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Rare opportunity to own Omega MoonSwatch collectibles in custom suitcases

The popular space-inspired series goes under the hammer to raise funds for Orbis International’s fight to prevent blindness and vision loss worldwide.

By Debbie Hathway

Omega will auction 11 MoonSwatch Moonshine Gold suitcases via Sotheby’s, each housing the complete set of 11 Omega x Swatch “Mission to Moonshine Gold” timepieces. Aspirant collectors have until February 24, the next full moon, to place their bids.

It’s the first time these rare models are offered together, including the unique suitcase, providing fans a chance to own a distinctive compilation. All auction proceeds support Orbis International, aiding their mission to combat avoidable blindness, particularly in children, enabling them to experience the world’s wonders. Their outreach occurs through various programmes and onboard the Flying Eye Hospital in treating patients and training eye care professionals in areas with the greatest need globally. Omega’s continuous support for Orbis since 2011 underscores its commitment to the cause.

The original MoonSwatch collection, launched in March 2022, garnered attention for its innovative Bioceramic production, inspired by space and planets, and paying homage to the Omega Speedmaster design. In 2023, the collection was enhanced with the “Mission to Moonshine Gold” versions, featuring seconds hands coated in Omega’s 18K Moonshine™ Gold, offering durability and elegance. The distinctive alloy is created in-house at Omega and provides a more subtle and long-lasting form of yellow gold.

Each watch celebrates a unique lunar event with special details on the hands – a strawberry pattern for July’s Strawberry Moon, a flower pattern for May’s Flower Moon, and a lollipop design after the Speedmaster CK2998 watch from 1961.

The suitcases are exclusive, featuring a golden monocle and a custom-engraved coin representing the displayed city’s aviation code, matching the watches inside.

The auction is live with Sotheby’s until February 24, when lots start closing at one-minute intervals from 15:00 CET. (Closure times are subject to change). At the time of writing, bids on all individual lots were already triple the high estimate of CHF 10 000.

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