For the 23rd time in its history Omega will be Official Timekeeper to the Olympic Games in 2008. One year ahead of the Opening Ceremony a special collection of watches was unveiled for distribution in China and certain selected Omega stores worldwide.
The Beijing Olympic Collection was launched on 8 August this year with the Constellation limited edition. With its four distinctive claws the Omega Constellation is instantly recognisable and one of the best-selling watches in the world. Its appeal is universal: it has been often spotted on the wrist of Mikhail Gorbachev and its popularity was further reinforced in 1995 when it became “Cindy Crawford’s Choice”. The Constellation has since found favour in cinema and sport through actress Nicole Kidman and golfer Sergio Garcia.
The Constellation launch is the first of six limited edition Omega launches, each timed to coincide with a particular date during the run-up to the Olympic Games. Every watch in each collection will be presented in a special box with certificate and will have the Beijing 2008 official logo stamped on the caseback.
To further reinforce a special relationship with the Olympic Games that dates back to Los Angeles 1932 when Omega first became Official Timekeeper, each model will feature either the five Olympic Rings on the seconds hand or coloured stones representing the colours of the Olympic Rings.
Thus the Constellation Ladies model, with 22.5mm case and white mother-of-pearl dial, features blue and yellow sapphires at 10 and 11 o’clock respectively; at 12 o’clock there is a black diamond; at one o’clock an emerald; and at two o’clock a ruby. The remaining hour markers are set with white diamonds and the watch is available in 18 carat yellow gold, red gold or bi-colour gold and stainless steel.
The Gentleman’s Constellation, with the Olympic Rings on the seconds hand, has a 35.5mm diameter and a sun-brushed finish starting from the applied star. It comes in 18 carat yellow gold, red gold or bi-colour gold and stainless steel and is equipped with an automatic chronometer movement.
Playing on the number eight - the Chinese lucky number as well as the opening date of the Olympic Games (08.08.2008) - the limited production numbers for each model are either 888 or 2008, and the No8 theme is repeated throughout the six product launches. The second launch will mark 288 days to go to the Games, then it will be 188 days, 88 days and eight days. The sixth and final launch will be a limited edition of 88 pieces for each of the 17 days of the Olympic Games.