From Elvis Presley’s gifted wristwatch in 1960 to astronaut Wally Schirra’s CK2998 model used on his Mercury Sigma 7 mission in 1962, Omega invites you to discover its history with a new exhibition titled Planet OMEGA.
Broken up into six sections, OMEGA revisits the different industries it has been a part of, like Sports and The Olympic Games, the Ocean, and Space. From November 9th to November 19th, the exhibition at the Chelsea Factory will open its doors and greet visitors with a special “Vintage” section, revealing a variety of historic timepieces on loan from the OMEGA museum in Biel, Switzerland, like the OMEGA Slimline timepiece worn by John F. Kennedy at his presidential inauguration in 1961.
Other sections include Precision, which entails OMEGA’s mission at reaching the maximum amount of precision in all of its watches since the very beginning, and the Ocean, which commemorates the brand’s diving expertise and its history of sea-inspired designs. An original 1932 Marine, known as the first diver’s watch available to civilian divers, will be on display as well as the most recent Seamaster “Ultra Deep” watches.
No OMEGA exhibition is complete without its favorite spy—Bond, James Bond, that is. The only watch ever worn by the spy since 1995, the exhibition has commemorated 007 with his very own section. Titled ‘James Bond,’ the section includes the Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition worn by Daniel Craig in his final appearance in No Time To Die and two exquisite watches created specifically for the franchise’s 60th anniversary.
At the intimate opening night event, the exhibit welcomed actress Nicole Kidman, who has been an ambassador of the house since 2005, and is now one of the brand’s longest serving icons. Celebrations of the OMEGA exhibition didn’t stop there, as Cindy Crawford and her daughter Kaia Gerber, representing two generations of OMEGA ambassadors, graced the event on Tuesday. Crawford became OMEGA’s very first ambassador in 1995, and has remained a close part of the brand ever since, speaking on a panel at Planet OMEGA about her career, as well as her longtime connection to OMEGA.
If you choose to make your way to Chelsea Factory, maybe–just maybe–you’ll catch a glimpse of a spy or a supermodel in New York City.