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Swatch launches new NASA collection and it’s out of this world 

Swatch Space Collection collaboration with NASA

Swatch has revealed the latest collection in its unique bioceramic style of watches, a collaboration with NASA itself. Naturally, it’s out of this world. 

The Swatch Space Collection comprises a range of five designs specifically paying homage to the iconic spacesuits worn by real astronauts.

Described as “the next chapter in the bioceramic story,” each watch is also made from Swatch’s all-new material, which is two-thirds ceramic and one-third bio-sourced plastic – and amounts to the perfect balance of having a luxuriously silky touch, while also being super tough and robust enough for everyday wear.

Three of the five watches in the Swatch Space Collection feature elements of bio-sourced material used in Swatch’s signature new Big Bold bioceramic range, which you can see our lowdown on, here. 

The Swatch Space Collection, a collaboration with NASA, on a moon-like surface
Swatch’s new Space Collection, a collaboration with NASA, is inspired by the iconic spacesuits worn by real astronauts

One of our favourites in the new collection is the Big Bold Chrono Extravehicular, which is inspired by the Space Agency’s iconic white spacesuit. First worn in 1983 by astronauts Story Musgrave and Donald Peterson, the white suits have inspired this white chrono, which features a 47mm bioceramic case and a bio-sourced plastic glass.

Another cool feature for space fans? The chrono timer is not set to the usual full hour marker, but ten seconds prior and highlighted in red, as a nod to the final countdown to lift-off. 

The stellar nods continue in the Big Bold Chrono Launch, which has the same fun lift-off inspired marker and uses the same bioceramic material, but with a vibrant design inspired by the high-vis orange Advanced Crew Escape Suit (known in space circles as the Pumpkin Suit) which astronauts famously don for their ascent into space. 

Two Swatch Space Collection watches sit alongside a rocket on a moon-like surface
The new collection isn’t the first time the Swiss watch brand has gone to space…

Meanwhile, if you’re more of an off-duty kind of space cadet, the blue Big Bold Jumpsuit design with white strap loops mirrors the everyday go-to blue jumpsuits astronauts wear for press conferences or working in NASA facilities – and looks damn good, too. 

The new collection isn’t the first time the Swiss watch brand has gone to space. 25 years ago, Swiss astronaut Claude Nicollier wore the Swatch ‘Access To Space’ SKZ100 timepiece as he boarded the Columbia Space Shuttle on a mission to release an Italian satellite – and the watch worn during this historical voyage is still exhibited in the Planet Swatch museum today. 

The Swatch Space Collection is in store and online, with an exclusive set, available now.

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Bex April May is an experienced entertainment, travel and lifestyle journalist based in London, writing for The Guardian, Metro, Cosmopolitan, MTV, Shortlist and more. Follow her adventures on Twitter @bexlectric and on Instagram @bexaprilmay

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