Pushing the envelope to achieve real tangible outcomes, whether that be through performance or technical innovation, has always been at the heart of OMEGA’s mission. The 171-year-old watchmaker’s dedication to excellence has won them support from a legion of esteemed individuals and organisations — NASA, the Olympic Games, countless stars of stage & screen — many of which have gone on to develop a symbiotic relationship with the brand. It was therefore fitting that Planet OMEGA — unveiled in Shanghai last weekend — commemorated many of those special relationships with an exhibition that was unprecedented in its exhaustiveness. This debut marked the beginning of a year-long roadshow throughout mainland China, followed by a multi-year tour that will see Planet OMEGA exhibited around the globe. 

Under the vast canopy of the Power Station of Art — China’s first ever state-run contemporary art museum — one of the most exhaustive collections of OMEGA paraphernalia ever to be assembled was displayed. Encased behind row upon row of towering glass panels — which evoked, rather cleverly, the funhouse atmosphere of The Man with the Golden Gun — the exhibition was divided into 7 discrete “pillars” (i.e. Space, Glamour, Precision, Ocean, the Olympics, Heritage and James Bond), each constituting an essential part of the OMEGA heritage.

In an evening filled with priceless artefacts — a electronic start gun from the 2010 Winter Olympics; the Spectre edition Seamaster 300 — that told the most exciting version of the OMEGA tale, the brand made sure to bring an A-lister equal to the task of introducing them, enlisting Oscar winner Mr. Eddie Redmayne to kick off festivities. The Fantastic Beasts actor has been an OMEGA ambassador since 2015 — spotted on numerous occasions wearing the Constellation Globemaster — and was among the first of the brand’s VIPs to experience the richly interwoven narrative of Planet OMEGA. “In just four years with OMEGA, I’ve been so impressed by the diversity of the brand”, says Redmayne. “Their qualities of style, reliability and precision have had such a wide-ranging importance throughout the world. It’s great to see everything come together in one exhibition. As an actor, I love stories and OMEGA certainly has many extraordinary stories to tell.”

Planet OMEGA Shanghai is open to the public from 27 April to 12 May at the Power Station of Art. To learn more, please visit OMEGA online.

Randy Lai
Watches Editor
Having worked in the Australian digital media landscape for over 5 years, Randy has extensive experience in men's specialist categories such as classic clothing, watches and spirits. He is partial to mid-century chronographs and a nice chianti.