OMEGA And Also The Olympic games: EVERY SECOND COUNTS

The Olympic games may be the only time the truly amazing British public are most likely to concentrate on gymnastics outdoors of the circus. With Rio 2016 now under way, we’re holding steady presents itself the medal table (we presently stand at 19 golds sometimes of writing) and also the greatest names within the sporting world happen to be flocking to South america to compete around the global stage. But there’s one name that, regardless of whether you notice or otherwise, you will see way over every other: Omega.

Unlike very many watchmakers, there’s more to Omega’s sporting partnership than the usual special edition or three. As margins get ever closer, the main difference between silver and gold becomes narrower and narrower. That old adage that each second counts has not been appropriate, and it is as much as Omega to make sure that every second is counted. But in 1932 when Omega first began its partnership using the Olympic games, things were… let’s say, under cutting-edge.

As opposed to the host of apparatus you can observe at Rio – from beginning blocks to cameras to Quantum Timers, the job ended with one man and an accumulation of 30 split-second chronographs – the height of precision timing technology.

Not too Omega were behind the occasions whenever you take a look at all of those other Games, these were really well in front of the curve. Within the 1936 Berlin Olympic games for instance, sprinters were reduced to digging their very own holes with small shovels simply because they didn’t have beginning blocks, such as the great, multi-gold-winning Jesse Owens.

Omega obviously did a great job timing every task of speed, endurance and agility perfectly. The watch manufacturing company continues to be the state timekeeper for 26 Olympics since, each one of these getting by using it not only a world-class spectacle, but actual, tangible advancements in precision technology.

In the 1948 London Olympic games, Omega ushered within an era by which machines grew to become better than humans using the first photoelectric cell, while in the following games in Helsinki, they started electronic time keeping.

1964 introduced by using it the Omegascope, a bit of technology that revolutionised the way we really watch sports. By superimposing the figures at the end from the screen, it permitted spectators to really keep an eye on what happening.

Omega has been doing plenty more to alter the face area from the Olympic games within the decades. Touch pads for swimmers to prevent the clocks, digital finishing lines, beginning pistols a lot more like Star Wars phasers – it’s no understatement to state the watch manufacturing company has formed modern time keeping.

Today Rio 2016 time keeping is basically unrecognisable in the 1932 games. As opposed to a single watch manufacturing company along with a briefcase of stopwatches, Omega’s 27th turn sees a complete group of 450 timekeepers considered lower by 480 tonnes of apparatus timing each race towards the millionth of the second. With Usain Secure approaching within the men’s 200m final on Friday, that’s an amount of precision they could need.

Grab your personal slice of Olympic glory and among Omega’s limited-edition watches, available these days at Goldsmiths on the internet and in-store. Here are a handful of watches to help you get started….

Omega Speedmaster Mark II Rio 2016 Special Edition

Omega Speedmaster Mark II Rio 2016 Special Edition

Where Rio 2016 is colourful enough to place Amazonian parakeets to shame, Omega’s more restrained undertake the commemorative timepiece is really a welcome change. In line with the 1969 brother or sister from the original Speedmaster, this form of the objective II rather decides for 3 subtle subdial rings in bronze, gold and silver. Placed using the Olympic emblem around the back and restricted to – obviously – 2,016 examples, it’s among the couple of Rio limited editions you’ll be putting on by Tokyo, japan 2020.

Omega Seamaster 300M Rio 2016 Special Edition

Omega Seamaster 300M Rio 2016 Special Edition

When you are forgoing crowded stadiums towards Copacabana Beach – very tempting – this is very probably the perfect watch. The 300m water proofing could keep it protected from errant waves, as the transferred wave pattern matches the beach’s famous sidewalks. The shades from the Olympic emblem are inset in to the ceramic bezel and also the emblem itself are available placed around the back. Again, the edition is restricted to 2016 pieces.

Omega Releases New Seamaster Watches for London 2012 Olympic Games

This year’s Olympic games in London are significant for Omega for several reasons. One is that 2012 marks the 80th anniversary of the first Olympic games for which Omega was official timekeeper. Another is the last games held in the city of London, in 1948, saw the introduction of several sports timekeeping innovations pioneered by the brand. Finally, this year will be Omega’s 25th Olympic Games as official timekeeper. And in keeping with recent tradition, the brand will introduce a trio of special timepieces to celebrate.

All three are Seamaster models — appropriate, since the Omega Seamaster replica made its debut in the last London Olympics year of 1948. Two are three-hand watches with dates and the third is a chronograph. All have the “London 2012″ Olympic emblem stamped on the caseback to identify them as special editions.

The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Co-Axial Chronograph “London 2012″ makes a great impression with its hefty 44-mm case and blue-PVD-coated dial, which sports the Aqua Terra line’s characteristic vertical striped teak pattern. One version has a combination rose-gold/steel case and a blue leather strap that matches the dial; the other is an in all-stainless-steel case with matching bracelet. The chronograph records up to 30 minutes and up to 12 hours (on the one at 6 o’clock). The small seconds counter is at 9 o’clock and the date is in a window at 4:30. The hands for hours, minutes, and chronograph seconds are made of 18k gold, polished, brushed and faceted; they are also treated with white Super-LumiNova for readability in the dark. The sapphire crystal is domed, scratch-resistant and nonreflective on both sides.

Omega Unveils New Limited-Edition Seamaster Diver for 34th America’s Cup

Omega commemorated the 34th America’s Cup sailing race, and celebrated its continuing role as Official Timekeeper for Emirates Team New Zealand, last week in San Francisco with the release of a special commemorative timepiece, the Omega Seamaster Diver ETNZ Limited Edition.

The watch was presented to ETNZ captain Dean Barker, who has been an Omega “brand ambassador” since 2001, by Omega President Stephen Urquhart during a special event held at the ETNZ base camp in the City by the Bay. After the press conference and presentation of the watch, Team New Zealand launched its new ETNZ AC72 boat into the Bay for a training session.

Omega’s association with Emirates Team New Zealand dates back to 1995, the last year that the Cup, the world’s most prestigious sailing race, was contested in the United States. That year, Omega “ambassador” Sir Peter Blake led Team New Zealand to victory in San Diego. Omega’s logo is prominently featured on the jib, both hulls and the wing sails of the new AC72 boat.

The Omega Seamaster Diver ETNZ Limited Edition, of which only 2,013 pieces will be made, has a matte-black dial, encircled by a red seconds track, with skeletonized central hour and minute hands. The small seconds subdial is at nine o’clock. The red hand on the subdial at 3 o’clock functions not only as the 30-minute counter for the watch’s chronograph function, but also, in conjunction with the red scale encircling the subdial, to count down the five-minute interval before the start of a regatta. The subdial at 6 o’clock, also using a red hand, records up to 12 chronograph hours and is located directly above the date window.

The watch contains Omega Co-Axial Caliber 3330, and includes, in addition to its chronograph and regatta countdown function, several features of a professional-grade divers’ watch, including a unidirectional rotating bezel, helium escape valve (at 10 o’clock), Super-LumiNova on the dial for legibility deep underwater, and water-resistance to 300 meters.

The case of the Omega Seamaster Diver ETNZ Limited Edition is 44 mm in diameter, made of polished and brushed stainless steel, and has a matte-black ceramic bezel ring. The screw-down caseback is embossed with the ETNZ logo and bears the limited edition number and “Challenger for the 34th America’s Cup” engraved around the caseback. The watch comes on a black rubber strap with red “Omega” logo and also includes an extendable, stainless-steel divers’ bracelet.