Fall is time to start choosing items for your spring wardrobe and accessories range, so the iconic watch brand Swatch and accessory designer Fred Butler teamed up to create a new collection of striking limited edition watch. The result of the collaborative effort embodies the spring spirit and the brand’s stylistic approach—the new kaleidoscopic watch has a hexangular shape and its colour palette if full of vibrant neon shades, so the accessory looks like a rainbow.

Togetherness is high on both the cultural and commercial agenda as businesses and brands come together to ‘partner’ the Olympic Games. Just how these partnerships will play out come the middle of August is anybody’s guess. But if profile has been raised and sales figures have increased then this association has served its purpose. Short-term partnerships are popular branding exercises to create excitement and exposure. But ultimately so is building long-term value and finding the right brand fit to maximise this is not always easy.

Soon after launching its young designers contest in collaboration with MTV, Swatch is kicking off another creative project, dedicated to aspiring talents in the areas of “illustrative art works, art projects with graphic influences, animations and book art objects.” Swatch Young Illustrators Award is encouraging all emerging creatives to take part in the contest (arranged for the second time) for a chance to receive a money award of €6,000, get publication and illustration agency contracts and be invited to design a limited-edition Swatch Watch.