Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Starmus edition


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The Starmus Festival is a unique combination of science, music and art. Founded in 2011, the international festival focuses on helping the general public to better understand and appreciate science. A couple of days ago, at a special press conference at the Royal Society in London, the Starmus Festival announced the beginning of a new partnership with the renowned Swiss watchmaker Omega. Speaking at the event, the brand’s President and CEO Raynald Aeschlimann expressed his views on the partnership and underlined the importance of innovation in both watchmaking and science. Joining him were also Stephen Hawking and Professor Garik Israelian, the founder of Starmus Festival. As a company with strong history within science, Omega wants with this partnership to maintain its commitment to this highly important area of life.

As a part of the new partnership, the Swiss brand will be sponsoring the Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication. The award recognizes individuals who promote science through different areas such as cinema, arts and music. The inaugural awards ceremony was held at the last year’s Starmus III. The very first recipients were physicist Jim Al-Khalili, world-renowned composer Hans Zimmer, and the 2013 American documentary film Particle Fever. On 20 June 2017 at the fourth Starmus Festival (June 18 to 23, in Trondheim, Norway), three winners will be announced from three different categories. Omega will reward the winners of Hawking Medal for Science Communication with a special 18K yellow gold version of the iconic Speedmaster Proffessional.

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The award recipients are chosen by Stephen Hawking himself

 

The latest edition of the Omega Moonwatch has a solid caseback decorated with a unique engraving that resembles the design of the actual award medal. The back bezel is engraved with the words “Winner of the Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication”. The caseback features an image of the Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov during the first ever human spacewalk, Starmus logo, and the “Red Special” guitar of Queen’s Brian May. In case you’re wondering what a rock star and science have in common, here’s an explanation. In 2007, the musician completed his PhD dissertation which was left unfinished in 1974 when Queen began to achieve worldwide success. He had studied at Tenerife, Spain through London’s Imperial College. In 2007 his advisor was the Armenian astrophysicist Garik Israelian. The two quickly formed a friendship that led to the creation of Starmus, a festival with a name honoring stars and music.

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The engraving resembles the design of the actual award medal

 

As for the rest for the watch, it is pretty much the same as with the classic Speedmaster Proffessional – minus all the gold of course :) . The new Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Starmus features a 42 mm case, black dial with the familiar 3-6-9 chronograph layout, the ultra-precise hand-wound calibre 1861, and a stylish black alligator leather strap. Omega has announced that only three such timepieces will be made for the Starmus Festival and that this design will not be offered for retail sale. Too bad, in my opinion, as this edition would certainly have been highly successful among many watch enthusiasts.

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Unfortunately for many watch enthusiasts, the new Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Starmus is not intended for retail sale

 

 

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