OMEGA's 'Her Time' remarkable exhibition took place for its first show at the Triennale di Milano during last September 2015. The outstanding selection of pieces from the Museum's collection will travel with this itinerant exhibition in many other countries.
With stunning vintage timepieces on display, as well as some timeless advertising, the exhibition proudly showed OMEGA's enduring commitment to women over the past 100 years.
To bring this heritage to life, "Her Time" proudly displayed many iconic OMEGA timepieces, from early Lepine pendants to the revolutionary Ladymatic that is still a timepiece of incredible beauty and innovation. Other time periods are also covered including 1920's Art Déco as well as Jewelry watches from the 1960s and 70s.
Along with the watches themselves, visitors where able to discover many examples of vintage artwork and OMEGA advertising, all of which show women in a variety of lifestyles. Wheter on evenings out or engaged in sport, the images show that OMEGA has always been able to capture the true essence of women.
The exhibition was open to the public until the 25th of September 2015 and will then travel internationally, first stopping in Moscow in September 2016.
The Omega Museum is participating in an exhibition being held at the National Air and Space Museum (NASM). One of the world's leading museums, the NASM is part of the Smithsonian Institute. The major display features important artifacts showcasing some of humankind's finest hours and greatest adventures.
Among several NASA artifacts that had not been displayed publicly, the Omega Museum has provided key Speedmaster chronograph watches as well as an exclusive handcrafted piece: an incredible "exploded" view of a period-correct ST105.003 Speedmaster, the same model worn by astronaut Edward White on America's first spacewalk during the Gemini IV mission.
The exhibition will be on display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. until June 2015.
For more information about the exhibition:
National Air and Space Museum
Independence Ave at 6th St, SW
Washington, DC 20560
The exhibition "Chasing Time" at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne host a selection of OMEGA's timekeeping devices, where the technology developed by OMEGA and adapted to the requirements of each sport can be discovered.
From 5 June 2014 to 18 January 2015, the Olympic Museum in Lausanne is hosting a new exhibition entitled "Chasing Time" which takes the visitor on a journey through time, as it is experienced in sport, socially, technologically and artistically.
For this important event, The OMEGA Museum was glad to participate providing some historical pieces used for the timekeeping, as chronograph stopwatches that were used at Olympic Games by Omega's timekeepers from 1932 and some different specialities of time recorders used for the swiming, athletics and cycling competitions, which continue to be in use today.
For more information about the exhibition "Chasing Time":
The Olympic Museum
Quai d'Ouchy 1
1001 lausanne - Switzerland
Tel: + 42 21 621 65 11
The Museum of Time-Keepers and Mechanical Musical Instruments (MUMM) located in Thun welcomes a temporary exhibition specially created by the OMEGA Museum, which traces the links between OMEGA and the underwater world.
The exhibition traces the links between OMEGA and the underwater world, from the first watch created especially for divers to the contemporary models. Visitors will have a chance to discover a selection of OMEGA divers’ watches and to explore the brand’s unique underwater heritage.
Exhibition dates 2014: from 5th may to 26th october 2014
Exhibition dates 2015: from 4th may to 25th october 2015
At the MUMM
The Museum of Time-Keepers and Mechanical Musical Instruments
CH-3653 Oberhofen am Thunersee
Opening hours: daily from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Telephone / fax: +41 (0)33 243 43 77
How the brand's 19 ligne calibre gave OMEGA its name and changed the world of watchmaking forever.
Coinciding with this year’s Baselworld watch and jewellery trade fair, the OMEGA Museum introduced a new exhibition to celebrate more than a century’s worth of timepieces whose roots can be traced to the brand’s 19 ligne calibre. At the time of its introduction in 1894, the movement boasted technology the world of watchmaking had never seen before. It was, in fact, among the very first movements whose crown could be used both to set the time and wind the watch.
The company’s founders were so impressed by the movement’s performance that they gave it the name “Omega”, the last letter of the Greek alphabet and a word equated with accomplishment and perfection. That name would be given to the brand in 1903.
This special redesign of the OMEGA Museum’s first room highlights a number of significant pieces that demonstrate the brand’s progression through industrialized watchmaking technology and design.
Among the iconic timepieces on display are some models worth a closer look, including two pocket watches from 1916 with specially designed enamel finished cases. Three other pocket watches represent the evolution of the name and logo on the dials of some OMEGA’s earliest watches.
Also featured at this exhibition are the extraordinary watches that won the " Grand Prix " at the Exposition Universelle of 1900 in Paris and the 1925 Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes.
On display there are several unique models from 1946 to 1951 with hand-crafted enamel dials.
As they near the end of the exhibition, visitors will find some of OMEGA’s most exquisite ladies’ wristwatches; some of these pieces feature a one-of-a-kind design and were worn only by their original owners before being acquired by the Museum.
These pieces lead the visitor to OMEGA's revolutionary Ladymatic model of 1955. On display are not only some of the most important variants of this family, but also the very movement that powered these ladies' watches: OMEGA's calibre 455, then the world's smallest rotor-wound automatic movement certified as a chronometer.
The pieces, movements and watchmaking details on display tell a story and take visitors on a journey through time from one fascinating showcase to the next. The new exhibition celebrates OMEGA’s contributions to the horological world and reveals the role the exclusive 19-ligne caliber plays in the brand’s heritage.
OMEGA’s pioneering technology
On April 25th 2013, the OMEGA Museum in Bienne unveiled a special exhibition featuring some of the most interesting of the brand’s earliest technological advances, including innovations that continue to be defining parts of the Swiss watch industry.
Among these will be some intriguing prototypes including an automatic winding movement developed in 1931 and a completely silent magnetic frictionless escapement created in 1938. Both of these important innovations are being exhibited publicly for the first time.
The magnetic frictionless escapement was designed for naval use in World War II, with the idea of making timing devices that could not be detected by sonar. The OMEGA watch prototype is the only known watch movement in the world to incorporate the escapement.
Another highlight of the exhibition is the prototype of an OMEGA Marine Chronometer with a Jaccard “shockless” escapement. It has no index, is free-sprung and significantly, requires no lubrication. In this respect, it can be seen as a direct ancestor of the Co-Axial escarpment developed by English watchmaker George Daniels and industrialized by OMEGA in 1999.
In fact, the exhibition will also include watches that belonged to George Daniels, who died in 2011. One is an Omega Speedmaster that Daniels himself fitted with an early version of the Co-Axial escapement; another is the OMEGA De Ville Co-Axial of 1999, numbered “0” and dedicated by OMEGA “To our friend George Daniels”. That watch represented the industrialization of the Co-Axial escapement and of the technology that has become such an important part of OMEGA’s story.
OMEGA has always dedicated energy and resources not only to the development of its innovative movement technology but to the materials used in its watch cases and bracelets. The exhibition will feature some of the brand’s most intriguingmaterials, including a watch from the 1920s with a crystal bracelet and some early applications of ceramics. These products will be displayed along with some of OMEGA’s newer alloys like Liquidmetal™ and Ceragold™.
The products on display at the special exhibition are united by an underlying theme: they show that OMEGA’s mechanical innovation has been perfectly complemented by material design that has always made the watches as aesthetically pleasing as they are technically compelling.