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This page does not contain any fancy pictures but I hope to provide some
substantial information for collectors. If you want to see some pictures
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 (Last updated:
news from 2006 are below:
- Fake Fun Scuba. A
unknown Fun Scuba model (front / back)
has just surfaced on ebay. Bert Alblas from the Netherlands tells
me that this is a fake being sold eg. in Spain. It looks really
similar to the original Fun Scuba... Thanks to
Dino Wierz for the hint.
- Hayek watch? A Swiss
about a watch with a dial featuring the face
of Swatch founder Nicolas G. Hayek. Will it be a
Swatch? Apparently, Mr. Hayek has registered his name as a
trademark, probably in conjunction with watches. So he has to
release a watch related product in order not to loose his rights for his
trademark. Thanks to Christine Tanner for
the information and picture.
- Czech Rock Festival special.
For a rock festival in Prague (called Rock
Poovratak(?)), Swatch has released a limited edition of three
swatches (gent Color The Sky (GS124), lady Check
Pea (LK267), Jelly In Jelly Swatch Blue (SUJK104C)) with
a special sleeve. Thanks
to Jacky Beauverd for the
information and picture.
- Swatch The Club Xmas event /
special. The 2006 Swatch The Club Xmas event took place
from 6 to 10-DEC in Saalbach-Hinterglemm,
At the same time, the second Swatch
Snow-Mobile event was supposed to take place there but it was
cancelled due to the
warm weather (no snow!). For the Club Xmas event, 130 swatch
collectors from all around the world came to Saalbach. Besides a
lot of nice goodies, a special version of the Xmas special Arctic Touch (SUJZ100SC-1) was given
to the participants: The Xmas event version has a special
imprint on the outer paper box, a special
logo imprint on the back of the strap and a nice
engravure on the bottom of the igloo packaging. So this
version is really special! It is limited to 200 pcs, each with a
very low number out of the 15000 Xmas specials. The collectors
also received the special Fun Boarder swatch Snow Mobile 2006
(SULM102) with a nice paper
sleeve around the box. The paper sleeve version is very
limited (maybe around 200-300 pcs), it was only available in Saalbach
and for the collectors at the event. It is available without the
paper sleeve in shops everywhere else (at least in Germany, Austria,
Switzerland, ...) Here is a
quick overview picture of all the stuff that the collectors received
(including a very nice jacket). Here
is a detailed report with many pictures from the event. Update:
Michael has published a nice
video from the xmas event, including some "behind the scenes"
- Chinese New Year special. The
Chinese New Year special 2007 is a Jelly In Jelly called Be
Lucky (SUJK119). As 2007 is the year of the pig,
the watch comes packaged with a very nice golden
piggy bank. and a gold coin in a nice red
box. Very cute, this will probably be a winner... Thanks to Andrea Marco Faggioli for the hint.
- Swatch@YouTube. This is
probably a bit late but in case that you have not yet noticed: YouTube is a supercool online
storage for videos. Here are the best Swatch related videos:
- Fat Boys for Swatch (ad for the first limelight specials!)
a white christmas (ad for the first swatch xmas collection in
2005) 3. Anuncios
los a˝os 80 (ads from the 80s, incl. swatch 1989 spring
summer) 4. Punk
Swatch Ad (not an official Swatch ad). Update: Some very interesting videos have been
added recently: 1. 1987 instore
POP swatch video with skateboarder Rodney Mullen (super old
school, baby!), 2. 1987
promo video with Rodney Mullen at Venice Beach. Thanks
to Nikolai Kuttler for the hint.
- Swatch The Club at TV total parallel
slalom. Michael has a nice report
about a visit of Swatch The Club Germany at the TV total parallel slalom event.
- Rotterdam Store reopening Xmas
event. On 14-DEC, the a Xmas event for the Dutch Swatch
collectors was held at Rotterdam Swatch store. This store has just
been reopened in Jelly Fish Design. Michael has a nice report
on his website about this event. Some more pictures of the event
by Hans & Toty
and Marcel Hoogenraad
- Mother's Day special 2007. The
Mother's Day special 2007 is a nice lady Swatch called My Beloved Mom (LK281).
The watch comes with a diary containing more than 50 pages. It is
accompanied by a sheet of adhesive corners for use as a photo album
too. Picture by Swatch AG.
- First Xmas special TV ad. The
Limelight Swatch from
1985 is officially considered as the first ever Xmas special (as we
recently learned :-) You can check out a very cool TV ad for the
Limelight Swatch: Fat Boys for Swatch
(1985). Thanks to Christine Tanner for the hint.
- Taiwanese Xmas promotion. Swatch Taiwan is
currently running a Xmas promotion for
the Christmas Seasons Collection 2006. When you buy any watch from
the current collection, you receive a nice white
feather pen as a gift. If you spend more than NT5000
(~$154US), you will get a feather 2007
calendar as promotional gift. When you buy any item
and give an additional NT10 for charity, you can enter the lucky
draw game (silver ball) with the chance to buy the new Xmas
Touch (SUJZ100) for retail price. Thanks
to Sophia Chang for the information and pictures.
- Vend˘me / Spiga Xmas special. The
Vend˘me / Spiga christmas special 2006 is called Night Glamour (YLS144PU), an
Irony Medium Swatch with 12 Swarovski stones (six big / six small)
packaged in a nice round black box (opened
/ closed). The Xmas special will be
limited to 600 pcs, not numbered. Thanks to Thomas
Sonneville for the information and to Squiggly
for the pictures.
- Diaphane One Turning Gold / Geneva
Store opening. Swatch has created a new, special
tourbillon watch in the spirit of the Diaphane
One. The new Diaphane, called Diaphane One Turning Gold, is gold - not
gold-colored but real gold! More pictures of this beautiful
watch: Dial / Back.
The price is twice the price of the original Diaphane
One special: 7700 Swiss Francs (~$6175 US). That
may set a new high retail price for a Swatch product. Limitation
is 100 pcs, numbered. It comes packaged in a beautiful black/golden
box with an extra strap. It will be sold starting mid
december in the new swatch store in Geneva, Switzerland and in FEB-2007
in selected Swatch stores in Switzerland (and probably other countries).
The watch was launched on 23-NOV during the opening of a new
swatch store in Geneva, Switzerland, Rue du MarchÚ 40. The store
will also carry watches from the Spiga and Vend˘me luxury collection.
Swatch founder Nicolas G. Hayek sr. was present during the
opening ceremony, he signed stuff for the
collectors. And here is a picture of
the outside of the store on the opening day. Thanks
to Henk Seligmann for the information, pictures by Swatch and
- Milano Telethon special /
event. On 29-NOV, an event
related to the Milano
Young per Telethon 2006 will take place
at 12 pm at the Swatch Store in Milano, Italy (C.so Vittorio Emanuele
15). The event is free of charge (application
form) and it is possible to buy a new special swatch called Swatch e
Milano Young per Telethon (GE162F, gent swatch Brandname
2005 refitted with a special strap).
This swatch will be released in a limited edition of 3000 pcs,
not numbered, packaged in a paper
sleeve. It will be sold in Italy only, price is 50 EUR with
10 EUR going to the Telethon Charity. Thanks to
Andrea Marco Faggioli for the information and picture.
- UK Xmas event. On
26-NOV, Swatch The Club UK held the annual Xmas event at Warren House,
Kingston Upon Thames. No special was issued but it was possible to
buy the new Xmas special Arctic
Touch (SUJZ100). Michael has a report
with many pictures on his website.
- Xmas special 2006. The
christmas special 2006 will be a Jelly
in Jelly called Arctic
The watch will be packaged in a little igloo, very nice. It
will be limited to 15000 pcs, numbered. The Xmas 2007 special is
rumoured to be a Fun Boarder. Thanks to Alain
Choisy, to Squiggly, and to Andrea Marco
Faggioli for the information and picture.
- Taiwan Blue Man Group Art special
launch event. The limited Blue
Man Group art special Paint
In Blue (SUJZ101S) was launched in Taiwan on
25-NOV. In Taiwan, Paint In
Blue is available with a white
Qee doll (only 20 pcs!) which could be painted during a launch
is a nice report by Sophia Chang about the launch event!
- Swatch Instant Stores. A
nice new official Swatch website is now online, it features a lot of
information and pictures about many different Swatch
Instant Stores from all around the world. I know about the
following Swatch Instant Stores so far (not all of them are featured on
the Swatch website): Amsterdam (Stationsplein 15A, DEC-2005),
Barcelona (NOV-2005), Madrid (SEP-2005 in Preciados), Berlin (JUL-2005),
Montreux (during the Montreux Jazz Festival), ZŘrich (at the Cabaret
Voltaire in AUG-2005), Shanghai, Paris, and London (on 11-SEP-2005
during the Urban Expression event).
- Snow Mobile 2006 special. For
Mobile 2006 event taking place in Saalbach-Hinterglemm,
Austria, from 7 to 9-DEC, Swatch will release a special Fun Boarder
Mobile 2006 (SULM102) for the VIPs (and probably for the
participants of the Swatch The Club Xmas Event 2006). The watch
looks similar to the Fun Boarder Mountain
Mania (SULM101) but the colors in the dial are
different. If you are interested in purchasing this swatch, you
can contact Alain Choisy.
Thanks to Alain Choisy for the information and picture.
- Swiss Ski special. The
Swiss Ski foundation and Swatch have
collaborated and they will release a special Jelly
In Jelly Swatch called Swiss Ski (SUMK103). If you are interested
in purchasing this swatch, you can contact Alain
Choisy. Thanks to Alain Choisy for the
information and picture.
- Zermatt reedition special. The
Zermatt Access swatch Highness Of Zermatt (SKN103)
will be reissued as a Jelly In Jelly: Highness Of Zermatt
(SUMK102). If you are interested in purchasing this swatch, you
can contact Alain Choisy.
Thanks to Alain Choisy for the information and picture.
- Japanese Irony special
packagings. Two Irony Swatch watches from the
Fall/Winter Collection 2006 (Dark Blood (Irony Petite
Seconde, YPS413G) and Earth Surface (Irony Chrono,
YCS479)) have been issued in Japan in a special packaging (a black
bag) with an extra strap. Here
is a picture of the opened Earth
Surface packaging and here
is a picture of the opened Dark Blood
packaging. Each packaging is limited 1000 pcs, not numbered.
The special packagings are available with an additional gift with
purchase: A blue fleece blanket
(w/ Dark Blood) and a pink
fleece blanket (w/ Earth
Surface). Thanks to Yuji Tada for the
information and pictures.
- NYC Times Square store halloween
event. On 31-OCT, Swatch Times Square played host to Def
Jam Recording Artist Lady
Sov to celebrate the release of the debut of her album Public Warning. The event caused quite a stir as
Lady Sov was hoisted in the air
via cherry picker to graffiti tag the Times Square billboard.
Check out the "bling" on her wrist:
Swatch Diaphane Irony Chrono Full-Blooded
is a video from the Times Square event. Thanks to
Jeroen Kieven for the update.
- Austria Summersplash special. A
version of the Scuba Aquazone
(SDN122) is now available in Austria when you book at Summersplash'07: The
first 2000 people who book will receive this
watch which features a special strap. More details here.
- Swatch Access and Snowpass
Information. The official Swatch website contains now
some interesting information about Access
and Snowpass watches: It explains the difference
of Access (ticketing, payment in closed applications, public transport,
...) and Snowpass (skiing ticket), and it also has a nice factsheets
with technical info about the Access and
the Snowpass watches. The Access
section lists two watches that were unknown to me so far: David Lloyd and Seoul.
known are the other three watches: Kindercity (actually two
different models: Kindercity
Blau (SKK124H) and Kindercity
Rot (SKK124I; Clearance Two with a special
de Suisse (actually two different models: SKK2000
and SKK2001), and Taiwan Payeasy (actually two
different models: Embosom
(SKK1003) or Treasurable
- Squiggly and Phenomenon special.
The internet swatch stores Squiggly
(Netherlands) and Phenomenon
(Portugal) celebrate ten years of friendship. To honour this event, the
two swatch stores have issued a special display
with two Skins containing Bludablu
(SFK170) and PinkyPink
(SFK200). Each store will sell 50 pcs, so together they have 100
pcs for sale, all individually numbered.
- Taiwanese Swatch promotion. When
you order the Taiwan Payeasy access swatches Embosom (SKK1003)
(SKB1001) in the taiwanese department store 7-11, you get a free bag
special Lohas (the picture of the bag is b/w, the bag is
green in reality). Thanks to Sophia Chang for the
information and picture and to Michael for the update.
- Blue Man Group Art special. The
limited Blue Man Group art
special will be called Paint
In Blue (SUJZ101S). It was created live on stage by
the Blue Man Group at SPLASHTIVAL
last June. At first sight, the final product looks quite a bit
different from the artwork
at SPLASHTIVAL... But have a look at the back
side of the watch! The Swatch Art Special Paint
in Blue comes with its own special
packaging-a grey plastic jointed tube, looking something like a
periscope with a big plastic lens that is at once a magnifying glass and
a window on the watch inside! The tube evokes the Blue Man Group and the
giant drums and pipe-work instruments they use to make music during
their shows. Paint in Blue and its Special Packaging will be available
in a limited and numbered edition of 3,333, worldwide. Each watch
is individually numbered on the back
of the watch. The watch looks really cool on
a wrist :-) Retail price will be around $275 US! Paint in Blue was launched in
Shanghai, China on 1-OCT, during a concert by the Blue Man Group
hosted by Swatch China. Here
is a small report with pictures and text by Swatch about the Shanghai
launch event. Update: A
presale of 99 limited and numbered watches Paint In Blue took place in
Basel three weeks prior to the official launch in Switzerland on 4-NOV
at the Theaterplatz in Basel. No special version of Paint In Blue was issued in Basel but collectors
received a set of free "art splash"
fridge magnets and a Swatch keychain with their purchase. Here is a
small report about the Basel presale event. Michael also has a
nice report about the Basel
event and about the Sonic 8 event which took
place at the same weekend as well. Thanks to
Swatch, Henk Seligmann, Markus M. Muth, Nikolai Kuttler, and to Alain
Choisy for the information and pictures.
- Robert De Niro shopping for swatch
watches. According to the
New York Daily News, actor Robert
De Niro was spotted shopping
for swatch watches recently.
- Swatch history article. UK
watch magazine QP has a nice
about the history of Swatch watches up to the recent Blue Man Group art
specials. It is well worth reading (especially the bit about a non
swatch special: "Giant Size
Super Value Pack is restricted to just 6,446,150,881
- Potenza Swatch event / special.
On 22-OCT, a Swatch event took place
in Potenza, Italy. A Swatch exhibition is displayed at the Sala degli Specchi of the Teatro Stabile. This event is
part of the celebrations for Potenza's bicentennial. It will be possible
to preview the new Xmas 2007 collection. A special packaging containing the
Jelly in Jelly Funcky Red Tie (SUJK110) was
released. It is numbered xxx/199. Thanks to
Andrea Marco Faggioli for the information.
- 10 Years 'Stay
Tuned To Swatch'! My little website is
celebrating its 10th anniversary in October! It all started during
the first weekend of OCT-1996, when I took part at the Access To Space event in Luzern.
I got infected by the Swatch virus and I wrote a little report
about the event. Back then, the internet was relatively small and
there was not much info to be found about Swatch on the internet.
I started to collect news and infos from all around the world and I put
it online since then. Here you can
find all the old news, back to 1996! And if you want to see how
much my page has changed during the years (not much), you can consult
- Edinburgh Event special. A
Swatch The Club event took place in Edinburgh, UK, from 6-OCT to
8-OCT. The opening of the new Swatch store on Princess Street was
celebrated. A special packaging of
the automatic McKillop
(SAP103) was distributed to participating club members. The special
sleeve is numbered to 35 pcs (35XX). Peter Rollings has some
on his website. Thanks to Peter Rollings and Stephen
Carroll for the information and pictures.
- Two new Thailand specials. 1.
For the 60th anniversary of the Thai King in governing the country, a special swatch watch (GZ166C) will
be released in a numbered edition, 4500 pcs. 2. Swatch Thailand
has launched a swatch collectors special to commemorate the first club
gatering. It is the regular current club watch be there at (GZ190), numbered
(xxx/200) on the box. Thanks to Rob Versteeg (Squiggly)
for the information and to Andrea Marco
Faggioli for the picture.
- Singapore Duo Special. A
special packaging called Mid-Autumn
The Duo Special has been released in Singapore. The
box (limited to 200 pcs, not numbered) contains the nice lady Freckle (LK277) and the Jelly in Jelly Funcky Red Tie (SUJK110).
- Swatch Lottery in Lugano. The
department store Manor in
Lugano, Switzerland, has organized a Swatch lottery: If you find
three swatch logos underneath the silver print on the lottery
card, you will win a free Swatch Jelly
in Jelly. Thanks to Alain Choisy for the
information and picture.
- Stay Tuned To Swatch and ...
Penthouse magazine. My little webpage Stay
Tuned To Swatch is somewhat featured in the October edition of
the, ahem, German Penthouse
magazine, an "international men's magazine". See the page
from the magazine here.
- Linde / The BOC Group merger
specials. On 6-SEP, the German company Linde AG and the UK company The BOC Group plc. merged together
into a new company called The Linde Group. To
celebrate this merger, each one of the 53000 employees received a special
Linde swatch in a
nice packaging (GS132). The Linde Swatch is a completely new
model, see the word "LeadIng." on the face. Also
interesting: no "(c)
Swatch AG" on the face! In parallel with the merger with
BOC, Linde AG has made the Material Handling business segment legally
independent, by grouping the three brands Linde, STILL and OM in a new
holding company called KION Group. Each of the 19000 employees
received (a different) special KION
swatch in a nice packaging (GM168). This watch is
also a new model, note the "(c) Swatch AG 2006" on the face.
- Italian Swatch Fair / Art
special. A Swatch fair (the 8th) took place on 17-SEP at
the Worldmuseum in Cesano
Maderno, near Milano, Italy. A nice art special
packaging with a little sculpture designed by Italian
artist Dario Brevi was
released in a numbered limited edition. Actually, there are two versions of the special, the
regular one in a silver box numbered xx/77, and a VIP version in a
blue box numbered xx/XXI (21 pcs). Here
is a picture of the outside of the boxes. Thanks
to Alain Choisy for the pictures.
- Swatch Clopedia 2006. The
Swatch Clopedia 2006, a
collectors handbook listing all swatches ever made until late 2006, is
now available. It
has 928(!) pages, the thickest Swatch book so far I guess, even thicker
than Swatchissimo! Here
is a picture of the title of the book, compare the thickness also with
the old Swatch-Clopedia from 2002!. The pictures in the book are
much improved, a lot brighter and more sharp. The price quotations
are more realistic, many values are lowered slightly. The specials
and limited edition packagings list a lot of stuff that is not very
common. So it is an essential reference book for every swatch
collector! As a hardcore collector, I am only missing the
information about prototypes and variants but you can find the info at
the Squiggly website. To celebrate the release, Squiggly has
released a Squiggly
Survival Kit, limited and numbered to 100 pcs. The kit
contains the Swatch-Clopedia 2006 in a special hardcover edition, a
Squiggly Collectors T-shirt, a small bag containing lots of usable stuff
such as batteries, polywatch, screwdriver etc.
- German Swatch Outlet stores. A
first swatch outlet store has been opened in Germany in the famous
outlet shop area in Metzingen.
can find swatches from older collections at 25% to 50% below retail
price. The second swatch outlet store has been opened in ZweibrŘcken
on 25-AUG. Michael has pictures
from the opening day.
- No more .beat and maxi swatches. The
production of .beat swatches and maxi swatches has been terminated, maxi
swatch watches have been withdrawn from sale in Switzerland.
Reason: The European Restriction of Hazardous Substances
Directive (RoHS) and the Swiss ChemRRV
(Chemikalien-Risikoreduktions-Verordnung). They forbid a higher
level of lead in commercial products. These products can no longer
be imported to the European Union, so it makes no sense for Swatch to
produce these watches anymore. It is also possible that the
production of swatch watches with Swarovsky stones will be terminated as
well due to the same reason. This would be a pity as those
watches are selling well (especially Vend˘me and Via Della Spiga).
Thanks to Alain Choisy and to Wolfgang Breyscha for the
- US Blue Man Group events / NYC
special. On 27-JUL, the Blue
Man Group appeared in-store at the Swatch Store Fashion Show Mall
in Las Vegas. On 17-AUG, the Blue
Group appeared in-store at the Swatch Store Times Square in New
York City. A special edition
of the Jelly in Jelly Blue was offered for sale with a thumbprint
in blue on the outside cardboard box of the Swatch, plus a tote
bag and t shirt. Original email
said edition of 50 to first callers, but in the store they said there
were 75 of this special produced. Thanks to June
Berliner for the information and to Melissa Starr for the information
- Swatch exhibitions in "CitÚ du
Temps". There are two
new Swatch exhibitions in the CitÚ
du Temps, Geneva (Switzerland). One exhibition is about the Human
Rights, which reveals new perspectives on human freedom. The other
exhibition is about Swatch Kaleidoscope, a vibrant display of unique
artwork created by sports, fashion, business and other personalities in
the frame of the 2004 Summer Olympic Games held in Athens. You can
see some of the Swatch Kaleidoscope artworks in my previous report Travelling Kaleidoscope Event Munich
- Gigathlon 2006 Finisher
special. From 7 to 8-JUL, the Gigathlon 2006 took place in Switzerland.
Teams and single starters competed in five different disciplines:
Swimming, Biking, Running, Inline-Skating, and Mountain-Biking.
Every finisher received a special access swatch: Gigathlon Finisher 2006.
The loop around the strap indicates the competition of the participant
(Single woman /man, Couple, Team of Five), so there are three different
to Christine Tanner for the information.
- Montreux Jazz Festival special
2006. As usual, a special swatch Bonjour Montreux (GE184) has been released for
the 40th Montreux Jazz Festival
2006, taking place from 30-JUN to 15-JUL. The watch has been
designed by british artist Julian
Opie. The watch comes in a nice paper
sleeve. A rare For
Artists Only version (ref.no. GE184C) was also
distributed, to participating artists of the festival. If you are
interested in purchasing this swatch at retail (60 CHF), you can contact
Alain Choisy. Update: On 8-JUL, Swatch The
Club held an event at the Montreux Jazz Festival. You can find a
report with many pictures at Michael's nice website!
Update 2: In
Switzerland, little coffee cream
cans are available featuring the designs
from previous Montreux posters / swatch watches. Thanks to Alain Choisy for the
information and pictures, to to Jacky
Beauverd for the picture, and to
Christine Tanner for the information.
- Carl Lewis Beverly Hills autograph
session. On 1-AUG, Carl Lewis, one of the most famous
Track and Fields Athletes in Olympic History, winning 9 Gold Olympic
Medals, signed photos and the
new Human Rights Swatch Shake
The World (SUJZ102) at the Beverly Center, in Beverly
Hills, California. There were many different swatch giveaways,
including red Swatch pedometers (opened)
in honor of celebrating "fitness". Here
is a picture of Carl Lewis with Swatch G&P member June Berliner. Thanks to June and David Berliner for the information
- Klagenfurt Beachvolleyball
special / club event. The next stop of the Swatch
FIVB Beachvolley World Tour 2006 just took place in Klagenfurt,
Austria, from 2 to 8-AUG. A Swatch The Club event took place on
the weekend. A special packaging
(similar to the special from Gstaad)
of the Beachvolley Skin Chrono Speed Game (SUYN103) was
distributed to the participating club members, it is limited and handnumbered
to 100 pcs. Club members also could buy a second swatch,
the Klagenfurt VIP special, a
Scuba Access Tune (SHB107) with a new
strap. Here is a
picture of all the goodies that the club members received. Michael
many nice pictures from the event on his website.
Thanks to Michael for the pictures.
- Paris Beachvolleyball special / club
event. The next stop of the Swatch
FIVB Beachvolley World Tour 2006 just took place in Paris, France,
from 26 to 30-JUL. A Swatch The Club event took place on the
weekend. A special packaging
(similar to the special from Gstaad)
of the Beachvolley Skin Chrono Speed Game (SUYN103) was
distributed to the approx. 45 participating club members, it is
limited and handnumbered to 100 pcs.
Here is a picture of all the goodies
that the club members received. Michael has many nice pictures
from the event on his website.
Thanks to Michael for the pictures.
- Bijoux Gifts. When
buying the Swatch Bijoux Tiki Beach in Paris (France?
Other countries?), you receive a nice gift with purchase: a
matching bag. And when buying a
swatch watch and a bijoux, both are packaged in a nice gift
box. Thanks to Michael for the information
- 2nd Taiwanese Chinese Valentine
special. The second
chinese valentines special has been released on 1-AUG in
Taiwan. It contains the two nice swatches Funky
Red Tie (SUJK110) and Freckle
(LK277) in a special packaging
limited to 520 pcs, not numbered. The packaging also contains two
"iCash" cards. Sophia Chang has more information on her website.
- No Swatch Festival du Film
Locarno. Swatch is no longer a sponsor of the Locarno
Film Festival. Therefore, no special swatch or special
packaging will be released. Thanks to Alain
Choisy for the information.
- Amsterdam Schiphol Instant Store /
Get-Together. An Swatch
Instant store has been opened at Schiphol airport near Amsterdam,
Netherlands. Swatch Netherlands invited the club members for a Get-Together on 12-JUL. You
could buy max. 5 older swatches and receive a mystery special packaging
as a gift. In the mystery packaging were mainly older swatches
[5th Element, Glorious Blue, Glorious Runner, Rapp-er, ...] and as a
highlight five specials: Torino
Volunteer, Stade de Suisse, Verbier
special, H&M, and Shake the World No.19. There also was a
lottery of Swatch merchandising and every participant received a goody
bag. More details (in dutch) can be found here.
find a report with many pictures at Michael's nice website!
Thanks to Henk Seligmann for the information and
pictures and to Michael for the picture.
- Swatch Museum in Geneva. The
Swatchgroup has opened four
rooms next to each other, called City of Time (CitÚ du temps) in Geneva,
Switzerland on 8-APR. One of the show rooms contains an exhibition
with almost swatch watches ever produced (about 700 pcs, pic1
and pic2 from the
exhibition)! Here and here
is a newspaper report about the opening with lots of pictures from the
museum. A Swatch The Club event would have been great! Update: Henk Seligmann has some additional
information of the CitÚ du temps:
A very thick book (about 9cm, about 700 pages) can be browsed at the
Swatch Museum, it shows all Swatches in 1:1 scale! Apparently,
Swatch is thinking about making this book commercially available, with
an estimated price of 300 Swiss Francs (~ $250 US)! It is also
planned to install some computers where visitors can design their own
swatch. The best design might be produced by swatch, possibly on a
yearly basis. Sounds really interesting! A few more
boutiques (Breguet, Blancpain, Hatot) are located nearby the City of Time, at the Rue du Rhone/Place
de la Fusterie. Update 2:
Michael has many pictures from the CitÚ du temps on his nice webpage. Thanks to
Philippe Danjean for the information and to Jean-Bernard Mani and Henk
Seligmann for the update and pictures.
- Lugano Splashtival Event / "Jelly in
Jelly" product launch. SPLASHTIVAL is
the name of the spectacle in Lugano to which Swatch invited everyone on
1-JUN to celebrate its 333 millionth watch and its new product line
called Swatch Jelly in Jelly. This collection is
(re)uniting Swatch with art, the world-famous Blue
Man Group created a strictly limited-edition model for the Swatch
Jelly in Jelly collection during their performance on stage. The Jelly in Jelly series
includes a classic collection with five models that could be described
as fairly casual, and five simple classic watches in cheerful brash
colors. Two models are done in cooperation with Blue
Man Group: The eleventh model Swatch
unlimited) was presented at the launch event in Lugano, and the twelfth,
an individually numbered, limited-edition (3333 pcs) model was created
live during this event by the Blue
Man Group. It will be available in the fall. The
International Club Event took place in Lugano and club members also
participated at the SPLASHTIVAL,
front row, center
(pictures taken by myself, video
by Russ :-) The club members received a special
version of the Swatch
a different papersleeve to the normal
version. This special is not numbered, limitation is
probably around 300-400 pcs: 160 for club members and the rest for
journalists at the launch event. Here
is a detailed report with many pictures
from the event! Thanks to Christine Tanner
for the hint.
- Gold & Pioneer special /
event. The traditional Gold & Pioneer Swatch The
Club event took place in Lugano, Switzerland from 2 to 4-JUN, directly
after the international SPLASHTIVAL event. The 160 participating
club member received a unique supernice Swatch Skin G & P 2006 (SFK178), very
nicely packaged, with a special loop "G
& P 2006" around the strap. The watch is limited to only 170
pcs, unnumbered. This watch will never be sold in the shops!
During the event, we were told by Swatch management: About 250
watches are designed for each collection, only 70 of these 250 will make
it into the shops in the end. The rest of the designs is rejected.
Interesting fact: The watch has a copyright date (c)
2002 and a production code "307" (7th week of 2003 =
FEB-2003). This means that this watch was even produced in 2003
(Swatch told us: for Spiga/Vend˘me) and the sale was stopped very very
late! Normally, these watches are destroyed but this time, they
survived somehow and the watches were now pulled out for the G&P
event. Here is a
detailed report with many pictures
from the event! Thanks to Alain Choisy for
- 2nd Taiwanese Payeasy special.
After the first Taiwanese payeasy access
swatch (SKK1002) released in last autumn, the company will release
a new payeasy access special in summer (maybe in July). There are two
access swatches in black and white and besides the normal edition,
they will also be available in a special
packaging limited to 520 pcs. (520 = "I love you" in Chinese
pronunciation). The price will be around $160 to $180 US per set
(including two swatch and packaging). Thanks to
Sophia Chang for the information and picture.
- Gstaad Beachvolley special. The
next stop of the Swatch FIVB
Beachvolley World Tour 2006 just took place in Gstaad,
Switzerland, from 20 to 25-JUN. A special
packaging of the Beachvolley Skin Chrono Speed Game (SUYN103) was
distributed to the 35 participating club members, it is limited and numbered to 80 pcs. The
sleeve is made of rubber, it has a "3D effect", very nice. Here
is a picture showing some stuff (T-shirts, cap, ...) that the club
members received. The special is the first in a series of
three, next one is for the Paris
FIVB event (28 to 30-JUL), and the third one is for the Klagenfurt
event (3 to 6-AUG). Michael has a very nice report
about the event with many pictures! Thanks to Michael,
Angelo Rovaris, and Jacky
Beauverd for the information and
- Austria "Come Together" event /
special. Each year, Swatch The Club Austria hosts a Come Together event for its club
members. This year, the Come
Together event took place on 22-JUN (not listed on the club
website :-( For the first time, a Come
Together special was released, it is a Jelly in Jelly, limited
to 99 pcs. Three different versions are available: 33 pcs Black
Vibration (SUJK105), 33 pcs orange Instantaeous Fresh (SUJK102),
and 33 pcs blue Fluid World (SUJK104). The special has two
extra loops around the strap and a number
xx/99 on the back of a loop. The watch comes in a special paper
sleeve. The paper sleeve and the writing "Come Together" on
the loop is in the color of the watch: black,
blue, or orange.
So the pictures show the black version. The numbers are randomly
distributed among the colors. Club members also received a special
cap. Thanks to Peter Altmann for the
information and to Henk Seligmann / Squiggly for the update and
- UN Human Rights special. A
special Jelly in Jelly swatch called Shake The World No.19
(SUJZ102) has been released on 19-JUN for the first session of the Human
Rights Council of the United Nations (UN). The white '19' on the
dial refers not only to the historic birthday of the Council, but also
to article 19 of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights, which addresses the right to freedom
of opinion and expression. The watch is packaged in a paper
sleeve. It will be the first of a series of watches,
designed to stimulate continuing awareness of human rights. Nicolas
G. Hayek sr. presented the watch to Kofi Annan in Geneva. Thanks to Jacky Beauverd
and to Andrea Marco Faggioli for the information.
- Idda in the magazines. Swatch
Pioneer member Idda Luetolf-Steverlynck from Belgium and her Swatch
collection was recently featured in the belgian "luxemagazine"
("spenditures"), part of the belgian newspaper De Tijd. The article is
called Getikt van Swatch:
title / page 1+2 / page 3. Wow! :-) Thanks
to Henk Seligmann for the update.
- Roseto Beachvolley special. The
next stop of the Swatch FIVB
Beachvolley World Tour 2006 just took place in Roseto, Italy from
7 to 11-JUN. A special packaging
of the Beachvolley Access Be Part Of It (SKN109) was
distributed to participating club members, it is limited and numbered
to 50 pcs. The Roseto special is very similar to the recent Modena FIVB special packaging.
The only difference is that the watch is limited to 50 pieces,
numbered on the outside of the box. Moreover, inside the box there is
a plexiglass cover with a beach-volley player in the action of
catching the ball. Plus the writing on the paperbox "Roseto degli
Abruzzi - 10 Giugno 2006" inside it. Thanks
to Angelo Rovaris for the information and picture.
- Taiwanese Graduation promotion
gift. A nice special gift with purchase is currently
available in Taiwan. When you buy a watch of the current
collection with a retail price over $80 US, you receive one pair of the
puzzle photo frame
(yellow+blue or red+green). Thanks to Sophia
Chang for the information.
- Soccer .beat swatches /
special. Right on time for the FIFA
Soccer World Cup Germany 2006, Swatch has released 32(!) different
colorful .beat swatches, one for
each participating country. Here are the first draft
versions: pic1 / pic2.
Wow. That's tough to collect! Swatch is not an official
sponsor of the Soccer World Cup. In Switzerland (and probably
everywhere else), the watch is sold in a special packaging together with
some Swiss flag stickers that you can apply to your cheek. Very
clever! :-) Update: Stephen
Carroll has spotted a mistake in the draft versions! There is a
United Kingdom (Royaume Uni)
watch, but the team is England, not the United Kingdom. Scotland,
Wales and Northern Ireland (also part of the United Kingdom) have their
own national teams. Update 2: Michael has the final
versions on his nice webpage. Differences
to the draft versions: 1. No China! :-) 2. Iran,
are different. All watches are available in Germany and Italy but
some may also be available in other countries. In the US, the
watches are not available. It seems that the Switzerland,
specials are similar to the ones that were available already last
year. At least they look very similar. Furthermore, a
packaging (a box: opened
/ closed) containing all 32 .beat
specials will be available in Germany, only 64 pcs will be made!
Price is 32 x 55 EUR = 1760 EUR! The German watch magazine Chronos also has a report
about the soccer .beat swatches, including a picture of the actual
watches. Swatch has
also released a special
soccer related packaging containing the Square Typical Square (SUBR100),
including a tatoo and a one year club membership. Thanks
to Alain Choisy, Dino Wierz, and Michael for the information and
- Taipei Flagship store opening.
On 23-MAY, the new swatch flagship store has opened in Taipei,
Taiwan in the Taipei
101 building, the heighest building of Taiwan.
Sophia Chang has a few pictures from the store on her website.
seems that no opening special was issued but some Vend˘me swatches are
on sale at the new flagship store.
- Mothers Day gifts. Several
different Mothers Day gifts were distributed free with a purchase:
1. A nice Dutch
Day gift is now available in the BeNeLux countries (Belgium,
The gift contains a little Swatch Wellness Bag with 3 items
inside: A wooden massage stick, a Sponge and a scrub roll.
It is given free of charge to customers who buy a swatch or a bijoux
piece. It fits nicely to the Flower Wishes (SFK265) mothers
special. This gift is available in Germany and Italy as
well. 2. In Switzerland, customers get a
CD (14 tracks, "relax" music by eg. Red Buddha, Lenny Mac Dowell,
Christopher Goze, ...) with the purchase of the Mothers Day special.
3. In the USA you get the following gift with purchase: "Bath Salt" (the case says
'Swatch Bijoux' on the top; two different styles: citrus or mint) when
you spend at least $60 US. 4. In China, yet another beauty
set was available. 5. In Taiwan, customers received a whitening
mask. Thanks to Marcel
Hoogenraad for the information and pictures and to Bert Alblas,
Michael, Yoshimi, Sophia Chang, and Andrea
Marco Faggioli for the
- Shareholder Assembly special. On
19-MAY, the annual shareholder assembly of the Swatchgroup took place in
Biel. The 1500 participants received a special Touch Game model Shareholder 2006 (STGB102). Have a look at
the special dial! The sleeve gives a hint about the SPLASHTIVAL
event in Lugano on 1-JUN. Thanks to
Christine Tanner for the information and picture.
- Fragments of Time are back. Since
a few years, Swatch pioneer member and artist Laurent Stefani runs a
very nice website called Fragments
of Time featuring his artworks made of Swatch watches
and more. Now, he has
redesigned the site and given a nice new look. Check it out!
- Modena Beachvolley specials. The
first tournament of the Swatch
Beachvolley World Tour 2006 just took place in Modena, Italy from
10 to 14-MAY. A special
packaging of the Beachvolley Access Be Part Of It (SKN109) was
distributed to participating club members, it is limited and numbered
to 100 pcs. The staff of the event received a special
version of the Scuba Loomi Table
Cloths (SDR900) with a new strap. A lot
of additional goodies was available to the club members.
- Basel Jewelry Fair specials. For
the Baselworld Watch
and Jewellery Show 2006 (it took place from 30-MAR to 6-APR), Swatch has
released two different specials: The two gents Define
(GK227) and Consider
(GK228) were distributed with a special
loop around the strap. Thanks to Jacky
Beauverd for the information and picture.
- New Vend˘me skins. Two
new skin watches are available at the Vend˘me store in Paris: Rosebalm
(SFK262P) and Leada
(SFK263BPU, also available at the Spiga store). Thanks
to Thomas Sonneville
for the information.
- Roland Garros specials. Swatch
has released two special swatches for the Roland
Garros 2006 tennis tournament in Paris, France: The first is
a skin called Tennis
Chic (SFK270). The second one is a gent called Roland Garros
(GE179). Both are packaged in a special
fake Tennis ball with soft touch material. Limitation is
unknown, so far, these two watches are only available in France.
Two more Flik-Flak watches are also
available. Thanks to Philippe Danjean for the
- Vend˘me / Spiga Mothers Day
special. The Vend˘me / Spiga mothers day special 2006 is
Mum (GE180PU). A real silk
foulard is included with the watch. Limitation is 200 pcs
for Vend˘me and 300 pcs for Spiga. Retail price is 88 EUR.
- Swatch Label Showcases in
Berlin. Each friday and saturday in April, starting at
5pm, one of the most successful independent labels for club music in
Germany, Pulver Records,
presents their music at the Swatch
Store in Berlin, MŘnzstrasse 18. Here
are all the details, including a list of live acts and international
guest DJs. Update: Here
is the list of DJs for may (Unique Records).
- New Olympic specials. Recently,
olympic swatch specials have surfaced: 1. Piume
Di Gallina IOC (GZ704), a variation of the Piume de Gallina (GG709) gent
from 2001 with the olympic rings on the dial (not in color, this is
usually not liked by the IOC!). 2. unknown
ref.no., a variation of the Straw Man (YGS729) Irony from
2004 with the olympic rings on the dial (also not in color!). Does
anyone know any details about these two swatches? When / where
were they distributed? How many pieces etc.? If you know any
details, please send me an email.
I received the following information about the Straw Man variation: 5000 pcs, possibly
for the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. Thanks to Bert Alblas for the
- Italian Swatch Fair. A
Swatch fair will take place on 21-MAY at the Worldmuseum in Cesano
Maderno, near Milano, Italy. A special
packaging of the gent swatch Pink Candy (GE177) will be
released in a numbered limited edition of 77 pcs. Here
is another picture of the special. Read all the details here
- Swatch commercial wins award. The
recent Flash Mob Swatch commercial just won the 2nd place at the Golden Award of Montreux
(18th International Advertising & Multimedia Competition). It
lost out by one vote to "Guiness" who won the first prize.
Nevertheless Swatch was the favourite at the "people choice", voted by
students & experts participating at the competition. The
commercial can be found on the Swatch website. Thanks
to Laura Magon for the information.
- Portuguese Father's Day gift
box. To celebrate the father's Day, portuguese swatch
stores have issued two different special gift boxes (box
1 / box 2). These
gift boxes were available with seven different Swatch Irony
watches. Thanks to Ricardo Rocha for the
information and pictures.
- Portuguese Fun Scuba special. A
new Fun Scuba called Cardume
(SUGK111) has been released in Portugal. It is probably only
available in Portugal. Retail is 75 EUR. In Portuguese "cardume" means a group of swimming
fish. Thanks to Marco Soares for the information
- Portuguese Mother's Day
special. Swatch has released
a new special packaging for Portugal (this time it isn?t a tube?).
This new special
swatch (ref.no. GZ410) celebrates the mother?s day and comes in
a nice pink paper box with 3
different lipsticks. The
special is limited and unnumbered but the limitation is unknown.
Retail price is 60 EUR. Thanks to Pedro
Coelho, Ricardo Rocha, and Marco Soares for the information and
- Hamburg Store reopening
special. The Swatch Store in Hamburg, Germany, has been
reopened on 31-MAR. To celebrate the opening, a nice special
packaging of the Scandinavian special Memories From The North
(GE137) was issued in a limited edition of 150 numbered pcs. Thanks to Michael for the information.
- Verona Store opening special. On
31-MAR, the swatch store in Verona was opened again after
renovation. A Swatch The Club event took place on that day and a special packaging of the Romeo & Juliet valentine
swatch (GN162 with a special loop around the
strap) was released, limited and numbered to 100 pcs. The
packaging includes a tracel chess board game in an alluminum case with
Romeo & Juliet sleeve created for the event, a Polaroid postcard and
one or more different gadgets (eg. small
inflatable Fun Scuba air bed + bag, or orange bags, or
caps...) Thanks to Andrea Marco
Faggioli for the information and picture and to Argeniolupin and to
Tommaso for the pictures and to Franco Brizi for the update.
- Verbier Xtreme 2006 special. As
in the last years, swatch sponsors the Xtreme Verbier 2006
contest. It took place from 18 to 19-MAR-2006. Swatch
released an access special Xtreme
Verbier 2006 (SUBL102, a new watch similar to the Cuttofles
Fun Boarder [ref.no. SULB100], check the differences
between the two watches!). The watch is packaged in a paper
sleeve. A Swatch The Club Event also took place on that
is a picture of the stuff that participants at the event received.
If you are interested in purchasing this watch, you can contact Alain
Choisy. There is yet another
Verbier related Fun Boarder special available, it is called Verbier
Altimeter (SULB100C, this seems to be the Cuttofles
Fun Boarder with a special sleeve). Here
is a report (in German) about the Xtreme Verbier 2006 contest. Thanks
Christine Tanner for the information, to Squiggly
for the picture, and to Andrea Marco Faggioli
for the update.
- More US destination swatches. Swatch
is planning to release more US destination watches, in the style of the
New York Times Square and Las Vegas swatches. Texas,
San Francisco, and Hawaii are planned.
- New Vend˘me and Spiga Swatches.
At the Vend˘me store in Paris and Via della Spiga store in
Milano, five new swatches are available: Irony Lady Lady Dance
Me (YSS192GPU), Irony Chrono Redhide
(YCB4006PU), Irony Chrono Medium Dosequious
(YMS113PU), Irony The Chrono Blue
Project (YOS406PU), Petite Seconde Bark
Balance (YPS410GPU, with leather
strap). Check out Thomas' great website
about the Vend˘me Store for more details and help in ordering these
watches. Thanks to Andrea Marco Faggioli for the
- Biel specials. The city
of Biel, Switzerland, home of Swatch and the Swatchgroup, have released
five special swatches: First is City
Of Biel (SUDB100C, X-Large Nuova
Vita with a special strap) and a second
one (SUAG101, Square Aigre-Doux
with a special black strap). The third one is a gent Black is Back with a special
strap (GB748C). The fourth one is a Loomi White Off with a special strap
(GB904C). The fifth one is a red Square Typical Square (SUBR100E).
specials were given to employees of the city of Biel last year, probably
when Nicolas G. Hayek sr. became honorary citizen of the city of
Biel. Thanks to Christine Tanner, Alain Choisy,
and Jeroen Kieven for the
information and pictures.
- Unknown specials. Squiggly
found two special swatches and even Rob does not know where / why they
were released. First one is a .beat access special Cutback (SXW100C, with a special
strap), the second one is an Irony Chrono Straight Edge (YCS1006E, with
a special Sydney 2000 pin on the strap). Do you have any info
about these two watches? If yes, please email.
- Swatch Instant Stores in Amsterdam
and Barcelona. A Swatch
store was opened on 1-DEC in Amsterdam
are more pictures from the Amsterdam Instant Store. Another Swatch
Store was opened on 12-NOV in Barcelona.
Instant stores have been in Madrid
(September in Preciados), Berlin
(during the Montreux Jazz
Festival in July), ZŘrich
(at the Cabaret Voltaire
in August), Shanghai, Paris, and London (on 11-SEP during the Urban
- Club Swatch 2006/07. The
The Club special for 2006/07 will be called be there at (GZ190).
The watch should inspire you to do Flash Mobs, please note also the 90░
turned dial! The special packaging
is also very nice, it oscillates like a pendulum when touched. The bowl
is made out of soft touch. When the Club special Swatch is taken out
from its holder, the packaging can be used as a picture holder. It
will be released in mid may. Thanks to BonZai for
- World Museum Anniversary
special. For the third anniversary of the World Museum near Milano,
Italy, a special packaging containing
the gent swatch Fiche
(GE174), will be released in a limited edition of 77 pcs,
numbered. Here is the draft
version of the special.
- Torino 2006 Volunteer special.
Volunteers at the upcoming Torino 2006 Olympic Games
received a special swatch, a
.beat refitted with a special new
strap. Limitation is 20000 pcs.
- Taiwan White Valentine special.
On 17-FEB, Swatch Taiwan has released a nice special
packaging of the Irony THE Chrono Top
Relief (YOS404) in order to celebrate the White Valentine's
day. The packaging is numbered xxx/314. Thanks to
Sophia Chang for the information.
- Vend˘me Valentine Party. A
Valentine Party took place at the Vend˘me Store in Paris. Besides
the Vend˘me/Spiga valentine special Heartleaf (LK265GPU),
three new Vend˘me watches were presented: A Skin Passion For Fashion
(SFK229PU, with a handbag), a nice lady Fly With Me (LK255GPU, with
butterflies), and a nice Skin Girobella (SFK228PU).
Maria & Toty Booms from the Netherlands went to the party, you can
browse their pictures here.
- New Vend˘me and Spiga
collection. The new Vend˘me and Spiga collection
consists of at least nine watches: Mesmerizing (Irony Chrono, YCS462GP,
300 pcs for Vend˘me), Lunami
(Irony Chrono, YCS463GU, 200 pcs for Spiga), Silver Train (Skin,
SFK227GPU, 500 pcs V. + 300 pcs S.), Behind
(Irony Gent, YGS443PU, 150 pcs V. + 250 pcs S.), Chocochic (SVDK1009PU,
Diaphane Automatic, 200 pcs V. + 200 pcs S.), Disco Queen (LR120U, Lady,
100 pcs for Spiga), Flower Taste (Skin, SFK238PU, 200 pcs V. + 300
pcs S.), True
Passion (YLG116PU, Irony Medium, 200 pcs V. + 200 pcs
(YSS191PU, Irony Lady, 200 pcs V. + 250 pcs S.).
- Torino Club Event. Swatch
Club held a club event in Torino for the Olympic
Games on 11-FEB, the first day of the Olympics. A special
packaging numbered xxx/120 was
issued and collectors visited the ice hockey game Canada vs.
Italy. A report
with many pictures can be found on Michael's nice website. The
special packaging from the Club event contains the gent Reach
Rings (GE136). It is similar to the Olympic
box, there are two differences: The Club event special is
numbered, the Olympic collectors box is not; and the sleeve of the
Club event special is silver, not transparent, so you cannot see the
'holes' for the missing four watches.
- Torino Olympic collectors box.
During the Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Swatch is selling a special
box containing all five swatches (part
1 / part 2) of the Torino
Olmpic collection. This box is only available at the Olympic
Superstore. The box is not numbered and the sleeve is transparent
so that you can see all five watches in the box. Thanks
to Michael for the information.
- Chinese New Year Party in
Berlin. On 4-FEB, at 8pm, a Chinese
New Year Party took place at the Swatch Instant Store in Berlin,
MŘnzstrasse 18. A nice special packaging of the nice new Chinese
New Year Special Gou
Lai Fu was launched. In addition to the normal
special packaging, you received a soup
bowl (with the Swatch Instant Logo), chop sticks and instant soup.
This set is limited to125 pcs. Members of Swatch the Club who were
present at the party also received a special
T-Shirt. You can find a report on Michael's great webpage!
are pictures by Dino Wierz. Thanks to Michael and
Dino Wierz for the pictures.
- Valentine's special 2006. The
Valentine special 2006 is called Shake
Your Heart (LK261). Here
is a picture of the packaging and here
is a picture of the shop display. The Valentine Bijoux
special is called Heartissim. Update:
Your Heart will be heavily promoted on Yahoo!
Europe... Thanks to Kati Kylń-Kause for the
- Vend˘me and Spiga Valentine
special. The Vend˘me and Spiga Valentine special 2006 is
(LK265GPU). It is packaged in a nice
golden heart (same as last year). Limitation is 600 pcs, 300
for Paris and 300 for Milano.
- Nam June Paik has died. The
Korean-born, celebrated video artist Nam
June Paik died on 29-JAN at the age of 74 in Miami, USA. In
1996, he designed the nice artist special Zapping
(SLZ104) for Swatch. Here
is more information about his life. At the Swatch Wristory auction in New York City on 3-DEC-2001, a signed
Zapping swatch in special
packaging was sold as Lot
no. 16 for $5000 US. After Jean-Michel Folon and Mimmo
Rotella, he is the third well-known swatch artist who has died in recent
weeks :-( Thanks to Dino Wierz for the
- Swatch The Club Germany at Snowboard
FIS World Cup. Swatch is the official timekeeper
of the Nokia Snowboard
FIS World Cup. The most recent stop was in Winterberg,
Germany, on 27 to 28-JAN. Members of Swatch the Club Germany could win
some VIP Tickets for the Frosty Beats Party. You can find a
detailed report with many pictures on Michael's nice webpage.
- Taiwanese Valentine special
promotion. Swatch Taiwan is running a special promotion
for the Valentine special 2006 Shake
Your Heart (LK261), together with the 7-11
convenience store company: When you order the special in the
7-11 convenience store and you pay
a little more than in the normal swatch store, you will get the special
together with a specially designed so-called icash
card, limited to 2500 pcs. You can use the icash card to
load money on it and you can pay in the 7-11 store with this card
without extra charge. Here
is the poster from the promotion. Thanks to
Sophia Chang for the information and pictures.
- Access specials. Three
access specials were released in early 2005 in Switzerland: Verbier2 (SKK118D)
in a nice paper sleeve, Lauberhorn (SKK127, celebrating
the 75th year of the Lauberhorn race, limited to 5000 pcs) in a nice paper sleeve, Climatic Descente Bormio Special (SHB110C, back of the strap with special writing FIS
ALPINE WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS 2005, 1900 pcs) in a nice paper sleeve
(very limited). Update
2006: The Verbier2
(SKK118D) access is available as a maxi
swatch, you will note that the dial is slightly different (big
"swatch" imprint) from the normal watch. Very few access swatches
are available as a maxi, so this is something special. The Verbier2 access was designed by AgnŔs Hertig, she won the first
prize in a design
contest. Thanks to Jacky Beauverd of La Mine D'Or and Alain Choisy
for the information and pictures.
- Portuguese Spring / Summer 2006
collection special. A special packaging of the brand new
gent Hang On Tight (GE170) has
been released in Portugal. The watch is packaged in a nice
Limitation is unknown (not numbered). Thanks to
Marco Soares for the information and picture.
- Mimmo Rotella has died. Mimmo
Rotella, the Italian artist who found fame by prowling Rome at
night to rip up posters for his works, has died
the age of 88 on 8-JAN. In 1994, he also designed the nice
Rotella Set (GZS04) with the watches Bengala
(GZ132) and Marilyn
(GZ133) for Swatch. At the Swatch Wristory auction in New York City on
3-DEC-2001, a Rotalla
Set together with an original artwork was sold as Lot
no. 23 for $7000 US.