Omega and Swatch are dropping a fancy gold version of the MoonSwatch
Watch enthusiasts, mark your calendars for Mar 7.
It was the watch that got the horological world in a tizzy when it dropped last year, and now, Omega and Swatch are set to release what is possibly the fanciest version in the collection – the MoonSwatch Mission to Moonshine Gold.
Swatch has released a 10-second teaser clip on its Instagram page. A shadow passes over an image of a moon while a bar of text reveals the name of the watch as well as its release date, Mar 7.
Further details on the new MoonSwatch are scant, but Moonshine Gold is the name of Omega’s patented gold alloy, launched in 2019 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11. Moonshine Gold is achieved through a mix of gold, silver, copper and palladium. The effect is a somewhat lighter colour than traditional 18k yellow gold, and the combination of alloys is meant to prevent the shine of the metal from fading over time.
Just last year, Omega dropped two new Moonshine Speedmaster variations – one with a gold dial with black subdials and black ceramic bezel, and another with a PVD green dial with gold accents and a green ceramic bezel.
However, there’s no confirmation if the new MoonSwatch will really be made of Moonshine Gold, or if Moonshine Gold is only the inspiration for the colourway.
The original MoonSwatch garnered significant hype when it launched last year, with watch enthusiasts lining up all over the world to get their hands on one. They came in 11 colourways with names such as Mission to Mars and Mission to the Sun, and were fashioned from Swatch's lightweight and scratch-resistant eco-innovation, Bioceramic.
In Singapore, long lines were reported at Swatch outlets at ION Orchard and Marina Bay Sands. While a Speedmaster Moonwatch typically sells for a minimum of S$9,000, the MoonSwatch was priced at a more affordable S$372.
This time, however, it will be rather difficult to secure the MoonSwatch Mission to Moonshine Gold. According to Swatch’s teaser clip, the watch appears to drop in only four cities – Tokyo, Zurich, Milan and London.
And if the watch is really made with Omega’s Moonshine Gold, chances are, it will also be priced at a premium.
In any case, stay tuned to this space for more details.
The new MoonSwatch Mission to Moonshine Gold has launched and well, it is just the seconds hand that is made of Omega’s patented gold.
The watch closely resembles the previous Mission to Moon version and still comes with a Bioceramic case. Each of the special seconds hand was, however, produced exclusively during the full moon of February, and comes with a certificate stating that fact.
The watch was only available for purchase in Zurich, London, Milan and Tokyo on Mar 7. It is not limited and not available online. The good news is – it had a retail price of £250 (S$400) in London, meaning it is only slightly more expensive than the original MoonSwatch.
According to Swatch, the MoonSwatch Mission to Moonshine Gold will be launched in other locations during the next full moon. Is Singapore on that list? We’ll just have to wait for the next full moon to find out.
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