World’s Greatest Olympian, Michael Phelps Unveils Omega Timepieces With The World’s First Movement

THM Desk
31 Oct 2022 |
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You can only expect to be wowed by a launch when the world’s greatest Olympian and the world’s first movement come together! With its own mechanical "brain" to chime elapsed time, the Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 1932 is the first movement in the world to combine chronograph and minute repeater capabilities.

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Olympic legend Michael Phelps was on hand in Los Angeles for the launch of OMEGA's most complex caliber and two watches befitting its power, a project that took six years to complete.

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In two exceptional timepieces, this state-of-the-art caliber serves as the heartbeat. The limited edition Olympic 1932 Chrono Chime from OMEGA connects the brand's 1892 invention of the minute repeater timepiece to the pocket chronographs that served as official timekeepers during the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

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The OMEGA Speedmaster Chrono Chime is a timeless timepiece in a traditional 45 mm case size. OMEGA chose the Walt Disney Concert Hall for its unveiling because of its stellar reputation as an acoustically superior location, perfect for its visually stunning and sonically impressive timepieces.

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Michael Phelps, their special guest, is thrilled with the new Chrono Chime watches because they represent everything he loves about the brand he wears. "OMEGA precision has played a vital role in my own success, so I’m thrilled to help launch these incredible pieces of technology. I’ve been with OMEGA a long time, so I know what the watchmakers are capable of, but these Chrono Chime timepieces are on a whole new level.”

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Raynald Aeschlimann, CEO, and President of OMEGA, says the company's latest successes are due to the pioneering nature of the company's founders. He said, “The key dates of our history are more than just memorable moments in the past. We weave these milestones into what we create today. Our Chrono Chime technology is completely new, but this willingness to defy expectations, to break new ground, has always been at the heart of OMEGA. We don’t shy away from challenges; we take them on, with determination and passion.”

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The LA Memorial Coliseum, the site of the Los Angeles 1932 Olympic Games, hosted a special Chrono Chime luncheon following the formal launch of OMEGA's ringing homage. Aerobatic drone displays and symbolic Olympic torch-lighting were part of the evening's festivities.