With its ground-breaking history it is little wonder that OMEGA feels a genuine kinship with the talent present at this year’s Winter Olympic Games
Six lunar landings, the first divers’ watch and the world’s only certified marine chronometer wristwatch, OMEGA’s pioneering spirit has been evident since Louis Brandt started the company back in 1848. Ever since the company has been keeping time for our great explorers as they venture across land, sea and space – matching them every step of the way in both innovation and determination.
Changing the Face of Contemporary Watchmaking
It was OMEGA who pioneered the famous Co-Axial technology, invented by English master watchmaker George Daniels, which redefined the modern mechanical watch movement: providing less sliding friction, greater mechanical efficiency and outstanding chronometric performance over time. Other serious contributions to the art of watchmaking include the silicon balance spring which is the ‘beating heart’ of the Co-Axial calibres, as well as the introduction of the distinctive Sedna™ Gold to the horological world – a distinctive and enduring 18K rose gold alloy that blends three elements: gold, copper and palladium. Sedna™ Gold takes its name from a trans-Neptunian object which has been described as one of the reddest in our Solar System.
Matching Entrepreneurial Spirit with Olympic Spirit
With its ground-breaking history it is little wonder that OMEGA feels a genuine kinship with the talent present at this year’s Winter Olympic Games, and this Swiss firm is delighted to celebrate its role as Official Timekeeper for Sochi 2014. It is the 26th year that OMEGA has held this role in the Games’ 32-year history, and the company takes great pride in ‘measuring that 100th of a second that makes the difference between winning and taking part’.
It is this same Olympic spirit which saw Britain win its first Winter Olympic medal on snow in 90 years on day two of the games. Congratulations Ms Jenny Jones for making history and proving that ‘timing is everything’ with your Bronze medal in the slopestyle – Sochi 2014 is your time!
To commemorate its legacy in this area, OMEGA has commissioned a Limited Edition Collection of Olympic watches, which borrows from the brands maritime legacy.
The OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean 45.5 mm? ‘Sochi 2014’ Limited Edition
The gents’ watch has a 45.5 mm brushed and polished stainless steel case and a matching bracelet. The white dot at 12 o’clock on the diving bezel is followed by blue and red lacquered markers for minutes 1-5 and 6-10, respectively – a tribute to the flag of the Russian Federation.
The OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean 37.5 mm ‘Sochi 2014’ Limited Edition
The ladies OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean 37.5 mm ‘Sochi 2014’ Limited Edition shares the same robust quality and the professional divers’ features with the model in the gents’ collection but it has some additional distinguishing highlights such as a white ceramic unidirectional rotating bezel with the 9 o’clock in lacquered in blue and the 6 o’clock in red.
OMEGA Sochi Petrograd
Inspired by a unique piece from the OMEGA Museum Collection, the ‘tonneau’ shape of the polished 18K yellow gold case means the OMEGA Sochi Petrograd brings back a favoured style from an earlier era. The case is presented on a striking burgundy leather strap complete with an 18K yellow gold buckle. Only 100 of these special editions pieces will be produced.
Time is Life
Violinist and Olympian Vanessa-Mae, a proud OMEGA Brand Ambassador, has spoken of her delight at her association with the legendary time keeping brand. Vanessa-Mae, who will be competing in the slalom and giant slalom events at these Games, talked of the importance of time keeping in both her careers, and as a key element of life in general. She said simply: “Time is life.”
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