Sunday, 25 August 2013
Thanks to Omega for the invite down for opening cocktails. Do drop by to check out the co-axial exhibition at paragon if you have interest in horology and innovation. The co-axial escapement is a truly new escapement created by Sir George Daniels has been put into production by Omega.
PRESS RELEASE: OMEGA CELEBRATES THE ART OF WATCHMAKING AT PARAGON SHOPPING CENTRE WITH THE ‘OMEGA CO-AXIAL EXHIBITION’ Singapore, August 23, 2013
Omega, the Swiss luxury brand, celebrated its pioneering spirit and dedication to the art of watchmaking with the official opening of the ‘Omega Co-Axial Exhibition’. Held in partnership with Cortina Watch, the event commemorated the state-of-the-industry technology found within Omega’s exquisite timepieces. The night presented over 200 guests the opportunity to discover the brand’s incredible history in innovation through a series of guided tours and dazzling displays of the watch movements widely considered to be among the best in the world. Venue The main atrium of Paragon Shopping Centre was transformed into a dynamic museum space to showcase the revolutionary movements and level of precision involved in creating the brand’s Co- Axial calibres. Guests were taken through an informational guided audio tour through the evolution of the escapement at the heart of the movements from its revolutionizing debut in the 1990s to its integration into present-day OMEGA Co-Axial calibres; they marvelled at some of the brand’s most important and iconic and historic pieces. Among these was an Omega Speedmaster that was fitted with an early version of the Co-Axial escapement by the inventor of the escapement himself, Dr. George Daniels.
The emcee of the evening – model and TV host Stephanie Carrington, kicked the night off by inviting Mr Jeremy Lim, the Chief Operations Officer at Cortina Watch to the stage for a welcoming speech. This was followed by an address from Mr David Ponzo, President of Swatch Group, Singapore and Malaysia and Vice President of Omega, South East Asia, who explained the significance of the Co- Axial escapement in the Omega story. A stunning contemporary dance performance by the SandraHo Dance Academy raised the curtain on the exhibition as dancers paid tribute to the Co-Axial escapement with their precise acrobatic movements. It was a night of dance and melody as guests were then treated to a performance by electric violinist Lester Kong. Guests and friends partied late into the night and eventually said their goodbyes long after the festivities were over.
Some additional pics from the opening and exhibition:
ploprofs then and now... the modern take is great but I would have preferred more touches of the vintage to it personally. so red button, blue dial, bezel fonts on the old look better to me...
Omega Speedy from 1963 with the 321 cal... a movement to be admired...
timepiece modified by George Daniels and presented to the watch industry in the 1970s
Co-axial launched in 1999 in a De Ville... the first of these presented to George Daniels
some nice pocketwatches and movements...
Sm120c Big Blue Seamaster ST 176.004. Introduced in 1971 and still gorgeous today... damn, I may have to hunt one down :)