New Earth-Inspired Omega Swatch MoonSwatch: Lava, Polar Lights, Desert

If you thought Omega and Swatch were out of tricks to come up with new variations of the MoonSwatch, think again. The two brands just dropped three new collaborative releases today. Unlike the year full of “Full Moon” subtle variants and two Snoopy-inspired releases, these are Earth-inspired and incredibly creative.

Designer: Swatch + Omega

The new MoonSwatch collection, under the banner “Mission on Earth,” introduces three distinct models: Lava, Polar Lights, and Desert. These watches maintain the familiar look of the iconic Omega Speedmaster ‘Moonwatch’ but bring fresh, vibrant, and earthy inspirations into the design, each echoing unique natural phenomena. Priced at $300 each, these models are available exclusively at selected Swatch stores starting June 15. Let’s delve into the intricate details of each model, exploring the thoughtful design elements and how they pay homage to their inspirations and predecessors.

Mission on Earth: Lava

MoonSwatch Mission on Earth: Lava

The Mission on Earth Lava model is an embodiment of fiery energy and volcanic intensity. The vibrant orange Bioceramic case immediately catches the eye, creating a striking contrast with the black dial and bezel. This color choice is not merely aesthetic; it pays homage to the Speedmaster “Ultraman” with its signature orange seconds hand. The subdials on the Lava model feature Arabic numerals and indexes arranged in a radial format, reminiscent of the designs seen in the Speedmaster Alaska II and III projects. This attention to detail links the watch to its Omega heritage, while the modern Bioceramic material ensures durability and a lightweight feel on the wrist.

MoonSwatch Mission on Earth: Lava

The black VELCRO strap is a practical choice, featuring orange topstitching that ties the overall color scheme together. The strap’s design ensures a secure fit, suitable for both casual wear and more adventurous outings. The Super-LumiNova coating on the hands and hour markers provides excellent visibility in low-light conditions, enhancing both functionality and the watch’s visual appeal in the dark.

MoonSwatch Mission on Earth: Lava

The back of the watch continues the thematic focus with an engraved image of Earth as seen from space. This engraving reinforces the watch’s connection to the “Mission on Earth” theme and adds a unique touch that distinguishes it from other models in the collection.

Mission on Earth: Polar Lights

MoonSwatch Mission on Earth: Polar Lights

The Polar Lights model pops with its turquoise Bioceramic case, reflecting the mesmerizing colors of the Aurora Borealis. The dark blue dial, speckled with tiny silver-colored flakes, mimics the starry night sky and is inspired by aventurine glass dials. This design choice makes each watch unique, as the pattern of flakes varies slightly from piece to piece. The turquoise hands and tachymeter scale complement the case, creating a cohesive and visually stunning color scheme.

MoonSwatch Mission on Earth: Polar Lights

The recessed subdials feature white rings and radial indexes, a nod to the Speedmaster Alaska II and III projects. This continuity in design elements connects the Polar Lights to its Omega lineage while introducing a fresh and contemporary aesthetic. The blue VELCRO strap with turquoise stitching is functional and enhances the overall visual harmony of the watch.

MoonSwatch Mission on Earth: Polar Lights

The back of the Polar Lights model is particularly noteworthy. It features an engraving of Earth, viewed from space, emphasizing the “Mission on Earth” theme. This detailed engraving adds an element of artistry and uniqueness, making the watch a collector’s item.

Mission on Earth: Desert

MoonSwatch Mission on Earth: Desert

The Desert model offers a more subdued yet sophisticated aesthetic, inspired by the vast sandy expanses that cover a significant portion of the Earth’s surface. The sand-colored Bioceramic case, crown, and pushers blend seamlessly with the greige (taupe) dial and strap, creating a monochromatic look that’s elegant and versatile. The hands and tachymeter scale in sand color maintain the cohesive theme, while the radial subdials nod to the Speedmaster Alaska II and III projects.

MoonSwatch Mission on Earth: Desert

The greige VELCRO strap, featuring contrasting sand-colored stitching, ties the design together and ensures a secure fit. This watch is perfect for those who prefer a more understated look without sacrificing the rich heritage and design cues of the Omega Speedmaster.

MoonSwatch Mission on Earth: Desert

The back of the Desert model, like its counterparts, features an engraving of Earth from space. This detail reinforces the watch’s connection to the “Mission on Earth” theme and adds a layer of depth to its design.

Design Comparison: Original Mission to Earth vs. Polar Lights

New MoonSwatch Mission on Earth: Polar Lights

Comparing the original Mission to Earth with the new Polar Lights model highlights Swatch and Omega’s evolution in design creativity. The original Mission to Earth featured a traditional, restrained color palette, focusing on earthy tones that reflected a grounded aesthetic. In contrast, the Polar Lights model embraces a bold and vibrant approach with its turquoise and dark blue color scheme inspired by the Aurora Borealis.

Original MoonSwatch Mission on Earth

The aventurine-inspired dial of the Polar Lights, with its speckled silver flakes, introduces a unique element absent in the original. This design choice makes each watch distinct, adding a personal touch that collectors appreciate. While the original focused on traditional elements, the Polar Lights model pushes boundaries with its dynamic and visually captivating design.

The original Original MoonSwatch Mission on Earth vs the new Mission on Earth: Polar Lights

Original Moonswatch Mission on Earth

As a watch collector, the Polar Lights model stands out as the most compelling option among the new releases. Its striking color scheme and unique dial make it a must-have for enthusiasts. This model represents a significant departure from the original Mission to Earth, showcasing Swatch and Omega’s commitment to innovation and their ability to cater to diverse aesthetic preferences. This comparison underscores the brands’ dedication to blending heritage with contemporary design, making the MoonSwatch collection a compelling choice for watch enthusiasts.