Omega celebrates the 60th anniversary of the iconic Speedmaster

Omega gets “Lost in Space” to celebrate 60 years of the Speedmaster with George Clooney and Buzz Aldrin.

Surrounded by a universe of light and sound, OMEGA recently celebrated the 60th anniversary of its iconic Speedmaster watch with a star-filled event in London. George Clooney and Buzz Aldrin were the guests of honour at the “Lost in Space” evening, a theme which paid tribute to the Speedmaster’s unrivalled legacy in space exploration.

The event was hosted by Professor Brian Cox at London’s Tate Modern which was transformed to give guests a truly sensory experience. Inside, the venue was given a sleek and futuristic touch with a center-piece comprising of 60 important Speedmaster models from 1957 to 2017.

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The OMEGA Speedmaster has enjoyed a long and varied history. The original model was the first watch in the world with its tachymeter scale on the bezel. Since then, the design has lasted the test of time, and it has been worn by astronauts, Air Force pilots, explorers, athletes and actors, as well as a growing community of fans from all around the world. The Speedmaster has also been the first ever watch to be worn by an astronaut on the moon, thanks to Buzz Aldrin who wore the watch as part of Apollo 11 in 1969.

48 years later, Buzz appeared spectacularly in a spacesuit on OMEGA’s stage. After a great applause, he later recounted his memories of his time in space.

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George Clooney and Buzz Aldrin at Lost in Space event

Standing alongside Buzz was the renowned actor George Clooney, who is not only a dedicated Speedmaster follower, but also a lifelong fan of space exploration. He too, shared his treasured memories with the Speedmaster:“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.”

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Petros Protopapas, Raynald Aeschlimann, Brian Cox, Buzz Aldrin, George Clooney and Jim Ragan at Lost in Space event

The Speedmaster’s impact has been truly far-reaching. Amongst the many VIP fans at the London event were American actress Liv Tyler; British actress Gemma Arterton and British singer Ellie Goulding. The star-studded event concluded with a performance by ESKA, who gave a rousing rendition of David Bowie’s classic song ‘Space Oddity’. It was indeed a fitting end to a night of pure entertainment and imagination.

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