Omega has opened a fresh out of the plastic new museum at its HQ in Biel/Bienne Switzerland planned by grant winning Japanese planner Shigeru Ban that is bound to draw in watch fans the world over. The most striking element of the new Omega building committed to the brand’s numerous horological accomplishments is a super-sized “stroll in” Omega Speedmaster that permits you an uncommon perspective on the inward operations of the world-popular games watch, while it screens an enlivened film uncovering the internal functions of the brand’s unmistakable Co-Axial Escapement.
The New Omega Museum
In expansion to the stroll in Speedmaster are different regions of the museum devoted to the Olympics, Moon missions and obviously James Bond. The first Omega museum opened in 1984 and was the first of its sort for a SINGLE Swiss watch brand. The new museum, which will supplant the past one, “recounts the compelling story of the worldwide watchmaker through vivid motion pictures, compelling exhibits and fun intuitive experiences.”
The first thing guests experience after entering the space is a huge world guide on the floor “installed with computerized readouts of specific occasions from various areas across the globe” – a colossal world clock, all in all. Guests are additionally given the principal video establishment, named the “Historical backdrop of Time,” which “tracks mankind’s journey for accuracy from the soonest timekeepers to the most present day developments” in a vivid, 360° format.
Then there’s a 30-ft. long Olympic running track outfitted with credible Omega Official Timekeeper innovation, including beginning squares, an electronic beginning gun, and (obviously) advanced clocks. Guests can even get a printout of their “close finish” caught by Omega’s scanner which can record up to 10,000 advanced pictures for every second.
Next up is a true blue moonscape complete with a Lunar Rover where guests can channel their internal Buzz Aldrin, the principal man to wear an Omega Speedmaster on the Moon. The experience combines photographs, recordings, an exhibit of NASA innovation, and a few truly critical instances of the Speedmaster “Moonwatch” including a portion of the space-flown watches Omega gained from the space travelers themselves. Anyway it ought to be noticed that these were secretly bought models since NASA-gave watches remain government property – and Aldrin’s watch strangely disappeared in 1971.
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