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  1. Swatch Launches 007 Villains Watch Collection

    Following up yesterday’s article focusing on the launch of the newest watch collection from Swatch, the 007 Villains, we continue with part two, which specifically examines For Your Eyes Only through Quantum of Solace.

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    ARIS KRISTATOS – For Your Eyes Only (SUJB104)
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    For Your Eyes Only features sinister heroin smuggler and KGB agent Aris Kristatos, whose devious attempt to frame Milos “The Dove” Colombo fails. The black silicon strap of this sporty Swatch Jelly in Jelly has a raised black-wing pattern that evokes the dove and Kristatos’ evil schemes. The moulded black plastic case frames a sunbrushed anthracite dial with a silvery dove at its centre. Surrounding the dove is a black minute ring with white hour markers, and black Arabic numerals at all hours. Black hour and minute hands with superlite white highlights and a thin silver seconds hand mark the time.


    GENERAL ORLOV – Octopussy (YGS127)
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    Bond’s enemy in Octopussy is the fanatical Soviet General Orlov, whose dying words are inscribed on the bezel of this bold Irony Big: “YES BUT TOMORROW I SHALL BE A HERO OF THE SOVIET UNION”. The black leather and red stitching lend a military look to the strap that holds the brushed stainless steel case and engraved brushed steel bezel. The brushed steel look extends to the dial, which is circumscribed by a minute ring with white hour markers, red minute indices and a black arrowhead at hour 12. General Orlov’s rank is evoked on the dial by a five-point star drawn in black with blank and brass-coloured facets that give it a three-dimensional aspect. Black squelette metal hour and minute hands and a slim red central seconds hand mark the time.


    MAX ZORIN – A View To A Kill (YRS411)
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    In A View To A Kill, Christopher Walken plays the diabolically clever French businessman Max Zorin, whose plot to flood Silicon Valley is foiled by the enterprising Bond. The black leather strap of this high-tech Swatch Retrograde shows parallel rows of red and white stitches and has a black leather loop with the 007 pistol logo printed in white. The brushed stainless steel case contrasts with the polished stainless steel crown and pushers, caseback and bezel; the latter is engraved to highlight a gear-tooth pattern around the circumference. The flange features a white-on-black scale on the top half, and white hour markers with black minute indices against a red ground on the lower half. The three chronograph arcs characteristic of all Swatch Retrograde models are set against a reflective grooved silver dial. The 60-minute and 5-minute arcs feature black groove-pattern dials, white Arabic numerals and outer bands labelled ’60 MINUTES’ and ‘5 MINUTES’ in red on white, and white hands. The 30-second arc with red central seconds hand shows white Arabic numerals on black. Skeleton black Arabic numerals with white infills mark all hours but 6, and a white-on-black date window appears at 4 o’clock. Skeleton metal hour and minute hands with superlite white highlights mark the time.


    GEORGI KOSKOV – The Living Daylights (SUJK139)
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    Bond does battle in The Living Daylights with Georgi Koskov, a corrupt Soviet general who deals in drugs and weapons. The textile strap of this wickedly cold-war Swatch Jelly in Jelly, inspired by Soviet military insignia, features red and beige vertical stripes and three gold stars on either side of the frosted transparent plastic case. The painted red dial extends the Soviet-era cold war theme with a shiny gold emblem, reminiscent of Red Army medals, outlined in light grey and surrounded by gold-dot hour markers circled in light grey at all hours but 6 and 12. In the absence of all numerals, silver hour and minute hands and thin silver seconds hand mark the time.


    FRANZ SANCHEZ – Licence To Kill (YCS512)
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    James Bond’s chief antagonist in Licence To Kill is drug dealer Franz Sanchez. In a nod to Sanchez and his green pet iguana, the moulded leather strap of this tropical Irony Chrono has a bright green lizard-skin pattern. The strap stitching and 007 pistol logo on the loop form an effective contrast in white. Mounted on the brushed stainless steel case is a pink stainless steel bezel with a white minute ring. A second white minute ring appears on the black ring circumscribing the silver dial, whose vertical stripes recall the striped silk shirt that Sanchez wears. Embossed silver Arabic numerals mark hours 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11 and 12, and a white-on-black date window appears at hour 4. The chrono and continuous seconds counters emerge from the dial’s grooved silver centre and feature grooved black dials, white numerals and indices, and green hands. The counters are ringed in white and green and linked by a green circle on which white Arabic numerals (13, 16, 20, 21, 23) and white dots indicate the hours. Silver squelette metal hour and minute hands and a slim pink chrono seconds hand mark the time.


    XENIA ONATOPP – GoldenEye (SUBB122)
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    GoldenEye features the villainous Xenia Zaragevna Onatopp, a former Soviet fighter pilot who does her best to crush the gentleman spy to death with her killer thighs. The black leather strap of this delightfully nasty-looking Square features the tone-in-tone 007 pistol logo micro-injected on the 12 o’clock side and evokes Onatopp’s military gear by means of shiny metal buttons with stars in relief, and steely studs that snap to close. The plastic case is a glossy black frame around the sunbrushed crimson dial, which features a printed pattern structured to form a red star that evokes, once again, the Moscow connection. Printed silver Arabic numerals mark hours 3, 6, 9 and 12. Tapered silver hour and minute hands and a delicate black seconds hand mark the time.


    ELLIOT CARVER – Tomorrow Never Dies (SUJK138)
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    The bad guy in Tomorrow Never Dies is Elliot Carver, an international media baron scheming to wreak havoc on a global scale. The power of the media figures prominently on this graphic Swatch Jelly in Jelly whose plastic strap features a bold and dynamic collage of tabloid newspaper headlines, articles and photographs evoking a “tomorrow” that promises nothing but trouble. The clear plastic strap has two plastic loops; one features the 007 pistol log in red, the other has the blue and red Carver Media empire logo. The clear plastic case frames a see-through plastic dial revealing the movement beneath it. Printed white skeleton Arabic numerals with blue infills mark all hours, with hours 5, 6, 7 and 8 partially obscured by a black “TOP SECRET” stamp that extends from the dial to the six o’clock side of the strap. White hour and minute hands and a slim white central seconds hand mark the time.


    ELEKTRA KING – The World Is Not Enough (GE215)
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    Sophie Marceau plays the treacherous Elektra King, the bad girl Bond outwits in The World Is Not Enough. Inspired by one of King’s shawls, the moulded textile strap of this intricate Gent features dark blue and blood-red threaded patterns embroidered upon a beige ground. The beige fabric loop shows the 007 pistol logo embroidered in dark blue, and three small stainless steel charms with blood-red synthetic resin inlays set with transparent white crystals dangle from the strap. The clear plastic case frames a sunbrushed silver dial on which the patterns from the strap are taken up in the same dark blue and blood red colours and complemented by grey-dot indices marking hours 1 through 6, 11 and 12. In the absence of all numerals, tie-shaped reflective metal hour and minute hands and a slim metal seconds hand mark the time.


    ZAO – Die Another Day (SFK327G)
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    Bond’s chief antagonists in Die Another Day are a man called Moon and his henchman Zao, marked forever by diamonds blasted into his face. The signature scars appear on this Skin in the form of aurora boreal crystals set in stainless steel links that show engraved slashes; the slashes and bracelet end pieces have a textured ‘hammered silver’ surface; set off in polished steel on the 6 o’clock end piece is the 007 pistol logo. The transparent plastic case frames a sunbrushed silver dial with stylized applique silver Arabic numerals at hours 3, 6, 9 and 12; aurora boreal crystals mark all other hours. Tapered black hour and minute hands mark the time.


    LE CHIFFRE – Casino Royale (YGS128)
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    Gambler, math whiz and banker to terrorists, Le Chiffre weeps blood while attempting to bankrupt Bond in a poker game in Casino Royale. The shimmering black synthetic leather strap of this elegant Irony Big recalls Le Chiffre’s black tux at the gaming table, while the black leather loop displays a silver 007 pistol logo. Mounted on the brushed stainless steel case is a stainless steel bezel engraved to highlight a delicate motif. The sunbrushed anthracite dial features a dark grey Ace of Spades in the centre, with printed black Arabic numerals at hours 3 and 9, red hearts at hours 1 and 7, black clubs at 2 and 8, black spades at 4 and 10, red diamonds marking hours 5 and 11, and a black capital A (for Ace) at 12 o’clock. Tapered metal hour and minute hands with both engraved and mirrored surfaces and a slim red central seconds hand mark the time.


    DOMINIC GREENE – Quantum of Solace (SUIB402)
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    Celebrating the latest dastardly villain to take up arms against James Bond, this darkly elegant Swatch Chrono Plastic presents the distinctive mark of Dominic Greene on a black silicon strap with ivory silicon inserts leading up to the matt black plastic case, which has ivory chrono pushers and a matt black crown. The silicon loop features the famous 007 pistol logo and the words “Greene Planet” appear in ivory on the 6 o’clock side of the strap. Mounted on the case are a rotating black plastic bezel with silver Arabic numerals (05, 10, 15 … 60) and a white tachymeter scale on the narrow black flange. Subtly printed on the glossy black dial we find the mark of Greene again as a backdrop to the prominent white Arabic numerals at hours 4, 8 and 12 and black-on-white date window at hour six. The chrono counters and continuous seconds counter are ringed by white-on-ivory indices and feature grooved black dials with white numerals and delicate silver hands. Tapered silver hour and minute hands with superlite white highlights and a central chrono seconds hand mark the time.


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    Devin Zydel @ 2008-09-14
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