Inside look: OMEGA takes London for a space-themed adventure
The famed Swiss watchmaker hosted an epic 'Lost in space' party at London's Tate Modern gallery
It takes true space pioneer to appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into an OMEGA Speedmaster timepiece. The classic model has been worn by astronauts, air force pilots, explorers and athletes for decades, but when it came to commemorate its 60th birthday only one man fit the bill. After stepping onto the moon as part of Apollo 11 wearing an OMEGA Speedmaster, Buzz Aldrin not only made history as the second man to touch the lunar surface, he cemented OMEGA's part in the story, too.
Appearing at London's Tate Modern gallery as part of the 60th anniversary party, Buzz Aldrin and OMEGA brand ambassador George Clooney were guests of honour at the 'Lost in Space' themed event. The evening was hosted by English physicist and BBC presenter Professor Brian Cox and included A-list guests such as Liv Tyler, Gemma Arterton, Ellie Goulding, Clemence Poesy, Arizona Muse, David Gandy, Amber Le Bon, Camille Charriere and Erin O'Connor.
The event space showcased 60 models of the Speedmaster chronograph, with versions of the timepiece dating from 1957 to 2017, referencing the Swiss watchmaker's impressive legacy. Indeed, the long and illustrious history of the watch was touched upon by many, including Raynald Aeschlimann, President and CEO of OMEGA and ex-engineer James Ragan, who revealed how OMEGA's Speedmaster was officially tested and qualified for NASA for space missions.
Buzz Aldrin recounted tales of his time on the Apollo space mission, telling the crowd, "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." Lastly, OMEGA ambassador George Clooney recalled how his father and grandfather had Speedmaster watches, confessing that his first one was a graduation gift. The night concluded with a fitting rendition of David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' by ESKA.
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