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Introducing: Swatch X Bape Conduit Street

Swatch X Bape Conduit Street Punks, mods, grime, London’s always been proud of its edgy, counter-culture vibes. Sure, Japan might be the modern capital of streetwear, but our own capital’s always been what makes street, street. It’s not too big a surprise then that the latest collab between camo-loving label BAPE and accessible watchmaker Swatch has a distinct London slant: the Swatch X BAPE Conduit Street.

Bigger is better when it comes to this particular collab, and the 47mm case is the boldest in Swatch’s arsenal. Pared-back as it is, the dial isn’t exactly subtle. The numerals have been replaced with LONDON lettering in union jack blue and red against white.

Swatch X Bape Conduit Street
Swatch X Bape Conduit Street

The hands are just as on-the-nose. The hour hand is tipped with Bape’s signature ape head in blue and the second hand a red lightning bolt. The strap’s just as patriotic, using a blue, red and white take on BAPE’s signature camouflage.

Swatch X Bape Conduit Street Swatch X Bape Conduit Street

If you were wondering where Conduit Street came into it – being one of the most prestigious addresses in Mayfair isn’t exactly ‘street’ – it’s because this piece has been launched to coincide with the new Swatch boutique there.

Swatch X Bape Conduit Street

Given how quickly BAPE’s last collaboration with Swatch ran out – and, let’s be fair, their collabs in general – you’ll need to be quick to get hold of this Union Flag-coloured piece. It’s a special rather than limited edition, meaning that it’s a case of ‘while stock last’ rather than strict numbers. That will not be long.

More details at Swatch and BAPE.

About the author

Sam Kessler

Legend has it that Sam’s first word was ‘escapement’ and, while he might have started that legend himself, he’s been in the watch world long enough that it makes little difference. As the editor of Oracle Time, he’s our leading man for all things horological – even if he does love yellow dials to a worrying degree. Owns a Pogue; doesn’t own an Oyster Perpetual. Yet.

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