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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: 16-DEC-2022)
news from 2021 are below:
- Mika wearing a Swatch Snoopy Xmas special. (Swatch
related) pop star Mika
is wearing a Snoopy Xmas special Chomp!
in his Instagram
Xmas post. Here is a
comparison, looks identical to me. Update: Earlier in
October, Mika shared an Instagram
post wearing a MoMA New
Dream by Henri Rousseau (SUOZ333).
Thanks to ??? for the hint.
- Snow Rodeo World Cup SwatchXYou special. The Snow
Rodeo FIS Slopestyle and Freeski Halfpipe World Cup
presented by Swatch takes place at Winsport
in Calgary, Canada from 27-DEC-2021 to 02-JAN-2022. Exclusive to
the New Year’s event, Canadian freeskier Max
Moffatt has designed a special SwatchXYou Snow
Rodeo Final (canvas,
$160 CAD), available only in Canada. As announced in this email,
are available in the Swatch stores in Canada (eg. SUOK145-011).
Here is a closeup of
the watch face and the back has an imprint
SNOW RODEO 2021. Update: 1. a huge
Swatch Big Bold Bioceramic Whice
can be spotted outdoors on a snowboard
ramp at the Winsport skiing area. 2.
According to Alain Choisy, it is not possible to generate the prefabricated
SwatchXYou interactively (impossible zoom level). Thanks to Thomas Chan for the
- Sinterklaas SwatchXYou special. A special SwatchXYou Sinterklaas
(canvas) is available
in the Netherlands Swatch Online Store. Sinterklaas
or Sint-Nicolaas is a legendary figure based on Saint
Nicholas, patron saint of children.
- Sting wearing a Mimmo. In this #tbt
instagram post (screenshot)
by his wife Trudie
Styler (going back to 1989), musician Sting
is spotted wearing his super rare Mimmo Paladino Oigol Oro (GZ113, 1988) Swatch
special. Here is an enlarged
version of the photo. I think that Sting was given Mimmo #026/100.
- Big Bold Snowboard watch. A new Swatch Big Bold
(SB03N103) is now promoted on the Swatch website by the Swatch Proteam
member, 13-time X Games champion and Olympic medalist Max
- More Expo 2020 artist specials. Five additional
SwatchXYou specials by local artists are now available in the EXPO
2020 Dubai section on the Swatch website: 1. Allam
(canvas); 2. Albanna
(canvas); 3. Ebtisam
(canvas); 4. Mezaina
(canvas); 5. Suwaidi
anyone have more information about these watches or the artists who
designed the canvas?
- Swatch monogram design competition. Swatch and PROSPECT
100 are inviting young designers to respond the brief,
'What if... Swatch were to have a monogram'. You can participate
at this global
design competition until 10-DEC. The design competition
winner gets $10000 US prize money and can work on an official
collaboration with Swatch. Read all the details here.
"Design a Swatch monogram (motif/pattern) that could not only be
applied on watches, but present as well on digital platforms, shopping
bags, retail environments, uniforms, etc. Please do not feel like you
should create a monogram just intended for watches. Please do not
create a watch." Update: The winner of the design
contest has been announced
on 19-DEC: Christopher
Sardo. Here is his
Swatch monogram design, great choice, I love it!
- Burgenland special. Burgenland
is the easternmost and least populous state of Austria. A
special New Gent Burgenland (SUOJ100C,
limited to 300 pcs) has been issued by the Burgenland Tourismus
GmbH. Is this the first B2B special in the new style
- Canada Snowboard Team Big Bold special. A new Big Bold
special Canada Snowboard Team (SB03B100C,
$180 CAD) is now available in the Swatch
Canada online store. Does it have a special
packaging? The watch is a Big Bold C-Black
(SB03B100) with a special strap. Previously in early 2021, a
first special New Gent CS x Swatch Watch -
Downhill Sideways (SUOB719D,
$115.00 CAD) had been released by the Canada
Snowboard Team. Here
is a photo of the box of the new Big Bold special. Thanks
to Thomas Chan for the hint and the photo.
- Snoopy Xmas special. As announced here,
a 7th watch will be added to the Swatch
X Peanuts collection soon: A cute red New Gent
Biosourced Snoopy Xmas special Chomp!
(SO29Z109, 140 EURO) will be available in early December, with a special
Xmas red dog food bowl. Unfortunately, the Xmas special is
not numbered. Update: An unexpected early Xmas
surprise was unveiled on 12-DEC (surprisingly, this info was not
leaked earlier): The Chomp!
special contains a small NFC chip! If you approach
the watch with your NFC enabled smartphone, a hidden website
with many Peanuts comic strips is unveiled...
What a nice early Xmas gift and a totally unexpected bonus with your
Snoopy Swatch! The NFC antenna ring in the watch is visible
(not easily). Update 2: The Swatch website has a
detailed FAQ about Swatch
X Peanuts - NFC. The Peanuts comics will be
available online until the end of 2023. Thanks
to Sascha for the photo.
- Swatch X Peanuts
collection. Swatch is hinting at an upcoming Swatch
X Peanuts collection, to be released on 04-NOV.
Update / Spoiler: Eric Bressoud saw this advertisement
in a store in Sion (Switzerland). And you can find all the details of
the collection (incl. photos) here
in this press release. Update 2: The Swatch
X Peanuts collection is now available for sale. It
consists of six colourful and cute Bio-sourced Swatch watches (not
limited): 1. Gent Grande Bracchetto
(SO28Z107, paper sleeve,
"Snoopy"); 2. New Gent Pow Wow (SO29Z101,
paper sleeve, "Charlie Brown"); 3. New
Gent Smak! (SO29Z108, paper
sleeve, "Peanuts Comic Strip"); 4. Gent Klunk!
(SO28Z106, paper sleeve, "Lucy")
; 5. New Gent Hee Hee Hee (SO29Z106,
paper sleeve, "Snoopy and
Woodstock"); 6. New Gent First Base
(SO29Z107, paper sleeve, "Peanuts
Gang"). If you buy all six watches in your local Swatch store,
you might be able to get a super nice gift with purchase (not too many
pieces per country!): A wooden
frame that can hold all six Swatch
X Peanuts watches. In Asia, a cute Swatch X
Peanuts shopping bag and gift
packaging (XMas theme?!?) is available. A limited Maxi Hee Hee Hee (MSO29Z106, 380 EURO,
444 pcs(?)) was sold online only on 09-NOV. It sold out
instantly worldwide (still available in Poland and Russia after
several hours). The Maxi is packaged in a special
blue Peanuts design Maxi box, wonderful! For a short time,
the Swatch website had an error, listing 41mm
Gent (not New Gent!) Swatch watches. Esquire
magazine talks about a seventh Peanuts
Swatch watch, packaged in a "red Snoopy dog bowl" (Christmas
related?). Update 3: Starting 18-NOV, several cute
Peanuts SwatchXYou (canvas
3) will be available
as presented here
The SwatchXYou packaging also has some "Peanuts" attributes: An
enclosed small Peanuts card
and a Peanuts print around the
box. Update 4: In addition to the three "custom,
individual design" Peanuts SwatchXYou, six
"prefabricated" Peanuts SwatchXYou are available
(scroll down!). These prefabricated Peanuts SwatchXYou are sold with a special sleeve and postcard!
Through" Swatch store at the Swatch HQ in Biel now has a huge inflatable Snoopy on its roof!
and the Pbillboards eanuts Gang
is in Swatch HQ too! You can print your custom made SwatchXYou also
instore (eg. Japan).
Update 5: It seems that the marketing budget for SwatchXPeanuts
is a bit bigger than usual: 1. A nice SwatchXPeanuts
display at the Oxford Circus tube station in London. 2. SwatchXPeanuts
ads on several NYC subway
trains running across one side of
the entire subway car. 3. A huge SwatchXPeanuts
ad on the on Times Square, NYC. Update 6: There
is a rumor that Swatch has gifted a Peanuts Maxi to the Swatch
employees for Xmas: 300 pcs? 400? (in addition to the 444 pcs
that were sold). Switzerland only as far as I know.
Thanks to Alexandre
Brunner, Tak Lun Lee, and Roberta Kleiman for the photos and to
Thomas Töpler for the update.
- Beijing 2022 Olympic
specials. The first three Beijing
2022 Olympic specials are now available (in some markets
delayed until JAN-2022): 1. New Gent Biosourced Red
Rivers And Mountains (SO29Z105); 2. New Gent
Biosourced Chinese Winter Scenery
(SO29Z700); 3. Gent Biosourced Charm
Of Calligraphy (SO28Z105). These watches are
packaged in a nice paper sleeve and they are not numbered. The Beijing 2022 Winter
Olympics take place from 04 to 20-FEB-2022.
- Expo 2020 Dubai December
SwatchXYou country specials. As you may know, Swatch has
held a design
competition (some months ago) for each country participating at
Expo 2020 Dubai.
Now the third round of SwatchXYou designs has been released for
December: 1. Genesis
(canvas) by Sebastián
González Paul (Chile); 2. Ogorod
(canvas) by Andrew
Levinsky (Russia); 3. Sacred
by Paramita Chatkoon (Thailand); 4. Simplest
by Iwona Castiello d’Antonio
(Poland); 5. Mesopotamia
(canvas) by Noorhan
(Iraq); 6. Japanese
(Japan); 7. A
Circle And A Square And A Heart Of The City (canvas)
by Jann Lipka
(Sweden); 8. Ogossagou
(canvas) by Daouda
Traore (Mali); 9. Rivers
And Valleys (canvas)
by Tarik Arnautovic
(Bosnia-Herzegovina); 10. Gamésou
-Il Est Temps (canvas)
- Chinese New Year 2022
special. 2022 is the Year
of the Tiger in China. A Bioceramic Big Bold Tiger
Power (SB03Z102) is now available in the Swatch online
store. The watch is packaged in a nice special
Tiger packaging (open box).
Thanks to Joachim Meyer for
- UAE 50th anniversary SwatchXYou
specials. 2021 is commemorated as The
Year of the 50th in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
as the nation was founded in 1971. Three different SwatchXYou
are now available in the UAE Swatch Online store: 1. 50
to Joachim Meyer for the information.
- Sixth Hodinkee Swatch special. On 29-NOV, the
sixth Hodinkee Swatch
special has been released: It
is a limited edition SISTEM51 again: SISTEM51
Hodinkee Stoplight Neon Remix (SO30Z402, $175 US).
The design of the watch is based on the Gent Stoplight
(GY402/03) from 1990. You can buy the SISTEM51 watch at Hodinkee.
- SwatchXYou Black Friday Retail collection. The pre
Xmas shopping event Black Friday is 'celebrated' on
26-NOV. Swatch Germany sent out an email
with details about a SwatchXYou Black Friday Retail collection
(will be available in selected Swatch Stores in Germany). By
mistake, this email was also sent to collectors in Italy and
USA. 12 different SwatchXYou watches (3 different canvases with
4 watches each) will be available in a special "Black Friday"
packaging: 1. Shopping Mall
will be available in eight different Swatch stores in Germany;
2. Der Knaller! ("the
blast") in six stores; 3. Schöner
Kleben! ("glue more beautifully") will be the most rare as
it will be available only in Frankfurt and Hamburg. These
watches are 'extremely limited' and they will be available only on one
day only: Black Friday (26-NOV). Update: Here
is a photo of the actual Shopping
Mall and Der Knaller!
watches. The watches are packaged in a special
black "26.11.2021" paper sleeve. Here
is a photo of two specials from 2020 and 2021 with the packaging.
- Zurich Flagship store. The Swatch Zurich Flagship
store is now completely "dressed up" in SwatchXPeanuts
design. Check out this great in-store video
- Black Friday / Singles’ Day SwatchXYou. A Singles'
Day SwatchXYou (canvas)
is now available in several markets in Asia. Update: This
SwatchXYou canvas is now also available in Europe for Black
Friday 'celebrations'. Thanks to Joachim Meyer for the hint.
- Olympic Museum special. A nice new special Starting
Block (SO29Z111) is now available at the Olympic Museum
in Lausanne (Switzerland). Here
is a closeup of the nice watch face with the olympic rings.
Thanks to Fabien
Zwahlen for the information and photo.
- Expo 2020 Dubai November SwatchXYou country specials. As
you may know, Swatch has held a design
competition (some months ago) for each country participating at
Expo 2020 Dubai.
Now the second round of SwatchXYou designs has been released for
November: 1. Flat,
Sweet And Famous (canvas)
(Netherlands); 2. A
Mix of Contentment, the Gentleman, Cliché, the Queen In Her Prime
(canvas) by Obilala
Nwankwo (Nigeria); 3. Colours
of Venezuela (canvas)
Almenar (Venezuela); 4. Milagritos
(canvas) by Ilse
Valverde (Mexico); 5. The
Be-Loved Land of Senses (canvas)
by Pamela Daza
(Colombia); 6. Mongolian
Erdenebayar (Mongolia); 7. Little
Big Austria (canvas)
Schubert (Austria); 8. Lebanon,
The Good Old Days (canvas)
Zeineddine (Lebanon); 9. A
Blend Made in Italy (canvas)
Vacchini (Italy); 10. A
Dream of Obayyah (canvas)
by Ali Al Hawaj (Bahrain); 11. I
Still Believe In Miracles (canvas)
by Jamie M. Lee
(USA); 12. Bar
(canvas) by Claudia
- Austria Destination specials available online. On
26-OCT, Austria celebrates Austria
National Day. The three Austria Destination specials are
now available in the Swatch
Online Store for a short period of time (until 27-OCT).
- Back To 1984 exhibition Frankfurt. Swatch Club Germany
has organized a small exhibition of original Swatch watches from 1984
at the Swatch store in Frankfurt, Germany (until 03-NOV). A club
event with about 30 participants was held on 23-OCT. Here
are a few photos from the event (including a few additional photos
from Düsseldorf where a similar exhibition is on display).
- Bürgenstock Swatch store closed. The nice Bürgenstock
Swatch store near Luzern, Switzerland is closed
(permanently) :-( The store had a great Swatch
exhibition with unique items in the first floor.
- Additional Expo 2020 Dubai SwatchXYou designs. Several
new SwatchXYou designs related to Expo
2020 Dubai are now available: 1. Africa
(canvas); 5. Americas
(canvas); 6. Europe
(canvas); 7. Oceania
(canvas); 8. Asia
- Halloween SwatchXYou. A Halloween
SwatchXYou (canvas) is now
available in the Swatch Online store.
- Las Vegas Destination special. A new Las
Vegas Destination special Only In Vegas! (SO29Z110,
$95 US, Destination Special #77)
has been launched at the Las Vegas
Swatch store on 21-OCT.
Some nice gifts with purchase
were available. This is the third Las Vegas Destination special
happens in Vegas... (SUOZ234) and Greetings
From Las Vegas (SUOB716C), both released in 2016.
- Swatch Group Assembly special. Swatch
Group Assembly (previously «Groupe Habillage Haute
Horlogerie (GHHH)») is the Swatch Group’s watch assembly
company. A special New Gent Swatch
Group Assembly (SUON112E) is
now available. It is a Gent Clownfish
Blue (SUON112) with the Swatch
Group Assembly logo on the strap.
- Estonia NOC Tokyo 2020 Olympics special. A special Estonia NOC Tokyo 2020 Olympics
special has surfaced. It is a Gent Tokyo
2020 Blue (GZ708) with the logo
of the Estonia NOC embossed in the strap. The packaging
also has a sticker with the logo.
- Italy 1984 fashion workshops. Do you want to
participate at a Swatch
1984 Fashion Workshop in Rome
(21-OCT) or Milano
- "Back To 1984" Swatch collection. Swatch is hinting at
To 1984 collection to be released very soon. On
social media, Swatch is hinting at Grey
Memphis, and Black
Divers (although the "Swatch (C)" on the black clasp is
not very 1984 like, this imprint was used much later... in
addition, the Swatch logo on the Black Divers (a New Gent I guess) is
too small). Update: The Back To 1984 collection
has been unveiled
in Taiwan. The collection consists for five individual Bioceramic watches: 1. New
Gent Rouge & Noir (SO32B401,
original from 1984: Chrono-Tech,
GB403); 2. New Gent Gre Mem L
(SO32M102, original from 1984: Grey Memphis,
GM100); 3. New Gent Bla_Div
(SO32B705, original from 1984: Black Divers,
GB704); 4. Gent Yel_Race (SO31J400,
original from 1984: Yellow Racer,
GJ400); 5. Gent Whi_Mem M
(SO31W106, original from 1984: White Memphis,
LW102) and a 1984 Reloaded Special Set
(SZS34, 160 EURO, 1200(??) pcs, not numbered, open
box) with a New Gent Whi_Mem L (SO32W106)
and a Gent Gre_Mem M (SO31M100,
note the different sizes for the two watches only available in this special set!). The five
individual watches are packaged in a nice colorful 1984
paper sleeve. Some nice 1984
merch available in Italy (for influencers only?). Update:
In some countries, collector
boxes for 3 watches are
available (when a complete set is purchased), these were not easy to
get in the past.
- Halloween specials. Two special Big Bold Swatch
watches are now available
for Halloween: 1. Your
Time Is Coming (SB01B128); 2. Run
But You Can't Hide (SB01B129). Very frightening
glow-in-the-dark prints, great designs! Thanks
to Lauren Stefani for the hint.
- Stolen Diaphane One #0265/2222. Please check out this
Instagram post: Diaphane
One #0265/2222 has disappeared while being transported
with UPS. If you see this number somewhere, please inform the
Instagram user @watchmetwist.
- Swatch Club Event 10th Anniversary Swatch Art
Peace Hotel exhibition. After an 18 month break due to you know what,
Swatch Club organized an international Club Event for the exhibition
Anniversary Swatch Art Peace Hotel (01 to 24-OCT-2021)
at the MAXXI Museum
in Rome, Italy (the Swatch
Art Peace Hotel Shanghai celebrates its 10th
anniversary in OCT-2021). About 20 Club members participated at
the event. A SwatchXYou event
special (consisting of three
SwatchXYou watches, with special paper
loop) was released, using the previously available SwatchXYou
MAXXI canvas from DEC-2020. It is limited to 31 pcs as noted on the back. Roberto Quadrini sent me a few photos
and notes from the event.
- Expo 2020 Dubai Opening Ceremony. On 30-SEP, Expo
2020 Dubai will be opened. You can watch the opening
Three Four new
Swatch watches will be added to the Expo
Dubai 2020 Swatch collection: 1. Big Bold Al
Joud (SB03Z101, 207 GBP, limited to 500 pcs according to rumours);
2. Skin Irony Tafa'Ol
(Optimism, SYXZ103G, 207 GBP, limited to 1000 pcs according to rumours);
3. Skin Irony 42 Al
Tasamoh (Tolerance, SS07Z101G, 207 GBP, limited to 1500 pcs according to rumours); 4. New
Gent Biosourced SwatchPAY! Al
Azeema (Resolution, SO29Z102-5300, 83 GBP).
This collection will be available worldwide starting 01-OCT. Update:
Three new Expo Dubai 2020 specials are now available in a special
premium packaging. Expo Dubai 2020 is now
officially open to the general
public. Thanks to
Ed Chung for the photo.
- Propose your design for a SwatchXYou - now available. Swatch
is currently running a design contest where you can submit your
proposal for a SwatchXYou design: Swatch
Calling: The World's Most Inclusive Art Project.
From each country participating at Expo Dubai 2020 (OCT-2021 to
MAR-2022) [194 countries in total], one artwork will be selected and
be available as a SwatchXYou. Design competition ends on
08-AUG. All chosen artists will receive a symbolic compensation
of 351 CHF and seven watches made from their canvas. Update
30-SEP: The first six (out of around 80) Swatch
Calling SwatchXYou are now available: 1. Five
by Swatch Club Pioneer Member David
Catel; 2. Ukraine
by Dmytro Potapov; 3. Identitad
(canvas) by Amelia
Luissi (Uruguay); 4. 26
Shades Of Switzerland (canvas)
by Karl Gausmann (Switzerland); 5. Mami
Con Diablicos (canvas)
by Rolando De Sedas (Panama);
Funk (canvas) by
- "Jelly Fish" reissues available by mistake. Two Jelly
Fish Swatch watches were now available again as Biosourced Swatch
watches for a very short period of time (in Japan, Italian and US
Swatch stores, anywhere else?): 1. Gent Jelly
Fish Again (SO28K100); 2. New Gent Jelly
Fish Revisited (SO29K100,
already available in Japan). Fun fact: I cannot see a "(c)
Swatch AG 1985" at the 12 o'clock position on the silver
ring of the Jelly Fish... Update: It seems
that Swatch shipped these Jelly Fish reissues by mistake to the
stores. Planned release date seems to be 22-JAN-2022.
Apparently, there was a mixup with New Gent Random
Ghost Again (SO29K104). So for now, these reissues
are very rare! This will change in a few months. Update
2: The "(c) Swatch AG...."
has now moved to the 6 o'clock position and is printed silver on
silver (as it is done in the last years, invisible copyright info)...
Thanks to Marcello
Concialdi for the photo.
- Biosourced classic reissues. Several "classic"
bestsellers are now available again as Biosourced Swatch
watches: 1. New Gent Random Ghost
Again (SO29K104); 2. New Gent Black
Lacquered Again (SO29B107).
- "Crossing Over Yellow And Black Lines" artist special.
Swatch Philippines is hinting
at a New Gent Bioceramic "Crossing
Over Yellow And Black Lines" / "Under
Construction" artist special to be released on 23-SEP. The
watch is designed by Philippines artist Jose
Santos III (#SwatchJoseSantos). Update: The
New Gent Bioceramic special Crossing Over
Yellow And Black Lines (SO32Z100, 3000 pcs, 7500 PHP,
$150 US) has been unveiled by Swatch Philippines with a
great video on
Instagram. The packaging
represents a piece of tarmac, giving the impression of having been
picked from a construction site. The watch and packaging are not
numbered. The watch is inspired by the huge artwork Crossing
over yellow and black stripes (2 panels 46 × 366 cm) from
2016. A giant maxi of Crossing
Over Yellow And Black Lines by José Santos III can be
seen outside of the Swatch HQ along Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City,
Philippines. The special is now available at the Philippines
Swatch stores (with special working
gloves as gift with purchase [are these available anywhere
else?]). It will be launched on 25-SEP in the USA and in October
in Europe. The packaging also includes additional
information about the artist and the artwork. Thanks
to R.J.Valdez for the photos.
- San Francisco Destination special. A new San
Francisco New Gent Destination special Gates Of Love (SO29Z103,
$95 US, Destination Special #76)
has been launched on 23-SEP.
Here is a photo of the
packaging. Gates Of Love is available
in the Swatch US Online store until 26-SEP. Thanks to Ed Chung and to Roberta
Kleiman for the information.
- Team USA 2020 Olympic Games special. A special Swatch
One Team One Dream
(SUOZ716, $74.99 US, backside)
is now available in the Team
USA shop, right in time for the Tokyo
2020 Olympic Games. Update: A strap variant
of this special was issued for the US Paralympics Team at the Tokyo
2020 Summer Paralympic Games: One
Team One Dream Paralympics (SUOZ716C,
backside). The difference is the
inscription "2020 United States Paralympic Team" on the back of the
strap and the US Paralympics Team on the frontside of the paper
sleeve. Thanks to
Thomas Chan for the hint and to Tak Lun Lee for the photos.
- Oktoberfest SwatchXYou. As in 2020, the traditional Oktoberfest in Munich
in 2021 as well due to you know what :-( Nevertheless, a
special SwatchXYou Oktoberfest
(canvas) is now available in the
Swatch Germany Online store.
- Supriya Lele Skin specials. Supriya
Lele is a British-Indian fashion designer. She has
now created five different very nice
and colorful Biosourced Skin specials.
Lovely! The watches are packaged in a nice paper
sleeve (matching design).
The Swatch X Supriya Lele
collection is now available in the Swatch
Online Store. Update: On 21-SEP, Supriya
Lele signed her Swatch specials at the Carnaby
Street Swatch store in London. Thanks
to R.J.Valdez for the photos.
- Swatch Popup Store Parco Shibuya. From 17-SEP to
28-FEB-2022, a nice Swatch
Popup store will be open at Parco Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan.
The store is supposed to look like a normal room in an apartment and
it will be remodeled several times when new watches are added.
- Unique silver James Bond Swatch suitcase. Today, I
found something interesting: A silver James Bond suitcase from 2002
that you probably haven't seen before (the "normal"
silver Bond suitcase is quite easily to find)! Much more rare
than the expensive leather
suitcase limited to 280 pcs. This one is a unique piece
with an even more unique story (sold for 10,710 GBP in 2020).
Check out all the details at the update in Wristory
Auction 2001, Lot#14.
- Mexico Destination specials available online. On
16-SEP, Mexico celebrates Mexican
Independence Day. (Día de la Independencia, Grito
de Dolores). The two Mexico Destination specials are now
available in the Swatch
Online Store for a short period of time (until 17-SEP).
- Planet Swatch Museum Biel Swatch Club Virtual Tour. Swatch
Club has organized a virtual tour of the Planet
Swatch Museum in Biel. About 50 participants joined
the zoom meeting. You can find a few still photos from the video
After a short introduction by Carlo
Giordanetti (CEO Swatch Art Peace Hotel Shanghai), Swatch
Marti took us around in the museum for about 45
minutes. The highlight of the tour were the two original dial
designs by Enki Bilal: Too
Many Memories (GZ217) and Into
Each Other (GZ218S). These designs were never shown
to the public before. Also interesting: The original
strap design for The Joe Tilson
Venetian Watch (SUOZ312S) and a rare Our
Swatch Quattro (see www.lot7.de
:-). See more photos from the tour in the photo
album. Some interesting info: The Swatch
Finder will be back (improved!) "soon" ["the team worked hard
during the summer"] and Philippe's favourite Swatch is Sam
Francis (same as my favourite). Thanks a lot to the team
from Swatch Club for an enjoyable remote visit.
- Swatch store Treviso 10th anniversary special. A
special limited prefabricated SwatchXYou Naombraparmienaspumapalbocia
(SUOK154-004) is now available at the De
store in Italy. The watch is limited to 550
pcs and it costs 105 EURO. You can find more information
about the watch and the artist Juls
Crivelle?r (in Italian) on Instagram.
- Big Bold Planet watchs. The official Swatch website
has a nice teaser
for a "Blue Moon" related Big Bold
Swatch. The binary code on the website translates
to "Hello world. -- First contact initiated. -- Stay tuned, we're
coming soon". Update: The teaser
graphic has changed slightly: Now the dress of the
astronauts shows some colors: orange, purple, blue and
green. I guess that's an indication of the colors of the
upcoming watches... Spoiler: Photos of the four
watches have leaked
on Instagram. Update: The four Big
Bold Planet watches are now featured on the Swatch
webpage. Available online starting 07-SEP. Each
watch is available with an extra strap in a slightly different
design, packaged in a nice special
box. A strap
changing tool is also supplied with each Swatch.
Thanks to Laurent Stefani for
the update, to Cristiano Ianna for the instagram photos and to R.J.Valdez for the photos.
- New Swatch book by Schmid / Muller. A new Swatch book
1981 La Route De La Swatch et
après... by Marlyse Schmid, Bernard Müller and Philippe J.
Silaci is now available
in Switzerland. Price is 39 CHF, the book has 164 pages. Marlyse Schmid and Bernard
Müller are the first designers of early Swatch watches,
starting in 1981 (without these two: No Swatch as we know it
today). You can find more information about Marlyse Schmid and
Bernard Müller here (info about the
Sotheby's auction in Geneva in 2015).
- Frankfotter Grie Soß SwatchXYou. "Frankfotter Grie Soß"
(Frankfurter Grüne Soße, Frankfurt
Green Sauce) is a local food speciality in Frankfurt,
Germany. Not my favourite dish but many locals seem to enjoy
it. A special SwatchXYou Grüne
is now available in the German Swatch Online store.
- Vienna Major Beachvolley 2021 special. The Vienna
Major Beachvolley 2021 (A1 CEV Beach Volleyball European
Championships) take place from 11 to 15-AUG on Heumarkt in the centre
of Vienna, Austria. A special SwatchPAY! Vienna
Major Beachvolley 2021 (SVIZ102D-5300, 95 EURO) is now
available in the Swatch
Austria Online store. Update: Swatch
Proteam members Tanja
Nina Betschart have won
the Beach Volleyball European Championships in Vienna.
Swatch Switzerland celebrates the victory with a special SwatchXYou Campionesse
(canvas), a slight
variation of the Vienna/Gstaad
SwatchXYou. Thanks to
Joachim Meyer for the hint.
- Quiggly Swatch. The Swatch
Finder lists a 1984 Lady watch called Quiggly
(LR104, screenshot). I have always
known this watch as "Squiggly" (see
eg. Swatchissimo who is always correct :-). Interesting
name change.... Update: There is also a Scuba Swatch
from 1994 with the same name: Squiggly
(SDB104, screenshot). Thanks to Ed Chung for the update.
- Fratello buying guide. Fratello watches
has a nice report: Buying
Guide: The Best Swatch Watches From The 1980s. Great
report, nice photos!
- Swatch, Biles, Bach,
Bach (president of the International Olympic Committee)
has given a special(?) Swatch
watch (which one??) to the American artistic gymnast Simone
Biles. (read all about the special
story of her participation at the Toyko
2020 Summer Olympics). Update: Was it
this Gent Tokyo "Limited Edition
2020" Blue (GZ708C)? Note
the special loop "Limited Edition 2020"!
The white sleeve is also different
from the regular packaging of the Gent Tokyo 2020 Blue (GZ708).
- Singapore National Day
SwatchXYou. A special I
Love SG (canvas)
is available in the Swatch Online store for the National Day of
Singapore (celebrated every year on 09-AUG). Additionally, the
destination special Singapore
Tale (SUOZ296) is available in the Swatch
Online Store until 10-AUG. Update: This report
from Singapore features the most significant timepieces in
Singapore’s history, including a few Swatch watches. Update
2: The special SwatchXYou canvas
has been designed by @kaileethedoodler.
Thanks to Ed Chung
for the information.
Ballon in Switzerland. The well known Swatch
Balloon (code HB-BHC,
featuring the 80s Gent Nine
To Six and the Lady watch Neo
Quad) has just successfully
passed the technical certifications in Switzerland and is ready
for liftoff again!
- Malaysia National Day
National Day (Hari Merdeka) is celebrated on 31-AUG.
A special SwatchXYou Swatch
Celebrates Malaysia (canvas)
is now available in the Swatch Malaysia Online store. Update:
A special bag
with the same design is also available as a gift with purchase
(Malaysia only). Update 2: The special SwatchXYou
has been reworked so that the canvas looks better: Malaysia
The canvas is designed by Malaysia Graffiti artist Kenji Chai.
Thanks to Hauru Koh
for the information and photo.
- Istanbul Destination
special. A new Istanbul Destination New Gent special A
City of a Hundred Names (SUOZ719, Destination
is available since 14-JUL in all Swatch stores in Turkey. The
watch is packaged in the new "eco-style"
packaging. Price is 835,00 TL
(approx. 83 EURO). The watch was quietly announced
on 14-JUL. Here is a
promotional photo of the actual watch and here
is a small promotional video. Thanks to
Brandon Wong for the hint.
- Big Bold Chrono SwatchPAY!
A new product line Big Bold Chrono SwatchPAY! (47mm) is
now available in the Swatch
Online Store. The initial collection consists of two
watches (155 CHF each): 1. Orangepayspay!
(SB02N100-5300); 2. Greenpayspay!
- Tokyo Olympics Volunteer / NOC
specials. For the Tokyo
2020 Olympic Games in July/August (2021!), the Gent Kasane
Blue (GZ336) is distributed to
volunteers, with a special paper sleeve.
Additionally, the watch is also used as NOC special, issued with
different straps for individual countries: 1. NOC
Toyko 2020 Germany (GZ336CI);
2. NOC Toyko 2020 Philippines (GZ336CC,
loop); 3. NOC
Toyko 2020 Kosovo (GZ336CE);
4. NOC Tokyo 2020 Liechtenstein (GZ336CT, loop);
5. NOC Toyko 2020 Russia
(GZ336CX). The watch is packaged in an unusual paper
sleeve. Additional ref.codes of NOC Tokyo specials are:
GZ336CD, GZ336CF, GZ336CJ, GZ336CK, GZ336CN, GZ336CO. If you
have photos / ref.codes of other NOC Tokyo specials / the volunteer
special, please let me know. Update: During the
closing ceremony of the Olympic Games, the Volunteer
Swatch was clearly visible on stage :-)
Daniel Licata and to R.J.Valdez for the photos and to Alain Choisy
for the information.
- Edinburgh Fringe Festival
SwatchXYou special. The Edinburgh
Festival Fringe (the world's largest arts festival) is
celebrated from 06 to 30-AUG. It was started in 1947, so this is
the 74th anniversary of the festival in 2021. A special limited
pre-fabricated SwatchXYou Edinburgh
Fringe Festival (SUOK137-005,
83 GBP [cheap for a SwatchXYou!]) is now available in a limited
edition of 74 pcs in the Swatch Priences Street store in Edinburgh. Thanks to Neel Bhatt for the
information and photo.
- Guggenheim Museum NYE Swatch
Club interactive visit. On 05-AUG, Swatch Club invited to
interactive visit of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New
- Locarno Filmfestival
SwatchXYou. For the Swiss Locarno
Filmfestival 2021 (04 to 14-AUG), Swatch has released a
special SwatchXYou Locarno
(canvas) in the Swiss
Online Store. In previous year, Swatch has released special
watches / special packagings. Update: A special
"preprinted" 74th Locarno Film
Festival SwatchXYou (SUOK145-002, with
'fixed' print, 100 CHF) is available in the Swatch stores in Ticino
canton, Switzerland. The print on this watch is not available
in the Swiss Locarno
- Chinese Valentine's
special. For the upcoming Chinese Valentine's Day
(15-AUG, Qixi Festival), Swatch has released two special watches: 1.
New Gent Bioceramic Cloud Sea
(SO32Z105, 800 CNY); 2. Gent Bioceramic Sweetheard
Bird (SO31Z102, 720 CNY). The watches are available
in separate boxes but also in a
special packaging The
Perfect Match (SZS33, 1490 CNY, limited(?) to 420(?) pcs
in China, shop display). Here
is a photo of the opened boxset. Update: Meanwhile,
the watches are available in the Swatch
Online store worldwide. Thanks to Ed Chung
for the photos.
- Swiss Destination specials
available online. On 01-AUG, Switzerland celebrates Swiss
National Day. 10 different Swiss Destination
specials are available in the Swatch
Online Store until 02-AUG. Additionally, one special
SwatchXYou watch is available online in the Swiss Online Store:
- Lime Big Bold. A very
strange Lime Big Bold called C-Lime
(SB03J100) has appeared in the Swatch
Online Store. Looks VERY "bio-sourced".
Available online (only!) starting 22-JUL. Update: Here is a photo of the actual watch.
Looks different compared to the preview... Update 2: It is
rumoured that the watch was originally supposed to be a yellow watch
released with the first series but they had problems with mixing the
yellow colour with the plastic and getting it to "stick". They changed
the shade slightly to make it work and released it as an online only
limited edition of 2000. The online release takes place in
"waves" and the online store often shows how many watches are still
available in a certain country (eg. 43
pieces left for the UK). This allows some interesting calculations for the different
countries in the Swatch store... Later, the number of remaining
watches was no longer visibile in
the Swatch store. Innovative marketing :-)
Ed Chung for the
- Peggy Guggenheim Collection
virtual tour. On 22-JUL, Swatch Club invited to a virtual
tour of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy. The
tour lasted for about 45 minutes and it really was the next best thing
instead of being there in person. Very informative and very well
done, thank you Swatch Club. Here
are a few photos from the virtual tour.
- Brussels Destination special /
Belgian National Day SwatchXYou special. On 21-JUL,
Belgium celebrates Belgian
National Day. The Brussels Destination Watch (Ketje
From Brussels, SUOZ712) is available in the Swatch
Online Store until 22-JUL. Additionally, one special
SwatchXYou watch is available online: Swatch
Celebrates Belgium (canvas).
- Tokyo 2020 Olympics SwatchXYou
specials. Two Tokyo
2020 Olympics SwatchXYou specials are now available in the
Swatch Online Store: 1. Olympics
Tokyo Picto (canvas);
Tokyo Street (canvas).
- New Geometrics SwatchXYou
specials. Three new Geometrics SwatchXYou specials are
now available in the Swatch Online Store: 1. Fireworks
(canvas); 2. Gradient
(canvas); 3. Thin
- New Street Art SwatchXYou
specials. Three new Street Art SwatchXYou specials
are now available in the Swatch Online Store: 1. Mouth
(canvas); 2. Monster
- Swatch Canada Day
Day is celebrated on 01-JUL (154 years ago, four colonies
joined together as the Dominion of Canada). To celebrate Canada
Day, three special Canada Destination watches are available in the Swatch
Canada Online store (until 02-JUL): 1. a prefabriated
Celebrates Canada (SUOK145-001,
$130 CAD); 2. a brand new Destination special (#74)
L'Expérience Montréal (SO29Z100,
$120 CAD, the first "Bioreloaded" New Gent Destination
special); 3. the well known Toronto Destination special (#59)
6IX6 (SUOB702CO, $120 CAD).
Update: Additionally, a SwatchXYou Swatch
Celebrates Canada OK (canvas)
is available worldwide. It is not possible to create the exact same
watch as the prefabricated SwatchXYou Swatch
Celebrates Canada (SUOK145-001) above, the design is
slightly different. Update 2: The packaging of the new
Destination special L'Expérience Montréal
is made of recycled paper which is a
first. Thanks to
Thomas Chan for the information.
- New Covent Garden Swatch
store. A new Swatch
store has opened at Covent Garden in London, UK. Update:
A special limited SwatchXYou Covent
Garden (SUOK137-004, 104
GBP) is available exclusively
at the new store (instore only). Update 2: The special
SwatchXYou is (was?) limited to 193
announcement). Update 3: Here
is a nice video from inside of the Swatch store...
- Talking Swatch. On
13-JUL, the Dutch watchmaker Kalle Slaap from Chronoglide
Vintage Watch repair hosted a Very
special Swatch live stream. Two well known Swatch experts
(Swatch Club Pioneer member Hans van Buuren and "Dr. Swatch"
from the Netherlands talked Swatch for about 85 minutes, presenting
one of the earliest Swatch Gent watches (manufactured in August
1982!), the ultra rare Puff
One, and many more.... Lots and lots of nice stories
for Swatch Enthousiasts (and Swatch Beginners), professionally
presented with several cameras, a microscope (have you ever seen the
ETA logo and the glued mainspring inside a SISTEM51?) and more...
- French Destination special /
Bastille Day SwatchXYou special. On 14-JUL, France
Day (Fête nationale). One French Destination Watch (Bisous
De Paris, SUOZ233) is available in the French
Swatch Online Store until 15-JUL. Additionally, two
special SwatchXYou watches are available online (France only so
far): 1. France
Several Club members in France received a nice gift
box for Bastille Day. Nice!
- Italia Campioni
SwatchXYou. Italia is the (well deserved) winner of the UEFA Euro 2020
soccer tournament which finished on 11-JUL. A special SwatchXYou
is now available in the Swatch Online Store (including the United
- New 5th Avenue Swatch pop-up
store. A new Swatch
store has opened at 711 Fifth Avenue, New York City, USA.
Update: Roberta sends the following update:
"I just came back from the NYC store at 711 Fifth Ave. I asked
the salesperson why there were such few watches (relatively) in the
store and she said they were just a pop-up location expected to be
open through December."
Roberta for the information.
- Gstaad Beach Volleyball
special.s The Swatch
FIVB Beach Volleyball Major Gstaad 2021 takes place from
06 to 11-JUL in Gstaad, Switzerland. A special SwatchPAY! Cheer It Up (SVIZ102C-5300,
100 CHF) has been released, this is the current 'Club' watch (My
Time, SVIZ102-5300) with a special strap. The watch
is available onsite in the
swatch booth. Additionally, a SwatchXYou Gstaad
is available in the Swatch Online Store. Here
is a special page on the Swatch website, incl. livestream of the
tournament. Update: On 10-JUL, a group
of about 20 Swiss Swatch Club members was invited as VIPs to the
Beach Volleyball Major in Gstaad.
Christine Tanner and to
Joachim Meyer for the
information and photos.
- Tappei Japanese SwatchXYou
special. As a continuation of the celebration
of the Swatch Harajuku store opening, a special SwatchXYou Time
is available in the Japanese Swatch Online store. The special is
the local artist Tappei.
Here is a photo of a
finished Time Tappei
- USA Destination specials /
Independence Day SwatchXYou special. On 04-JUL, the
United States of America celebrate Independence
Day. Five USA-themed Destination Watches are
available in the Swatch
Online Store until 05-JUL. Additionally, a special
Celebrates USA (canvas)
is available online.
- Two additional Expo 2020 Dubai
specials. Two additional Expo
2020 Dubai specials (#4 and #5) are now available in the
UAE: 1. A "Bio-source" Gent Hekmah
(SO28Z101, "Wisdom"); 2. A New Gent Al
Wasl (SUOZ329, "Connection").
- ROBO Swatch ad from the
80s. A funny late 80s "ROBO
Swatch" POP Swatch ad (from the UK [elsewhere
too?]). Rarely seen before, probably from 1988/89 (looking at
the POP straps in the background)...
- Portuguese Gelado Santini
special. A Gelado
Santini special is now available in Portugal. Santini fabricates handmade
ice cream. The watch is a New Gent Sweet
Valentine (SUOZ168, 2014 Valentine's special) with a
special Santini loop around
the strap, in a special gift packaging.
The watch costs 60 EURO and it is available in Portuguese Swatch
stores and in Gelado Santini stores. A Gelado
Santini Maxi has been made
as well, not sure if it is available for sale.
- Swatch in Watch Around
magazine. Here is a recent
interview (in German) with Carlo Giordanetti (CEO Swatch Art Peace
Hotel Shanghai) in the Swiss Watch
Around magazine. Quite interesting!
- Hopp Swiss SwatchXYou
special. Switzerland has reached
the quarter-finals of the UEFA
Euro 2020 soccer tournament (in contrast to Germany
:-( As this is a first for Switzerland in many years, Swatch has
published a special SwatchXYou Hopp
("Hopp Swiss") is the traditional cheering for the Swiss soccer team.
- Swatch NASA Space
collection. Swatch takes Bioceramic into orbit with a new
Space Collection. The five Swatch watches will be
launched on 03-JUN (in some countries on 05-JUN). More photos here. The
of: 1. Big Bold Bioceramic Chrono Extravehicular
(SB04Z400, 19800 JPY, 155 EURO);
2. Big Bold Bioceramic Chrono Launch
(SB04Z401, 19800 JPY, 160
EURO) [no date window on dial => wrong ref
code?]; 3. Big Bold Bioceramic Jumpsuit
JPY, 125 EURO); 4. Gent Take
Me to The Moon (GZ355, 10450 JPY, 80 EURO); 5. New
Gent Space Race
(SUOZ339, 12100 JPY, 90 EUR). The Big
Bold watches take their inspiration from the various uniforms
worn by the astronauts. Additionally, there will also be a limited
special packaging (SZS32, 800 pcs, unnumbered, 950 EURO) with
all five Swatch watches (plus one additional
Flik Flak NASA special watch), price seems to be 8000
RMB (~1025 EURO)! It is rumoured that distribution of the
sets is as follows: USA 200 pcs, China 80 pcs, Switzerland 60
pcs, UK 33 pcs, Hong Kong 15 pcs, Canada 12, Thailand
8, Singapore 8,
5 (available online),
... Update: Some nice teasers by Swatch
and via email to club members
and the Swatch
webpage is also already prepared... Update 2: Nice
promotion with "real" astronauts
Update 3: After some complaints by Swatch collectors and
(probably) many(?) unsold special sets, it is now planned
to hand out a certificate of authentication as proof of 1 of 800 signed by the Creative Director & Head of Global
Marketing within the Switzerland Corp office. Update 4:
Street advertisement in
Switzerland. Update 5: The first Swatch
collectors have received the certificate
of authenticity for the NASA special set, signed by Carlo
Giordanetti (CEO Swatch Art Peace Hotel Shanghai) and Bernado Tribolet (VP
Marketing Swatch). Update 6: Meanwhile,
the limited Swatch Space Collection Exclusive Set
(SZS32) is available
online, it seems that it did not sell out in the Swatch
stores. Thanks to
Tak Lun Lee and to Ines Brem for the photos and to Thomas Chan for
- New Harajuku Swatch store.
On 17-JUN, a new Swatch
store will open in the Harajuku area in Tokyo (Japan), right in
time for the Olympic
Games in Tokyo. Several DJs will play live music during
the day. To celebrate the opening, Swatch Store
Harajuku will hold weekly live performances by various artists
in the future as well. Update: Here
are some preopening photos.
Update 2: A special
SwatchXYou designed by Tappei
is available exclusively instore
at the new Harajuku Swatch store. On 25-JUN, Tappei
held a live painting session at the store, painting
white Swatch maxis as a canvas. The five
Maxi watches, painted live, will be given away to five
- Debbie Burghardt-Platt Swatch
stories. Debbie Burghardt-Platt worked for Swatch from
1986 (SMH back then) to 2009. At the time, she was director of
special Swatch events for the US. In 2021, she started to post
stories and photos from the 80s, 90s and 00s to the SWATCH
ENTHUSIASTIC GROUP WORLDWIDE Facebook group. With her
permission and in order to preserve them, I republish and share
these stories and photos here.
- Destination watches eco
packaging. Meanwhile, the first Destination watches are
available in the new "eco"
packaging. No more paper sleeve but a paper
box that can be opened at the top.
- Russia National Day
SwatchXYou. For the Russia National Day (???? ??????) on 12-JUN, two special
SwatchXYou are available: 1. Swatch
Celebrates Russia St. Petersburg (canvas);
(canvas). The current "
Swatch Celebrates Russia St. Petersburg" canvas
is very similar to the Swatch Takes Me Places St.
from 2020. Additionally, the two Russia Destination
special are available online until 14-JUN: 1. Evening
Ring (SUOZ262, Moscow); 2. Peter
1st (SUOZ263, St. Peterburg). Thanks to Daniel for
- Portuguese National Day
SwatchXYou. For the Portuguese National Day (Dia
de Camões) on 10-JUN, a special SwatchXYou Swatch
Celebrates Portugal (canvas)
is now available. Additionally, the Swatch
Porto (SUOZ315) Destination
special is available online until 11-JUN.
- Pride month SwatchXYou. US
President Joe Biden declared June LGBTQ+
Pride Month in 2021. Four different SwatchXYou Pride
watches are now available in the Swatch Online Store: 1. Pride
World OK (canvas).
Additionally, two Swatch Pride
themed watches are available in the Swatch Online Store. A
third Big Bold Let's Parade
(SO27E107) can still be found on the Swatch
website but it is not for sale at the moment (manufacturing
delays?). Therefore, this watch is not shown in the overview
page of Pride
themed watches. Thanks to Andrea Marco Faggioli
for the hint.
- Promotional variations. Please
have a look at this promotional
video by Swatch. It can also be found on Facebook.
Doug Murphy observed several significant
differences of the watches in the video compared to the actual
watches on sale. Most notably the wrong font for the "w" in the
Swatch logo, sigh!
- Italy Destination
specials. In order to celebrate Festa
della Repubblica (Republic Day) in Italy (02-JUN), seven
Italy Destination specials are now available online at
Swatch (until 03-JUN).
- Swatch on Storage Wars. Is
this how our Swatch
collections will end up? I think that I spotted a Grand
Prix Chrono in the collection so it really might have
been a good deal... ("is that a Jelly Fish?" [holding up a Chandelier
Xmas special :-] :-) Thanks to
Roberto for the hint.
- Nespresso special. Nespresso has released a
nice company special, a New Gent Nespresso.
It was given to members of the construction team of the third
Nespresso factory at Romont
(Switzerland). The watch is a New Gent Black
Ghost (SUOK107) from 2013 with a special strap.
- Most expensive Swatch
has a nice report about the Most
Expensive Swatch Watches of All Time. Some of their
choices in the top 10 list are a bit awkward but check it out
- Shareholder special 2021.
On 11-MAY, the
annual shareholder assembly of Swatch Group was held in a
virtual setup. Nevertheless, each shareholder who registered in
time will receive a special New Gent Bioreloaded Swatch Time
To Spring (SO29K102) as
a gift (as every year). "We were confined but not immobile : the
ticking heart of Swatch continues to generate new projects and
Alexandre Brunner for the photo.
- Expo 2020 Dubai Gent. Swatch
is the official timekeeper of Expo
2020 Dubai (01-OCT-2021 to 31-MAR-2022). In an Instagram
video by Swatch (150 days to go until the
opening of Expo 2020 Dubai), Nicolò found a not yet
released(?) Gent special(?)
that is probably part of the the Expo 2020 Dubai Swatch
collection. Since DEC-2020, a first Expo 2020 related Swatch
special is available in Dubai: A New Gent Ibtikar
(SUOZ328). Update: It seems that not only one Expo 2020
Gent has been released in Dubai. A photo of two
Dubai Gent specials has surfaced. One of them has the
ref.no. SO28Z103(?), so I guess that
both are Bio-reloaded Gent watches. The two Gent watches are
also shown on the Expo
2020 Dubai page on the Swatch website: 1. Asalah
("Authenticity"); 2. Al-Hob
("Love"). For now, these three Expo 2020 Dubai specials are
available exclusively in the UAE, launching worldwide on 01-OCT,
with the opening of Expo 2020.
- Hainan Expo SwatchXYou
specials. Swatch is main partner of the Swiss pavilion at
the Hainan Expo
in China (07 to 10-MAY-2021). Six special SwatchXYou designs
have been created by three artists from Switzerland and three artists
from China: 1. Eugen
Fleckenstein (Switzerland): canvas;
Pilet (Switzerland, check link in bio!):
canvas; 3. Jordi
Mg (Switzerland): canvas;
Pool (China, check link in bio!):
(canvas); 5. Yanqi Liang (China): Sweet Friends
6. YuLong LLI (China): canvas.
- Swatch X BAPE London special. A new Swatch BAPE London
be released soon:
Swatch X BAPE Conduit Street (SO27Z706) will be available at a new
BAPE boutique at 24-25 Conduit Street (Mayfair). The
watch is limited but not numbered and it is packaged in the well
known Swatch BAPE box
(open box). Here is a photo of
the backside of the watch, showing the "London" print on the loop
around the strap. Update: Originally announced in
DEC-2020, the Swatch BAPE London special will finally be on
sale on 08-MAY at the new BAPE store in London. Some nice
gifts (bag, stickers) available
with in-store purchase at the BAPE shop.
- Second collection Big Bold Bioceramic. A nice
new collection of four Swatch Big
Bold Bioceramic watches is now available in the Swatch Online
store. Strong colours!
- Mother's Day SwatchXYou specials. Germany celebrates
Mother's Day next Sunday (09-MAY) [I am not sure about other
countries]. Three different Mother's Day SwatchXYou
specials are now available at the Swatch Online Store: 1. Mother
- Highsnobiety Keith Haring report. Highsnobiety has a
nice Swatch related report
about Keith Haring art watches.
- NFT Swatch auctions. WISeKey
(a leading global cybersecurity, AI, Blockchain and IoT company
from Switzerland) plans to launch the NFT
auction of the original SWATCH
created for the 1992 Rio Earth Summit (an Automatic Time
To Move (SAK102)) on Earth Day, 22-APR. According to the
description, the watch in the auction is the first-off-the-line watch,
designed by Maurice Strong (a climate activist and sustainable
development pioneer) under the theme “It’s in our Hands”. This
watch was given to his widow Hanne Strong, by the wife of the founder
of Swatch Nicolas Hayek sr. I don't really get the NFT hype (I
am probably too old for this and I prefer physical objects) but maybe
this is of interest to some of the readers here :-)
Update: Meanwhile, the opeasea.io
sale of a NFT for a very yellowed Automatic
To Move is at $5.535,12
(Reserve price not met). Sales end 05-JUN. If you
still scratch your head about NFT or the high price for a
digital certificate for a used Swatch, please be sure to read this
a scam...bullshit..."). Inspired by the
success(?) of this first NFT Swatch auction, a similar NFT
auction for an Access To Space Swatch will take
place soon. Thanks to
Dino for the hint.
- Record price for a Kiki replica. A Kiki
Picasso replica has sold for the record(?) breaking price
of $1775 US. Ouch! (this replica is quite rare, though)
- Closure of Swatch store in Tokyo. It seems that the Swatch
store at the Nicolas G. Hayek Center in
the Ginza district in Tokyo, Japan, is permanently closed :-( It
was a unique
store in a unique building...
- Buying, Selling, & Collecting Swatch watches. Hodinkee, the preeminent
resource for modern and vintage wristwatch enthusiasts, has a nice
Selling, & Collecting - The Story Of My Life In Three Swatches.
It is always good to see Swatch collecting promoted to a broader watch
- Netherlands Kings Day SwatchXYou. On 27-APR, the
Netherlands will be celebrating King's
Day (Koningsdag) 2021 at home. A SwatchXYou special King's
Day (canvas) is
now available in the Swatch Online Store (worldwide)
until 28-APR. Additionally, two Dutch Destination specials are
available in the Swatch
Online Store: 1. Tulpen Uit XXX
(SUOZ714) - Amsterdam; 2. Bridge
Between Art And Water (SUON705T) - Rotterdam.
- South Africa Freedom Day SwatchXYou. Freedom Day
is a public holiday in South Africa celebrated on 27-APR
(celebrating the first democratic elections held on
27-APR-1994. A SwatchXYou special South
is now available in the Swatch Online Store (worldwide)
- Lehrabschluss specials. The Swatch
Report 2020 contains a nice photo of all Lehrabschluss
/ Fin D'Apprentissage / End of Apprenticeship
specials. Since 2015, the displays incorporate a Swatch
watch. Very hard to find...
- World Penguin Day. Celebrate World
Penguin Day today (25-APR)!
- Swatch X MoMA. US Swatch stores are sending a teaser
email promoting an upcoming Swatch X
MoMA collection (launch on 04-MAR). This report
from France and Hypebeast
has the details and photos: Swatch unveils a special series of
six models inspired by paintings belonging to the famous Museum of
Modern Art in New York: 1. Gent Composition
in Oval with Color Planes 1 (GZ350) inspired by Composition
in Oval with Color Planes 1 (1914) by Piet
Mondrian; 2. New Gent The
Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh (SUOZ335) inspired by
Starry Night (1889) by Vincent
Van Gogh; 3. Gent Hope
II by Gustav Klimt The Watch (GZ349) inspired by The Hope II
(1908) by Gustav
Klimt; 4. New Gent The
City and Design The Wonders of Life (SUOZ334) inspired
City and Design, The Wonders of Life on Earth, Isamu Kurita
(1966) by Tadanori
Yokoo (previously in 1988, he designed the legendary Rorrim
5 (GZ107) Swatch art special); 5. New Gent The
Dream by Henri Rousseau The Watch (SUOZ333) inspired
Dream (1910) by Henri
Rousseau; 6. Gent
New York Tadanori Yokoo The
Watch (GZ351) inspired by New
York (1968) by Tadanori Yokoo.
The watches can be purchased separately or together as part of a
complete collector’s edition, limited to just 221 pieces, in a box (650
EURO) inspired by the Blade Stair,
a prominent architectural feature of the museum. Additionally,
three artworks by artist Beatriz
Milhazes will be available as SwatchXYou specials:
Eggplants (1996); 2. The
Mirror (2000); 3. Meu
Bem (2008). Update: The Swatch
X Moma teaser can now also be found on the Swatch
Update 2: Ed Chung has posted a nice overview of the Swatch
collaborations with international museums since 2018:
JUL-2018: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; OCT-2018:
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid; OCT-2019: Louvre,
Paris; MAR-2021: MoMA, New York.
Update 3: In 2017 (during Baselworld),
released a very rare (less than 10 pcs) and surely very
expensive The Dream watch
dial, very similar to the current New Gent The
Dream. Read all about it here. Update 3: Ed
Chung just discovered that a
very similar Swatch like The Dream
(SUOZ333) has been released 27 years ago in 1994:
The Lady Seerose
(LG110). To me it looks as if this Lady Swatch has been inspired by The
Dream.... It is funny that nobody noticed
until now, it seems as if the Lady Seerose
Swatch is one of those "totally off the radar"
Swatch watches. It is quite rare (try to
find one!). I guess that the demand for this
Lady Swatch will increase
to Carlos Zanotelli and to Ed Chung for the
- Thailand New Year SwatchXYou Songkran special. A
Thailand New Year SwatchXYou special (canvas)
is now available in the Thailand
Swatch Online Store. Update: In addition,
the Bangkok Destination special Tuk-Tuk
is now available at the Swatch
Online store until 15-APR.
- SwatchXYou at Macau. Macau's first SwatchXYou Pop-Up
store has opened its doors at Macau
Galaxy Fashion Place Shopping Center (until 06-MAR). Six
different local Macau artists have created special
SwatchXYou canvases which are only available at
Pop-Up store. One of the designs is by Designer
& Illustrator Kay
you in my eyes (?????). Update: Here
is a nice online report (google
translate) showing the
different SwatchXYou designs and the artists who created these
designs: 1. Time Creator
by Kun Lam;
2. Only You
in My Eyes by
through Macau by Vitorino
4. Stars Journey
by Tramy Lui;
Generator by Mcz_Thomas;
6. Hourglass No.
5 by PIBG
Update 2: Starting 08-APR, the previous six Macau
Calling! SwatchXYou are now available worldwide in
the Swatch Online Store. Additionaly, six new
canvases have been designed by the Macau artists (so 12
watches in total): 7.
(canvas) by Kun Lam;
Tung; 9. Energy
(canvas) by Tramy Lui;
(canvas) by PIBG 2038.
Joachim Meyer for the hint.
- Swatch (Club) Art Night events. In several countries (Germany, Switzerland),
Swatch Club is organizing an Art Night event: Swatch X MoMA
Live Stream Artnight. A great idea to get creative in
these strange times. In Germany, a digital Art Night open to the
general public will take place on 12-APR
(the one for the Club is earlier). Here
are some of the results of the Art Night organized by Swatch Club
- Swatch Big Bold Bioceramic. "Nick, if you are talking
from this ... you will not be able to come to Swatch back
again". Despite strong warnings from Swatch: Swatch
Group CEO Nick Hayek unveiled
a new Swatch product line during the
annual Swatch Group Media
Conference 2021 (unfortunately only
online again): Big Bold Bioceramic
is made from ceramic and biological material (probably similar to the
Swatch watches). The new product line (pastel colours) will be
launched in early April during a Swatch press conference. Nick
Hayek talks about the new Swatch near the end of the press conference
(at the 1:36:30 mark).
Update: A nice "WIP"
box has been sent to 200 VIPs / bloggers / influencers (such as
Co-founder and Managing Director of Visionarism),
it contains a Bioceramic Big
Bold (SB03M102, a unique
model that is NOT available in the shops! Guarantee is stamped 06-APR-2021) and a card
("we honour your time"). WatchTime
India has videos
and photos of Swatch Bioceramic. It was launched
on 06-APR in an online press conference with Carlo
Giordanetti and Bernado Tribolet. The
new releases are available in five colours (47 mm, starting
15-APR): 1. C-Pink
2. C-Gray (SB03M100); 3.
4. C-Black (SB03B100); 5.
C-White (SB03W100). The
watch will cost 130 CHF.
Update 2: Here
are more details and pictures about Swatch Next. Update 3: A special Bioceramic
page can now be found on the Swatch website, including the 20
minutes online press
conference video with Carlo and Bernado. Update 4: An exclusive presale of the Bioceramic
watches will take place in the stores in Switzerland
on 10-APR. Update 5: Additionally, Swatch
has created the term Swatch Next
The new generation of Swatch materials (Bioceramics
is the second addition and Bioreloaded
from SEP-2020 is the first one). Update 5: The Swatch Harajuku
store in Tokyo has a very special
of the new Bioceramic
Thanks to @revolution.watch
for the photo and to Ines Brem for the information.
- Ethereum co-founder wears a Swatch. The co-founder of Ethereum
crypto currency (Vitalik
Buterin) has been spotted
wearing a Swatch New Gent Cat
Me Up (SUOW125). Thanks to Doug Murphy for the hint.
- Eleutheria SwatchXYou special. Hopefully no April
Fools' Day joke: Swatch has gifted a unique and limited
SwatchXYou special Eleutheria to
European Leaders on the anniversary of 200 years from the Greek War of
Independence. Here is a photo of
Prince Charles and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis with the
- Apple loses against Swatch. Apple
Loses Bid To Stop Swatch Using Jobs's 'One More Thing' Cue:
Swatch's attempt to register the phrase 'One More Thing' might have
been an attempt to "annoy" Apple, Judge Iain Purvis said in his
ruling, but Apple can't block it from doing so. Purvis said in his
ruling that the phrase probably originated with the fictional TV
detective Columbo.... Swatch and Apple are having some
"conflicts" regarding the trademarks "iSwatch" and "Tick Different".
- "Annual Event" SwatchXYou. An "Annual Event" related
SwatchXYou special Easter
(canvas) is now available in
the Swatch Online Store. Thanks to
Tak Lun Lee for the hint.
- Berner Fachhochschule special. In 2009, the Berner
Fachhochschule (Bern University of Applied Science)
released a special Swatch bfh.ch (SUMK104E). It is a Jelly
in Jelly Access Schneespur
(SUMK104) with a special strap and a "bfh.ch"
loop around the strap.
- Greek Destination special / Greece SwatchXYou. In
order to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Greek War of
Independence, several Greece related Swatch specials are now available
online: 1. The Greece Destination
All Greek To Me (GW408C, until 26-MAR, 75 EURO); 2.
3. SwatchXYou Greece
Thanks to Ines Brem for the
- Less limited / numbered Swatch specials. During the
annual Swatch Group Media
Conference 2021, Swatch Group CEO Nick Hayek explicitly
talks about his dislike of limited and numbered (S)watch specials
(except for artist specials). This may be the reason why we see
less and less numbered Swatch specials :-( Nick Hayek talks
about this (in German) at the 1:32:50
- Swatch Smart Watch. During the annual Swatch
Group Media Conference 2021, Swatch Group CEO Nick Hayek talked
about the development of a "more simple, more Swatchy" version of the
T-Touch Connect Solar for the Swatch brand. Will we
finally see a (real) Swatch Smart Watch? Nick Hayek talks about
this at the 1:23:20
- Ireland Destination specials available online. To
celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (17-MAR), the three Ireland Destination
specials are available
online until 18-MAR (at least in Germany).
- ETA Apprenticeship special. Swiss movement
manufacturer ETA develops and
produces calibres for the watch industry (ETA is part of Swatch
Group). A new special Chrono Plastic ETA
Apprenticeship special has surfaced, it has two special
loops "Lehrstellen / www.eta.ch" (front) and "www.eta.ch /
Apprentissages" (= Apprenticeship). It is a Chrono Plastic Urban Jungle (SUSB403) from 2014 with a
- Canada Snowboard special. A new Canada Snowboard
special New Gent CS x Swatch Watch -
Downhill Sideways (SUOB719D,
$115.00 CAD) is now available for
sale. It is a New Gent The
Indexter (SUOB719) from 2016 with a special strap and a nice paper
sleeve. Thanks to
Thomas Chan for the photos.
- Mother's Day specials 2021. Two
different Mother's Day specials are available in 2021, both in a
nice special packaging with a colorful
funny stencil: 1. a blue Gent Love
From A To Z (GZ354) in a book
like packaging (open box with
stencil); 2. a pink Gent Love With All
The Alphabet (GZ353) in a book
like packaging (open box with
stencil). Price is 90 CHF / TWD2850.
- International Women's Day SwatchXYou.
For the International
Women's Day (08-MAR), a special SwatchXYou
(canvas) is now available
in the Swatch Online Store.
- SwatchXYou MoMA specials. The three SwatchXYou MoMA
specials by artist Beatriz
Milhazes are now available: 1. Succulent
Eggplants (1996): watch
Mirror (2000): watch
(canvas); 3. Meu
Bem (2008): watch
seems that the SwatchXYou
MoMA specials have two special
loops and they are packaged in a special paper
- Swatch stories at Hodinkee. Hodinkee
is an almost 10 year old online magazine featuring in-depth reviews,
critiques, and reports on watches of a particularly high
quality. It has a huge number of followers, so it is a very
important part of the watch collectors community. Now Hodinkee
has published a few reports about watches from the 80s during an "80s
week" and Swatch was notably missing from their first report about the
favorite watches from the 80s". Surprising but don't be
disappointed: Hodinkee has now published two more stories
featuring Swatch watches: 1. The
Art Of Swatch and 2. G-Shock
And Swatch: The Two Most '80s Watches... Great
info, great photos (but not so much new information). But it is
always great to see Swatch watches reaching a wider audience.
- Commerzbank and Swatch. #ThrowbackThursday
(Commerzbank) :-) Thanks to
Markus Muth for the hint.
- Club Swatch 2021. In 2021, a lot of things will change
with Swatch Club.
Rumours about changing the "Gold" and "Pioneer" membership level to a
new structure (including "Time Master"?) and many other changes.
It is not yet clear how to earn and how to retain the new membership
levels. A new Club watch will also be released, it will be a
tribute to the first Club special Golden
Jelly (GZ115) from 1990. For 2021, it is a Swatch
PAY! called My Time (SVIZ102-5300),
packaged in a nice golden paper sleeve as
shown on this Taiwanese
shopping site and on a Facebook Swatch
collector group. It will be possible to customize My
Time with several different straps (golden silicone, golden
flex, transparent, ...). My Time will be available
starting 15-FEB. The big change regarding club membership in
2021 will be: It is not necessary to buy the My Time Swatch
to extend your club membership, you can buy any other Swatch watch
instead. Exact details will be revealed on 15-FEB. Update
17-FEB: No much info about the changes so far besides
this "30+1 anniversary" Instagram
post by @swatch (not @swatchclub!). Update 2: The
old Club webpage is now offline, more details about the new
Club will be revealed soon ("Celebrating 30+1")...
- Swatch at Basler Fasnacht 1992. Carlos Zanotelli sent
me the following great photos of Swatch
Crash-Waggis at Basler Fasnacht 1992. Check it out!
- Nations of Australia SwatchXYou artist special. A
special artist SwatchXYou special Nations
Of Australia (canvas)
is now available in the Australia
Swatch Online Store. The canvas has been designed by Aboriginal
Freeman. Jodie's artwork combines her Aboriginal heritage
with her spiritual beliefs. In the canvas, the dots inside the
outline of Australia represent the different communities living in
Australia; the dots around the outside represent ancestors around us
who protect and unite us all. Thanks to
Joachim Meyer for the hint.
- Record prices for Swatch Maxis. The Maxi
Eclectic Mickey (MSUOZ336) and the Maxi
Spot Mickey (MGZ323) are not the only really expensive
Maxis. Recently, a Maxi Les Aventures
de Tintin (MGM165) was auctioned for 3000
- Gold & Pioneer 2020 special. The traditional Gold
& Pioneer event never happened in 2020 due to .... well you surely
know it. But the Gold & Pioneer
special 2020 (GZS73) was given
away as a prize in FEB-2021 as a limited and numbered
edition (xxx/200) to winners of a Black
& White design contest. Swatch Club Gold and
Pioneer members were invited to participate at this contest in
NOV-2020. The special for the 25th anniversary of the Gold &
Pioneer Club membership consists of two Gent
watches: 1. A black Gent To The Left - To The Right
(GZ343S); 2. A white Gent To The Left - To The Right (GZ344S).
Both watches have nicely embossed metallic dials ("G&
20" in gold in the black watch and "&P 20" in silver in the
white watch). The special is packaged in a nice silver
/ golden special packaging protected in a black numbered paper
sleeve. As Swatch Club and the Club membership levels will
face some significant changes in 2021 (details will be published very
soon), this may very well be the 25th(?) and last Gold & Pioneer
special Swatch. Thanks to Hans van Buuren for the photos and
to Thomas Chan for the information.
- Rare Skin IOC special. Recently, a rare Olympic
special Sweet Sarong CIO (SFZ107)
has surfaced. It is a Skin Sweet
Sarong (SFK187) from 2003 with the olympic rings on the
dial. Super hard to find! Thanks to Franck
Chardiny for the photos.
- Disney Mickey Mouse X Keith Haring
collection by Swatch. The
long rumoured Disney
Mickey Mouse X Keith Haring collection by Swatch has
finally been announced
by Swatch. Starting 07-JAN-2021, four special Swatch watches
(including one Maxi)
will be available: 1. Gent Mouse
Marinière (GZ352, limited to 25000(?)
pcs, 95 EURO); 2. New Gent Eclectic
limited to 2000(?)
pcs, 180 EURO, special
packaging / closed box, based on
a large drawing
from 1982); 3. New
Gent Mickey Blanc Sur Noir
(SUOZ337, limited to
pcs, 120 EURO, based on a drawing
from 1981); 4. Maxi Eclectic Mickey (MSUOZ336, limited
pcs, 475 EURO). The Gent /
New Gent specials are not numbered. Here
is a photo of the back of the watches. Note that the clothing
currently has a similar Mickey
Mouse X Keith Haring clothing collection. Update:
Apparently, the Disney Mickey
Mouse X Keith Haring collection by Swatch collection was
launched on 23-DEC
at the Swatch
Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai. General start of
sales in China is 01-JAN-2021. In the USA and Europe, sales
are planned to start on 07-JAN. In Japan, Swatch will open a
special Pop-up Store at Shibuya
PARCO on 07-JAN (until 28-JAN), note the funny error in
the press release!
Update 2: Similar Mickey
X Haring collections were also released by other companies
(see also this Vogue
report): 1. Luxury accessories: Disney
Mickey Mouse X Keith Haring collection by Coach;
2. Clothing: Disney
Mickey Mouse X Keith Haring collection by Uniqlo.;
3. Socks: Stance Haring Box Set
(nice Haring artwork on the box!);
4. Art toy: BE@RBRICK Keith
Haring Mickey Mouse (further
info); 5. Pet hoodie: Maxbone
Mickey Mouse x Keith Haring Hoodie. ; 6. Levi’s
Disney Mickey Mouse x Keith Haring sweatshirts; 7. Diamond
Supply Co. Disney Mickey Mouse x Keith Haring sweater;
Supply Co. Disney Mickey Mouse x Keith Haring jacket; 9.
Disney Mickey Mouse x Keith Haring tumbler. Update 3: A lucky collector in Milan
got a New Gent Eclectic Mickey.
It sold out very fast in the stores...
4: Some countries had some nice gifts with
in-store purchases (of complete sets): 1. pins (Malaysia); 2. stickers
(Singapore); 3. tote
bag Eclectic Mickey (USA, Switzerland);
bag Mickey Blanc Sur Noir (Switzerland);
bag Mouse Mariniere (backside,
Singapore, Taiwan, France
(different handle!, backside),
(3rd variant), ....); 6.
cookies (for 'influencers' in the UK). Did you get a gift
with purchase? If yes, please let
me know so that I can collect the info.
is a nice video from the special Pop-up Store at Shibuya PARCO
in Japan. Update
6: A special Disney Mickey Mouse X Keith Haring
SwatchXYou canvas is also available,
wrapped in a special sleeve with
two exclusive loops.
right to purchase one of 203 Maxi Eclectic Mickey (MSUOZ336)
was raffled in an online
lottery from 15 to 18-JAN (centrally via Swatch HQ
in Biel), open to anyone on the Internet. The
winners were notified on 20-JAN. Update 8: A
few non-winners of the Maxi Swatch raffle
managed to find the semi-hidden purchase link
for the Maxi in the Swatch online store and
successfully placed an order. These
non-winner orders were canceled later.
Instead of a Maxi Swatch, Alessandro
from Switzerland received a friendly letter
from Swatch and a huge
Toblerone chocolate (4,5 kilograms!)
as a small compensation (here
is Carlos picking up his huge heavy parcel from the post
office!). A few Maxi Swatches have already been sold
on eBay, some fetching a price of more
than 3300 EURO!
Thanks to R.J.Valdez
for the hint and to Thomas Sonneville and to Paxton Wong for the
- Earliest Swatch flyer? After searching for many
years: Herbie Minnemann (from Argentina of all places!) finally
posted a few photos of the first Swatch
flyer (or press info?) (inside
/ back) from 1983,
Switzerland ("holy grail" :-) Also of interest: The first
information for UK Swatch retailers (early 1983, front
/ back). Check out
these photos (and many more!) in my info page about old
Swatch ads from the 80s...
- Huge Swatch collection auction. One of the world's
largest private SWATCH watches collections is in auction
at Lauritz until 14-DEC. The
collection comprises almost 2100
watches in a single lot, including great designer watches by
Keith Haring (signed!) and Sam Francis as well as prototypes.
Starting bid is 176,000 EUR (plus buyer's
premium of 22.5% of the hammer price). It seems that the
collection does not include any of the "big five" watches (Original
Jelly Fish, Kiki
Nails), so good luck with the sale! :-) Update
FEB-2021: The collection is still available, starting
bid is now 110,000 EURO. Update
MAR-2021: The collection is still available, starting
bid is now 90,000 EURO.
- Chinese New Year SwatchXYou Taiwan special. A
Chinese New Year SwatchXYou special (canvas)
is now available in the Taiwan Swatch Online Store.
- Valentines SwatchXYou specials. Three different
Valentines SwatchXYou specials are now available in the Swatch Online
Store: 1. Cards
Of Love (canvas);
The design for the Valentine
Vintage SwatchXYou is inspired by six vintage Valentine's
Day related Swatch watches: 1. Hearty
Love (GZ314S); 2. Romeo
+ Juliet (GN162, 1996); 3. Aiming
For Your Heart (GE107, 2003); 4. Sweet
Valentine (SUOZ168, 2014); 5. Amour
Total (GN196, 2001); 6. Pounding
Heart (GK237, 1997).
- Michelin special. A company special Michelin
(YCS113D) has surfaced in the UK,
apparently released in 2018. It is
an Irony Chrono Classylicious
(YCS113C) from 2017 with a special strap and a Michelin
loop around the strap and a nice special
sleeve. There have been Michelin company specials before,
I remember a Solar watch. Does anyone have a list?
- Taiwan Sinyi B2B special. A brand new (DEC-2020)
B2B special has surfaced in Taiwan: A New Gent Sinyi
(SUOW703D). It is a New Gent White
Character (SUOW703) from 2013 with a special strap and a loop SINYI around the strap. Thanks to Sophia Chang for the
- Incredible price for Dan Komar L'Orage
D' Été. Recently,
a record breaking price (2996
CHF) was fetched for one of the inofficial Dan
Of Swatch") Swatch specials: L'Orage
D' Été. Check out more photos at my little
webpage about the Luzern
Auctions in the mid 90s.
- Australia Destination Swatch watches online. To
Day (26-JAN), two Australian Destination Swatch watches
online in the Australia Swatch Online Store until 27-JAN.
The phrase "available worldwide" suggests that the two watches might
be available everywhere... yes, they are, see eg. Swatch
to Neel Bhatt for the info.
- Laax Open 2021 special. The Laax
Open snowboarding event takes place from 19 to 23-JAN in
Laax, Switzerland. A special Big Bold RIDEINTO2021
(SO27B119C, 115 CHF) has been issued. The watch is available in
Swatch Online Store. Swatch has a nice special
website about the Laax Open.
- Valentine 2021 specials. The Swatch Valentine special
for 2021 is a New Gent Swatch P(E/A)nse-Moi
(SUOZ718, $100 US/95 EURO). A funny play with french words:
"panse moi" = "bandage me", "pense moi" = "think about me". It
comes in a special packaging with lots of
band-aids ready to heal all wounds ("peeling is healing"). You
can preorder it here.
Three other Valentine related watches are also available: 1. New
Gent Hate 2 Love (SUOB185); 2.
New Gent Beating Love
(SUOW171); 3. Gent Beatpink
to Joachim Meyer and to Roberta Kleiman for
- September 1982 Swatch. Have you ever seen a Swatch (GC700) produced in September
1982 (production code "982")? This was recently sold in
the USA, so it is one of the very first Swatch watches from the
regular production for the USA test market. Production code A82
to C82 (October to December 1982) is also very rare but it can be
found with some patience. The earliest production code is "882"
- Scottish watches SwatchXYou. Scottish
Watches is a watch news website and a watch podcast 'With
A Flavour of Scotland'. To celebrate becoming the first watch
podcast to reach the milestone of 200 episodes while also celebrating
its forthcoming two year anniversary, Scottish Watches has
collaborated with Swatch and they have released
a nice special Scottish
watches SwatchXYou (canvas)
which is only available through the links specified in the news
article about the special SwatchXYou (until about 23-JAN).
The canvas has been designed by Canadian artist and illustrator (and
Swatch enthusiast) Diana
to Ed Chung for the hint.