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Dear Friends

This is a new archive for interesting articles that do not originate from the OMEGA Press Room. The entries which will be updated accordingly will of course be open to discussion in the main OMEGA Forum.

Indeed members are also encouraged to contribute to the archive in locating any interesting articles that are out there in the www. As the resource section is " Read Only ", admins will archive interesting articles from the main OMEGA Forum.


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Karen Walker's Choice

Karen Walker is an International fashion designer. Her work has been worn by the likes of Claudia Schiffer, Claire Danes, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Lopez, Juliette Lewis, Madonna, Maria Sharapova and Sienna Miller to name but a few.

Her article in a NZ publication and site is definitely heartening for a Speedy fan

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/category/s...ectid=10464731


Yes, I know, I know, it was Buzz, not Neil who wore a Speedy on the moon in since as we know here pals, that Neil Armstrong's Speedy was left on board the LM because the Bulova broke.....


Man, reading the joyful experiences of others makes me so proud and happy to have my Speedy.
 

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Ralph Plaisted

Well I have to say I never heard of him until Omega very kindly sent me a copy of their special publication on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Speedmaster.

Ralph Plaisted had of course very recently been on tour with Omega, promoting the Speedy's Fiftieth Anniversary.

http://watchtalkforums.info/forums/showthread.php?t=195


Here's a link and you may be interest to learn what Mr Plaisted had been up to in real life before finding fame -

http://www.qsl.net/kg0yh/plaisted.htm


and of course the watch he had on his wrist in his more adventurous days -

http://amateureconblog.blogspot.com/...eedmaster.html


Picture - amateureconblog.blogspot.com


Now that is a very rare caseback and pre-moon, no less :thumbup1:
 

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Apollo 13 : Jim Lovell's " Medal " Lost and Found


FBI recovers astronaut's missing medal



April 4, 2007 — A Presidential Medal of Freedom that was prepared for award to Apollo 13 astronaut Captain James Lovell, Jr., and which was missing since 1970, was recently recovered after the medal was offered for sale on eBay, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced on Tuesday.

A slight defect in the medal resulted in its replacement being manufactured and presented in its place to Lovell. The damaged medal was intended to be destroyed but instead it found its way out of the White House and into the hands of a private collector in Pennsylvania.

In January, that same collector listed the medal for sale on the website eBay. Originally advertised under the title "Presidential Medal of Freedom James A. Lovell Apollo 13", the auction was ended by the seller several times to make adjustments to its description. In the process, she removed all mention of Lovell's name.

At the time, the seller explained to potential bidders that the omission was to comply with eBay policies.

The description posted on the auction site touted that the medal was the "original" version meant for Lovell, calling it "the ultimate collector's item." It read, in part: "This original medal was destined for the trash but lucky for us it was saved 37 years ago."

According to the FBI, Lovell learned that the medal was being offered for sale and became concerned about the propriety of the auction, the negative effect it might have on the medal as well as on other recipients of the award.

As a result, Lovell contacted the FBI. "He was upset by the fact that it might diminish the medal itself," Special Agent Brian Brusokas, who works in the Cyber Crimes Unit in the Chicago office and opened the investigation, said.

Brusokas' investigation identified the seller and led, late last month, to the recovery of the medal and its wooden storage box that bears the presidential seal. The medal's authenticity was verified by the White House.

Since the medal still technically belongs to the White House, the collector's possession of it amounts to theft of government property.

The sale of a Presidential Medal of Freedom isn't illegal or unprecedented. Actor James Cagney's medal was auctioned in 2000 for $51,000. The difference is that the Pennsylvania dealer didn't own the medal. "It's legal," said Agent Brusokas, "only if you have good title to it."

To date, no arrests have been made nor have charges been filed in connection with the recovery of the medal, although the FBI's investigation is still ongoing.


The medal presented to Lovell is still in his possession. He and his Apollo 13 crew mates, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert received the honor, the nation's highest civilian award, on April 18, 1970 by President Richard M. Nixon at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii. The crew had just returned safely to Earth the day earlier, having survived an in-flight explosion before reaching the Moon.




Lovell's role in the heroic saga was dramatized by Tom Hanks in the 1995 movie Apollo 13.

"I am grateful to the FBI for their quick response," said Lovell, "and proud to be a recipient of our nation's highest civilian award."




Pictures - nasa.gov, space.com, collectspace.com, networkworld.com
Text - collectspace.com




Wonder what happened eventually?



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Caterina Murino - Only Omega



You'd naturally expect one to be worn at the presentation of the Co-Axial Seamaster 300m



But there's more -

Collecting the " Diamanti Al Cinema Award " at the Venice Film Festival



At a " Non Pesarci " photocall by day



And at the Hotel de Paris, Monaco for the Foglio d'Oro Awards by night



and even at a D&G shoot


Pictures - Celebutopia, D&G


Is Caterina Murino an OMEGA Ambassador?


That would be just the icing on the cake :thumbup1:


I'm sure you'll agree pals :001_smile:




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Michael Schumacher's Record Speedmaster

I only just discovered this courtesy of The Sporting Life and Lussori -

If you want to sell a watch to raise money for a worthy cause, it might as well be an Omega. Here is the skinny on this little beauty:



Picture - omegawatches.com​

We are pleased to inform you that on the occasion of an auction that took place last 16 November 2005 in Doha – Qatar, in favour of the Tsunami victims, an Omega Speedmaster from the Legend Collection, signed by our Ambassador Michael Schumacher was bought by His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Crown Prince of Qatar for 1.5 million USD.


Omega Ambassador Michael Schumacher as you may be aware is also known for his philanthropy, donating $10mil to the Tsunami relief fund, a sum which exceeded the contributions of many worldwide corporations and even some countries.

As a special ambassador to UNESCO he has donated 1.5 million Euros to the organization and in addition paid for the construction of a school for poor children and for area improvements in Dakar, Senegal. He supports a hospital for child victims of war in Sarajevo, which specialises in caring for amputees. In Lima, Peru he funded the "Palace for the Poor", a centre for helping homeless street children obtain an education, clothing, food, medical attention, and shelter. He stated his interest in these various efforts was piqued both by his love for children and the fact that these causes had received little attention. While an exact figure for the amount of money he has donated throughout his life is unknown, it is known that in his last four years as a driver, he donated at least $50 million. Source-Wiki


Well as Formula1 fans will know, while there have been occasions when Michael Schumacher's car has been in the wrong place, his heart of gold serves as an example to many.


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Timing Is Everything

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As you may know, I get a daily email alert on Omega news worldwide. Sometimes it doesn't work as well :001_rolleyes:The following which appeared in the Huntsville Times was found by TZ member Christopher Meisenzahl and I'm sure you'll consider it to be of interest ( Thanks Chris ) -

http://www.al.com/news/huntsvilletimes/index.ssf?/base/news/1201774544162280.xml&coll=1


In space, timing is everything

Thursday, January 31, 2008
By SHELBY G. SPIRES
Times Aerospace Writer [email protected]

Astronauts recall precision, reliability of Omega watches

The surface of the moon or the inside of a spacecraft is no place to have to guess at the correct time.

For early NASA astronauts, knowing the exact time and how to use a stopwatch sometimes meant the difference between life and death, recalled retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Tom Stafford, a former astronaut.

"We used our Omega SpeedMaster watches mainly as backups to onboard clocks," said Stafford, a veteran of two Gemini missions, the Apollo 10 lunar module test flight to the moon and the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. "It was there to back us up in timing spacecraft maneuvers, timing engine burns and firing retro (re-entry) rockets. They are very, very valuable and rugged watches, and they were absolutely an integral part of the space program."

Stafford will be part of "Conversations with the Real Space Cowboys" discussion at 11 a.m. today in the Von Braun Center sponsored by the Omega SA watch company. Omega watches similar to ones used by Gemini and Apollo astronauts are on display at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration, which opens to the public Feb. 9.

Stafford will be joined by Mercury veteran Scott Carpenter and retired U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Charles Duke, lunar module pilot on the Apollo 16 moon landing.

Former Skylab astronaut Dr. Owen Garriott of Huntsville agreed with his astronaut colleagues about the importance of accurate time.

"It's absolutely critical. You have to know precise information like time for operations when flying high-performance aircraft. It's even more critical in the harsh environment of space," said Garriott, who is not part of the Omega forum.

"On Skylab, we had numerous tasks and experiments that counted on our ability to mark time. Naturally, we did not have a wall clock on board a space station and we would refer to our wristwatches to monitor" daily tasks.

Early Mercury astronauts did not have an approved backup time piece. Onboard mission clocks were used to keep time during the short-duration Mercury missions that kept astronauts in space hours at a time.

Space flight got more and more complicated, and during the Gemini missions astronauts were spending several days, sometimes more than a week, orbiting the Earth, walking in space and docking with other spacecraft.

NASA's chief astronaut then, Deke Slayton, realized one standard, rigorously tested watch had to be found.

"Deke went around and bought up a variety of watches. Then he made sure NASA tested these watches in almost every conceivable environment you would see in space to see which one was best," Stafford said. "Omega was all around the best one for our needs."

The Omega SpeedMaster wristwatch was chosen by NASA in 1965 for astronauts because it combines a standard watch with a stopwatch function used to measure increments of time very precisely.

"It's not needed to time events down to the hundredths of a second. The human mind can't process that anyway," Stafford said. "It's really around the tenths of a second."

The stopwatch allowed astronauts to monitor engine firings and set them on the proper course for the moon, said Duke.

"Anything can and will sometimes go wrong," he said. "There could be a communications or power failure. One second off on an engine burn means you will slam into the lunar surface instead of touching down on it.

"Your life really depends on knowing and keeping the right time."


Duke used his watch to verify the proper countdown sequences when the lunar module engines were ignited, setting the lander on the moon with him and astronaut John Young on board.

"That watch is very robust. We had it strapped to our arms the whole time we were on the moon," Duke said. "The only time it didn't work right was because I had forgot to wind it on the surface of the moon. I wound it up and set the time and it kept working well."

The watches were worn by all the Apollo astronauts, including the 12 men who walked on the moon.

Stafford used an Omega on his 1975 Apollo-Soyuz link-up mission.

"The Soviets were so impressed with the watch that they went and bought them for their crews as well," he said.


More proof if needed that the Omega Speedmaster Professional was truly regarded by NASA and its' astronauts as being the watch to have.



Picture - omegawatches.com




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Choice Of The King





Every picture tells a story and this one, to my natural delight seems pretty clear to me. I met an enthusiast online called Douglas Gravina who very kindly allowed me to use the above picture which his friend Jean Fabricio has enlarged as seen here.






The King has his crown and wears an Omega




If you are fluent in Brazilian, please feel at liberty to post an appreciation on

http://www.forumnow.com.br/vip/mensagens.asp?forum=51071&grupo=73836&top



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George Clooney is appointed UN Messenger of Peace

It was announced online today that OMEGA Ambassador George Clooney had been appointed a UN Peace Messenger.

Please do follow the link below for a related audio-visual report

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7220701.stm



Clooney made UN peace messenger​





George Clooney with parents Nick and Nina Clooney and UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro​

George Clooney was appointed as his parents looked on
Oscar-winning actor George Clooney has officially been appointed a United Nations peace envoy in New York.

The film star, who will promote the UN's peacekeeping missions around the world, arrived in the city from a trip to the Darfur region of Sudan.

Mr Clooney told the BBC he hoped to be able to help the people he met there who had suffered in the conflict.

Among the eight other peace messengers are actor Michael Douglas and Israeli classical musician Daniel Barenboim.

Co-founder

Clooney, who is Oscar-nominated for his performance in thriller Michael Clayton, briefly posed for photographs as he entered New York's UN headquarters.

The 46-year-old was accompanied by his parents at the ceremony with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.



The new envoy recently made a visit to Darfur​

Clooney has been waging his own campaign to end the conflict in Darfur, and was selected for his ability to focus public attention on international issues.

The actor is a co-founder of Not On Our Watch, a humanitarian group that focuses global attention on Darfur's people and has raised more than $9.3 million (£4.67 million) for the region.

"You hope that somehow... if you just shine a really bright light on these things it's harder to get away with it," Clooney told the BBC.

Mr Clooney appealed for the world's governments to send the new African Union-United Nations peacekeeping force in Darfur the helicopters and radios it needs to do its job.

The people of Darfur, he said, were putting their faith in the blue-helmeted UN peacekeepers and it was up to the world not to let them down.

The actor acknowledged he'd been quietly backing the Democratic Senator, Barack Obama, in the US presidential race, and said a change of US administration would affect the way America's seen worldwide.

Musing on the difference between screen action and his new UN role, Clooney said: "An Oscar's a nice thing to have in your life, but this isn't just sort of an honour, it's a responsibility."



For he's a jolly good fellow :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:



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