We all know Swatch watches – the classic, core line – as those colorful, plastic watches that get the job done (of telling time) while bringing hits of color to the wrist. Their latest release is a collection of six watches in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) that brings classic art to your wrist.
While these two recent Swatch releases aren’t necessarily tied to one another, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to put that headline in front of you. So, today, we’ll have a quick run through of the Swatch Clear line that just came out, as well as the watches they’re releasing for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
I recently returned from a week photographing the annual conference of American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute (AWCI). I was there to teach photography and get images of the event that has been held annually since 1960. I felt like I was speed-dating at a club of modern-day watchmaking shamans, who openly talked about missing their watch bench and the trance-state in which they function as they solve our watch-wearing woes. I learned a lot about what to look for in a watchmaker.
No word on what this does or where it will be available or anything, but it’s really pretty, right? Expect it to never arrive ever.
Infinity Watch Concept : MP3, Video, Curves-A-Plenty [Gizmodo]
You saw them in Vegas, now see them on your wrist.
This watch is considered the first artist watch of Swatch’s brand new collection “Jelly in Jelly” which they launched with a very special Blue Man Group event in Lugano, Switzerland in June, 2006. Swatch’s long history of working with great artists like Keith Haring, Kiki Picasso, Pedro Almodavar, Robert Altman, Vivienne Westwood, Alfred Hofkunst, Jean-Michel Jarre and others now includes a very honored Blue Man Group who have designed this fun and casual light weight plastic watch with three Blue Men and splattered paint on the band.
Product Page [Blue Man Group]
Earlier this month, Swatch launched their collaboration with Peanuts – perfect timing, set as it is in the midst of when we start seeing the Peanuts specials airing on TV. My oldest kid has been super into Peanuts for as long as we can remember, so I was rather interested to see this launch announced.
Like Obi-wan grunting on the Millennium Falcon, you may have noticed a great disturbance in the force. That’s because Swatch and Omega just launched a the Moonswatch, a series of watches dedicated to various planets and spheroids including Earth’s moon, Venus, and Mars. The watches come in multiple colors and are made of something called bioceramic which, is a plastic made of castor bean oil and zirconium oxide. The watches themselves run a quartz chronograph movement and use the same SuperLuminova that is found on the original Speedmaster, the so-called Moonwatch. The branding is Omega x Swatch – a suggestion that this is a crossover akin to a Supreme collab – and the entire thing is ingenious.
Ok, so I guess I’m OK. I just hope I don’t get my Seamaster back in the same shape !
When the watch first came back (about a month late against the estimate) it had been gouged by the tooling and was sent back for polishing but after rework it came back with a new gouge! This, to save time, was polished out in a couple of days by a local watch repairer kindly arranged by my dealer to alleviate my frustration at this stage. I received my watch back on 10 Oct 2003 (2 months later than the original estimate). This was short lived however, as within about 2 days the lower chrono button was loose and hanging off. It was returned once again for rework.
I picked up my Speedmaster on 5 November 2003, nearly 6 months after originally dropping it off for service. Ironically, I also picked up my (perfectly) repaired Seamaster on the same date. The Speedmaster was apparently working fine gaining ~6 secs/day. However, in February 2004, I noticed that not only was the watch apparently letting water in (splashed from hand washing) the chronograph second sweep hand now resets around +2secs.
I’d say that we actually need more watchmakers. I’ve been considering going to watch repair school at some point, and this might be the time.
Omega Speedmaster Service Screwed up by Swatch! [Velociphile]
It’s not uncommon for there to be great anticipation when a new product is announced, and then we anxiously wait for it to actually hit the market. The watch industry is certainly not immune to this effect, and there’s been one mechanical watch that has been generating a lot of buzz over the past months – the Swatch Sistem51. The day has finally arrived, and Sistem51 is here on our shores. On July 1 it was unveiled at the flagship store for Swatch in Times Square, and on July 8 a pop-up store hits San Francisco (101 Grant St) for the watch.
When Swatch debuted the Sistem51 automatic, I was excited about the prospect of a very affordable Swiss made automatic, but I was not all that excited by the design choices. The original four designs definitely showed the Swatch DNA, but they were not designs I would wear, other than as a novelty. With the Swatch Sistem51 update released earlier this year, there are 5 new watches in the family, really expanding the appeal.