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登月六十载Over The Moon

欧米茄欢庆超霸系列腕表诞生60周年,当然不能错过邀请腕表最重要的佩戴者一同庆祝,那就是第二位在月球表面漫步的太空人巴兹艾德灵。巴兹艾德灵当年与尼尔杭思朗一起乘搭阿波罗11号太空船登陆月球,虽然他在尼尔杭思朗之后才踏足月球表面,但却是第一位戴着欧米茄超霸腕表在月球漫步的太空人(尼尔杭思朗当年在月球漫步时,将他的欧米茄腕表留在了太空舱内)。

欧米茄请来太空人欢庆超霸腕表60周年。

今年高龄87的巴兹艾德灵在登陆月球后48年的今天,再次穿上太空衣现身伦敦的泰特现代艺术馆,在现场嘉宾热烈鼓掌欢迎后,他重提当年在太空佩戴超霸腕表的回忆﹕“我们没有害怕,而是十分自豪能够代表大家,并运用自身的技能和知识来完成这件对于太空人,以及其他人一样非常有意义的事情。”
在巴兹身旁还有著名演员佐治古尼,从孩提时代开始,阿波罗登月一直是他最宝贵的回忆。他说:“超霸腕表在我成长过程中十分重要。我的叔叔、父亲和我都拥有超霸腕表,因为它在登月任务中担任极大角色,对我们的生活亦影响深远。我的父亲曾将一枚超霸腕表送给我作为毕业礼物。我有各种理由喜爱超霸腕表,不仅是它典雅的外形,也因为它的悠久历史。”

当问到他对太空人登月的回忆时,佐治特别向巴兹致敬:“登月对我们每个人来说都意义非凡。你所做的事影响着大家,包括你的勇气,你的领导力及其他的一切,我对你的感谢永远都不够。”
欧米茄超霸腕表系列历史悠久,其首个款式是世界上第一枚把测速计置于表圈上的腕表。1956年,经美国太空总署官方测试,超霸腕表获认证成为所有载人太空飞行任务的时计,其中最为人熟悉的是1969年阿波罗11号的登月任务,在尼尔杭思朗及巴兹艾德灵首次踏足月球表面的同时,欧米茄超霸腕表亦成为第一枚在月球上被佩戴过的腕表。

这场在伦敦举行的盛大欧米茄“Lost in Space”主题晚宴展示了1957年至2017年面世,具标志性的60枚经典超霸系列腕表,吸引了众星出席,除了巴兹艾德灵和佐治古尼作为荣誉嘉宾,英国物理学家布莱恩考克斯是大会主持。其他嘉宾包括美国女演员丽芙泰勒、英国歌手艾丽高登、星级厨师Marcus Wareing、意大利游泳选手菲利波马格尼尼、日本男演员三浦翔平,以及中国女演员刘诗诗等。
 

Buzz Aldrin might not have been the first man to step foot on the moon. But the American astronaut accomplished a feat all the same: He was the first to walk on the moon while wearing a watch, the Omega Speedmaster. Mission commander Neil Armstrong had left his in the spacecraft when he made history in 1969.


So it was only fitting that Aldrin graced Omega’s Lost In Space gala event in April to mark the 60th anniversary of the iconic watch. Now 87, he appeared at London’s Tate Modern museum in a replica of his Apollo 11 spacesuit to raucous applause from the star-studded crowd. Celebrity guests included actress Liv Tyler, singer Ellie Goulding and actor George Clooney, who took centrestage with Aldrin. 
Recounting the historic space mission, Aldrin said: “We weren’t scared. We were proud to have been able to represent everyone and to have the skills and the knowledge to carry out something that was very meaningful to us as astronauts, of course, but also to so many other people.”
Clooney, 56, an ardent fan of both the Speedmaster and space exploration, paid a personal tribute to Aldrin: “What you did mattered to all of us and I can’t thank you enough for your courage, your leadership and everything you’ve done.”

The actor counts the Speedmaster and the Apollo missions among his most treasured childhood memories. “Speedmasters were a big part of my growing up. My uncle and my father, we all had them because it was such a big part of the moon landing,” he said at the gala, revealing that his father gave him the chronograph as a graduation gift. “There’s every reason to love them because they’re elegant watches. But I also love them because of the history.”
Developed in 1957 as a timepiece for racing and other sporting pursuits that demanded precise timing of an event, the Speedmaster soon caught the attention of NASA. The original model was the first watch to have its tachymeter scale on the bezel. In 1965, the Speedmaster was officially tested and approved by NASA for all manned space missions. 
The man in charge of that process, ex-engineer James Ragan, told guests at the Omega bash: “Of all the watches we tested in 1965, the Speedmaster was the only one that passed all the tests. The others got eliminated in the very first test. So it has a very good reputation with NASA and even today is still used in space. That says a lot about the watch.”

The Speedmaster, nicknamed “Moonwatch” thanks to Aldrin, is a popular choice among pilots, explorers, athletes as well as watch aficionados.
Raynald Aeschlimann, Omega’s president and chief executive, said at the London event, which showcased 60 key Speedmaster models from the last 60 years: “The Speedmaster is one of the most, if not the most, iconic chronographs in the world. Not only for Omega, but for the many men and women who have worn and trusted it. Even after 60 years, its power and charisma have not diminished.”