Monthly Archives: March 2010

Press Release – OMEGA Speedmaster Ladies 38mm Chronograph Chronometer

Omega Speedmaster 38mm Ladies 324.18.38.40.10.001

Omega Speedmaster 38mm Ladies 324.18.38.40.10.001

None of OMEGA’s distinctive watch lines is more strongly identified with the brand’s pioneering spirit than the Speedmaster. The legendary chronograph has a long list of adventures to its credit, including every one of NASA’s piloted missions since May of 1963. When Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the lunar surface in 1969 wearing his OMEGA Speedmaster Professional, the watch achieved true iconic status.

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OMEGA is extending the classic line with a selection of 38 mm Speedmasters designed especially for women. The new releases combine the robust sportiness and chronograph performance which have long characterized the family with some touches of elegance not normally associated with the rugged Speedmasters.

The new Speedmaster Ladies’ Chronograph Chronometer models have their own distinctive personalities: One has a white ceramic bezel ring, a white lacquered dial and a white alligator leather strap. Another has a black ceramic bezel ring, a grey dial and a dark grey alligator leather strap. Perhaps the most arresting model has a purple PVD-coated dial and a purple alligator leather strap. Its bezel is paved with 54 diamonds – this is definitely a Speedmaster with an attitude.

Rounding out the offering is the most glamorous member of the line. Like the other chronographs in the new collection, it has a stainless steel case but its bezel ring is made of 18 Ct pink gold and is enhanced with 54 diamonds. Its crown and chronograph pushers have also been created from 18 Ct pink gold.

Each watch in the collection is a COSC-certified chronometer. They are powered by the OMEGA calibre 3304, a self-winding mechanical movement. In addition to their full chronograph function, the new Speedmasters have a date window at 6 o‘clock.

The OMEGA Speedmaster Ladies 38mm: precision chronograph performance has never been more fashionable

Press Release – Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo-Soyuz 35th Anniversary

Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo-Soyuz 35th Anniversary 311.30.42.30.99.001

Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo-Soyuz 35th Anniversary 311.30.42.30.99.001

The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project mission is remembered for its political, technological and historical significance. It was the first time that spacecraft built by different nations had docked and it signalled an era of cooperation in space which would lead to the efforts to build a permanently occupied space station.

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Political history in space

On July 17, 1975, astronaut Lieutenant General Thomas P. Stafford (USA) and cosmonaut Lieutenant General Alexei A. Leonov (USSR) met in the docking hatch which linked their respective spacecraft.  On their wrists, these space pioneers each wore OMEGA Speedmaster Professional chronographs.

The mission also marked the last launch of an Apollo spacecraft.

Commemorating a hand shake

The 35th anniversary of their historic handshake is commemorated with the release of the OMEGA Speedmaster Professional Apollo-Soyuz “35th Anniversary” chronograph in a limited edition of 1975 watches.

A meteorite dial 

The dial has been created from a meteorite which survived its entry into our planet’s atmosphere and the high-speed impact with the terrestrial surface. The meteorite’s unusual structure is the result its very high temperature when it enters the Earth’s atmosphere, followed by a period of cooling.

The dial is a single piece cut from the meteorite; accordingly, because no two pieces of the meteorite are exactly alike, each watch in this limited edition is absolutely unique.The black colour of the meteorite dial is the result of a surface oxidation process. The silvery seconds hand and chronograph counters appear in the meteorite’s natural colour.