We talk to Omega’s President & CEO, Raynald Aeschlimann about the history, heritage and future of this phenomenal timepiece.
Synonymous with precision, reliability and history, the Omega Speedmaster is one of the world’s most coveted and recognizable watches. Cemented in world and horological history books by becoming the first watch to be worn on the moon, as part of Apollo 11 in 1969.
Today Omega maintains its pioneering spirit, the 2016 Moonphase is the first Speedmaster certified as a Master Chronometer, reaching the industry’s highest standards of precision and performance as approved by METAS – another important milestone in OMEGA’s superb history of watchmaking.
2017 marks the 60th year of Speedmaster and we caught up with Raynald Aeschlimann, the President and CEO of OMEGA to get his thoughts on the brands unmatched achievements and plans for the future.
The Speedmaster is one of the most revered horological designs of all time. What does it mean to celebrate 60 years of this lasting legacy, and how does Omega plan on building on it to connect and attract younger collectors, while protecting its history and heritage?
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Speedmaster is truly special as it’s an acknowledgement of its enduring appeal. It’s a unique and hugely popular watch and the fans love it, even after all these years. As for younger buyers, well I think the fact that the watch has been around so long is what appeals to them most. If you look at what they’re drawn to in terms of cars, clothes and other products, there’s a strong emphasis on authenticity. So of course, we will experiment with new materials and styles to appeal to younger buyers, but not at the expense of our history.
Most experts are of the opinion that every collector should own an Omega timepiece, I’m sure you’ll agree – why would an Omega, particularly a Speedmaster, be an essential acquisition for a collector?
Yes of course I’d agree that every collector should own an OMEGA, because you’re essentially investing in a slice of history. Not only will an OMEGA hold its value over time, but there will always be something about it that’s specific to the era in which it was created. In regards to the Speedmaster, what makes it special is the story. A watch designed with racing car drivers in mind that became the first watch worn on the moon. It’s a fascinating history.
Is there a speedmaster that has special meaning to you, above all others?
Well, I have a great affection for the Moonwatch, for all of the reasons just covered. However this year we also released a reissue of the original 1957 Speedmaster as part of our 1957 Trilogy series. And I do love the simple elegance of that first model.
What was your first Omega watch?
An OMEGA Speedmaster Moonwatch