Space Spe­cial

OMEGA gets “lost in space” to cel­e­brate 60 years of the Speed­mas­ter

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On 26 April 2017, OMEGA cel­e­brated its 60th an­niver­sary of the iconic Speed­mas­ter with a star-filled event in Lon­don. Themed on the uni­verse of light and sound, celebrity Ge­orge Clooney and as­tro­naut Buzz Aldrin were the guests of hon­our of the event that paid homage to the Speed­mas­ter’s inim­itable legacy in space ex­plo­ration. Pro­fes­sor Brian Cox hosted the event at Lon­don’s Tate Modern, which was trans­formed into giv­ing ev­ery guest a truly sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence. The space was given a sleek and fu­tur­is­tic touch with a cen­tre­piece of 60 im­por­tant Speed­mas­ter models from 1957 to 2017.

Ray­nald Aeschli­mann, the Pres­i­dent and CEO of OMEGA, greeted and wel­comed the guest,” The Speed­mas­ter is one of the most, if not the most, iconic chrono­graphs in the world. Not only for OMEGA, but for the many men and women who have worn and trusted it. Even af­ter 60 years, its power and charisma has not di­min­ished. We’re so proud to have an

event of this scale and to share it with the Speed­mas­ter’s big­gest fans.”

The orig­i­nal Speed­mas­ter was the first wrist­watch in the world to have a tachymeter scale on the bezel. Since then, the de­sign stood against the test of time and has been worn by as­tro­nauts, Air Force pi­lots, ex­plor­ers, ath­letes, ac­tors and a grow­ing com­mu­nity of fans from across the world. The best ex­am­ple was the Apollo 11 in 1969, when Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the lu­nar surface with an OMEGA Speed­mas­ter in hand, be­com­ing the first ever watch to be worn on the moon.

Buzz shared charis­mat­i­cally,”We weren’t scared. More so, we were proud to have been able to rep­re­sent ev­ery­one and to have the skills and the knowl­edge to carry out some­thing that was very mean­ing­ful to us as as­tro­nauts, of course, but also to so many other peo­ple.”

Stand­ing along­side Buzz was fa­mous ac­tor Ge­orge Clooney, who loves both the Speed­mas­ter and space ex­plo­ration, co­in­ci­den­tally. Since young, the Apollo mis­sions were amongst his favourite mem­o­ries. He com­mented, “Speed­mas­ters were a big part of my grow­ing up. My un­cle and my fa­ther, we all had them be­cause it was such a big part of the moon land­ing. And it was huge in our lives. My fa­ther gave me, as my grad­u­a­tion present, a Speed­mas­ter. There’s ev­ery rea­son to love them be­cause they’re ele­gant watches. But I also love them be­cause of the his­tory.”

Omega Pres­i­dent and CEO Ray­nald Aeschli­mann with Joely Richard­son

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