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SPEEDMASTER FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY MODELS
AT CHARITY AUCTION IN BERLIN

Four limited edition Omega Speedmaster Professionals, each the last in their line celebrating the 50th anniversary of the famous chronograph, sold for twice their retail value at an extraordinary charity auction in Berlin on Wednesday evening.


Some prize pieces being admired by actress Katja Flint​

Organised by Antiquorum, the world’s leading horological auctioneers, the event took place at the renowned KaDeWe department store where for the third year running Omega are staging an exhibition showcasing some of their most prestigious timepieces.
As a curtain-raiser to the exhibition which opened today, the four Speedmasters went under the hammer of Antiquorum president Osvaldo Patrizzi. The lots were one white gold, one pink gold and one yellow gold Speedmaster, each No 57 in a series of 57, and one stainless steel model, No 57 in a series of 1957. They sold for CHF75,000, CHF58,000, CHF58,000 and CHF25,000 respectively.
Prospective buyers were at KaDeWe itself, bidding by telephone or via the internet from all corners of the globe. ‘’It was a fantastic show for the Berlin public,” said Omega president Mr Stephen Urquhart. The auction followed on from the amazingly successful Omegamania auction earlier this year, also run by Antiquorum, when 300 vintage or celebrated Omega watches sold for more than CHF6.5m.


Antiquorum's Osvaldo Patrizzi, Andrea Sokol and a model auction the gold 50th Anniversary Speedmaster
The exhibition, 159 Years In The Making, will give KaDeWe’s clientele the chance to see some of Omega’s most outstanding products at close quarters. In addition to several examples of the Speedmaster and a tribute to its famous space history, exhibits include Omega’s Haute Joaillerie and Olympic collections as well as the Hour Vision watch and the intricate Nivarox mechanics behind the brand new movement contained within it.
“It is very rare to see the heart of the entire watch industry on display like this,” said Mr Urquhart, commenting on the Nivarox showcase. “It is the first time any of these details have been shown outside of Switzerland.”


The Omega cocktail party at KaDeWe
Among the 600 special guests Mr Urquhart, Mr Patrizzi and Mr Patrice Wagner, director of KaDeWe, were delighted to welcome several glittering stars from the world of German showbusiness including the actors Heiner Lauterbach, Uwe Ochsenknecht and Jan Josef Liefers.


At the party from left, Osvalo Patrizzi, Viktoria Lauterbach, Stephen Urquhart, Heiner Lauterbach and Patrice Wagner​

The exhibition continues until 24 August. All proceeds from the Speedmaster 50th Anniversary auction will be donated to two children’s charities in Germany.


Pictures - PhotoPress/Steffen Kugler
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THE AUCTION

On Wednesday July 11 2007, Omega presented a unique collectors’ opportunity to acquire the very last available watches made to commemorate the birth of the Omega Speedmaster in 1957. These series comprising the first Co-Axial versions of the Omega Speedmaster are otherwise sold out.

The very last available therefore were auctioned in Berlin with the proceeds going to two childrens' charities


These then were the last Speedies standing ;)

White Gold No. 57/57
Pink Gold No. 57/57
Yellow Gold No. 57/57
Steel No. 57/1957


and here are images of the first examples of the Fiftieth Anniversary Speedmasters in company with Antiquorum's auction report for your reading pleasure.

Thank you Omega for your generous donation













Four Omega Speedmaster 50th Anniversary Limited Edition sell for almost twice their estimates


Berlin, 11 July, 2007. Four limited edition Omega Speedmaster Professionals, each the last in their line celebrating the 50th anniversary of the famous chronograph, sold for almost twice their estimates at an extraordinary charity auction in Berlin on Wednesday evening.

Organised by Antiquorum, the world’s leading horological auctioneers, the event took place at the renowned KaDeWe department store where for the third year running Omega are staging an exhibition showcasing some of their most prestigious timepieces.

As a curtain-raiser to the exhibition which opens today, the four Speedmasters went under the hammer of Antiquorum president Osvaldo Patrizzi.
The lots were one white gold, one pink gold and one yellow gold Speedmaster, each No 57 in a series of 57, and one stainless steel model, No 57 in a series of 1957. They sold for €45,000 (U$63,000/CHF75,000), €35,000 (U$48,000/CHF58,000), €35,000 (U$48,000/CHF58,000) and €15’000 (U$21,000/CHF25,000) respectively.

Prospective buyers were at KaDeWe itself, bidding by telephone or via the internet from all corners of the globe. “It was a fantastic show for the Berlin public” said Omega president Mr Stephen Urquhart.
Mr. Patrizzi added “These good results confirm again the increasing desirability of Omega watches among collectors”. The auction followed on from the amazingly successful Omegamania auction earlier this year, also run by Antiquorum, when 300 vintage or celebrated Omega watches sold for more than CHF6.5m.

Mr Urquhart, Mr Patrizzi and Mr Patrice Wagner, director of KaDeWe, were also delighted to welcome several glittering stars from the world of German showbusiness including the actors Heiner Lauterbach, Uwe Ochsenknecht and Jan Josef Liefers.

All proceeds from the Speedmaster 50th Anniversary auction will be donated to charities for children.

€/CHF: 1.66
CHF/U$: 1.20



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Monday 30 July 2007

GEORGE CLOONEY REVEALS OMEGA SECRET





George Clooney, the Oscar-winning actor and director, made his bow today as an Omega Brand Ambassador, revealing how the famous Swiss watch company inspired him as a youngster growing up in space-age America.
Clooney officially became a member of the Omega family in March, joining among others Nicole Kidman, Cindy Crawford, Michael Schumacher and Gene Cernan, the last man on the moon. Today in Tokyo, however, Clooney explained how Omega, the watch that also accompanied the first man on the moon, has nearly always been a part of his life.

'We used to draw Omega logos'



“I remember clearly when myself and my friends were growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, it was all about the space race,” he said. “We used to get watches and draw Omega logos on them”.
Clooney did not have to wait long for the real thing. In 1969, the year Neil Armstrong landed on the moon with his Omega, Clooney’s uncle sent his nephew his own Omega. Then, when Clooney signed as an Omega Ambassador earlier this year, his father went to the attic and unearthed the Omega he had worn for 40 years and sent it to his son.

'A great privilege'
Clooney Jnr took advantage of yesterday’s event and brought the vintage Omega with him to get the strap changed before sending it back to his father. “It’s such a great privilege to part of this company,” he said.
Clooney also demonstrated a talent for watch-making. Visiting the Hayek Center’s Omega boutique, the Hollywood superstar donned the white coat and eyeglass of a master watch-maker



and, with just a little guidance from Omega’s specialists, proceeded to assemble the movement belonging to the new Omega Railmaster XXL. “Those guys know there’s a new kid on the block,” he joked afterwards, gesturing towards the real watchmakers.



'Unique charm'
After that Clooney, accompanied by Arlette Emch, Country Manager of The Swatch Group in Japan, and Omega president Stephen Urquhart, made his way to Tokyo’s Conrad Hotel where he was introduced to the assembly of media and VIPs by the rising Japanese star Rinko Kishuki, who apppeared in the recent hit film Babel and whom Clooney had himself introduced at this year’s Oscars ceremony in California.
“Today was the official introduction of George Clooney as a member of the Omega family, which in fact began a few months ago,” said Mr Urquhart. “Given his unique charm and his involvement with Omega that goes back decades, it seems he has been a member of the family for much longer.”





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An authentic Lunar Rover on Geneva’s streets:
OMEGA celebrates the Speedmaster 50th Anniversary


Thursday 23 August 2007



A very strange spectacle occurred this afternoon on Geneva’s embankments: passing by startled onlookers was an authentic lunar rover driven by astronaut Eugene Cernan, the last man on the moon. The vehicle covered more than one kilometre on Geneva’s streets; it started from the Hotel des Berges, crossed the Mont-Blanc Bridge, and parked in front of the Omega boutique on the Rue du Rhône. This spectacle was thanks to the watch manufacturer Omega who are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their Speedmaster chronograph, the watch that was a part of every lunar mission.



Launched in 1957 and designed to measure speed with chronograph and tachymeter functions, the Speedmaster has proved time and time again an invaluable and life saving partner to pilots, astronauts and explorers as they defy boundaries and push to ever-higher limits in the exploration of the universe. With an impressive track record of 11 NASA tests and 6 Moon landings, the Speedmaster has been on every US manned space flight and is currently on board Russia’s ISS International Space Station making this manual-winding timepiece a cornerstone of horological and space history.

OMEGA’s Speedmaster Chronograph was officially “flight-qualified by NASA for all manned space missions” in 1965 although the Speedmaster had already been to space on the wrist of astronaut Walter Schirra on board the Sigma 7 in 1962. Able to withstand extreme temperature changes and zero gravity, the Speedmaster touched down on the moon with Apollo 11 astronauts in July 1969 and subsequently became known as the Moonwatch.

During the troubled and dramatic Apollo 13 “Houston, we’ve had a problem here” mission of 1970, the Speedmaster saved the day. An explosion of a reserve oxygen tank compromised all the time keeping mechanisms on board: except one. Commander James Lovell relied on his Speedmaster Chronograph to time, within a fraction of a second, the extremely critical firing of the re-entry rockets allowing for the safe return of his crew to planet Earth. In recognition of the crucial role that its Speedmaster chronograph played on the Apollo 13 mission, OMEGA received the “Snoopy" Award in October 1970 – the highest honour awarded by NASA astronauts. The Speedmaster was present for yet another decisive moment in space history during the 1975 joint USSR-USA Apollo-Soyuz docking. The symbolic handshake in space at the height of the Cold War revealed that both crews were wearing the Speedmaster Chronograph.

Future flights will likewise be under the symbol of Omega. This commitment is seen for example in the partnership signed with Solar Impulse, the project lead by Bertrand Piccard which plans to circumnavigate the world with a solar powered plane and, of course, by Omega’s continuing involvement in space missions.








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Cindy Crawford Raises the Bar in Dallas


Saturday 29 September 2007





Omega Brand Ambassador Cindy Crawford made a personal appearance at Bachendorf’s Jewelers in the Dallas Galleria in Dallas, Texas, USA, on September 29th. Crawford greeted guests, signed autographs and collected a Limited Edition Omega Speedmaster which she helped to auction later that evening at the Cattle Baron’s Ball to raise money for the American Cancer Society.



Omega Ambassador Cindy Crawford to auction limited edition Omega Speedmaster at Cattle Baron’s Ball for American Cancer Society, Dallas Galleria, 29 September 2007

At the auction Crawford addressed the audience about her personal commitment to fighting cancer and the importance of the American Cancer Society. She then presented the Omega Speedmaster, which was auctioned together with a personal tour of the Johnson Space Center by General Thomas Stafford. Together they sold for an impressive $17,000.



Omega Ambassador Cindy Crawford with Chuck Biggs of the Nasa Johnson Space Center to auction a limited edition Omega Speedmaster

An Omega ambassador since 1995, Cindy Crawford has worked with Omega longer than any other ambassador and Omega is proud to be celebrating over a decade with the supermodel. Crawford has also been a long-time supporter of the American Cancer Society and has personal connections with the cause.

Bachendorf’s Jewelers, a long-standing contributor to the CBB, partnered with OMEGA as exclusive hosts of the Cattle Barons Tent, reserved for individual contributors of $5,000 and above. Fund raising for this event is achieved primarily through contributions to attend the CBB and from the CBB Live Auction.



Cindy with Andre Gurode of the Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cattle Baron's Ball is America’s largest single fundraising event for research for the American Cancer Society. The event has raised more than $31 million over the last 33 years in an ongoing pursuit of a cure for cancer. One hundred active volunteers are responsible for raising the funds to meet this year's goal of $4m.




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OMEGA PRESS RELEASE -
Last Man on the Moon celebrates Speedmaster’s 50th anniversary in Mexico



Thursday 04 October 2007




On the very same day that humanity celebrated the 50th anniversary of the start of the space age (Sputnik was launched October 4th, 1957), Mexico City gave a standing ovation to the last Man on the Moon.

Capt. Eugene “Gene” Cernan, space hero and former astronaut of Gemini IX, Apollo X and Apollo XVII missions, accepted the invitation of OMEGA to participate at Mexico’s first Salón Internacional Alta Relojería.

During his stay, Capt. Cernan visited OMEGA’s suite of the watch show, which celebrated on its very own way the also 50th anniversary of the iconic Speedmaster, “The first and only watch worn on the Moon”. While appreciating the limited series the Swiss watchmaker issued to commemorate this anniversary,

Capt. Cernan stated:

“…little did they know (back in 1957), that this watch would go, … where no watch had gone before!”



After alternating a series of Press, Radio, TV, Web and Magazine interviews, Capt. Cernan still found energy to thrill a full house audience who gathered at the shows conference room to listen to the tales and advices of the man who went twice to the moon. Needless to point out that a warm and well earned standing ovation was the reward of a demanding journey.

On the next day, Capt. Cernan visited OMEGA’s corporate boutique on trendy Masaryk Av.


leaving behind his signature on one of the very few 50th anniversary limited editions Speedmaster. This gesture will certainly draw the attention of collectors, making a special and rare piece even more special.








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Solar Impulse Airplane Prototype Unveiled





HB-SIA: A symbol under construction



Tuesday 06 November 2007


Duebendorf, Monday 5 November 2007 – After four years of research, complex scientific calculations and simulations, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, leaders of the Solar Impulse team, and future pilots, presented today the final design of the 61 meter wingspan prototype airplane matriculated HB-SIA.

On this occasion, they were joined by the main partners’ CEOs, Christian Jourquin from Solvay, Nick Hayek Jr. and Stephen Urquhart from Omega as well as Josef Ackermann from Deutsche Bank, who helped reveal the 6 meter model of the prototype.



Yves de Chaisemartin from Altran, engineering partner, and Charles Edelstenne from Dassault Aviation, aeronautical advisor, were also present to mark the beginning of the construction phase of the project.

Following the press conference, the participants had the opportunity, for the first and last time before the roll-out in autumn 2008, to visit the construction hall. They saw the cockpit, the state-of-the art solar cells, the engine of the plane and how the engineers test these elements. Furthermore, they were able to enter a unique 3D station in which they virtually entered the plane and saw every detail.

With the endeavour to reduce the environmental impact linked to business travel, the press conference was broadcast live on the Solar Impulse website.




The roll-out of the prototype is due to take place in autumn 2008.


Bertrand Piccard, President of Solar Impulse and Pilot
"The most foolish thing is not the realization of a plane flying day and night without a drop of oil, but to continue to think that our civilisation will be able to survive consuming 1 million tones of petrol per hour which is destroying the planet "

André Borschberg, CEO of Solar Impulse and Pilot
"We have now reached the first key step of the project. After 4 years of concept development, we have started the construction of the prototype airplane. It is like bringing alive what has been imagined, simulated, calculated by the engineers It will be the exploration of a new flight domain with the size of a transport airplane and the lightness of a hang glider. Weight matters so much that if during a test a component does not fail, it may be too heavy!"

Christian Jourquin, CEO of Solvay
"The scientific and technological challenge captivated us from the start. A company like ours, which is coming up to its 150th anniversary, can continue and grow only by maintaining a very solid scientific and technological basis. This was the credo of our founder and of those who followed him, and it remains the credo of present-day top management. We immediately realized that our competencies in advanced materials, plastics and other special compounds could make a key contribution to the success of Solar Impulse. Alternatives to fossil fuels, in terms of both energy production and storage, are also on our Research and Development radar screen".

Nick Hayek, CEO of The Swatch Group
"The sustainable energy problems are the major challenge for future generations. The Swatch Group and OMEGA have been working for a long time towards new solutions".

Stephen Urquhart, CEO of Omega
"Following in the steps of OMEGA’s pioneering history and in particular our participation in the conquest of space and the Moon landing, I believe the Solar Impulse project gives us an authentic and far-reaching platform to communicate a very important message in today’s world".

Dr. Josef Ackermann, Chairman of the Management Board and the Group Executive Committee of Deutsche Bank AG
"Sustainability is an integral component of our corporate policies and comprises all of our business divisions and corporate functions. We are financing climate protection and climate change strategies and creating incentives through specific products for more to be invested in environmentally friendly technologies and for investors to be in a better position to diversify their risks. Moreover, our global presence and highly regarded research will facilitate the dialogue with policymakers, corporations and our clients. In a tangible and imaginative way, Solar Impulse reflects the full scope of Deutsche Bank’s commitment to the environment. We not only give money but provide our know-how for an efficient sustainability management system as well as our world-wide network".

Yves de Chaisemartin, CEO Altran
"It was all about dreams, and by joining our strengths and competences, it is to turn into reality and will improve sustainable transports. I am pride that Altran consultants’ expertise has contributed to make it happen through their contribution on the flight simulator, energy system and the overall project management. Our support to Solar Impulse as Engineering partners and the Altran Foundation for Innovation which 2008 theme is the CO2 rate reduction in the atmosphere. These are examples of our social & scientific commitment".

Charles Edelstenne, CEO Dassault-Aviation
"As a ‘Consultant in Aircraft Manufacture’, Dassault-Aviation, provides expert advice based on its civil and military aeronautical experience. Sustainable development is at the heart of Dassault’s concerns and the company is an important participant in European R & D initiatives. Dassault is commited to optimising the design of its new FALCON airplanes in order to drastically reduce their consumption of fuel.
Pioneering spirit, family values and a sense of responsibility towards future generations typify the strong values of the Solar Impulse project which Dassault-Aviation supports whole heartedly. Dassault-Aviation is proud to be part of this extraordinary adventure full of dreams, passion and intelligence".




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50th Anniversary Speedmaster in Singapore





SINGAPORE 26 October 2007 - OMEGA, the luxury timepiece brand, celebrated the opening of its 50th Anniversary Speedmaster Exhibition with a spectacular night for more than 150 exclusive OMEGA guests.

Venue
The venue, a 6000 sq foot tent at the Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza, was transformed into a futuristic, yet elegant site complete with specially-created exhibition halls like Time Hall, Mission Room and Flight Deck – all chronologically tracing the OMEGA time trail. There was even an OMEGA Boutique onsite for those who desired instant gratification!

Tour
Guests were first brought on a tour through Time Hall, which revealed a museum of the OMEGA Speedmaster range, featuring watches that date back to 1957, and then onto the Mission Room where they learnt about Speedmaster’s involvement in some of the extraordinary outer-space and moon-landing missions undertaken in the past 50 years. The tour ended with the Flight Deck (the main hall) where guests were ‘wowed’ with a breathtaking setting, one in which they had an experience of standing in a galaxy, under a star-lit sky with the sun and a moon and an impressive model airplane, the SolarImpulse, the latest venture Omega launching, hanging over-head. Also featured as a highlight was the actual-sized Moon Rover vehicle which attracted lots of photo-taking opportunities!




Programme
The night commenced with a few words of welcome by Mr David Ponzo, President of Swatch Group, Singapore and Vice President of Omega, South East Asia as well as Guests of Honour, Mr Andre Borschberg, CEO of SolarImpulse and Mr Ralph Plaisted, the first documented North Pole explorer.
OMEGA ambassadors from Singapore, Ms Ivy Lee and Ms Kym Ng, MediaCorp celebrity artistes, were also present to officiate and add excitement to the night.

The official opening was a grand affair with a magnificent display, starting with a crystal ball artist performance leading to a multimedia show triggered off by the Guests of Honour once they placed the crystal ball in the ‘launch console’. This extravaganza filled the room with galaxy images accompanied by music and a video presentation, that of a montage of the history of Speedmaster, interspersed with bursts of brilliant lighting.




If this was not fascinating enough, guests were then treated to a dazzling performance by not one but four unitard clad aerial acrobatics who demonstrated both elegant and precise movements in mid-air. From mid-air to ground, intrigue continued as a multi media show created by 2 ballet dancers performed modern jazz with body movement stunts, in mirror cat-suits with laser beams shining on their bodies. The spectacular evening finally ended with a graceful modern jazz dance performed by ballet dancers.




“Since 1957, the Omega Speedmaster has played a significant role in momentous events including the Apollo 11 Mission, which saw the first astronaut to walk on the moon as well as the first confirmed human trek to the Geographic North Pole. This evening, we are proud to be celebrating the grand opening of the 50th anniversary of Omega Speedmaster Exhibition and are glad to be able to bring our top customers and guests together to enjoy themselves” Commented Mr David Ponzo.

As guests were absorbed with the brilliant performances of the night, they were uniquely treated and served, by ‘robots’, to a sumptuous meal with generous and delicious butler-passed canapés. Lavish live stations offered Camphor Smoked Duck with Rice Paper Wrap and Pan Fried Fettuccini / Fusilli served with a choice of Mushroom Alfredo Sauce or Slipper Lobster Bisque Sauce. With free-flowing champagne and wines, guests partied till late and all left with an etched memory of the night as well as a beautiful gift box containing Pins reflecting the 8 Missions (Patches).



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PRESS RELEASE - Monday 29 October 2007


Limited Engagement Exhibition
Reveals Groundbreaking Hour Vision Collection
at Tourneau TimeMachine in New York City






Omega HourVision, a master innovation in luxury timepieces and the most highly rated watch by WatchTime magazine, was launched on October 30th in conjunction with a special exhibition highlighting its innovative inner-workings and ground-breaking design at the Tourneau TimeMachine Exhibition Hall in New York City. Guests experienced the HourVision collection which featured OMEGA’s first-ever in-house manufacture movement with 251 components created by OMEGA for OMEGA.



The movement was encased in a block of sapphire crystal and was viewable from all four sides and from the back of the watch allowing natural light to illuminate the breathtaking beauty of the timepiece. In celebration of the new collection, “AD Top 100” architect Mark DuBois of Ohlhausen DuBois shared his observations on transparency and the effect that this design element has on today’s architecture








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March 14 2008 - A Bond Girl inaugurates Omega's first boutiques in Indonesia




Friday 14 March 2008
Caterina Murino, the stunning Italian actress best known for her sizzling performance as Solange Dimitrios in Casino Royale, was in Jakarta to celebrate the openings of two new OMEGA Boutiques on March 11th.

Ms Murino, who had already established herself as a star in Italy, France, and Spain, made a memorable first impression on international film audiences when she first appeared in Casino Royale wearing a skimpy green bikini and riding a white horse.

Her appearance at OMEGA’s two newest boutiques was nearly as memorable. She was on hand to help the prestigious Swiss watch brand inaugurate the boutiques – OMEGA’s first in Jakarta – on 11 March 2008. They are located in Jakarta’s newest upscale shopping centres, Grand Indonesia Shopping Town and Pacific Place Mall.



Caterina Murino, OMEGA Grand Boutique, Jakarta, March 11, 2008​


Caterina Murino enjoyed her visit to Jakarta and to the openings of the boutiques which aim to offer easier access to a more complete range of OMEGA products for Indonesian enthusiasts of superb timepieces and fine jewellery.

Ms Murino is not worried about the so-called “Bond girl jinx” – roles in the iconic spy films seem to have shortened some actresses’ careers. The trilingual star has maintained a busy filming schedule since the release of Casino Royale and she sees the Bond film as a vehicle which has enabled her to participate in a wide range of cinematic projects.

At the OMEGA Boutique opening, Ms Murino mentioned that she is particularly pleased that her Bond-based fame has allowed her to work as a celebrity ambassador for the African Medical and Research Foundation, a charity she supports passionately.

Ms Murino expressed enthusiasm for the range of watches and fine jewellery offered by the OMEGA Boutiques.



Nico Moran, Caterina Murino and Oliver Hugentobler, OMEGA Grand Boutique, Jakarta, March 11, 2008

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March 6 2008 - Astronauts Celebrate Speedmaster 50th Anniversary



OMEGA BRINGS HERO ASTRONAUTS TO LACY & CO.
TO CELEBRATE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF AMERICA IN SPACE


Thursday 06 March 2008

A special exhibit at Lacy & Co Jewellers featured the OMEGA Speedmaster Moonwatch, the timepiece selected by NASA for all manned space flights and the only watch to be worn on the Moon.





The event was highlighted by the appearance of astronauts Charlie Duke, Tom Stafford and Space Camp founder Ed Buckbee, who came to El Paso to sign autographs and share their exciting stories of space travel.

2008 marks the 50th Anniversary of America in Space. In honor of this historic occasion, Omega and Lacy & Co. jewelers brought the “Real Space Cowboys” to El Paso, where they made a public appearance at the retailer and shared their extraordinary stories of space travel and hosted a free autograph session that was open to the public.





Later that evening, Omega hosted a VIP reception and panel discussion at the War Eagles Air Museum in Santa Teresa, New Mexico
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This visit came on the heels of recent events at the U.S. Space and Rocket Museum and was a momentous occasion which gave visitors a chance to hear first-hand stories and view rarely seen video images of space travel focusing on what it was like to walk on the moon.



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OMEGA is Official Timekeeper of The Artemis Transat 2008



OMEGA IS OFFICIAL TIMEKEEPER FOR THE ARTEMIS TRANSAT





Monday 12 May 2008
World's oldest solo sailing race starts May 11th in Plymouth


When the Artemis Transat started from Plymouth on Sunday the 11th of May, OMEGA proudly continued its association with the race as Official Timekeeper.



A giant OMEGA clock aboard the Royal Navy’s HMS Argyll, a Type 23 frigate, counted down to the start of the race at 1400 BST on Sunday, May 11th. OMEGA’s precision timekeeping is being put to the test at key race milestones as the fleet cross race gates and ultimately the finish line in Boston, Massachusetts. The elapsed time from the start of the race can be followed on the OMEGA clock on the Artemis Transat’s official website: www.theartemistransat.com .

OMEGA will also be offering six “The Artemis Transit” special edition watches as prizes to competing skippers: three for the podium winners in the IMOCA class, one for the Class 40 winner, one for the first boat to Omega Race Gate 1 at Eddystone Lighthouse, the first gate of the course, and one for the 24-hour distance record setter in the race.

The challenging Artemis Transit has created some of sailing’s greatest legends over nearly half a century – a list which includes OMEGA ambassador Dame Ellen MacArthur who won in a monohull in 2000 at the age of 23.







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