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2014-01-23LOOKING FAB! SWATCH LEAPS AHEAD TO SPRING - SUMMER COLLECTION 2014
Swatch makes a run for the sun with a brilliant assortment of new models in its Spring - Summer Collection 2014. Arresting interpretations of contemporary trends and fashion themes give rise to eye-popping, exciting designs. The collection begins with the Classic theme, inspired by ideals of enduring elegance and beauty.
Next up is Pastry Chefs, filled to overflowing with the soft, sweet colors of a candy shop. Summer Classics follows, a luminous theme lit by all sorts of shining, metallic surfaces. Spring then takes a very trendy turn in For the Love of Patterns, a fascinating theme illustrating the explosive diversity of micro-patterns and fabric prints.
Summer crashes in on the beaches of Islands Galore with a blast of bright colors and exhilarating energy. Finally, just up from the beach, the city’s heating up with Le Swatch Dream Urban, which says you look best in trend-wise camouflage and vibrant, post-modern collages.
2014-01-23SWEETNESS AND (DE)LIGHT: THE SWATCH PASTRY CHEFS SPECIAL FROM SARA HOCHULI
Sara Hochuli is a most extraordinary pastry chef and Maître Chocolatier from Zurich (Switzerland). For the Swatch Spring 2014 Collection she has created DREAMCAKE, the spectacular Swatch Pastry Chefs Special.
What is sweet? Not exactly a taste, it’s more like a sensation, a source of endless and varying pleasures and a universe all its own. The masters of this universe are pastry chefs—artists, magicians, conjurers of secret delights. Switzerland's Sara Hochuli is one of the best, so Swatch turned to Sara for a master class in the art of mixing sweetness and light. She's been baking and making things ever since she was a child, is a trained graphic artist and designer with a passion for all things Japanese. She sells her art in her cafe in Zurich, Les Gourmandises de Miyuko.
Miyuko is a character Sara invented who lives in a virtual Tokyo with her friends, gives life to the cafe and inspires the making of real, very tasty sweets. She is also the muse who led Sara to create a special treat for Swatch fans. DREAMCAKE, the Swatch Pastry Chefs Special, dreamed up by Sara and made real in collaboration with Swatch, is unmistakably inspired by her love for Japan. It's the color of cherry blossoms in spring, and looks just like a cake from Sara's cafe. It's decorated with a rose bow and cherry blossoms, has a cake knife and a fork to tell time on the dial, and the rose strap features a delicate pink flower on the rose loop.
Not only does the watch look like one of Sara Hochuli’s cakes, it comes in a Special Packaging that looks like one, too. And for all culinary artists, friends and fans of her work, Sara has included a recipe for one of her cakes. It’s printed on the Special Packaging. Try it—it’s all sweetness and delight.
2014-01-09WELCOME CHINESE NEW YEAR! SWATCH JOINS CELEBRATIONS AROUND THE WORLD
January 31st, 2014, brings the first day of the Year of the Horse, and Swatch joins Chinese communities around the world in celebrating Chinese New Year. Horses play a legendary role in Chinese history and culture.
As one story goes ....
A long time ago there lived a kind of horse on the vast lands of Eurasia. It is said that this horse is almost 3 meters high, that it has a long neck and looks very tall and sturdy. Apart from his body there are two separate wings with a ring of colorful hair at the edge. When it cranes its neck and utters a long and loud cry, the voice is quite pleasant and powerful. Thus people gradually came to use “the air of this horse” to describe an extraordinarily healthy person and deliver his positive energy.
The upcoming Chinese New Year festivities will see fantastic and inspiring horses of all kinds as colorful parades wind through the streets. Horses are everywhere in China's art, too, and have inspired the design of the Chinese New Year Special from Swatch, YEAR OF THE HORSE. The design recalls traditional Chinese drawing and calligraphy with its inky black brush strokes and watery grays on white ground, and its dynamic impressions of horses in motion are a fitting tribute to the Year of the Horse.
2014-01-09WE LOVE LOVE—VALENTINE'S DAY CANDY FROM SWATCH
SWEET VALENTINE is a heartfelt explosion, a confession, a revelation of how you feel. It's a message with an invitation—try me, taste me, let your love bubble up to the surface. You'll be swept away on a merry-go-round, you and your sweetheart—hang on for the ride!
SWEET VALENTINE (SUOZ168) is covered with red and white candy cane stripes. Running straight up and down on the strap and the case, they bend to form a heart at the center of the dial. And to make sure your Sweetheart gets the message, there's a transparent, wide-open heart engraved on the inside of the glass. From the heart at the center the stripes run over the case to the strap and on under the bright red loop to the buckle.
2014-01-08SWATCH SISTEM51 TURNS THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN
With SISTEM51, Swatch has opened up an exciting new world. The first mechanical movement ever to be made not by hand, but on a fully-automated assembly line, SISTEM51 was presented to an astonished watch industry in April of this year. Now, the first four models are here, and the voyage of discovery can begin!
There is much to explore in this intriguing new world. Unprecedented technological innovation (17 pending patents) enabled the development, in less than two years, of a self-winding mechanical movement with only 51 components in five modules. SISTEM51 is 100 percent Swiss made and features an exceptional 90 hour power reserve. Hermetically sealed within its case, the 3 Hz movement delivers precise, long-lasting, maintenance-free performance.
SISTEM51 opens up a universe of beauty, too. The dial side reveals six of the movement's 19 rubies, and from the back one gazes through a transparent oscillating weight into the heart of this fascinating microcosm. Design is a key part of the Swatch DNA, and SISTEM51 extends its reach into the innovative depths of the movement itself. The visible surfaces of the movement's five modules present a new canvas, a new field of creative expression for graphic designers and contemporary artists.
The first four models set out to discover SISTEM51's expressive potential.
2013-08-29Swatch captivates with Fall Winter Collection
Wise to street signals and signs of change, Swatch delivers a wide-ranging array of intriguing new models for its Fall Winter Collection 2013. The new collection explores themes and variations trending now: contemporary colours, patterns, textures and shapes capture culture emerging in the streets. A dazzling retro interlude sees streamlined forms paying homage to the legendary Années Folles. In Urban Expression, writers and artists turn streets into galleries, taking tags, bright freestyle graphics and sharp street wit to the wrist. The art of deception takes a playful turn in Trompe l´Oeil, and for the holiday season, Swatch turns on the glam in black and white for Late Night Glam—sparkling entertainment after hours. All in all, a stylish sampling of the times in more than 90 new models.
2013-07-13Milko Boyarov wins SWATCH AWARD at #ITS_2013
The winner of the Swatch Award will receive a cash prize of EUR 5,000 and has the opportunity to collaborate with the brand. The prize will be assigned by Swatch evaluating the special project presented.
Read more: www.itsweb.org
2013-03-01IT WAS 30 YEARS AGO TODAY ...
SWATCH MARKS THREE DECADES OF THE WATCH THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
March, 2013. The watch that changed the world was born 30 years ago. March 1, 1983, the first 12 models made their debut. Looking back now, they seem unlikely heroes, but events soon revealed their true identity: they were the avant-garde, the shock troops of a revolution named Swatch. Today, after three decades of sly wit, audacious innovation, playful provocation and inexhaustible joie de vivre, Swatch has every reason to celebrate. Those first 12 watches from 1983 have been followed by millions, and now there is one that brings it all back to mind — the impossible, incredible story of Swatch: SWATCH Est. 1983 (SUOZ161). A New Gent, SWATCH Est. 1983 features a transparent plastic case and strap and a skeleton dial offering a clear view of the movement within. Key components are highlighted in gold; on one, a golden driving wheel, the word CELEBRATE appears twice, in black. And printed in gold on a broad silver band are all those extraordinary years, from 1983 to 2013. Each year brings back memories of one or another fantastic Swatch watch: a POP, Scuba 200, heavy-metal Irony, colourful Gent, seductive Skin or high-tech Touch — not to mention those amazing creations by artists, athletes, fashion designers and — who could possibly forget? — the first Swatch watch you ever owned …!
2012-12-06SWATCH PROTEAM WINS RED BULL CRASHED ICE TEAM RACE
At the inaugural, thrill-packed Ice Cross Downhill Team Challenge on Friday, November 30, Swiss Ice skaters and Swatch Proteam Members Kilian Braun, Kim Mueller and Jim de Paoli defeated the Kyle Croxall-led International Gladiators on a freezing cold night of action opposite Niagara Falls. Kilian Braun finished 3rd in the individual competition finals on Saturday, December 1 in front of 35,000 enthusiastic spectators. The Swatch Proteam, led by veteran ace Kilian Braun, came out on top in the ferocious battle against the International Gladiators, led by reigning world champion Kyle Croxall of Canada. “The Team Challenge is a new competition and it’s great to be the first team to win it. It’s awesome! For the crowd it’s cool to see six riders on the track at the same time… there are more hits, more battles. It’s a lot of fun!” Kilian Braun In the thrill-packed final on Saturday, Killian Braun battled down the treacherous 460-meter long ice track in front of 35,000 spectators and finished 3rd behind second-year man Cameron Naasz of the United States and defending champion and winner Kyle Croxall from Canada.
2012-10-01BIG AUTOMATIC COLLECTION
SWATCH CAPTURES COLOUR IN MOTION WITH BIG AUTOMATIC COLLECTION
Swatch captures all the excitement and fascination of mechanical watch movements with six new Irony Big Automatics: the iconic Swiss watch and jewellery maker makes use of a clear case back and high-contrast colour to render the rotor and movement the focus of attention in the Big Automatic Collection. The 37.4 mm case features a clear case back offering a wide-open view of the automatic movement’s intricate mechanics, and the brightly coloured rotor-in-motion is so captivating it’s almost hypnotic.
Iconic Swatch design, on-trend colour and a fascinating Swiss made mechanical movement makes the Irony Big Automatic an irresistible way to watch time in motion.
2012-09-26Swatch & Everyday heroes
2012-09-15NEW GENTS MAKE A SPLASH IN STYLISH COLOURS
From Swiss watch and jewellery maker Swatch come three New Gents attired in cool shades of trend-smart colours. New Gent Coloured blends the brand’s forthright use of colour and convincing design with the New Gent’s smooth, curving lines and generous 43 mm case. Each model features a single colour block stretching across the silicone strap and plastic case to a matching sunbrushed dial, enhanced by high-contrast coloured indexes and day/date window at 3 o’clock. The brand has chosen three sophisticated colours: a muted taupe, a cool shade of blue-grey, and a rich dark brown, each heightened by traces of high-contrast colour that lure the eye swiftly to the dial. The result is pure simplicity and style.
2012-09-15Irony Chrono Collection
SWATCH TURNS IRONIC IN A PLAYFUL CHRONO TRIO
Timing is everything, as Swiss watch and jewellery maker Swatch well knows. Its latest offering is a trend-smart trio from the always elegant Irony Chrono Collection. The new models embody the brand’s deft touch for design, assured sense of style and instinctive grasp of the latest developments in the global village.
2012-09-03Swatch & Art - Tin-Tin & Emmanuelle Antille
The latest Swatch & Art designs draw inspiration from the fascinating world of tattoo art. Five astounding watches have been produced in collaboration with the French tattoo artist Tin-Tin - who has created three time pieces for Swatch - and the Swiss visual artist, Emmanuelle Antille, who has designed two time pieces inspired by tattoos done by Filip Leu. The artists` watches are presented in specially packaged sleeves, adorned with printed extracts from their unique designs, reinforcing the desirability of each stunning time piece.
2012-09-03Swatch & Art - Birdhead
The latest design introduced under the Swatch & Art banner is New Gent Ma-jestic Bird (SUOZ707S), a stunning watch limited and numbered to an edition of 1`888 pieces, with special packaging, created by Ji Weiyu and Song Tao of the contemporary art duo, Birdhead. The design arises from Birdhead`s ongoing preoccupation with the medium of photography and the various ways in which photographic processes can explore and document the passing of time. A delicate black and white palette has been deployed by the duo, ensuring this particular time piece whispers rather than shouts its presence, while its pleasingly-grainy photo-print surface encourages a wonderful sense of ambiguity. The watch is made from a neat combination of plastic and silicone. The packaging, by contrast, elegantly utilises cardboard and comes in a precise 12cm x 12cm cube shape, featuring a dramatic close-up of the same bird head image used upon the watch.
2012-08-02Swatch & Fashion - Uma Wang
For the latest Swatch & Fashion Collection, iconic Swiss watch and jewellery maker Swatch has once more collaborated with the Chinese fashion designer, Uma Wang, whose work is widely admired for being both adventurous yet accessible.The highly desirable limited edition New Gent design now created by Uma Wang is evocatively named Black Dancing Rose (SUOZ132S), and follows on from two gorgeous New Gent watches previously produced by the designer in tandem with Swatch, successfully unveiled back in March 2012. Using a lavish mix of plastic and real leather surfaces, Black Dancing Rose - limited and numbered in an edition of 777 pieces and presented in special packaging - is not only an aesthetic and romantic sensation, but also subtly communicates cerebral notions relating to heritage, craft and the eternal nature of time itself.
2012-07-24Swatch Freeride World Tour by The North Face
Event organizers of SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR, Freeskiing World Tour and The North Face Masters of Snowboarding announced this week a merger that will combine all three tours under one unified global 5-star championship series. The new six-stop world tour – named the SWATCH FREERIDE WORLD TOUR BY THE NORTH FACE – will include freeride skiing and snowboarding at each stop.Confirmed tour locations include Revelstoke, Canada, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France, Kirkwood, USA, Fieberbrunn PillerseeTal, Austria, and one more european stop still to be confirmed, before the World Tour finals in Verbier, Switzerland.For 2013, start lists will feature qualified athletes from all three of the 2012 Tours, as well as from qualifier events (4-star events), along with a limited number of wild card entries from both continents.
Fantastically-plastic and ultra-modern, the Chrono Plastic collection proposes numerous ways in which different moods - whether calm, sporty, urban or ex-trovert - can be expressed with different colours resonating from the latest designs created by Swatch.
2012-05-12SWATCH & TTR celebrate ART RULES design contest winner
Swiss watchmaker Swatch is excited to announce the winner of the SWATCH ART RULES DESIGN CONTEST. Latvian designer and artist Marta Zarina-Gelze won the contest with “Scream of Victory,” a design aimed to embody the great joy of snowboarding and emotion of victory.The SWATCH ART RULES DESIGN CONTEST called all creative minds to make their mark in design and snowboard communities globally, by submitting a graphic design to be applied to the TTR World Tour Trophy and Swatch Tour Watch. It is one of snowboarding’s most prestigious and respected prizes, and is awarded to the male and female World Tour Champions at the end of each competitive season.The SWATCH ART RULES NIGHT was held last night at Royal/T Gallery in Culver City, CA. An international jury chose Marta Zarina-Gelze’s design from over 1,300 entries submitted by artists and designers from 90 different countries. The winning design will be applied to the TTR Trophy and Swatch Tour Watch which will be presented to the TTR World Snowboard Tour Champions at the conclusion of the 2012/13 season.
2013-07-24IT WAS 30 YEARS AGO TODAY…