A playful take on the iconic Speedmaster, the collection consists of 11 Swatches - all named after planets, with
plenty imitating those bright and enticing colours of candy. The material for all of the pieces is bioceramic, which
is patented by Swatch. An eco-friendly material, it is apparently a unique mix of two-thirds ceramic and one-third
material derived from castor oil. It certainly exemplifies the forward-thinking attitude behind this collaboration.
All models have a Velcro strap and feature supernova for the indexes and also for the hands.
Several aspects of this watch do honour the Speedmaster. They are the same size as the Moonwatch — 42mm in diameter
and 13.25mm thick. The hands are the style we are all familiar with and the hour markers extend into the dial as per
the classic Speedmaster. Even the tachymeter insert has a dot over 90.
Omega CEO Mr. Raynald Aeschlimann says, “Omega’s long and distinguished history may have been cut short if it weren’t
for the vision and the courage taken by Swatch. The MoonSwatch collection salutes the saviours of our industry in a
witty and accessible way. The Swatches are perfect for budding Moonwatch fans, and I can’t think of a more
appropriate icon for our shared project. We went to the moon, now we’re exploring the whole Milky Way. They’re great
watches, in fantastic colours, and they make me smile.”
Each colourway of the MoonSwatch is a celebration of the wild universe. Earth is blue and green and like the others
has a cover in the form of its planetary body. Saturn contrasts nicely with its sandy tones and brown dial, while
Mars is red, which Gregory Kissling notes was the most difficult colour to perfect in bioceramic. It also bears the
Alaska Project hands, another nod to past Speedmasters. Pluto is decorated in burgundy – a colour used on the bezel
for the 50th anniversary Speedmaster Apollo. Jupiter is bronze/beige with orange hands and Mercury has the two tones
dial black and dark black, whilst Neptune maintains a full blue aesthetic, like the planet. Uranus is pale blue,
Venus is a pastel pink, whilst the Moon is black. Finally, the Sun takes the feat of being Mr Hayek’s personal
favourite, the man behind the whole project.
MoonSwatch goes on sale this Saturday in 110 Swatch boutiques around the world. Each watch retails at £207 – further
evidence of this democratisation in horology that is so welcomed by the next generation of watch enthusiasts.
Omega x Swatch MoonSwatch
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph
Case: 42mm; Bioceramic
Dial: Various colors
Strap: Spacesuit-ready Velcro strap
Price: CHF 250
Availability: Selected Swatch stores worldwide from March 26th; limited to two per customer