18 June, 2019
The newest addition to Swatch X You is a limited-time Proteam Special inspired by our Proteam beach volleyball duo Anouk Vergé-Dépré and Joana Heidrich. The second edition of the Proteam Special is called SIDE OUT! and it is a vibrant follow up to the first design by Nico Vuignier, C’EST BIEN NILS.
With a splash of summer vibes, beachy feelings and warm shades, the Chilean illustrator, painter, designer and writer Gabriel Ebensperger captured the thrill and fun of JoAnouk’s sport in a colorful design that you can use to customize your very own Swatch in the Swatch X You online lab.
Beach volleyball comes with a summertime trifecta – sun, sea and sand – but that doesn’t mean the level of competition takes a break. Quite the opposite – it heats up! Anouk and Joana say that the courage, athletic fight, team spirit and passion involved in beach volleyball make their sport unique. It’s an ideal sport for lifelong learners because it always has lessons to teach the players and that’s a challenge the duo enjoys.
“You are always facing situations where creativity is asked, especially when you are evolving as a small team. This can be during a match or while training – we remain human and are not machines, creativity can help solve tricky problems,” they say.
SIDE OUT! is an energetic extension of this creativity and competition. When the pressure rises and the crowd shouts louder, it’s time for a moment to take the spotlight off victory and focus on playing as a team; as one. The ball is back in your hands and it’s time to win, time for fun. With pink, purple, blue and green hues and pointed geometric shapes, SIDE OUT! is frozen in time – which is good because you will always find something else in the design like ice cream, watermelon, an iPod, rainbows and more.
The Swiss Made beach volleyball power pack is proof that talent, hard work and creativity are the keys to outstanding performance and results. Joana and Anouk are one year apart and throughout their impressive career, they’ve both won the U21 World Champion and Swiss MVP titles. As part of different teams, they both qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and landed in top 10 positions. They came together as a two-person team in 2017 and have been winning big ever since. SIDE OUT! is their interpretation of beach volleyball, and it’s ready for you to make it your own.