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EVENT: 7 short quotes that sum up why the event in Sydney last Friday night was a pretty big deal for Omega

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Watch events come and watch events go, but last Friday night’s star-studded extravaganza that started at the new Omega boutique in Sydney’s Martin Place, and carried on to a straight-out-of-a-movie private harbourside manor will not be forgotten quickly. Here are seven quotes from the night that speak volumes about the significance of what took place. “This is the biggest Omega boutique in the world.” – Omega President, Raynald Aeschlimann, on the two-storey Sydney boutique, which is as much a gallery and hang space as it is a traditional store. Check it out. “You kept your promise.” – Omega GM Megan Parker to Aeschlimann about his return to Australia – a promise he made on becoming president of Omega in 2016. “For so long Omega was about the James Bond Seamaster, but there really is an important legacy with women’s watches that is being celebrated upstairs.” – Cindy Crawford, referring to the ‘Her Time’ exhibition currently on display in the Sydney Boutique. “I will say how long I’ve worked with Omega – over 20 years, and that’s, like, a very long marriage… And we keep saying that we haven’t really had any fights yet.” – Cindy Crawford, after Aeschlimann was coy about the length of their… Read More

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WATCHSPOTTING: Ron’s beaten-up Omega is cooler than yours – or has your Speedmaster X-33 been into space?

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A little while ago, I was in Sydney attending a conference for my day job. The opening speaker was Ron Garan Jr, a former NASA astronaut, who’s travelled 71 million miles for work, spent 178 days in space, orbited earth 2842 times and enjoyed a grand total of 27 hours and three minutes taking part in EVAs (extravehicular activity) over four spacewalks. As Ron took the stage to share his experiences on the International Space Station (ISS), giving the sort of perspective that only an astronaut can have, I found myself a little distracted. You see, in the world of semi-pro watchspotting, nothing is as cool as an astronaut’s watch, so all I could do was stare at his wrist with laser-like focus. From several rows back it was obviously an Omega bracelet, but I was thrown by the chunkier case and unusual dial configuration. I couldn’t pick the model. Driven by a need to find out more, I hustled to introduce myself to Ron as he walked offstage, and finally caught a proper look at his watch, which turned out to be a second-generation Omega Speedmaster X-33 (reference 3291.50.00 for those playing at home) that had clearly seen a lot of action…. Read More

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BREAKING: Omega announce hot inverse panda ‘Speedy Tuesday’ Speedmaster limited edition, to be sold exclusively online

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*UPDATE, 7AM AEST – ALL 2012 ‘SPEEDY TUESDAY’ MODELS HAVE BEEN ‘TEMPORARILY ALLOCATED’. THE WEBSITE ADVISES THAT YOU PLEASE TRY (OR CRY) AGAIN LATER* Hashtag us #surprised because Omega, the brand that only just recently added prices to their site (!), has well and truly embraced the digital world, this evening – right this minute in fact – announcing three groundbreaking firsts for the brand. Before we begin, let us ask you a question. Have you ever tagged a watch on #speedytuesday ? If so, pat yourself on the back. You made this happen. Surprise #1: The “Speedy Tuesday” (yes, inspired by #speedytuesday on Instagram which was created five years ago by Fratello watches founder Robert-Jan Broer) limited edition will be sold exclusively online. Wait, what? Yes. No need to worry about missing your place in the dealer-controlled queue. If you’re online, you’re in with a chance. Missed out on a Snoopy? This one is all you. Why is Omega doing an online-community inspired LE? The official press release explains: “#SpeedyTuesday…has been steadily growing around the world with Speedmaster pictures and comments being shared every week. In tribute to these chronograph devotees, Omega is proud to introduce the new model that blends some of… Read More

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EVENT: 7 short quotes that sum up why the event in Sydney last Friday night was a pretty big deal for Omega

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Watch events come and watch events go, but last Friday night’s star-studded extravaganza that started at the new Omega boutique in Sydney’s Martin Place, and carried on to a straight-out-of-a-movie private harbourside manor will not be forgotten quickly. Here are seven quotes from the night that speak volumes about the significance of what took place. “This is the biggest Omega boutique in the world.” – Omega President, Raynald Aeschlimann, on the two-storey Sydney boutique, which is as much a gallery and hang space as it is a traditional store. Check it out. “You kept your promise.” – Omega GM Megan Parker to Aeschlimann about his return to Australia – a promise he made on becoming president of Omega in 2016. “For so long Omega was about the James Bond Seamaster, but there really is an important legacy with women’s watches that is being celebrated upstairs.” – Cindy Crawford, referring to the ‘Her Time’ exhibition currently on display in the Sydney Boutique. “I will say how long I’ve worked with Omega – over 20 years, and that’s, like, a very long marriage… And we keep saying that we haven’t really had any fights yet.” – Cindy Crawford, after Aeschlimann was coy about the length of their… Read More

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HANDS-ON: We did not expect the steel and gold Omega Speedmaster Moonphase Chronograph to be this awesome

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If, at the start of 2016, you’d have told me my favourite Omega of the year would be a two-tone Speedmaster (yellow gold no less!) with a green bezel, I’d have enjoyed a good laugh at your expense. I like a Speedy as much as the next guy, but I like them in the straight-up classical format, a la NASA. Well, fast forward a few months and you’ll have to excuse me as I wipe egg off my face, because here it is, my pick of the Omega 2016 litter – the Speedmaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer Moonphase Chronograph in steel and yellow gold. For me, the real lesson here is to never truly judge a watch until it’s on your wrist. The crush I had on this watch was instant, and real. Earlier this year, I’d seen blue and black versions of the model that were the Baselworld centrepieces, and I liked them. But this was different. There was an immediate, almost visceral reaction as I strapped it to my wrist. The grey sunburst dial, emerald green bezel insert, and yellow gold crown, pushers and bezel all work amazingly well together, adding up to a hefty dose of flash on the wrist, without being… Read More

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IN-DEPTH: The Omega Globemaster Annual Calendar, a wonderful watch ruined with wordplay?

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Story in a second Omega adds an extra hand, two millimetres and a whole lot of text to their Constellation-inspired Globemaster. The Globemaster was one of the breakthrough watches of 2015, and it would have been naive to think that Omega wouldn’t extend the collection. And, while predicting a calendar version would have been a pretty safe bet, no one expected it to look quite like this. Given that the collection will be hitting Australian shores soon, we thought it was time to take a closer look at the Omega Globemaster Annual Calendar The dial When I saw the press images of this watch I was worried that Omega had taken one of the most handsome, heritage-inspired designs of 2015 and ruined it with wordplay. After all, there’s a whopping 21 words, albeit abbreviated words, on that dial. But in the real world, on the wrist, my worries about the dial faded away in about 90 seconds flat. That cursive, italic calendar text isn’t overly in-your-face. It’s a bit more distinctive on the white dialled model, but the contrast works. You know what really jars with me though? The radial flip. I’m sure there’s sound design theory behind changing the direction of… Read More

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BREAKING NEWS: Omega launches eyewear collection, and we have a pair (with pricing)

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Omega is launching its first eyewear collection for men and women in partnership with Italian eyewear powerhouse Marcolin, the group behind brands such as Tom Ford and Balenciaga. Across all brands, Marcolin produced a staggering 14.3 million eyeglasses in 2015. Each model of Omega sunglasses will be made in Italy and come in two sizes and colour variations. We received a pair of the Wayfarer style sport sunglasses in Rio recently and noted the obvious quality of the glasses (the lenses are polarised and deflected the glare from the canoe slalom perfectly) as well as some interesting design nuances, including the Omega logo which has been integrated to form both a bridge and the nose pads Other evidence of Omega design DNA can be seen on the round oversized style of the Constellation model which references the iconic Constellation ‘claws’  in metal end pieces and with the faceted acetate frames said to be inspired by the Constellation’s ‘Pie-pan’ dial. “This is an exciting step for OMEGA because it leads our brand into new areas of opportunity. With our long history, there is real brand substance and authenticity to work with and we have ensured that it is truly represented in every pair of sunglasses,” chief executive… Read More

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