We mainly shared the points of the replica Speedy Tuesday in the past. But today we make an exception, as we were invited to join the Omega Speedmaster Event in London, with Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, former NASA’s engineer James H. Ragan who was responsible for testing and choosing the Speedmaster and actor George Clooney, a long-time space and Speedmaster fan.
I would say frankly that I love the Speedmaster. I’ve told this many times before, but the Speedmaster is the model that got me into watches in general and one that I collect myself. A love that resulted in starting the Speedy Tuesday feature and has been celebrated with its own limited edition watch for its 5th anniversary. Therefore, I was very happy to receive an invitation from Raynald Aeschlimann (CEO and President of Omega) to join their Speedmaster event in London, to celebrate the 60th birthday of this iconic chronograph.
We arrived in London last Tuesday, but other than a wonderful diner in one of London’s fine restaurants, there was not really a program. When I was going to meet up with a few people in the lobby of the hotel, I found myself in the elevator with Buzz Aldrin and his manager (Mission Control Director as she likes to call herself). Surreal, to say the last. Anyway, the program for the Speedmaster Event started on Wednesday morning.
Below, some close-ups of the first three references mentioned. The replica Omega Speedmaster, the first Speedmaster ever, designed by Pierre Moinat. And it was the second generation of Speedmaster watches featuring a black bezel and Alpha-hands. Third, the other replica model, introduced in 1964 with its white baton hands and actually the watch that was tested by NASA for the Apollo program.
Other fake watches that were brought to the table were the Speedmaster Professional with caliber 861 that was used by Apollo 17 astronaut Ron Evans. He didn’t wear the watch, but he attached it to one of the control panels of the Command Module to do some tests. It wasn’t an approved or certified watch for Extra-Vehicular Actitivies. It wasn’t until 1978 that the replica that model was certified for use in space during EVA.
One of the part that most guests were looking forward to, was the interview with Apollo XI astronaut Buzz Aldrin. On July 21st 1969, he sat foot on the Moon together with astronaut Neil Armstrong. Buzz Aldrin was accompanied by his manager who also did the talk with him during the interview. We were shown some incredible cool images (mainly from NASA) and Buzz commented on them to tell us what happened there, or what we were looking at exactly. Very interesting to hear his comments next to some of the famous photographs we all know (of Buzz Aldrin on the Moon, in the Lunar Module, his footprint). At the end, there was some time to ask Buzz Aldrin a couple of questions. The significance of the watch and the future of space exploration were things he elaborated on.
The first model I want to recommend for your Valentine surprise gift is the Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso Squadro Lady. Here is a bold and impressive designer watch from a legendary icon of beautiful accessories. And now it’s available in our ladies watches sale. With its 18k gold plated case, bezel and hexagonal crown, its distinctive dial with art deco numerals, this watch is for the woman who quietly indulges in tastefully unique objects. Super Quartz is standard to Breitling because the resulting movements are respected for their stability, precision, and extreme durability. It also comes with a reliable chronometer. There is an element of fun combined with a subtle refinement that gives this watch its luster.
What makes Chopard stand out, as seen in this gorgeous women watch, is that the pieces are designed to appear more as adornment than functional. If your special someone is a lady who adores brilliance and splashes this may be her watch. Scheufele, who acquired Chopard in 1863, was himself a jeweler and his watches assumed a key role in introducing women designer watches that were both timepieces and ornamental jewelry. The Breitling Colt Lady is a dazzling watch. Will surely impress if your valentine is someone who loves to stand out. This is a tendency that would go on to influence many other designers of watches for women. This Valentine’s Day why not think jewelry while thinking ladies watch? Consider purchasing the special one in your life a Chopard. And yet the most exquisite watch in our ladies watches sale.
Another notable selection in our ladies watches sale for Valentine’s Day is Audemars Piquet Royal Oak. Breitling has a reputation for being a forward-thinking watchmaker. The Colt series is one of its most hard-hitting heart winners. This beauty is an iconic watch in the world of watchmaking. And a favorite of all women who value tasteful design. One thing Hublot is not is lukewarm. It is one of our most treasured items in our Valentine’s Day watches sale. There have been smaller versions of watches in the past but this 33 mm is by far the most dainty. The Colt Lady at 33 mm will be sure to grace more delicate wrists without sacrificing the durability and impeccability one would expect from a watch originally designed for the military.
The Royal Oak being the flagship watch line of Audemars Piquet, a watch designed to be sporty and stylish simultaneously, it is known for its trademark stainless steel parts and octagonal frame. Rumour has it that the Hublot Big Bang with its yellow strap is the biggest hit in the ladies department.
Offered as one of our knock off watches for sale this watch is unique, stylish and let’s be honest, outlandish. Under the direction of superstar watch designer Jean-Claude Biver, Hublot has emerged from near obscurity to being a designer giant in watches despite its many detractors.
One watch from our ladies watches sale that is perfectly suited to an occasion of love is the Chopard Luxury Replica with its diamond-encrusted polished stainless steel bezel. Customers either love or hate the brand. But there is no denying that its powerfully aggressive and effective way of creating brand has made their watches desirable and culturally relevant. With meticulous attention to the details and the production details, small wonder that a watchmaker like Breitling would rely upon such a movement for their watches. The embossed red crocodile leather strap is a perfect compliment to this ideal fashion accessory. While refined and elegant the details are tastefully restrained. With Chopard, their watches are as much jewelry as timepieces.