As discussed in The Big Watch Book, the last 12 months have given us an awful lot of “character watches”.
That’s watch-speak for a watch with a cartoon on its dial.
Generally not aimed at Year Four schoolchildren – unless, in the case of the £380k Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept “Black Panther” Flying Tourbillon collab with Marvel Comics, they have exceptionally well-off parents. This year Tag Heuer launched a smart watch with Super Mario. Seiko released a Sonic the Hedgehog chronograph (Sonic chased round the dial after gold rings). And Unimatic continued its collaboration with SpongeBob SquarePants (yes, the collection was mostly yellow).
Now Swatch, which knows a thing or two about watches and graphic art, has announced a set of Peanuts watches, just in time for Christmas. There’s six options in the "Swatch x Peanuts Christmas Specials" collection featuring Charlie Brown and co, plus one "maxi" version that comes packaged in its own special red Snoopy dog bowl.
They are the Klunk! Lucy watch (£70); Grande Bracchetto Snoopy watch (£70); Pow Wow! Charlie Brown (£83); Hee Hee Hee Snoopy (£83); First Base Peanuts Crew (£83); Smak (£83).
For £70 you can’t really go wrong, and it’s something to tide you over while you save up for that Black Panther Flying Tourbillion. Or perhaps wait patiently on the list for the "Silver Snoopy Award" Omega Speedmaster, arguably the top dog of Snoopy watches.
From £70; swatch.com
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