Following our previous post teasing the release of Ocean of Storms and now the dust has settled after the launch on Thursday it is now time to give you everything you need to know, and see, before you decide to buy the sixth watch in the Swatch x Blancpain collection, Ocean of Storms.
The Inspiration behind the watch?
This being the sixth watch in the collection and there only being 5 oceans, Swatch got creative to name the sixth ocean in this collection.
The new Ocean of Storms takes a leaf out of the playbook of MoonSwatch to find the next ocean, the inspiration has come directly from Earth’s Moon. Oceanus Procellarum, is a lunar mare located on the western edge of the near side of the moon. This is the largest mare or "sea" on the moon, spanning more than 2,500 kilometers from north to south and covering around 2 million square kilometers. Ocean of Storms name is a direct translation from Latin of Oceanus Procellarum.
Unboxing Ocean of Storms
Ocean of Storms - Taking a look at the box and artwork
The top of the box sleeve is black with embossed Ocean of Storms detailing. The sides have 3 facts about the Ocean of Storms and Blancpain x Swatch logo. The bottom of the box sleeve has an image of the moon and where the Oceanus Procellarum (Ocean of Storms) can be found.
Ocean of Storms - In-side the box and opening the case to get our first look at the watch
In-side the box are all the informational pamphlets and the zip case the watch is held within.
Ocean of Storms - The watch up close
A new watch comes with a screen protector on the front, and is held within a foam insert. The watch has a black dial and contrasting hands, signatures, hour markers and bezel markers in white.
Ocean of Storms - A featurette of the Bezel
The Ocean of Storms watch comes with a one direction rotating bezel in black with high contrast white markers to aid with visibility in low light conditions as often encountered by divers. The bezel and glass are both coated in an anti-scratch material to improve the lifetime of the watch.
Ocean of Storms - The strap and watch casing
Each watch features a NATO strap, these straps convey the essence of the originals while exhibiting a more contemporary and stylish look. This NATO strap is made from recycled fishing nets with black bioceramic pin buckle and loops.
Ocean of Storms - The watch back
Discover Swatch's Bioceramic Scuba Fifty Fathoms Collection, featuring the innovative SISTEM51 movement. Swiss-made, it boasts 51 parts, a 90-hour reserve, and anti-magnetic Nivachron™ hairspring for precision. Each watch showcases a transparent back with unique oceanic and nudibranch illustrations, blending style with advanced engineering.
Ocean of Storms - Comparison to Antarctic Blancpain x Swatch
Is there anything new about the Ocean of Storms watch?
Based on previous Blancpain x Swatch collaborations, all the key specifications of the watch are the same;
This release continues the tradition of paying homage to iconic timepieces and is the closest representation to the iconic Fifty Fathoms watch from Blancpain but the price is exceptionally more friendly to the bank account!
Helpful information about the launch of Ocean of Storms
The Swatch x Blancpain: Ocean of Storms - New Moon Edition is set to launch on January 11, 2024 at select Swatch Stores. We expect this to be a one off global event where the watch is available on this date only! If you cant get to a store for this event you can pre-order with us and enjoy 10% off.
How much is Ocean of Storms?
Here are all the retail prices available from swatch:
British Pound: £350
US Dollar: $400
Where can I get Ocean of Storms?
Shop the watch at MGB or have a go at getting the watch directly from Swatch. They have limited the release to a group of locations globally and they have yet to confirm what locations will stock the watch after its release.
Will I be able to get the watch after the first release?
Yes, but it is unlikely to be available in a quantity that will ensure this is available in a store near you. This release will not be “Limited” but rather constrained by production capacity.