The story begins in Los Angeles in 1932, when OMEGA was called upon as the first brand ever to time every event at the Olympic Games. They did so using one timekeeper and just 30 high-precision chronographs. Since then, they have served as Official Timekeeper at the Olympic Games on 26 occasions. This year, Omega will serve as Official Timekeeper for the 27th time at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Throughout those years, Omega have been directly responsible for many of the most ground-breaking technological advancements in sports timekeeping. Swimming touchpads, the electronic starting pistol and the photo finish camera are all OMEGA innovations. The latest photo finish camera, the Scan’O’Vision MYRIA, which makes its Olympic Games debut in Rio, can capture up to 10,000 digital images per second. Omega have come a long way since its 30 stopwatches in 1932. This year they'll be taking 450 tonnes of cutting edge equipment, 480 official Omega timekeepers and a team of specially-trained engineers. To celebrate the brand’s timekeeping legacy, a special preview of some previous Omega Olympic items was held at the Russell street store in Causeway Bay followed by a Omega's Olympic documentary private screening.
Olympic 1/10-second split-seconds timer with protecting red box for the timekeeper. Worn on the shoulder, this chrome-plated timer is presented in a red protection box that prevents an accidental stopping of the timer. This model, was used in events such as athletics, swimming, cycling, skiing, speed skating, bobsleigh, rowing and canoeing. It could time to 1/10th of a second.
HuanHuan was one of the Fuwa mascots of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The designs were created by famous Chinese artist Han Meilin. There are five Fuwa in total. HuanHuan represents the red Olympic Ring and the continent of America. His element is fire and his personality is enthusiastic, extroverted and passionate about sports. He also represents ball and racquet sports. Huanhuan's headgear comes from a fire design in the Mogao Caves, the best known of the Chinese Buddhist grottoes.
OMEGA Constellation Beijing 2008 Stainless Steel and 18K Gold Watch. The Beijing Olympic Games Collection was launched in 2007 exactly one year prior to the opening ceremony. This gold Constellation Ladies’ model with its 22.5mm case and white mother-of pearl dial has five coloured hour marker jewels representing the Olympic Rings (one blue sapphire, one yellow sapphire, one black diamond, one emerald, one ruby). The remaining hour markers are set with white diamonds. The iconic claws of the Constellation model are set on either side of the case and the Beijing 2008 logo is stamped on the back. Only 2008 models were made.