Occasion Report: The Launch Of The James Bond Watch In NYC

HomeEventEvent Report: The Launch Of The James Bond Watch In NYC EventOmegaEvent Report: The Launch Of The James Bond Watch In NYC And a brief history on Omega's military watches by Bert BuijsroggeDecember 15, 2019 MIN READEvent Report: The Launch Of The James Bond Watch In NYCWe joined the official launch of the new Omega Seamaster 300M James Bond watch in NYC. We thought it would be interesting to share some impressions of that event, as Omega also took the opportunity to talk about their connection with military watches.
In the past years, I’ve had many experiences which I would have never had if I would still be working in real estate. Visiting NYC twice for two cool Omega events (one being our own Speedy Tuesday event in collaboration with Omega and the other this James Bond launch) is a privilege. Enjoy my report.
The Launch Of The James Bond Watch
The official launch begins with a word of welcome by Omega CEO Raynald Aeschlimann, followed by sharing the first visual impress..

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Occasion Report: The Launch Of The James Bond Watch In NYC And a quick historical past on Omega's navy watches by Bert BuijsroggeDecember 15, 2019 MIN READEvent Report: The Launch Of The James Bond Watch In NYC

We joined the official launch of the brand new Omega Seamaster 300M James Bond watch in NYC. We thought it will be attention-grabbing to share some impressions of that occasion, as Omega additionally took the chance to speak about their reference to navy watches.

Prior to now years, I’ve had many experiences which I’d have by no means had if I’d nonetheless be working in actual property. Visiting NYC twice for 2 cool Omega occasions (one being our personal Speedy Tuesday occasion in collaboration with Omega and the opposite this James Bond launch) is a privilege. Take pleasure in my report.

The Launch Of The James Bond Watch

The official launch begins with a phrase of welcome by Omega CEO Raynald Aeschlimann, adopted by sharing the primary visible impressions of the brand new James Bond watch. The occasion location is the Normal Excessive Line, within the Meat Packing District in NYC.

A quick historical past

Petros Protopapas (Model Heritage Supervisor at Omega) offers us an introduction to navy watches and Omega. He’s a human database in the case of the historical past of Omega. What I recognize about Petros Protopapas is that he’s very factual, and when one thing will not be completely certain or confirmed, he’ll both clearly point out it or in no way. Petros Protopapas is a passionate speaker, and I discover that he comes very ready when giving displays like this one, in NYC.

As most of you already know, about 110.000 watches have been delivered to the allied forces throughout WWII. Greater than half of these watches have been delivered by Omega. It’s good to know that Omega solely delivered to allied forces throughout this struggle. In any other case, it will have put a dent of their delight for certain. As an instance what kind of watches have been delivered, Petros Protopapas introduced a collection of them with him to NYC. Many of the watches that Omega delivered to the allied forces went to the Ministry of Defence (or MoD in brief) of the UK. Let’s have a more in-depth take a look at the watches Omega introduced with them, and the background story of those.

Army Watches

It began with a pocket watch, the GSTP, or ‘Common Service Time Piece’. That is principally the look ahead to all those that weren’t pilots or navigators. It was a giant change that the forces on the bottom had a watch throughout these horrible days of the struggle. And they might inform the time in darkness as a consequence of radium that was used for luminescence. The second supply was known as the ‘Weems’ as a consequence of its rotating bezel, which was invented by Philip van Horn Weems. An attention-grabbing reality is {that a} comparable watch is used within the movie Dunkirk. The director or moviemakers did their analysis to make use of a traditionally right look ahead to the pilot character. But, whereas doing their homework accurately, they by no means bought in contact to borrow one from Omega. So the watch that’s utilized in that film is recreated to be as traditionally right as potential.

Subsequent in line is likely one of the massive deliveries and first true Spitfire watch sometimes called the hurricane. And in the direction of the tip of the struggle got here, as everyone knows, the ‘Soiled Dozen’. Not like earlier watches, these watches have been particularly made to navy requirements. That is what a typical navy timepiece appears right now with a black dial, contrasting luminous markings. All carry the W.W.W. inscription on the again, quick for Watch, Wrist(let), and Waterproof.

And from 1952 onwards, the MoD continued to belief Omega for his or her watches. They wanted an anti-magnetic timepiece, for instance. Additionally, these have been the primary watches to hold NATO markings. The watch that would in all probability have been worn by James Bond, if he would have been round. Launched declassified paperwork present a watch that’s not an Omega design, but it specifies the Seamaster 300.

When taking a look at drawings, the watch outlined as a navy watch by the MoD resembles an Omega. Most of those watches have markings of a broad arrow. Something that had a broad arrow mark on it, wasn’t speculated to be in civilian arms as its a authorities property mark. It was solely a brief presentation given by Omega, however we want to dig in a bit deeper into this topic within the close to future. We are going to preserve you posted.

About Bond watches

After this historic lesson from Petros Protopapas, it’s time to sit down with Omega’s CEO, Raynald Aeschlimann, for a possibility to speak a few factor or two, and the brand new Omega Seamaster 300M James Bond, after all. Through the session, we be taught a bit extra about how the choice for the Omega watches in Bond films advanced.

It is smart that somebody within the secret service wears a navy watch. As a result of historical past that Omega has on this area, amongst different qualities, the 300M ended up within the Bond films. Given the truth that the partnership is there for nearly 25 years exhibits the proper match. Through the years, completely different fashions have been used within the films. We have given a full rundown of all Omegas used by Bond here. After utilizing the Seamaster Planet Ocean within the final Bond films, he’s now going again to this new Seamaster 300M.

For the choice course of, Daniel Craig was additionally concerned. We be taught that the selection for this watch additionally comes with the thought of designing his personal watch. As Daniel Craig is a giant watch fanatic he bought the chance and was intently concerned with the design means of the brand new 300M. Two essential design points stand out for the Bond watch, which needed to be a navy mannequin as effectively. First is the mesh bracelet that wanted to be lightweight. One other element is the colour of the Tremendous-Luminova. The colour matches the sunshine and robust titanium Grade 2 case and it offers a little bit of a classic look.

Seamaster 300M James Bond Version

After which, lastly, we get to see and deal with the brand new Omega Seamaster 300M James Bond. The place RJ already had the pleasure to see it earlier within the yr in Italy, for me it was the primary time to see it. The very first thing to note is how extremely lightweight it’s. Particularly on the mesh bracelet. Often, a mesh bracelet is kind of heavy, maybe as a result of the final one I had on my wrist was the Seamaster 1200M Ploprof. However in comparison with that cumbersome and heavy watch, this one can virtually be referred to as elegant. And the mesh bracelet isn’t only a easy straight one because it goes thinner in the direction of the tip. On the bracelet, there are a number of holes to which the folding clasp adjusts. As with a navy watch, it comes with all of the markings. The domed sapphire appears nice. So does the combo of the titanium with the darkish brown dial, bezel and matching patina. We gained’t dive into the complete particulars once more as you may learn these within the in-depth review of the Seamaster 300M James Bond Edition.

Press Convention

Within the night, we attend a press convention to have a good time the long-lasting partnership with James Bond, and the official launch of the brand new 007 watch. On stage are Raynald Aeschlimann, Petros Protopapas, Daniel Craig, Barbara Broccoli, and Michael G. Wilson. We’ve taken a number of the questions and solutions which might be most attention-grabbing relating to watches. First, we get a showcase of essentially the most legendary (and humorous) moments. These additionally show the connection between Omega and James Bond. Shortly after, adopted by the official trailer for the brand new Bond movie ‘No Time to Die’. The world premiere of the film is about for the tip of March 2020. As a result of strict no-photo coverage, we don’t have any photos of this a part of the day.

MC: I’d like to start with you Raynald, and easily ask why the partnership between James Bond and OMEGA is so particular.

Raynald Aeschlimann: If we discuss a “partnership” I’ll confer with my French English, as a result of the phrase “companion” in French means rather a lot. Everyone talks right now about collaboration, however not a lot about partnership. Partnership is if you wish to get the most effective out of one another and I believe that’s fairly distinctive within the watch business. This partnership began a very long time in the past and that’s additionally crucial. It’s not in regards to the quick time period. As we are saying on the Olympic Video games, there are “observe information”, and that’s what we’ve had for greater than 20 years and, for OMEGA, that’s an ideal supply of delight. It’s been an extended relationship with EON. This entire story began, as I say, 25 years in the past. We like to work with them. We love their creativity. We love their dedication and fervour. These are the issues that additionally make OMEGA so completely different. We’re passionate individuals. We love what we do, and naturally, it’s a basic pillar of our DNA, as a result of it represents sophistication, journey, class and unimaginable type. And it’s additionally about constructive emotion. And we’d like that. For OMEGA, it’s an unimaginable partnership.

MC: It’s actually an ideal connection. All of it has to do with a historical past that goes all the best way again to the second World Warfare, when OMEGA acquired the order for, and delivered, to the British forces and Navy forces greater than 110,000 timepieces for use for the struggle effort. So we are able to safely assume after we discuss Commander Bond, that if he was an actual particular person, he would virtually actually have been issued with an OMEGA watch on the time. Maybe Michael and Barbara want to enlighten us on how this all began?

Michael G. Wilson: After all, for me, the concept OMEGA was an ideal timepiece began in 1969, when Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon, and all of the astronauts had OMEGA timepieces on. After all, he needed to depart his within the lunar module, as a result of the electrics within the module had failed, so this was the one method they may get again and navigate house. So, I believed, if it’s adequate for the astronauts and the moon touchdown, it’s bought to be adequate for James Bond. Lindy Hemming, whose father was a kind of individuals who bought the OMEGA navy watch within the struggle, she remembered that. She was the costume designer, and he or she advisable it and we began our partnership. And it’s been going and thriving ever since. It’s been an ideal partnership.

MC: So, what are you able to inform us about your function within the design of the watch?

Daniel Craig: The connection has constructed over the 5 films that I’ve achieved. After I did On line casino Royale, I type of needed a brand new watch. I needed my watch. My Bond watch. Pierce’s watch was very stunning and I’ve one and I put on it usually. However I needed one which suited my Bond. The Planet Ocean that I wore in that movie, I nonetheless have it, felt right. It’s a giant watch. In the event you have been in actual hassle, you possibly can wrap it round your knuckles and smack somebody within the face with it, which is a vital factor. However what was nice, was that I began speaking to OMEGA and all of the individuals there, and we began having a dialogue, and I suppose I believed, “they’re not likely going to take heed to me, they’re a watch producer.” I like watches however I do know little or no about them, however really the connection has constructed and constructed and constructed. What’s been superb is that we’ve had a backwards and forwards and we’ve talked about watches and I’m so extremely pleased with the place we’ve bought with it. I really feel like they’ve listened to me, which amazed me, and I’m very completely satisfied they did. This watch is the end result of all of that. There are a lot of issues. It appears like a navy watch, however it’s elegant. I had one essential factor, which was that my sleeve should be capable to fall excessive of it. And it could actually. So you may put on it as a gown watch, however it appears like a navy watch and a considerable watch. After which with the titanium, it’s as mild as a feather and it’s kind of magic. I’m so proud and so completely satisfied and extremely impressed with it. It was delivered to me proper at first of the filming course of and introduced to me, and I checked out it and stated, “there’s nothing I have to say, you’ve achieved it, that is it, it’s the James Bond watch.” So I simply thanks guys a lot.

MC: Daniel, James Bond is thought for his revolutionary devices. In the event you might have one time or labour-saving gadget in your Seamaster, what wouldn’t it be?

Daniel Craig: I believe a laser, don’t you? I believe a laser that may reduce a gap in a wall. How helpful is that, only for making a fast exit. You already know, “I’m simply off to the toilet,” after which you may simply zip off by the wall.

MC: Daniel, what’s your favorite OMEGA watch to put on in your day by day life? Which one would you advocate?

Daniel Craig: I’d say the advice can be the Moonwatch if it’s your first OMEGA. It’s a must to maintain it as a result of it’s a must to wind it. So it’s a must to take a look at it every single day and maintain it and really feel it. In order that’s a pleasant approach to get a relationship with a watch. The one I put on every single day? I’ve just a few and I like swapping them round. This new one goes to be my favorite for fairly some time although.

MC: Final query is on your Daniel. What do you hope individuals will bear in mind in regards to the OMEGA watches throughout your time as James Bond?

Daniel Craig: The watches and Bond have been so intently linked throughout this time. OMEGA are so essential to the franchise. Partnership is the phrase that Raynald used and I believe that’s precisely what it’s. They’re married to one another. There’s the class of the watch. I’m unsure if I’d name myself elegant. However I want to suppose that a few of OMEGA’s class has rubbed off on me.

MC: Thanks to all of you for making this such a particular night time.

With the tip of the press convention, the launch day is nearly over. The one factor left to do is take the elevator as much as the highest ground of the resort. Right here we finish the night time with an incredible James Bond Social gathering on the Prime of the Normal, overlooking the Skyline of New York Metropolis. We wish to thank Omega for his or her hospitality and the invite for this superb watch launch within the US.

Read our in-depth article on the new Omega Seamaster 300M James Bond here.

Click here for an overview of all Omega Seamaster watches worn by James Bond.

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