Hello, and welcome to an on-location episode of Fratello Talks. Today, Nacho, Daan, and Lex are coming to you from the Watch Valley event in Utrecht, where Swatch Group novelties for the first half of 2024 were unveiled. They’ll run through some of their favorites and give opinions on the different brand’s new watches and directions, with a sprinkle of the usual banter. You’ll have to excuse the difference in audio quality; it comes with the territory of recording outside the Fratello studio. What doesn’t change is that we kick things off with a wrist check!

DS Action GMT Powermatic 80

Wrist check

We begin with Lex, who has borrowed his favorite watch from the show. It’s none other than the Certina DS Action Powermatic 80 GMT (ref. C032.929.26.051.00). If it rings a bell, it’s because Lex already waxed lyrical about this affordable GMT watch a few weeks ago. You can read all his thoughts on it here.

Swatch Group novelties Tissot Seastar

Daan is wearing a new watch too, but his choice is from Tissot. It’s the then-new (now still relatively new) 40mm Tissot Seastar Powermatic 80. He has opted to go with the black PVD-coated version of the watch. Again, for a complete hands-on look at these latest divers from the Le Locle-based brand, check out Daan’s article here.

Finally, Nacho is wearing a 42mm Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Day Date Auto. The watch is a downsized version of the brand’s classic pilot’s watch, previously only available in larger sizes. His choice is the khaki-green colorway on the brown leather strap. This was also his favorite on display at the show in Utrecht. You can get the full lowdown on these relatively new releases from our very own Mike Stockton here.

Swatch Group novelties from the Watch Valley event in Utrecht

If you want to get a 30-minute brand-by-brand rundown of some of the latest Swatch Group novelties, this episode has you covered. We kick things off with Balmain, a lesser-known brand specializing in ladies’ watches with some attractive unisex offerings. Up next is Rado, impressive as ever with its high-tech ceramic offerings, including the Anatom. Next is Tissot, from which we cover a selection of new releases. With some exciting under-embargo watches coming up soon, it’s a brand to watch. We then headed to Certina, which also had several great offerings, including Lex’s favorite two-tone GMT. Finally, we made our way to Hamilton. Many of the brand’s releases were still under embargo, but we focus on some of the latest models, namely the Khaki Aviation Pilot and Jazzmaster.

What were your favorite releases from Swatch Group so far this year? And what would you like to see from its brands? Let us know in the comments section.

As always, tune in next week for a new episode of Fratello Talks!