“EVERYBODY, GET ON THE HYPE TRAIN NOW! SWATCH AND OMEGA HAVE DROPPED THE BIOCERAMIC MOONSWATCH RANGE!”
You know it, I know it, everybody knows it by now. Swatch and Omega have dropped the BioCeramic MoonSwatch collection and to be frank, I’ve never seen this level of hype surrounding a watch collection in a long, long, long time.
So, what is it exactly? In a nutshell, it’s a collaboration between Swatch and Omega and the result is an extremely playful (and affordable!) take on one of the most iconic watches ever. The biggest highlight first. The BioCeramic MoonSwatch will cost just CHF250 per piece! That roughly translates to RM1,134 at today’s exchange rate. Just over a grand for a brand new Omega, guys! Although, it must be said that interested parties can only purchase the watch at Swatch boutiques and each customer is limited to two models at a time.
UPDATE: Multiple media outlets around the world have reported that the BioCeramic MoonSwatch will be available for online purchase at a later date.
“So, is this a Speedmaster or a Swatch?”
Let’s be real here, folks. It’s very much a Speedmaster from the looks of it. We got the tachymeter scale, the sub-dials, the familiar twisted lugs, the pusher layout and even the same type of SuperLuminova used on the OG Speedmaster. Heck, it even has the same case dimensions of the OG. Case diameter is 42 mm and thickness is 13.25 mm.
Inside, beats the same movement-Come on. No. We get Swatch’s Chrono Quartz movement and the caseback features a battery cover with an image of the planet that each model is based on. Also standard issue on all MoonSwatch models are a Velcro strap. These straps come with Omega, Swatch and ‘Speedmaster’ branding along with each model’s name.
Here’s the really interesting part of the watch, the case. It’s fashioned out of Swatch’s proprietary BioCeramic which is a combination of two parts ceramic and one part bio-based plastic. So, expect it to feel like nothing on your wrist – in a good way.
“Now, for the eleven (!) models…”
Technical specs remain the same across obviously. It’s all cosmetic differences from this point on so get strapped in. First off, we have the Mission to the Sun which sports an orange-white theme with a splash of red. The Mission to Mercury model comes in a dark grey dial which is mildly offset by the black and white elements of the scale, sub-dials and bezel.
Mission to Venus (one of my personal favourites) comes in a pastel pink with a white Velcro strap. There’s also the option of a smaller strap for the ladies. Mission to Earth is all about keeping it… well, earthy. It comes with a light mint-green case and features plenty of navy on the dial, offset by the white sub-dials.
Mission to the Moon is, of course, the closest to the OG model. Here, we get a steel-grey scheme paired to a black Velcro. White accents are present to complete the look of the original. Mission to Mars clearly draws inspiration from the Alaska Project because of the specially-designed hands and red-white colour scheme.
“And breathe, take a sip of water… And go!”
Mission to Jupiter is reminiscent of the Ultraman with its orange hands. The dial and case feature an off-white, almost pink-beige tone paired to a black strap. Mission to Saturn features a dark brown bezel and a lighter brown overtone with a chocolate strap. However, this one is a little bit different as the seconds subdial is decked out (or around) with the rings of Saturn.
Mission to Uranus is very much going the Tiffany route with its teal dial and case nicely offset by the white bezel. The strap is also in white giving it a very airy, light look. Mission to Neptune falls back on one of the safest colour schemes in the horological scene – blue. A dark blue dial and bezel plays nicely with a light(er) blue case paired to a black strap and offset by white hands.
Last but not least, we have Mission to Pluto. A cherry red bezel and sub-dial complements the off-white dial nicely and all this is capped off with the silver case and light grey strap.
There’s that, folks. All eleven variants of the Swatch x Omega BioCeramic MoonSwatch. Remember, it goes for CHF250 a pop so that roughly translates to RM1,134. Customers can only purchase two models at a time and the watches will go on sale March 26 2022 at Swatch boutiques. For more info, check out the official landing page here.