GE­ORGE CLOONEY

As a man known for his politics as much as his movies, our suave cover star Ge­orge Clooney is a fit­ting match for Omega, pi­o­neer­ing mak­ers of the first watch on the moon.

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Omega fea­tures a long line of celebrity am­bas­sadors, from Ed­die Red­mayne to Ni­cole Kid­man, but it is Ge­orge Clooney, cruis­ing across Lake Como in a Riva, who best cap­tures the man­u­fac­turer’s Euro­pean ele­gance.

Clooney is the Ital­ian Lakes’ most fa­mous (al­beit part-time) res­i­dent, the well-pub­li­cised face of Ne­spresso since 2006 and, at first glance, an ac­tor in the mould of the movie stars of old.

He’s also a man who em­braces moder­nity and the chang­ing world (one need only look at his com­mit­ment to high­light­ing the plight of Dar­fur and his pres­ence on Ne­spresso’s Sus­tain­abil­ity Board to see that).

His watches of choice re­flect this multi-faceted char­ac­ter.

As the first watch on the moon, the Omega Speed­mas­ter echoes his ad­ven­tur­ous spirit. His pre­ferred model – the Speed­mas­ter ’57 Omega Co-Ax­ial Chrono­graph 41.5mm (pic­tured be­low right) – is a blend of so­phis­ti­ca­tion and prac­ti­cal­ity with a bold black dial with a cen­tral chrono­graph sec­onds hand and a 60-minute chrono­graph recorder on the sub-dial at 3 o’clock.

The Sea­mas­ter Aqua Terra 150m Omega Mas­ter Co-Ax­ial 41.5mm is a clas­sic time­piece cel­e­brat­ing yacht­ing in a recog­nis­able de­sign rem­i­nis­cent of a teak deck. Sea­mas­ter has been the choice of James Bond since ‘Gold­en­Eye’, French oceanog­ra­pher Jac­ques-Yves Cousteau and now Ge­orge Clooney.

The De Ville Tré­sor Omega Mas­ter Co-Ax­ial 40mm (pic­tured above right) is Clooney’s choice for a clas­sic pared­back look dis­tin­guished by its vin­tagestyle dome ‘clous de Paris’ and a black leather strap with 18-carat white gold buckle. The me­chan­i­cal move­ment, the anti-mag­net cal­i­bre 8511, is one of Omega’s most ad­vanced yet. In­deed it was this man­u­ally wound time­piece, adding an air of retro glam­our, that Clooney re­port­edly wore for his wed­ding to Amal Ala­mud­din.

The De Ville Hour Vi­sion Omega Co-Ax­ial 41mm is a more re­cent in­ter­pre­ta­tion, in­tro­duced in 2007, with a sil­ver dial and a grooved rhodi­umplated hour track for a mod­ern, mas­cu­line fin­ish. The strik­ing Omega Co-Ax­ial cal­i­bre 8500 can be ad­mired through the trans­par­ent case back.

Omega’s time­pieces are de­signed for men and women of ac­tion: NASA, the Olympics and the Amer­i­can Army are among those that have cho­sen the pres­ti­gious Swiss brand. What­ever comes next, you can be sure that nei­ther Clooney nor Omega will be stand­ing still. www.omegawatches.com

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