 80 people from all over the world (but mainly from
Europe: Switzerland, Germany, Italy) were there. Nicolas Hayek Junior,
Nick took part at this meeting. All pioneer members received a Mendini
Tower with a special plate ("Gold / Pioneer Member Meeting 24/25 June
1998") on it. And they had the chance to buy some special swatches. If
you want to know which special swatches, you have to ask someone who
participated :-) They visited the SWATCH factories and they visited the
Blum swatch collection near Bern. Sounds like a very swatchy weekend, I
am envious of course. Thanks to Rike and Jean-Bernard
Mani for the information.
- New Swatch products. Several new swatch products will
surface in the next months: In May/June, we will see the new plastic
automatics "Autoquarz". We will also see three new Skin swatches in May:
One orange, one green and one with a leatherstrap. Production of the
yellow and the red skin will be stopped (a good idea :-). In June/July,
the Irony Scuba 200 will be released. A real scuba for diving
down to 200 meters... They will reportedly retail for less than US$100.
(Some speculation had them priced much higher.) In the fall, a new
plastic chrono "Chronoalarm" will be sold: A chrono with alarm function.
Update: Obviously, some of these dates are not correct. But: The
Irony Scuba 200 will be launched on June 28th. The launch will take
place in the Death Valley in the USA. In July, these new real scubas
will be sold, 3 or 4 models are planned so far. Thanks
to Thomas Buerki for the information.´
- Fall / Winter 98 collection. Pictures of the new fall /
winter 1998 collection can be seen at washingtonpen.
This includes pictures of the new AutoQuarz models and the first ever
pop access swatch.
- No more MusiCalls. It seems as if the Candy Dulfer MusiCall
was the last one to be made. The MusiCalls will be replaced by a
"ChronoAlarm". Thanks to Thomas Buerki for the
- Some info about the (older) Taiwan Papiro special. This is
an official special from Taiwan! SMH Taiwan even appears on the TV with
this special. Initially, it was unofficial. However, it was made an
official special because it is really a very beautiful packaging. This
special is limited to 700 pieces only. It is very meaningful as it comes
with a beautiful painting and an ancient stamp. The painting is a very
old painting (regards as a treasure of Taiwan). The picture on the band
and the dial of the Papiro watch is taken from this painting, which
makes this special very very special. The retail price of this special
is very high because the painting and the ancient stamp is very
expensive. Thanks to Chua Kok Sian for the story.
- Special packaging for "Metrica" and "Piquant" Apparently,
there will be worldwide unlimited special packagings both for the
"Metrica" (GK 263) and the "Piquant" swatch. The "Metrica" packaging
will contain a ruler and a pencil. Here
is a picture of the packaging. It is supposed to be limited to 2680
meters in total (it says so on the packaging). Since each package
measures 26.8 cm, the limitation is 10000 pcs (that's why I have a PhD
in math :-) There seems to be available a special package for "Piquant"
in Taiwan (not to be confused with the unofficial Singapore package). Here
is a picture of the packaging (the site is often very hard to reach). Here is another picture. Update: The
Taiwan Piquant special is limited to 1000 and will only be available in
Taiwan. Thanks to Sophia Chang and Richard from
Singapore for the information and to Yasuhiro Minato for the picture.
- Commonwealth Games swatch access. A new swatch has been
launched in Malaysia in conjunction with the XVIth Commonwealth Games to
be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 11 to 21 of September this year.
The new Access is called Menang (meaning victorious in Malay Language).
Ref.no. is SKK 108. It has the same features like the Goodwill Games
Access where personal information can be input into the chip and access
to specific areas are programmed into it. Eg. all-access for special
VIPs and limited access to certain areas for others. One can also load
tickets into it like a normal access. It will most likely to be
unlimited edition. It comes in a paper sleeve similar to the Juvecentus
Access. Thanks to Al Auyong and Kenny Ang for the
- Info about Fall/Winter 98 collection. The 1998 Halloween
special will be packaged in a pumpkin. The watch will have bats and
vampires that you can only see in the dark. Thanks to
Brian Pier for the information.
- Access swatch stores photos. Collectors who attended the
release of the Goodwill Games Swatch in New York (in April) had their
pictures taken and stored on the Access Swatch. Later, their Swatch was
read and their pictures were displayed. Thanks to Brian
Pier for the information.
- Aquachrono designed by Spike Lee. In May, Swatch will
release an Aquachrono designed by Spike Lee, the famous movie director.
It will be called Wake Up. Here
is a picture of the watch.
- Soccer World Cup Chrono. In June, the soccer world cup will
take place in France. Swatch will release a special soccer chrono in
nine slightly different styles. Following the NOC swatches, there will
be one version for USA, Brazil, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Japan,
Korea, Spain, respectively. Apparently, swatch is not an official
sponsor, so the chrono will not be an official world cup commemorative
are pictures of the watch. Thanks to Yuji Tada for the
- Gold Irony swatches. In late May, swatch will release three
Midi Ironys in gorgeous gold, ref no. YLG109, YLG110A/B,YLG111. Each
watch will be limited to 30000 worldwide. Thanks to
Yuji Tada for the information.
- Access 2 Swatch. Chris Johnson has compiled a nice page
about the Access 2 swatch. This watch is currently being tested in
Sydney, Australia. A special swatch access featuring the new Access 2
technology has been released. Code no. is SKZ110. Here
is a picture of the watch, apparently, the strap is taken from the Devotion
- Goodwill Games Swatch. Swatch will release a new Scuba
Access for the Goodwill Games in New York, the swatch will be called Time
for Goodwill. It will be a black and yellow velcro strap with 3D
graphics on it and probably not be limited. Daniel has a very good report
about the launch of this swatch in NYC on April 22. Thanks
to Abbys Mitchell and Yasuhiro Minato for the information.
- Special packaging for "Metrica" and "Piquant" Apparently,
there will be worldwide unlimited special packagings both for the
"Metrica" (GK 263) and the "Piquant" swatch. The "Metrica" packaging
will contain a ruler and a pencil.
- Swatch Expo 98 pavilion. Swatch will be the only
foreign company with its own pavilion (exhibition booth) at the Expo 98
in Lisbon, Portugal. If you want to see a picture of the pavilion now,
just click here or here.
Thanks to SteadiSM (oops, misplaced your real name :-)
for the information and pictures.
- Boyzone Press Access. Apparently, there exists a third
Boyzone Access: Boyzone Press Access (SKK103P). The only difference to
the regular Boyzone Access is the 6o'clock strap: It has the same logo
as the Journalist access: A man holding a big pencil. Estimated number
is 75 to 100 pcs. The code SKK103P makes sense since the regular Boyzone
Access has the code SKK103O and the Boyzone VIP Access has the code
SKK103Q. Thanks to Al Auyong for the information.
- Verbier Xtreme Access. The Xtreme weekend (a
snowboard event) took place in Verbier, Switzerland (my favourite skiing
resort!) on the weekend of the 21/22 March 98. Swatch released a special
access: A Magic Show with a special velcro strap carrying the
imprint Xtreme. Here is a picture. Thanks to Thomas Buerki for the information & picture.
- Jackie Brown Tarantino swatch. Swatch has released a
new watch called Jackie Brown for the new Quentin Tarantino
movie. It seems to be a Magic Show access with a new strap
is a picture. Ref.no. is SKK106D. There are rumours that 1100
watches were released just for the VIP for the premiere in Los Angeles
on Dec,11th. I don't know so far whether the watch will be generally
available. Also, 4 special packages with the watch and some extra stuff
(eg. a poster of the movie signed by the movie stars) were auctioned for
charity in the New York Timeship store (two) on Dec,8th and the two
others in LA on Dec, 11th. Here
are pictures from the auction and the watches and here
is another picture of one of the four special packages... Thanks
to Alby Grosso for the (hopefully correct :-) information.
- German "Espresso" special. A new swatch special packaging is
available in Germany. It is called Espresso and contains the
Espresso swatch (GB737) and two nice white Espresso cups with "swatch"
imprint. The watch and the espresso cups come in a black box (13 x 13 x
9 cm) which carries two stickers, one on the top,
and one on the bottom. The packaging is
numbered 2500/xxxx which means that there are 2500 pcs around. Here
is a picture of the inside of the packaging. Overall, a quite nice
- First Australian Sydney 2000 Olympia special. The first
Australia-only special for the Sydney 2000 Olympics is out: It is
an access swatch called Glorious Runner (SKK107), limited to
10000 pcs. This time, the first picture
was on the swatch website!
- Crans Montana specials. On March 14, a big event (Candy
Dulfer concert, ski world cup) took place in Crans Montana
(Switzerland). Two specials were sold at the event: The so-called
Mendini-tower, a five year(!?!) old special that was manufactured but
never sold (10000 pcs). See below for a better description. The second
special was a numbered (4500 pcs) packaging for the Candy Dulfer
Musicall, it is quite similar to the Swiss 5th element special. Here
are the pictures. Christine Tanner sent me a good description of
the event but I'm too busy right now to translate it. Also, Patrick von
Dach has a good
report about the event on his site.
- Special packaging for Japanese Swatch Velcro Model. I got
the following mail from Tada Yuji from Japan: On march 20, the japanese
department store Kawaramati-VIVRE (Swatch shop) will start selling a
refitted Bestione (1994, GJ 112S) gents. The watch will come with a
velcro strap (yellow) and will be sold in a papersleeve for the plastic
box and the velcro strap key-holder of the swatch logo. Original price
is 5500 jap. Yen (~$43US). Update: This special packaging
(here is a picture) is actually a gift
packaging available with all refitted swatches. It is said to be limited
to 5000 pcs. So, it is nothing to get really excited about. Thanks
to Yasuhiro Minato for the picture and information.
- A "Swatch" TGV. Swatch will sponsor a TGV (Train Grande
Vitesse = superfast train) in France travelling from Paris to
Switzerland. It will be painted with "Swatch" on the outside.
First ride will probably be on April 1st from Paris to Switzerland (no
joke, hopefully :-). Later, the train may also be used for swatch
events. Update: This project may be cancelled! Thanks to Thomas Buerki for the information
- Monumento Mendini special. At the Lucky 7 parties in
US and other events, Swatch is selling the clock tower Monumento
Mendini (10000 pcs, both swatch and packaging are numbered). It
is an old special (5 years?) that was not sold until this year?!? A.
Mendini is also the designer of the Lots of Dots club swatch.
Original selling price is $80US. Here
is a picture of the Mendini tower and here
is another one.
- US destination swatches. The new Destination Swatches are
available in the USA now. Here is a
picture of the New York version. These Swatches are similar to
the NOC Olympic Swatches in that a single style (a refitted Original
Transparent, GK209) exists with slight variations on the bands. The
watches come in a special paper slipcover. The Destination cities are
the seven cities in the USA with official Swatch stores: Miami, Boston,
New York, Las Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu, and Las Vegas. Although
quantities will be limited (only 2000 pcs each), the Destination
Swatches are not numbered. Here
is a picture of the complete set. If you are curious why these
swatches were delayed so long, here is
a very bad picture of the 1st and cancelled version, and here
is a picture of the original and now cancelled packaging; these
swatches do not exist! Thanks to Brian Pier for the
story and picture.
- Unofficial Singapore Piquant special. Since swatch has
failed to produce a special packaging for the nice Piquant mother-in-law
correct me if I'm wrong), two well-known swatch collectors from
Singapore (Desmond Teo and Mark Tan) have teamed up
with a company in Singapore and they made their own Singapore
Piquant special. It is numbered and limited to 100 pcs. The
special comes with the piquant swatch lodged within a fake bonsai plant.
This whole oriental setup is encased within an acrylic packaging box.
The name of the special and limitation number is engraved and embossed
in emerald green on the base of the acrylic bevel casing. Here
is a picture of this nice but unofficial special and here
is a picture of the engraving. Please contact Desmond or Mark
about price and availability.
- To Che reissued. It seems that Daniels story was true
indeed: Fidel Castro asked for a few To Che Swatches and Swatch made a
very small run of them. They were supposed to be sold only in Cuba. No
one knows how some of them came to be sold in Paris. They do have a 1997
date stamp which is the only difference between the original To Che and
the reissued To Che.
- Egypt LUXOR Aida special. Apparently, a special has been
released in Egypt last year for the 175th anniversary of the Aida opera
an open air performance in Luxor in Oct'97). Anyway, it is the Patina
(GG141C) swatch with a red Aida/Luxor imprint on the
strap. 2000 pcs were made. Here is a picture.
The watch comes with a paper (front / back).
Thanks to Otto Schreiber for the information and